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Combat the pain of sitting at a desk all. day. long. with simple hip-opening stretches

How many of you have been here before? You manage to squeeze in that 6 a.m. pre-work fitness class (major props BTW) and you’re feeling great and …

Workouts

Words Matter When Talking About Pain With Your Doctor

If you're in the hospital or a doctor's office with a painful problem, you'll likely be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 – with 0 meaning no pain at all and 10 indicating the worst pain you can imagine. But many doctors and nurses say this rating system isn't working and they're trying …

Pain

This 10-Minute Exercise Is Scientifically Proven to Make You Feel Better About Yourself

Here's what happened when psychologist Renee Engeln tried it on about 1,500 young women.<p>Do you feel confident, secure, and generally good about yourself? Or are you constantly piling on self-criticism, scolding yourself for your many failings, and especially for the way you look? If your answer is …

Happiness

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

9 Eating Habits That Are Derailing Your Weight-Loss Efforts

The worst part: You probably think they'll help you drop more pounds.<p>The occasional dietary splurge isn't what really thwarts most women's weight-loss efforts. It's the so-called "healthy" weight-loss strategies we use, convinced they'll help us cut calories, slim down, and get healthier—only to …

No excuses: Apps to get you in shape in no time

New year, new you, right? Well, at least until life gets in the way. Don't let your busy schedule stymie your goals to get moving with these apps.<p>The hot new fitness trend is getting in a workout in a short amount of time, from as little as seven minutes. These apps can help you fit in a workout …

How to Really Really Find Your Life Purpose (and Do the Work You Love)

Break the rules. We have so many rules in life about everything. I say break the rules. Not the law, but break the rules / Arnold Schwarzenegger<p>Can …

Yoga for Bedtime

Need a little extra help relaxing before going to sleep?<p>Short Meditation<p>Sit up in bed comfortably, either with your legs folded or straight in front of you; whatever you can do with the most ease. Sit up and lean slightly back on your pillows or backboard. Close your eyes and rest your hands on …

7 Smoothie Mistakes That Make You Gain Weight

Cut them out to make your smoothie habit healthier.<p><i>By Jenny Sugar for POPSUGAR Fitness</i><p>After dusting off the ol' blender a few months ago, you've been proudly making smoothies instead of downing enormous bowls of cereal or bagels for breakfast. You expected the pounds to just fall off, but they're …

4 Beauty Trends with Major Benefits

These runway-inspired makeup looks brighten, plump, lift, and revitalize. They're pretty—with a purpose.<p><b>MAJOR BROWS <br>the benefit: a more youthful look</b><p>There's a reason Brooke Shields has kept her brows full and bold more than 30 years after slipping into her Calvins: "Thick brows speak to health and …

Find a Green Tea You Love

Hate the stuff? You may just need to try a new brew.<p>You'd be hard-pressed to find a healthy-eating plan that <i>doesn't</i> tout the benefits of green tea (it may even help you lose weight!). But what if you hate the taste? We may have your fix: A new study in the <i>Journal of the Science of Food and</i> …

10 Ways to Drink More Water

Get guzzling with these tips for staying hydrated

4 Reasons You Should Devote More Time to Self-Care

Making yourself a sacred priority is one of the smarest moves you can make<p>Women are caregivers by nature, and yet we rarely include ourselves on our kindness to-do list. But the truth is, putting ourselves second serves no one. It can lead to poor health, low productivity, and burnout. Self-care is …

You Might Be Standing All Wrong. Here's How to Fix Your Imbalance

Standing. It's just something you do, right (like breathing)? The truth is, there's a perfectly aligned and balanced way to stand...and the …

The Key to Lasting Behavioral Change: Think Goal, Not Tactic

Even the most motivated people can get stuck, frustrated, and lose hope during the process of behavioral change. Why can't you force yourself to go …

Improve Your Presentations and Public Speaking 60 Seconds at a Time

Most of us weren't born orators and could use a little practice to make speaking in public more natural and presentations less sucky. Andrew Ng, …

The Best Apps for Any Kind of Writing

Writing is a very personal practice, and as a result you have a million writing-focused apps to choose from. From distraction-free apps that take up …

How to Limit Gmail's Personalized Ads

Google's algorithms have always scanned Gmail messages to display personalized advertisements, but a recent update to their terms of service has …

How to Cultivate a Creative Thinking Habit

Think of your most common habits and the regular culprits come to mind—biting your nails, snacking late at night, cracking your knuckles. Do …

Why Emotional Intelligence Is So Important

We already know the answers to life.<p>Health? Eat well and exercise.<p>Success? Work hard and smart.<p>Happiness? Be content with what you have, give more …

Emotional Intelligence

7 Tips to Boost Your Day | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our …

Happiness

Soft Overcomes Hard: Control Your Emotions with Tai Chi | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

One of the deepest teachings of Tai Chi philosophy is to overcome hardness with softness. A classic example of this is water – it is the embodiment …

How to Consistently be a Calm Person Even if The Going Gets Tough | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

How to be a calm person<p><i>There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.</i><i><br>– Willia Cather</i><p><i></i>We have all been through times that have been …

vision

What you see is what you get. Focus on the image of the thing you most want to create in your life and it will become manifest – so we’ve been told. …

3 ways to use the placebo effect to have a better day

Researchers have been studying the placebo effect for decades -- and there's plenty of evidence it works. So much so that a 2010 survey of more than 400 docs found that a whopping 56% said they'd actually prescribed placebos to their patients. (Um, yikes.)<p>But researchers are now looking beyond …

Can you get rid of cellulite with exercise?

<b>(upwave.com) —</b> A lot of workouts are marketed as fat-blasting and cellulite-shrinking. Instructors claim that if you only knew the right moves, your trouble zones would disappear and your body would be dimple-free. But can certain exercises really get rid of cellulite?<p><b>The verdict: Exercise can</b> …

5 ways to boost your stamina

Whether you're training for a marathon or chasing a toddler around the house, there are plenty of reasons to want more stamina.<p>Often referred to as endurance, stamina is your ability to sustain a physical or mental effort for a long period of time. If you've been experiencing a personal energy …

'Imagine a world where you are better'

I would not change the last five years for anything. That being said, under no circumstances would I elect to revisit them.<p>If it were not for those difficult years, I would not appreciate my health as much as I do now, I would not have written five books, "The Hidden World" would not be published, …

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Helping Children Cope With Grief

A child you know is grieving. It breaks your heart. You wonder what you can do to support them. Here are some guidelines:<p><b>TELL THE TRUTH</b><p>"Children want to be told the truth about the death," comments child grief expert Lauren Schneider, LCSW, "and they deserve to know what happened." Talking with …

Mental Health