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14 weird brain exercises that could actually make you smarter

Giving your brain new experiences will keep it healthier. Try these mini mental workout exercises to prevent memory loss and sharpen your mind.<p>'Neurobic' exercises are like cross-training for your brain<p>Giving your brain new experiences that combine physical senses—vision, smell, touch, taste, and …

The modern-day version of a thousand-year-old philosophy can help anyone be more confident

Ever feel like you're not good enough? Something bad happens and your brain plays a YouTube highlight reel of every mistake you've ever made. Your confidence crashes and your self-esteem flatlines.<p>You're not alone. People have been feeling like this as long as there have been people. It's an old …

45 Homemade Gifts from The Kitchn

We here at Kitchn believe that the very best gifts are of the edible sort, so today we're sharing all our favorites — and we mean <i>all!</i> There are soft …

4 Simple Techniques to Erase Subconscious Negativity

<b>“As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.” ~Joseph Murphy</b><p>The subconscious mind is like a computer’s hard …

National Trust memberships hit new high of five million

<b>Membership of the National Trust has reached five million for the first time, the conservation charity says.</b><p>The organisation, which looks after historic homes and natural sites "for the nation", had just 278,000 members when it began recording rates in 1970.<p>National Trust chairman Tim Parker said …

The Fascinating Connections Between Gut Bacteria, Weight And Mood

From the research these days, it seems like there’s not much our gut bacteria <i>don’t</i> do. From affecting our risk for cancer to lengthening or shortening our lifespans to influencing our mental health, it feels like we’re quite at the mercy of the tiny organisms in our guts. The connection between gut …

Wellness

12 Refrigerator Pickle Recipes to Get the Most Out of Your Vegetables

I've never gotten into canning—I don't grow my own produce, I'm worried about botulism, and, most of all, I'm lazy and bad with delayed gratification. Quick pickles don't have the long lifespans of canned foods, but they can be just as tasty. As the name implies, they're also fast—some can be ready …

Anyone can get in shape in 2017 with the CultFit Home Workout

If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape in 2017, but you spend all your waking hours in front of your MacBook, we’ve got the answer: our new CultFit Home Workout.<p>All you need is your iPhone, plus your Apple Watch if you have one, and some everyday objects you’ll find around your home or …

Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Mentally Strong

Grit. Resilience. Mental toughness. We hear a lot about them these days. But maybe we shouldn’t. Why?Because there have been good solutions to the …

The real health benefits of apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a cure-all for decades. I’ve seen claims that it can do everything from halt hiccups to whiten teeth, and even banish dandruff. Whether or not it's capable of all those things, there is some solid research to back up apple cider vinegar as a healthy elixir, as …

10 Gratitude Mantras that Will Make You Appreciate What You Have

As you sit here reading these words, pause for a moment and take a quick assessment of your life. Chances are, you have access to food, shelter, and …

Why We Put Ourselves Last & Why Self-Care Should Be a Priority

<b>“Be there for others, but never leave</b> <b>yourself</b> <b>behind.” ~Dodinsky</b><p>Sometimes, when we’re feeling stressed and running around taking care of everybody …

Changing Negative Thoughts

Depression debilitates. It saps your energy, erodes your confidence and leaves you in a mental haze that makes it impossible to do the things you …

The Best Lentil Salad, Ever

Lentil and Cucumber Salad - Perfect for Potlucks - Recipe

<i>Lentil and Cucumber Salad</i><p>This salad is great to have in your back pocket for summer potlucks and picnics (*). It is easy to make, light and healthy …

Insanely Simple Curried Chickpea Salad

This protein-packed, uber-simple recipe is ideal for taking to work for a lunch on a bed of greens, in a butter lettuce cup, or just eaten with …

Tomato, Apricot, and Feta Salad With Mint Recipe

It's tough to improve on a classic Caprese salad of ripe summer tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and olive oil, but it's pretty darn easy to make a nice lateral transition to something that's not quite as classic yet equally tasty. Here, I've combined those same tomatoes with sweet …

If You Have Only 15 Minutes a Day for Self-Improvement, Here's How You Should Spend It | Inc.com

From diet dos to relationship don'ts, you're likely bombarded with the latest self-improvement tips every day. Magazine articles, news stories, and websites provide endless suggestions for improving your mental, spiritual and physical health.<p>Quite often, the latest self-improvement tips are …

Happiness

8 Simple Habits That Keep Your Brain Healthy

<i>What steps should I take if I want to develop my brain to the maximum? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Diane Shatto on Quora:</b><p>Self-discipline is the key to a fully utilized brain. Here are …

4 Scientifically Proven Steps to Resetting Your Brain

Making difficult changes is easier when you follow four simple steps.<p>Change is something everyone grapples with--whether it's kicking a bad habit, coming up with new and original ideas, shifting a business focus, changing behaviors, changing company culture, or trying to change the world. Certainly …

5 Things Psychologists Wish Their Patients Would Do

Make the most of your therapy sessions with these helpful expert-approved tips.<p>Does your therapist have a secret wish list of things you should do to optimize your therapy?<p>If you’re one of the millions of people in the United States who sees a therapist, you may have had this exact thought.<p>To …

17 DIY Facial Scrubs to Try This Summer

It’s just about summertime, which means the heat is upon us. While you’re out choosing the perfect bathing suit, don’t forget to pick up some items to whip up your very own DIY facial scrub. These scrubs are sure to prep your face for those super sunny days. So go ahead, get your scroll on.<p>1. Sugar …

Skin Care

Wake Up With This Coconut + Coffee Body Scrub

Incorporate this refreshing dose of coffee and coconut into your a.m. shower, and you’ll be less tempted to hit the snooze button each morning!<p>This four-ingredient DIY uses heavenly smelling coconut oil and ground coffee to give your day some extra pep (which we can <i>all</i> use). Anyone can make it, and …

DIY Almond and Floral Body Scrub

• 1 cup sea salt or epsom salt<br>• 1/2 cup a sweet almond oil<br>• 6 drops to 1/4 teaspoon of floral oil (I used geranium oil)<br>• 1/4 cup lavender buds<br>• fresh flower …

The 23 Best Motivational Speeches of All Time

It was halftime during one of my 7th-grade football games. And we were losing 14 - 0. With our knees planted in the grass, my team was quietly …

Motivation

What to grow in your gourmet veg patch

How do you decide what to grow in your gourmet veg patch? Especially if there’s not much space to spare. Could you squeeze a few edibles into the flower border, or in containers in the backyard or on your balcony? In a tight situation, you want to grow food that’s especially flavoursome or hard to …

37 Ways to Make Managing Stress Much Easier

Straight from medical professionals, these stress solutions can give you the relaxation you need to refocus.<p>Stress is a fact of life, but being …

Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation. Hands down, bar none.<p>Meditation has helped me to form all …

Meditation

A regular guy's guide to improving your life with simple mindfulness habits

These range from the mental (daily meditation) to the physical (no zero workout days), the predictable (quitting TV) to the bizarre (Wim Hof breathing and cold water methods).<p>Many focused on mindfulness - being more present, more aware, and more objective.<p>I wanted to identify which behaviors and …

Neuroscience Discovers 5 Things That Will Make You Happy

So what’s going to make you happy? Let’s get more specific: what’s going to make your <i>brain</i> happy? And let’s focus on things that are simple and easy …