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10 core exercises better for your back (and body) than crunches

The abdominals are a pain point for many a gym goer. We habitually grab a mat, lay down on our backs and start crunching in hopes of finally carving out that six pack. But is this really the most effective way to work towards a toned midsection? The answer is no. "When most people are doing …

Harvard Medical School

Geniuses aren't born, they're made — and 3 of their daily habits can make you smarter

• <b>We often use genius to imply someone was born great.</b>• <b><br>Natural talent exists, but most people we consider geniuses still worked daily and put in considerable effort.</b>• <b><br>Reflecting for 10 minutes, reading for 20, and focusing for 30 minutes a day can help you get smarter at anything — even if you weren't</b> …

Creativity

Intermittent fasting was one of the biggest diet trends of 2017 — here's what you should know if you're planning to try it in the New Year

• <b>Intermittent fasting was one of the most talked about diet trends of 2017.</b>• <b><br>Business Insider spoke to Max Lowery, the man behind the 2 Meal Day, to find out how you should prepare — and what to expect — if you're planning to try it in the new year.</b>• <b><br>You can expect initial headaches and hunger pangs,</b> …

Weight Loss

50 Tough Questions You Never Ask Yourself, But Should

Lasting growth begins with introspection. These thought-provoking questions will set you up to achieve your life and business goals in the New Year.<p>With the dawn of every New Year, pledges are made by hopefuls everywhere to do or change something big in their life and business. Most of these …

11 Habits That Will Change Your Life Forever

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle<p>Your life’s path is determined by your daily habits. If you …

10 questions to ask yourself in the last month of 2017

Life is a constant pursuit. We are all chasing something - money, successful career, a partner, and endless other things. Every day we get up from our beds with a desire to reach a step closer to our dream and work our butt off to chase our priorities.<p>As we have entered in the last month of 2017, …

Happiness

Want to Boost Memory by 20 Percent? Science Says Do This 1 Simple Activity

Time outside changes how active specific parts of the brain are, offering clearer, freer thought.<p>If you like to spend your break time with a quick jaunt around the corner to buy a coffee, nobody's judging. But according to science, you might be better off if you took time out of your day to get on …

The Brain

Top 20 Most Under-Rated Healing Herbs You Need To Know About

When you think of cooking, what herbs come to mind? Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Peppermint, and Sage? Perhaps Lavender, Thyme, and Tarragon make your …

Herbs

How Breathing Calms Your Brain, And Other Science-Based Benefits Of Controlled Breathing

The science of breathing stands on quite ancient foundations. Centuries of wisdom instructs us to pay closer attention to our breathing, the most basic of things we do each day. And yet, maybe because breathing is so basic, it’s also easy to ignore. A brief review of the latest science on breathing …

Wellness

Sick of Meditation? Try This Powerful Mindfulness Practice Used by Top CEOs and Athletes

Sophrology is a blending of Eastern and Western practices that you can quickly bring into your day.<p>There's no doubt that the modern work environment is a hotbed of stress.<p>With non-stop emails, constant pings on Slack, and a slew of endless meetings, we rarely have enough time to do our best work, …

What Are The Best Natural Antidepressants Available?

News<p>Are there alternatives to prescription meds for depression and anxiety? Yup! We found the best natural antidepressants to bring your happy …

The emotional benefits of small talk outweigh your fear of being awkward

At an early age, you’re taught not to talk to strangers. Originally meant to protect us from childhood harm, this rule follows most of us into adulthood.<p>We keep to ourselves in public places. We avert our eyes on public transport. We stand frozen in the corners of cocktail parties and extended …

Psychology

When You Don't Smile On The Reg, You're Definitely Tired AF Of Hearing These 6 Things

A smile can go a long way, but if you're anything like me, you don't show the pearly whites aimlessly just to make other people comfortable. That's …

10 Podcasts That Can Change How You Think About Life

Challenging our assumptions is the beginning of growth.<p>When it comes to the day to day schedules of people in the world, there is so much to get done and, seemingly, so little time. Sometimes we take any chance we can to escape the overwhelming amount of daily tasks on our to-do lists. While …

The Case for Letting Fevers Run Their Course

Numerous studies over the past few years have shown that taking fever reducers hurts your body’s ability to recover from an illness.<p>Fever isn’t an …

Medicine

How To Learn In 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months

Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>If you’re not clear on what you’re …

Motivation

3 New Things Science Says You Should Do to Become Happy

All this time most of us thought happiness comes from achieving things.<p>The field of Positive Psychology has given us plenty of clues about the better path toward happiness and fulfillment.<p>Whether it's being exposed to experiences of "awe" (yes, it's a thing) so you can live longer, practicing …

Self-improvement

8 surprisingly easy things you can do today to be happier

As you hustle your hardest at work, you may sometimes forget to stop and ask yourself: "Am I happy?" Doing so is not only good for your physical and …

Happiness

Want to Raise Mentally Strong Kids? Do These 3 Things (Most Parents Don't Do Any of Them)

All kids have the ability to develop mental muscle. We just need to teach them how.<p>Challenges, hardship, and setbacks are inevitable. Teaching kids to build mental muscle helps them become resilient. It's also the key to helping them reach their greatest potential in life.<p>But, it's easy to get so …

Parenting

Keeping A Daily Journal Could Change Your Life.

You know exactly what you want in life.<p><i>"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it." -- </i>J.M. Barrie<p>You know exactly what you want in life. But you can't seem …

Self-help

16 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever

The best things in life may be free, but that doesn't mean they won't take time, sweat, and perseverance to acquire.<p>That's especially the case when it comes to learning important life skills.<p>To ascertain which talents are worth the investment, one Quora reader posed the question: "What are the …

Warren Buffett

10 Ways Smart People Stay Calm

You can preempt much of your stress with these vital practices.<p>The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled …

Emotional Intelligence

A Zen Master Explains the True Meaning of Non-Attachment and Why Most People Get it Wrong

A lot of people tend to misunderstand the non-attachment concept inspired by Buddhism.<p>While some people think it’s negative, non-attachment actually …

11 Yoga Poses for Slim Thighs

May 29, 2015<p>Who doesn’t want to look smokin’ in their flowy skirts and shorts? Your trusty yoga mat has got your butt back. Sculpt and lengthen your …

16 Simple Ways to Make Running Feel Easier

Let’s be honest, running isn’t known for being easy. Even professional athletes who run for a living admit that yeah, sometimes it can be really …

Fitness

35 Things You'll Regret Doing in Life

"Life is too short" is so cliché, but also so true. Not to sound morbid, but our days are limited and we never know when our time will be up. We tend to think we're invincible, especially when we're young and don't often live to the fullest because we don't think of the bigger picture. We let …

The Elephant and the Rope: One Mental Trick to Unlock Your Growth

In business (not to mention in life), all sorts of invisible mental ropes may well be holding us back. The trick is learning to see them.<p>I'll come clean: For years, my company never had a customer service phone number on our website. When Hootsuite started, with just a few dozen employees, we were …

Wildlife

17 Little Things You Can Do To Be A Better Person in 2017

Who doesn't want to be a better? We all aspire to be better tomorrow than what we are today. There are 17 little things you can do to be a better …

Happiness

A Psychologist Reveals 5 Mindfulness Techniques That Literally Strengthen Your Mind

Do you practice mindfulness? Ever wondered how you’re actually improving mind?<p>The truth is, it can take weeks or months before you experience any of …