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Why owning a cat could lead to blindness

The allergen which dogs carry reduces the chance of developing glaucoma but owning a cat nearly doubles the risk of contracting the eye disease<p>Keeping a pet cat puts owners at greater risk of going blind, but a dog appears to protect eyesight, a new study suggests.<p>Scientists have discovered that …

6 Foods That Can Make You Happier

<i>By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD</i><p>I’m a happiness research junkie. I <i>love</i> reading about simple things we can do to elevate mood and boost contentment. Mindfulness meditation, adequate sleep, laughing, volunteering, and spending time with pets (as well as with happy people) all help. And believe it or not, …

Holistic Medicine

How to Improve Self-Esteem: A New Secret From Research

It seems we all want to know how to improve self-esteem these days.<p>Life can be hard. And who is usually hardest on you? Yourself. There’s that …

6 Daily Habits of Happy People to Develop in Your 20s

<b>It’s totally normal to have bad days but remembering these tips will make life that much easier – and you happier.</b><p><b>1. Exercise in the morning</b> <br>We know …

Allow this post to make you happy. With science.

Good day, folks!<p><b>Watch this really smart dude Jason Silva, in this Big Think video, tell you about why you should strive to be …

Happiness

7 Signs You're Ready for a Major Life Change

photo credit: IMG_4146 via photopin (license)<p>There are moments in life when we know we need to drastically shift the course of our lives in order to live a life we love and truly be happy. Moments that while sometimes scary, will lead to a change that allows us to grow, evolve, and finally become …

Positive Thinking

7 Habits Of People Who Are Happy At Work

From avoiding negative people to looking for ways to help others, these are the things people who are happy at work have figured out.<p>When it comes to the research results on happiness in the American workforce, the statistics are not flattering.<p>A recent survey by the staffing firm Manpower Group …

6 Scientific (Really!) Ways Your Home Can Help With Happiness

We know by now that our homes have a huge effect on how we feel. The truth is, the more work you put into your home making you happy, the more …

Happiness

9 Things You Can Do to Live a Happier Life, According to Science

We all know what we can do to live a happier life, but when those claims are backed up by science, we tend to take them more seriously. After all, if it's been poked and prodded at by scientists, the findings definitely sound like they have more validity. It's up to you to figure out what works for …

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

The Brain

Why You Deserve Better

That's right, you deserve better.<p>We all struggle with insecurities, and because of these insecurities, we start to try to justify situations that aren't right for us - whether it's a job, a relationship or a friendship. I myself have (and continue to) struggled with the insecurities brought on by …

Holding Grudges Is Bad for Our Health

It might be hard to imagine, but somewhere between 50 and 80 percent of people will experience a trauma at some point in their lives. To make matters worse, most traumas are perpetrated directly by other people -- sometimes even acquaintances, friends, and family members. Given these depressing …

Want to be an optimist? Pick up these positive habits

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ever notice how some people just seemingly have a bright outlook on life -- even when everything isn't exactly on the sunny side?<p>You know those people: They're the friends who have spilled coffee on their white shirt and still manage to have a nonchalant smile on their face. They're the …

12 Power Foods You Should Definitely Be Eating

How many of them are already in your diet?<p>Another berry, fish, or nut is proclaimed a "superfood" about every other minute. (Insert eye roll here.) But truth be told, certain eats <i>do</i> deserve props in the fitness arena, says exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist Stacy Sims, Ph.D.—especially …

15 Ways to Get Rid of Cravings in 15 Minutes or Less

What to do when a candy bar is calling your name...

Wellness

One Word Could Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

<i>By: Dr. Janxin Leu, director of product innovation at HopeLab</i><p><i>Eudaimonia</i>: If the word is new to you, it might sound like a style of electronic dance music or a pharmaceutical. No, eudaimonia can't be downloaded from the cloud or packaged in a pill. But eudaimonia is a remarkable type of experience …

11 Beauty Uses for Lemons

You'll want to load up on the citrus after you read this<p><i>By Aly Walansky for Daily Makeover</i><p>You might love lemonade and lemon chicken, but your skin and hair love lemons even more—they have an amazing range of beauty benefits. Here are some great uses for the sunny yellow fruit:<p><b>Clarifying …

9 Ways to Use Vinegar for More Beautiful Skin and Hair

Even if you never cook, you'll definitely want to grab a bottle.<p>Contrary to popular belief, vinegar—apple cider vinegar, to be exact—may not help you lose weight. But it <i>can</i> help you step up your beauty routine. This multi-tasking ingredient can be used to prevent acne and make nail polish last …

The 5 Rules of Self-Confidence

<b>1. Everything will be fine.</b><p>As a person with true self-confidence, you're not concerned with the outcome of social interaction. It is not as important because you know you will be fine either way.<p><b>2. Don't lie.</b><p>The truth is what it is. We can't change it.<p>If you talk about yourself confidently and …

Apple patent explains how USB-C will make every other connector obsolete

Apple still hasn’t owned up to inventing USB-C, the brand new connector featured on its 12-inch MacBook — but Apple patents have all but tied the technology to Cupertino. The latest describes how a do-it-all connector that fits USB-C’s description is going to make every other port you’re using …

Patents

What Chinese Centenarians Can Teach Us About Living Well

<i>By Jennifer J. Brown, Ph.D.</i><p>At 115, Boxin Huang is the oldest resident of China’s Bapan Village, also called Longevity Village. But he's not extraordinary there, where many live long past 100 years.<p>Cardiologist John Day, MD, of Intermountain Healthcare in Murray, Utah, visited Bapan and the Chinese …

Why You Should Be Eating Carbs For Breakfast

Carbs get a bad rap. Thanks to fad diets like South Beach, Atkins and Paleo, not to mention a national gluten-free obsession, skipping grains has become a popular move over the past few decades.<p>But grain-free meals don't necessarily make for healthier meals. When you're doing it right, eating some …

The Right Way to Clean Your Belly Button

Time to get digging!<p>One look at a dirty belly button is all it takes for you to shudder, jump in the shower, and start scrubbing.<p>“Health providers have removed ‘growths’ from belly buttons that turned out to be a mix of bacteria, dirt, sweat, soap, lotions, and lint,” says Alexandria V. Booth, …

8 Life-Changing Lessons From TED Talks on How to Be Happy

Ever wonder if you could make yourself happier? You can. Here's how.<p>What makes us happy? Thirteen happiness experts, including psychologists, researchers, monks, and the inimitable Malcolm Gladwell, try to shed light on this surprisingly difficult question in a series of TED Talks about …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

Drugs

7 Steve Jobs quotes that could change your life

He came, he saw, he conquered…and he left behind some words to live by:<p><b>1. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs</b> …

Science Confirms: Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness

Research explores the science of how you become spoiled—and how to prevent that from happening<p>You’re always chasing your next raise—but will it really make you any happier?<p>Wealth may make it harder for you to appreciate simple pleasures, a new study from Spain suggests.<p>And that’s bad news for your …