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Stop Worrying: 7 Effective Strategies for Dealing With Anxiety | PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement

We all spend too much time worrying about things that will never materialize. And this worry only makes our lives unnecessarily complicated and …

7 (Unexpected) Places Where Our Pain Hides

1. In Our Bones (Literally)<p>Once, at the end of a yoga class, I was resting in the final relaxation pose when a guy doing a headstand fell over and …

The Habits of Happy People

Most people have something that gnaws at them at night, a problem or unrealized dream somewhere in their lives that causes them to feel incomplete, dissatisfied and unhappy. For them, happiness feels unachievable and elusive. However, addressing and conquering their fears helps them to achieve what …

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

We All Have at Least Three Eyes—One Inside the Head

The pineal gland in the human brain has the structure of an eye. It has cells that act as light receptors, as the retina does. It has a structure …

Your Houseplants Can Think, Talk, Read Your Mind: New Research Adds Evidence

New research by a team of scientists at the University of Western Australia (UWA) shows plants have long-term memory. This adds to a body of research …

Superhuman Energy Cultivated by Meditators: It's Science

The energy emitted by people who have reached an advanced level in meditation practice has been shown by multiple studies to exceed normal human …

Where To Travel Based On Your Personality Type

There's a trip for every personality type out there. Whether you're a traditionalist or a dreamer, there's a vacation or journey that suits you best.<p>Check out the ideal trip for your personality type below!<p><b>The Classic Traveler</b><p>Classic Travelers love organization and consistency. They’re not the …

10 Stupid Things Americans Do Overseas

Have you been guilty of a foreign-soil faux pas? Our easy guide to being a good citizen of the world will come in handy next time you get your …

Handy

10 Mistakes That'll Ruin Your Trip

Even the dreamiest of trips can go off the rails when you fall into one of these all-too-common travel traps. We've been there—and we've brought back …

Travel

Top 10 Travel Scams to Look Out For!

Welcome to the brave new world of vacation ripoffs! The old "catch my baby while I pick your pocket" trick seems downright tame compared with this …

Top 10

Flying Solo: Everything You Need to Know About Traveling Alone

There’s nothing quite like the freedom of exploring a new place on your own terms. Learn how to make the most of your next solo travel adventure with …

How to get upgraded to first class like a boss

Here are the 12 simple steps I followed to get upgraded to business class on my 15-hour flight from Seattle to Dubai.<p>1. Travel solo.<p>The chances of …

The Power of Train Travel

I blame luggage for all my troubles on trains — whether I’m whizzing down to Washington, D.C. or wending my way through Wallonia. I try to avoid clunking other passengers in the head with my elbow as I navigate tight aisles and haul my wheeled carry on over my head, but it’s not easy.<p>Despite these …

How to live in style in the desert

The first time Thomas and Laura Hyland saw the Dialogue House, an award-winning home in Phoenix, Arizona, was 2004. The housing market was in its …

12 Reasons to Visit Colombia

My husband Paul and I just came back from our second trip to Colombia. We know what you are thinking: danger, danger, drugs, dissolution, despair. Here's what I am thinking: fabulous, friendly, fun, fave country. In 1993, when drug kingpin Pablo Escobar was killed, it was the end of the big drug …

What effect does extreme cold have on the human body?

North America’s east coast is braced for more freezing weather a year after the January 2014 polar vortex sent temperatures tumbling down to -50C (-58F). In this piece from the BBC Future archive, we ask what does such intense cold do to the human body?<p>The polar vortex currently sweeping across the …

Global Warming

Danger, Danger: The ABC's of How Your Budget Breaks Down Before You Board the Plane and Sneaky Ways to Save Money

Ah, the friendly skies. I long to be able to travel like they did in the 1950s where it seemed fun and exciting. Those were the days of happy passengers who dressed up for their special trip. The pilots wore happy smiles and it was actually a thrilling career to be a stewardess. There were no long …

The Seychelles for independent travellers

With stunning beaches and brilliant blue seas, it’s hardly surprising the Seychelles rank among the world’s most idyllic island getaways.<p>Marooned in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this archipelago of 115 islands is notoriously exclusive (and expensive), and if you simply couldn’t imagine …

From NASA’s Archives, 50 Amazing Photos Of The Apollo Moon Missions

We pay homage to the Apollo missions with the best of NASA’s deep archives.<p>In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a promise to put a man on the Moon–and return him back safely–by the end of the decade. Somehow, it worked.<p>Over 50 years later, it’s easy to forget how ambitious Kennedy’s …

Reframing Stress Could Help People Overcome Public Speaking Phobia, Study Suggests

Overcoming stress experienced from common phobias could be as simple as reframing it, according to a new study.<p>For stage fright in particular, thinking about the common manifestations of stress -- sweaty palms, heart beating at a million miles an hour -- in a <i>positive</i> light could help people to …

Meditation Made Simple: What To Do When Hard Emotions Hit

With the stream of scientific and anecdotal evidence showing us the benefits of meditation, it’s no wonder that it’s touted as the tool for a happy and healthy existence. While rave reviews and stories of changed lives sure inspire us to want to try it for ourselves, it’s not always easy to know …

If Everybody Likes You, You are Doing it Wrong

<i>"I want to do it but I'm afraid." "What are you afraid of?" "I'm afraid that people won't like me." "And?" "And, that's it. I don't want people not to like me." "Let me let you in on a little secret: If everybody likes you, you are doing it wrong."</i><p>I cannot even begin to tell you how many times this …

How to Improve Your Focus and Concentration: Surprising Lessons From a Lion Tamer

Over a century ago, a lion tamer named Clyde Beatty learned a lesson that is so important that it impacts nearly every area your life today.<p>What was that lesson?<p>Keep reading to find out what a lion tamer can teach you about how to focus, concentrate better, and live a healthier life.<p><b>The Lion Tamer</b> …

Success

Mind Whispering: The Mind's Overseer and Mindful Habit Change

<i>This post is excerpted from</i> Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom from Self-Defeating Emotional Habits <i>and followed by an exclusive blog post from the author below.</i><p><b>The Mind's Overseer</b><p>In a huge sound stage the famed composer and conductor John Williams was leading the London Symphony Orchestra in a …

Mindfulness