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Playful And Powerful Quotes on Food, Cooking & Eating When we’re trying to eat intuitively and ditch our dieting mentality, it can feel like we’re a party of one. Everywhere we look, we see ads for weight-loss programs, diet foods and diet pills. We’re shamed and blamed about our food choices (you better not eat that if you want...
10 Habits for a Happy Marriage The key to a happy marriage is the quality of your habits, according to therapists Ashley Davis Bush and Daniel Arthur Bush. Thankfully, healthy habits can be learned. In their book 75 Habits for a Happy Marriage Davis Bush, LICSW, and Bush, Ph.D, share a variety of practical, valuable tips...
Introvert, Know Thyself Above All In this golden age for introverts, let's not forget the value and wonder of human complexity.
Expert Advice: 4 Great Tips for a Lasting Relationship A round-up of love advice from the pros. There are so many people who are either looking for love or are constantly talking about how to save their relationships. I remember having many of those conversations with friends. We were all either in difficult relationships or had been single for...
New study may explain why stress can cause heart attacks Stress can cause an overproduction of white blood cells, which can contribute to blockages.
Are Stressed Out Moms the New Prescription Pill Poppers? One of the most fundamental components of a healthy childhood is a child’s attachment to their parents. But children whose moms struggle with prescription drug addiction get a less than idyllic start. They learn that Mommy’s too sick to drive or too tired to play. Or Mommy goes through long...
Summer Review, Summer Preview for School Success in the Dear Friends, I know we are all breathing a sigh of relief to finally get finished with the school year and into the blissful mood of summer ease and relaxation. It’s so satisfying and empowering to accomplish some small academic goal by September.  Just 10-20 minutes of studying every day...
There’s no ‘rushing women’s syndrome’ — but hormones do affect mental health By Jayashri Kulkarni, Monash University Political controversies often use the suffix “gate“ to embellish their significance. In pop psychology, the equivalent is the made-up “syndrome”, which involves a combination of symptoms and circumstances to explain behaviours and reactions. The latest is “rushing women’s syndrome”, which former swimmer Lisa Curry used to explain her hormonal shifts [...]
What does your musical taste say about your personality and lifestyle? By Adrian North, Curtin University I’m quite used to receiving abuse concerning the content of this column, but in contrast my previous post (about why fans of heavy metal shouldn’t have been banned from a pub) seems to have caused some interest in what one can infer from somebody’s musical taste about their personality and [...]
No Time for Meditation? Squeeze in a Little Laughter Seeking out something to laugh about on a daily basis — such as watching your favorite comedian online — may be just what you need to create a more relaxed, zen-like state of mind. A new study by Loma Linda University Health reveals that joyful laughter produces an abundance of...
What makes things cool? When breaking the rules can boost your cool factor Coolness helps sell everything from fashion and music to electronics and cigarettes. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, people and brands become cool by understanding what is considered normal, obeying the rules considered necessary, and then diverging from the rules considered expendable. “Our research explores how brands and people become cool [...]
Admitting our faults: When does self-acceptance trump self-destruction? When face-to-face with our failures, it’s hard not to deny the consequences of our shortcomings—and sometimes we make problems worse by engaging in the behaviors we have been trying so hard to avoid. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, practicing self-acceptance may be the best way to boost our self-worth [...]
Time, tragedy, and humor: Psychologists discover a comedic sweet spot between ‘too soon’ and ‘too late’ When is a joke about a tragic situation “too soon?” New research published in the July issue of Social Psychological and Personality Science found it took a little over a month for people find jokes about Hurricane Sandy acceptable. “Despite the strong intuition that the passage of time enhances humor in the face of tragedy, [...]
Tales where honesty is rewarded motivate children to be honest more than those where lying is punished A moral story that praises a character’s honesty is more effective in getting young children to tell the truth than a story that emphasizes the negative repercussions of lying, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings suggest that stories such as “The Boy Who Cried [...]
Self-repairing mechanism helps to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases New research, led by scientists at the University of Southampton, has found that neurogenesis, the self-repairing mechanism of the adult brain, can help to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Prion or Parkinson’s.The progressive degeneration and death of the brain, occurring in many neurodegenerative diseases, is often seen as an unstoppable and [...]
Why the Turks took to Twitter: the Gezi Park protests and political participation With over 11 million active users – or 31.1% of the population – Turkey has one of the highest rates of Twitter usage in the world. During the height of the Gezi Park protests in spring 2013, more tweets were sent from Turkey than from any other country. Just what drove Turks to express themselves [...]
Anxiety in invertebrates opens research avenues For the first time, CNRS researchers and the Université de Bordeaux have produced and observed anxiety-like behavior in crayfish, which disappears when a dose of anxiolytic is injected. This work, published in Science on June 13, 2014, shows that the neuronal mechanisms related to anxiety have been preserved throughout evolution. This analysis of ancestral behavior [...]
No such thing as a ‘finished article’: The truth behind online news News delivery and consumption has rapidly changed in the digital era.  No longer print-bound, the BBC, Guardian, Daily Mail and FT use blog format online news delivery, giving live commentary and many edited versions.  Powerful news sources such as Twitter also abound, challenging the more conventional channels to beat to a faster pace. Whilst such [...]
3 Ways to Navigate Anxious Thoughts with Self-Compassion For so many of us when we start having anxious thoughts, we get self-critical. We berate ourselves for our worries, sweaty palms and all-over shakiness. We call ourselves names. We become ashamed and embarrassed. What is wrong with you? You’re an idiot for getting anxious over something so small! When...
Weaken the Fiction in Your Head: 3 Strategies “Here’s my advice to you,” said the mindfulness expert I consulted. He wrote on small piece of paper, then set it in front of me. It said, “WTF.” I looked up at him with an amused smirk. “Weaken The Fiction,” he said with a smile. Oh indeed, the incredible fiction...