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Author: Kathryn Drury Wagner

Reduce Cravings with Mindfulness

Can meditation help you avoid a Snickers or a cigarette? A new study says yes.…

Using a Bucket List for Goal Setting

Turn your wildest dreams into forward motion.  

Can You Wire Your Brain for Creativity?

Maybe. Some people seem to engage networks that don’t usually team together.…

3 Ways to Use Meditation to Boost Creativity

Three ways to up your creative forces.

You Can Quit Work, But it Won’t Quit You

Work commitments have lingering effects, a new study shows.

5 Ways to Deal with Difficult People

Feeling like you might throttle someone? Try these tactics instead.

Is Brain Training Worth the Time?

Cognitive training protects against declines in mental abilities as we age.…

5 Herbs to Boost Immunity

Is everyone around you sick? Add these herbs to your wellness kit.

Cure Ruminative Thoughts with Sleep

Getting less than eight hours a night can lead to repetitive, intrusive thoughts…

Exploring Facial Gua Sha

There’s an increase in interest in this Asian healing modality. Let’s take a loo…

How Mental Stress Affects Your Heart

Constriction of tiny blood vessels, especially in women, can be deadly.

5 Ways to Claim Body Acceptance

Instead of making resolutions, reshape your attitude about your body for 2018.…

The Healing Powers of Singing

Singing with a group relieves anxiety and depression, according to a new study. …

Starting from Scratch: A Bold Way to Declutter

Sort it all out with a total reset.

The Longevity Personality

Stubborn, positive personality types likely to live longer, new study says.…

Book Review: Happy Together

Could you write a book with your spouse and still be speaking to each other afte…

Book Review: Tell Me More

Forget reviewing this book; after reading it, I had the urge to call the author …

5 Ways to Create New Traditions

Make it a healthy habit to forge new traditions of your own.

What’s Happening When We Talk to Ourselves?

What’s going on in our brains with that running monologue?

4 Ways to Embrace Disagreement

Disagreement can be a healthy way to expand our mindset.

Another Reason to Snuggle

Is cuddling going to regulate your gut bacteria? New research suggests yes.…

5 Ways to Melt Off Holiday Stress

Don't let your holiday stress accumulate.

Cinnamon to the Rescue

Fight extra holiday pounds with this common spice.

10 Ways to Make Meditation Practice A No-Brainer

Set yourself up for successful meditation practice.

How Birth Month Is Linked to Disease

Seasonal and environmental factors explain the connections.

5 Easy Ways to Boost Brain Function

Try these methods to boost a frazzled brain.

Are We Born Believers?

Upbringing, culture probably lie behind most people’s religious beliefs.

4 Meditations for Gratitude

Let’s look at gratitude through a few different lenses.

What Really Causes Jealousy?

Research into the roots of a powerful emotion.

4 Better Ways to Breathe

Techniques for becoming more aware of your breathing patterns.

A Wandering Mind Can Be a Good Sign

Daydreaming can mean you are very creative and intellectual. So there.

Book Review: ​Mother of the Unseen World

I’d never heard of Mother Meera, but I kept staring at her image on the book’s c…

Book Review: Awakening Together

From climate change to white supremacy and the threat of nuclear war, the world’…

5 Weeks to Break Out of a Rut

Shake up your routine and get inspired with these five ideas.

Stress as Unhealthy To Swallow as Fries

Stress can alter the digestive system, not just the mind and spirit.

4 Ways to Release Material Wants

Here are four ways to practice releasing attachment to material belongings.…

Mindfulness: More Rigor, Less Hype

A panel of experts calls for more consistent scientific examination of mindfulne…

5 New Ways to Fight Anxiety

Five novel ways to tamp down daily anxiety.

Are You Dream Deprived?

Skimping on sleep means we’re also missing out on the crucial dream stages of sl…

Get Thee to a Sauna!

A look at saunas and their role in health.

Inside the Brain’s Filing Cabinet

Ever wondered how the brain stores experiences?

Say Hello to Your Creative Soul

4 ways to connecting internally.

Book Review: The Four Tendencies

The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)​

Book Review: Reconcilable Differences

Connecting in a Disconnected World

Improve Your Odds After Failure

Why feeling bad after a failure is good for you.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Spirit Guide

We can turn to these guides for support and a little nudge when we need help fin…

What Makes Couples Stick

It all comes down to two key efforts: conflict management and avoiding external …

5 Ways to Bond with Your Pooch

Connect with your dog on a deeper level with these suggestions.

Preserving Indigenous Storytelling

Holding on to cultural folklore can be an important tool in sustaining biodiver…

10 Ways to Move with Others

Here are 10 ways to move while interacting with friends, family, neighbors, cowo…

Easing the Burden of Spousal Caregiving

Feeling appreciated is the key to lowering stress, according to a new study. …

What is Psychological First Aid?

The World Health Organization notes PFA “involves humane, supportive and practic…

How Morals Are Reflected in the Brain

High moral reasoning is linked to increased activity in certain structures of th…

6 Ways Even Shy People Can Bond With Neighbors

Here are six ways to reach out.

The Secret to Happiness Is… Unhappiness

You’ll be happier when you feel the emotions you need to feel, even if they aren…

Nurture The Light

3 ways to nurture our lights within .

Is Loneliness the New Obesity?

Social isolation is a bigger public health hazard than we thought.

5 Cures For Insomnia You Haven’t Tried Yet

Here are five new ways to make peace with your pillow.

Stressed Out? Talk in the 3rd Person

A seemingly strange quirk can actually help control emotions.

Eat This for a Younger Brain

Here are six tasty ways to boost your intake of lutein.

​Exploring Near-Death Experiences

Do all people encounter the end of life in the same way? 

Which Rest is Best?

A new study suggests cognitive fatigue can be relieved by playing “casual video …

Warning: Long Work Hours Bad For The Heart

Toiling for 55 hours or longer per week can threaten your ticker.

Book Review: Fulfilled

How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life

Book Review: Strange Contagion

Inside the Surprising Science of Infectious Behaviors and Viral Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves

Fine-Tune Your Mood With Color

Here's how you can harness color as a powerful mood enhancer.

A Purpose Driven Life Leads to Better Sleep

Cultivating a purpose-driven life by day leads to more peaceful slumber at night…

Morning Meditation Mini Challenge

“Woke up, fell out of bed...” Do you start your day running around, like the gen…

Stop the Cycle of Feeling Rejected

New insights into the spiral toward social exclusion. 

5 Ways to Moderate Your News Intake

Here’s how to stay engaged, but in a more mindful and healthy way.

Fix Your DNA with Meditation and Yoga

A new study suggests that mind-body interventions can reverse a common molecular…

Pour on the Olive Oil

Enjoy the many benefits of olive oil including protecting your brain.

The Surprising Benefits of a Healthy Ocean

A healthy ocean helps global sustainable development goals in many ways.

4 Ways To Create a Healthy Sleep Schedule

One of my favorite quotes of all time is by science fiction author Robert A. Hei…

Write Your Way Healthy

A new study from the University of Arizona, Tucson showed that for people underg…

Why We Fear the Future

People who struggle to deal with uncertainty may in fact may have an unusually large striatum.

3 Ways to Boost Your Innovation

Mark Zuckerberg made waves recently when he gave a commencement speech at Harvar…

Spiritual Support for Mental Health Challenges

A new program explores the potential of spirituality-infused treatments.

Five Variations on 5-Minute Meditations

Easy options for 5-minute meditations

Book Review: Crooked

CrookedOutwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to RecoveryBy C…

Book Review: Do All Lives Matter?

Do All Lives Matter?The Issues We Can No Longer Ignore and the Solutions We All …

Another Reason to Stamp Out Bullying

Bullied children go on to have greater risk of substance abuse a few years later.

3 Ways to Nurture Yourself In Times of Transition

Sometimes life hits us over the head, leaving us dazed. That sense of inertia an…

Worry—It Does a Body Good

A psychology professor argues that worrying is actually good for the mind and body.

Fight Inflammation All Day Long

Here’s how to fight chronic inflammation, all day long.

The Surprise Health Benefit of Walking

Your brain is boosted by your feet hitting the ground.

Happily Eating After...

The best foods for life’s challenging healing moments.

The Soda Challenge

It’s time to stop swigging the sodas in favor of more healthful beverages.

The Evolution of Emotion

An interesting new theory behind the way human facial expressions developed.

4 End-of-the-Work-Day Rituals to Try Tonight

In the old black-and-white movies, the whistle blows and the factory workers all…

More Patience? Imagine That!

A way to increase patience without relying on sheer willpower.

3 Ways to Honor Your Intentions

We often hear maxims like “Honor your soul’s intention,” or “Set an intention,” …

Loneliness Makes Illness Feel Worse

Sniffing, sneezing, coughing. Blech. It’s bad enough suffering through the commo…

5 Ways to Reduce Exposure to Toxic Fire Retardants

How did something that was supposed to make our lives safer wind up becoming dangerous? And how can we avoid them?

Can a Spiritual Retreat Change Your Brain Chemistry?

The levels of two powerful neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, are altered. Here’s how.

3 Radical Ways to Stop Beating Yourself Up

Here are three ways to banish the rituals of self-flagellation.

The 3 Ways People Manage Emotions

Strategies tend to fall within set groupings. Which one do you use?

Healthy Aging Secrets from The Amazon

What if you were 80 years old but felt only 50? Shaving three decades off the en…

Finally Stop Ruminating

You can't control what you think, but you can control how you respond to what you think.

How I Finally Let Go of Paper Clutter

Dig out of your paper piles and feel lighter, freer, and more creative

Kathryn Drury Wagner is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. She is the author of Hawaii’s Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!, a science and natural history “gross out” for young readers.  

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