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Author: Kathryn Drury Wagner

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

One Reason Women Feel Pain Differently

Even in anesthesia and pain-relief drugs, one size does not fit all.

7 Reasons to Go Booze-Free For a Week

Seven inspiring reasons to take a break from alcohol—one for each day of the week of abstinence.

Book Review: Healing Spiritual Wounds

Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God after Experiencing…

Book Review: Hallelujah Anyway

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering MercyBy Anne LamottRiverhead BooksAnne Lam…

Imagine Yourself Happy

Imagery training can boost everyday wellbeing, a new study shows.

What’s a Change Club?

Take a look at the concept of a Change Club. It might inspire you to start your own.

We’re Hardwired For Laziness—And How to Make that Work for You

Our brains will trick us into seeing the easy way out.

Secrets to Pain-Free Sitting

I’m reading Cathryn Ramin’s excellent forthcoming book, Crooked: Outwitting the …

The Surprising Payoff of Compassion

Your kind act benefits you more than the recipient.

How to Shop Like a Japanese Minimalist

If you want to induce a case of nausea, download your spending report from Amazo…

Can You Feel A Movie?

Mirror-touch synesthesia isn’t as unusual as you might guess.

5 Work-Life Mistakes Everyone is Making

Here are five mistakes people make when it comes to setting work-life boundaries, and how to fix them.

Embrace Your Inner Slacker

Here are four ways to slack off for more creativity.

Mindfulness Creates Momentum for Healthy Choices

People who are more mindful are more receptive to making positive changes.

3 Ways to Practice Self-Compassion

Self-compassion can make a person feel more energetic, alive, and optimistic.

Music and Meditation May Help Avoid Memory Loss

Listening to simple meditation or music boosted cognitive function, study shows.

6 Ways to Stop Arguing and Start Listening

Explore ways to lay down the swords and work on our listening skills when faced with a potential argument.

Talk Therapy Changes the Brain

Cognitive behavior therapy literally changes connections in the brain.

Don’t Hold the Phone!

When you instinctively reach for your phone because you have a spare moment, here are 15 ways to fill that moment instead.

Book Review: The Power of Meaning

The Power of MeaningCrafting a Life That MattersBy Emily Esfahani SmithCrown Pub…

Book Review: Thank You for Being Late

Thank You for Being LateThe Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerat…

Playing An Instrument Might Help You Age Better

Being a longtime musician aids in reaction times.

How Not to Stew

5 ways to stop stewing, and let go of minor offenses.

What’s An Emotional Hangover?

Feelings can linger long after an experience and can affect how we remember it.

8 Ways to Build Your Problem-Solving Intuition

Here are eight ways to build your natural ability to use intuition.

Caretakers Live Longer

Older people who provide moderate levels of care for others live longer.

In Praise of the Micro Moment: 20 Boosts for the New Year

At the New Year you’re likely to see a lot of stories about making a resolution,…

Why Morning People Shouldn’t Work at Night

Some brains perform less accurately in the wee hours, a new study shows.

6 Winter Sleep Rituals

“And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,Had just settled our brains for a l…

How You Breathe Changes Memory and Perception

Inhaling makes your memory sharper, as does using your nose instead of your mouth.

5 Ways to Say Grace

Here are a few of the many ways to say grace.

Your Brain on God

Religious experiences activate certain parts of the brain, scans show.

7 Self-Care Tips During the Holidays

Stop feeling frazzled and find ways to slow down, find balance, and recharge.

Why First Impressions Count

Research shows how first impressions can color later interactions.

5 Ways to Embrace Daily Writing

Writing is a vital personal expression—a way to both share who you are with the world, and to delve deeper into your own psyche.

Does Red Equal Well Fed?

A new study suggests that humans naturally choose red foods over other colors of foods.

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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