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14 Reasons for a Beach Vacation

Take the plunge for all these health benefits:

4 Signs You Might Have Messed Up Your Metabolism

Here are four common signs you’ve sent your metabolism reeling, and how to get a reset.

5 Questions for Emma Seppälä

Researcher (and new S&H columnist) Emma Seppala, unpacks the latest studies on happiness and offers a new way forward in her new book The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Scie…

5 Ways To Preserve Your Brain Power

Healthy brains, just like healthy bodies, can better withstand the tests of time. Here are the top five tips to keep your mind sharp.

6 Ways Improving One Nerve Can Change Your Health

While no one will argue the importance of building strong muscle tone, what might be more important to your health is the tone of a surprisingly complex nerve bundle that stretches…

6 Ways Optimism Positively Impacts Your Health

Be healthier through one simple choice every day: be optimistic

A New Primer for Psychic Research

“Something unknown is doing we don’t know what” — this is how physicist Arthur Eddington described the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principal, the vexing fact that science can never pin …

Appointment with the Wolf

Rediscovering an ancient hour alone, at night, with GodFor a full decade, starting in 1998, I woke for an hour or two every night around two o’clock in the morning. By 4 a.m. I cou…

Are Children Like Werewolves?

The effect of the full moon on sleep patterns.

Artificial Limbs That Feel

New research could deliver sensation to prosthetics, as if they are living parts of the body.

Artificial Sweeteners 101: Why You Should Avoid Them

As we look at labels, it's important to understand what we are actually putting into our bodies, and why artificial sweeteners are harmful.

Assume the Posture of Presence

Our posture not only shapes the way we feel, it shapes our ability to think

Beyond the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

About fifteen years ago, Robert E. Thayer, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at California State University Long Beach and author of the recent book The Origin of Everyday Moods (Ox…

Bond Between Spouses Stronger Than Death

Death cannot stop true love.

Book Review: Reclaiming Conversation

Reclaiming ConversationThe Power of Talk in a Digital AgeBy Sherry TurklePenguin PressImagine a terrifying, dystopian world whose occupants would rather converse electronically, ev…

Book Review: The Secret Life of the Mind

How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides

Boost Your Memory with Pictures

Want to remember something? Draw it!

Brain Zapping Helps Concentration

Mild electrical stimulation helps people sharpen their focus

Brainwaves: The New Vitals

Brainwaves may soon join blood pressure and heart rate as vital stats.

Bursting The Bipolar Bubble

A look at bipolar statistics reveals that this mental illness affects approximately 5.7 million adults.

Caffeine: The Addiction We Share … and Don’t Talk About

Young lovers sit at a sidewalk café and sip espresso between kisses; a group of giggling cheerleaders head for a cooler filled with iced energy drinks; a group of happy kids swing …

Can Attention Enhance Consciousness?

A Neurologist's ViewScience has taken up the mystery of consciousness lately with the same verve it applied to other big questions such as the nature of life and the origin of our …

Can Phobias Be Inherited Genetically?

Phobias developed during our lifetimes may be passed on to our children.

Can You Feel A Movie?

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

Caretakers Live Longer

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

Close to Grace: The Physics of Silent Transmission

by Russell Targ, and Jane Katra, Ph.D.A laser pioneer explores how the coherent light of a laser beam may help explain the joy experienced in the presence of a saint or a sage.The …

Cooperative Evolution: Why the Human Species Will Finally Grow Up

At the age of 43, Elisabet Sahtouris, an evolution biologist with a doctorate in brain science, quit her job at PBS, sold her car, house, and stuff, and moved to a tiny island in t…

Couch Potatoes Have Shrinking Brains

A new study suggests that exercise may be important in keeping our brains robust.

Does Red Equal Well Fed?

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

Eating for Peace in the Body

We can all agree that living in peace and cooperation beats living in conflict. It turns out that our microbiome, (that community that lives in our gut), is either existing as a co…

Fewer Books, More Music Means Rising Depression in Teens

Can reading more books prevent depression in young people? A University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study suggests just that.Adolescents who spend more time reading are much l…

Film Review: The Human Face of Big Data

The Human Face of Big DataSandy SmolanRoco FilmsSandy Smolan’s documentary plays at times like an infomercial for Big Data—the technological phenomenon by which the millions of bit…

Find Your Stage of Consciousness

BEFORE YOU CAN HELP END THE CULTURE WARS, YOU NEED TO KNOW WHERE YOU STANDI live in the Rogue River Valley of Southern Oregon, one of the most beautiful places on earth. The mighty…

Four Awakenings to Compassion

In 1965, a marine biologist named Roger Payne found himself relaxing on the stern deck of a sailboat on the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Headphones snugly in place, he recorded th…

Go On, Change It All

Multiple, simultaneous life changes are possible.

Hello, Adrenals? It’s Your Brain

You’ve heard of the mind-body connection; here’s how it really works.

How a Bad Economy Makes Us Feel Better Than Average

Here’s a surprising thought: as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, each of us is more likely to rate ourselves as being farther above average. That’s the surprising messa…

How Anticipation Can Be Beneficial

Anticipation can be beneficial for your brain, your emotions, and even your physical health for many reasons, and it’s a skill worth learning.

How Chinese Medicine Cures Colds

As modern science continues to unravel the complexity of virus behavior on a cellular level in humans, cold sufferers should be reminded that the Chinese medical system has success…

How Exercise Helps Reduce The Effects Of Aging

Get moving, especially if you’re middle-aged

How Meditation Enhances the Senses

I’ve tried closing my eyes and reading braille with my fingertips—it’s not easy. I often think what practice it must take to be able to read those tiny bumps and make sense o…

How Morals Are Reflected in the Brain

High moral reasoning is linked to increased activity in certain structures of the brain.

How to Achieve Whole Body Happiness

One thing I have learned in my weekly men's group is how fragile we are. Lawyer, felon, editor-in-chief, our lives go up and down. We are healthy and not, wealthy and not. Yet we s…

How to Find Your Own Personal Miracle Cure

Modern medicine is driven by huge, randomized double-blind trials that may not apply to your own particular genes or lifestyle. Here’s how to join the truly personal medical revolution.

How To Kick Your Bad Habits

Are you struggling to break a bad habit or inculcating a good one into your life? Maybe you’ve tried quitting smoking to no avail. Perhaps the countless efforts to build the exerci…

How To Slow Parkinson’s Disease

New research suggests simple exercise may provide hope for the one million people who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease (PD).

How Your Brain Hides Painful Memories

A new study has sheds light on exactly how the brain hides memories.

How Your Father’s Stress Affects Your Health

A new study sheds more light on how something besides DNA plays a role in our health inheritance.

Hug Mindfulness

When I was a school teacher, I instituted a process that I had learned from Jack Canfield called “H or H” which was short for “Hug or a Handshake?” The premise was that I would sta…

Insights into the Diabetes Epidemic

You are what your parents ate.

Is Homeopathy Stupid?

Homeopaths believe and their patients believe, and that combined fantasy works great until the body can’t heal itself. Or so I believed…

Let There Be dark

Light pollution harms the environment, wildlife, and even human health.

Look At Me, Look At You

One way to rewire your experience of yourself and with other people is by paying close attention to eye gaze and its importance to your relationships.

Mindfulness Creates Momentum for Healthy Choices

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

Move your Body to Save your Brain

If you’ve ever noticed how much better you feel after a brisk walk, you’re aware of the connection between your body and your brain. New research shows that this connection is link…

Music’s Body-Mind-Spirit Connection

An excerpt from Body Intelligence by Joseph Cardillo

Neurons of Compassion

Have we found the basis for empathy and altruism?Like most great scientific breakthroughs, the discovery of the human mirror neuron system (MNS) was a complete accident. What may e…

Our Memory Capacity Is Greater Than We Knew

Scientists have discovered ten times more memory capacity in the human brain.

Quantum Activist

A Film by Ri Stewart and Renee SladeIntention Media/Blue Dot ProductionsWith humor and with, theoretical physicist Amit Goswami, Ph.D., tells how he left the religion of his childh…

Reopening the Eyes of Compassion

I vividly remember my first day as an intern at a large inner-city hospital in Southern Africa. As I made my morning rounds through the male cardiothoracic unit, I saw patient afte…

Smelling in Technicolor

A new study provides insight into the captivating phenomenon of a sensory condition called synaesthesia.

Spiritual Leadership

Consider two recent images: One image is of our president, tautly engaged and oddly displaced, as he watches half a world away while his orders to kill Osama Bin Laden are carried …

Tasting the Universe

Tasting the Universe: A Spiritual and Scientific Exploration of SynesthesiaBy Maureen SeabergNew Page BooksImagine a world in which numbers have color, musical sounds shimmer …

The Bond

Connecting Through the Space Between UsBy Lynne McTaggartAncient cultures and mystics have taught that the universe is an interconnected whole, but science and popular culture are …

The Disappointed and the Disappointment

How to break free from this perpetual drama

The Four Keys to Well-Being

Dr. Richard Davidson explains that well-being is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened. Courtesy of The Greater Good Science Center.

The Four Personality Types: Which One Are You?

Most people fall into one of four basic types, reveals a new study.

The Fuel of Good Decision Making

For a tired brain, the judicious answer is probably “no.”

The Gift of Breath

A dear friend of mine recently succumbed to emphysema. Before he became ill, he’d been a scholar and a poet and a social activist. He’d had a passion for beauty in all its myriad f…

The Happiness Track: Guilt-Free Time Off

I was wondering how to squeeze in a vacation this summer, and thinking maybe I should work through it or just skip it entirely, with all the other things going one—and suddenly I r…

The Joy of Thanks

People who knew the extraordinarily prolific and influential writer G. K. Chesterton consistently described him as "exuberant" and "exhilarated" by life. What was his secret? He de…

The Mechanics of Emotional Contagion: Who Affects Whom?

An excerpt from How the Art of Medicine Makes the Science More Effective: Becoming the Medicine We Practice

The New Science of Mediumship

What happens when we die? Can people communicate with those who have passed on? Efforts to answer such questions using science have been underway since the late 1800s. Over the yea…

The Physics of Our Entanglements

Reality isn’t what it used to be.Historians disagree over precisely when it changed. Some say the year 1905. Others point to key events in 1964 and 1982. I think of it as a glacial…

The Power of a Few To Help Lighten Your Load

Princeton sociologist Robert Wuthnow finds that 37 percent of us have recently had serious conflicts with a spouse or partner, 36 percent are moving past something painful in our u…

The Sacred Promise

The Sacred Promise: How Science is Discovering Spirit's Collaboration with Us in Our Daily Livesby Gary E. Schwartz, with foreword by John Edward“What if our increasing feelings of…

The Science of Premonitions

Can we glimpse the future? Is there any truth to people’s belief in premonitions? Such provocative questions have largely been ignored by scientists, many of whom argue that claims…

The Science of Yoga

I went to take a friend of mine’s class a while ago, on a full moon. She talked about how humans are made mostly of water, and the moon pulls the tides, so therefore it must have a…

The Surprising Connection Between Sitting and Anxiety

Understanding the link between sedentary behavior and anxiety can help us come up with strategies for lifestyle changes.

The Top 10 Scientific Findings that Will Change How We See Ourselves

Happiness is good for you but not all the time—and other insights from The Greater Good Science Center

The Ultimate Guide to Caffeine: Black Tea vs. Coffee

We decided to investigate the health properties of both coffee and black tea to see how they compare in aspects beyond simply caffeine count and taste.

The Ultimate Health Practice

Why is the smartest, most adaptable creature on the planet hardwired to stop talking, lose its sense of self, and feel at one with the world — in a profound state of listening?The …

This is your brain on exercise

How an exercise rehab specialist became a brain doctor

Three Surprising Ways to Feel Less Busy

Tips for achieving relaxed productivity—and why you can't afford to ignore them.

Using Sound And Light To Picture The Brain And Body

A look at an innovative medical technology called photoacoustic imaging technique, a non-invasive process that uses the conversion of light and sound to create functional, molecular, and structural imaging.

Vengeance 101

Throughout history, we’ve had an insatiable fascination with stories of vengeance. From the earliest Greek tragedies, to the Bible, to Shakespeare, to recent movies like Atonement,…

Virtue Fatigue: The Anatomy of Temptation

Consider the classic recipe for seduction: chocolates, dinner, wine, dessert, dancing. Ever wonder why it works? Now a series of psychological experiments led by Mark Muravan at Ca…

Want to Be Close to Someone? Ask These 36 Questions

Can you create a sense of closeness or intimacy with a complete stranger? Psychology research says, yes, you can.

What Really Happens When We Meditate

An interview with Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson about their new book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body 

What’s An Emotional Hangover?

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

Why Do Schizophrenics Hallucinate?

The possible link between a shorter PCS and losing touch with reality may provide a new playing field for predicting and diagnosing a potentially serious brain aberration.

Why Morning People Shouldn’t Work at Night

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

Why Nostalgia is Good for Us

Nostalgia has been found to be a valuable coping tool for dealing with loneliness, boredom, and anxiety.

Why Relationships Are So Difficult

On any given day, 1.6 million of us are blogging, 27 million are tweeting, and 1.5 billion are posting on Facebook. We’re emailing during meetings, texting during lectures, and tal…

Why We’re So Emotional When We’re Tired

A new study has identified exactly why we get so emotional when we have been burning the candle at both ends.

Why Worry? Find Meaning!

Happiness is for takers. Meaning is for givers. Guess who feels better?

Willpower

Rediscovering the Greatest Human StrengthBy Roy F. Baumeister and John TierneyWillpower, once touted as a real human asset, has received a rather bad rap of late. In popular Wester…

Wired for Compassion

In the mid-seventies, psychologist Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., left teaching at Harvard to write "The Brain" column for Psychology Today. He then joined the New York Times, where he mad…

Yet Another Win for Coconut Oil

A new study suggests that coconut oil can be a safe alternative to antifungal drugs.

You Are an Infinite Nonzero Game

Excerpted from The Golden Rule & the Games People Play by Rami Shapiro

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