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Every Woman Should Read Reese Witherspoon's Stunning Speech About Ambition

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 11.10.2015 | Women

At the Nov. 9 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, Reese Witherspoon made one thing very clear: female ambition is not a trait to fear. Instead, we shoul...

Mark Lukach Talks About Writing as a Support System

Loren Kleinman | Posted 10.20.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Mark Lukach is a writer and teacher who lives in Martinez, CA with his wife, son, and bulldog. He has been published in The New York Times, Pacific Standard, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others, and is publishing a memoir with Harper Wave in spring of 2017.

This 15-Minute Trick Reduces Junk Food Cravings

Posted 03.15.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs For many of us, the ever-present temptation to reach for the chocolate becomes nearly impossible to resist when we're feeling stresse...

How To Raise Kids Who Aren't Narcissists

Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living

By Francie Diep The guy right in front of you on the plane just stood up before the plane finished taxiing. He's taking out his luggage, forcing a ...

Do You And Your Dog Need Couples Counseling?

Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs Do you dread leaving your dog home alone? Do you come back from dinner and a show to find chewed-up shoes, or foul-smelling puddles o...

A Test For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects one million Americans, according to recent estimates. Yet there's no reliable lab test for the i...

Why You Never Want To Shop On An Empty Stomach

Posted 02.20.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs Remember your mother’s advice not to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry? Well, newly published research suggests her wise war...

Researchers Use Twitter To Track Heart Disease

Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs Why does one community have higher levels of heart disease than another? Some of the reasons are obvious, such as income and educatio...

How To Use Chocolate To Strengthen Your Willpower

Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs Be honest: Have you already broken your New Year’s resolution to eat fewer fattening foods? If so, it’s not really a surprise. Th...

The Tangible Benefits Of Forgiveness

Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs As we age, the physical world starts to come across as a less-friendly place. As our body's limitations become more obvious and prono...

It's Normal To Be Terrible At Keeping New Year's Resolutions

Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living

By Max Ufberg Last New Year’s Eve, I said I was going to start running more. Twice a week, to be exact. Now, 12 months and 12 jogs later—four o...

Your Politics May Predict How Fit You Are

Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs In these polarized times, it’s always a relief to find something liberals and conservatives have in common—even if it has nothing...

The Cromnibus Will Diminish The Health And Development Of Poor Children

Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs As Jon Stewart has noted, the compromise federal budget just passed by Congress and signed by President Obama is full of unpleasant s...

The Brains Of Bipolar Disorder Patients Look Different

Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins While people with Type I and the less-severe Type II bipolar disorder share some of the same symptoms, there are significant diff...

The Exponential Benefits of Eating Less

Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living

By James McWilliams There’s one T-shirt in my drawer that I don’t wear, mainly because I think it’s sort of offensive. It reads: Eat Less You...

Use This Trick To Conquer Temptation, From Dessert To Flirting

Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs By now, you have probably read or heard about the benefits of mindfulness. So why haven’t you tried it? You may believe those advan...

When Being Beautiful Might Count Against You

Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living

By Bettina Chang Beautiful people, as a rule, have it pretty good. They tend to have more self-confidence, higher income and better financial well-...

The Self-Serving Reason We Gossip

Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs Did you hear what happened at yesterday's meeting? Can you believe it? If you find those sort of quietly whispered questions about...

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And The Brain

Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins Chronic fatigue syndrome affects as many as four in a thousand people in the United States -- perhaps more. Despite that, there's...

The Power Of Curiosity

Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins Perhaps curiosity is its own reward. It's a lot easier to learn something when you're interested in it, and there's certainly som...

How A Second Language Betters Your Brain

Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins Speaking more than one language has some advantages beyond ordering food in the local tongue -- psychologists believe that biling...

Why 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Might Be Bad For Your Health

Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs Is reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy hazardous to women's health? A Michigan State University study released last month sugges...

The Myth Of Comfort Food

Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs What's your favorite "comfort food"? You know you have one -- a treat you use to soothe bruised feelings following some distressing e...

Give Yourself A Present For The Future

Pacific Standard | Nathan Collins | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

Don’t feel like you have the time to keep a diary or bury a time capsule? You might be missing out, according to psychologists at Harvard Business S...

The Psychological Impact Of Diet Soda

Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs In recent decades, artificially sweetened beverages have become an increasingly popular alternative to sugary sodas. At the same time...