They’re smaller than you might think

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An unmade bed with a lamp and plant on the bedside table
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My husband and his brother grew up sharing a room. They’re only two years apart. They have the same family culture, the same values, and even the same voice. Yet, one of them makes his bed every single day–and the other one has never made our bed. Literally ever. I’m sure my husband would want me to tell you he has other amazing qualities, and that’s true. But the point remains.

What’s the difference between these two brothers that has caused such a divide in their daily rituals? It doesn’t seem to matter that…

Slow and steady wins the race

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An empty wooden plate and spoon
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In the not-so-distant past, fasting was mainly limited to the hyper-spiritual, those who wanted to “starve the body to feed the spirit.” Now, fasting has hit the mainstream and gone from a spiritual practice to a physical undertaking with the goal of losing weight and improving overall health.

Why has intermittent fasting become so popular? Well, it’s accessible to almost everyone (as long as you’re not pregnant/breastfeeding or suffering from an underlying health condition), people usually find it easier to implement than a traditional diet, and it has shown to be quite effective for most people.

Potential medical benefits of intermittent fasting include:

  • Weight loss
  • Lower blood…

How to get stuff done

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You have a list of 100 items you didn’t finish last week…but you’re scrolling through Instagram.

You should be preparing for your big interview tomorrow, but your thoughts keep circling back to that weird conversation you had with your friend yesterday.

Your editor is pushing you to meet your next deadline, but you find yourself gazing into the distance and pondering the meaning of life.

When did productivity become so elusive? Why is it so difficult to discover how to improve focus?

You might blame the fact that you’re newly working from home, but studies show those who work from…

The future of neuroscience

A black and white photo of a brain crafted using dollar bills
A black and white photo of a brain crafted using dollar bills
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When was the last time a song got stuck in your head? If you’re anything like me, it’s usually the most annoying songs that remain there, playing over and over until I’m sufficiently distracted by something else (possibly another irritating song). This repetitive pattern is the basic concept behind brainwave entrainment.

Brainwave entrainment has become popular among biohackers and wellness gurus. Still, there doesn’t seem to be much information out there about how it works and how to use it properly.

Have you ever considered trying brainwave entrainment? You may have heard of the many benefits…

Please tell me I’m not the only one struggling

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An hourglass on a stony ground
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Is it just me, or is working from home (WFH) making time management harder than ever? I sit alone at my desk (okay, kitchen table) without the useful threat of someone looking over my shoulder to see what I’m doing. Most of the time, it’s much more appealing to listen to a podcast or scroll through Instagram than to focus on work. The day is almost finished before I know it, and I haven’t met any of my productivity goals.

How can I manage my time effectively, so I don’t end up working late to catch up after a day…

The scoop on your poop

A girl holds a decorated poop emoji-shaped cookie in front of her face
A girl holds a decorated poop emoji-shaped cookie in front of her face
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Unless you’re an 8-year-old boy, you probably don’t spend much time talking about your poop…even to those closest to you. Yet, it’s a big part of life. I mean, you could spend as many as 6,000 hours pooping throughout your life. That’s more time than most millennials will spend reading. But we’re much more willing to talk about the latest sci-fi book we read than to share about our toilet time, aren’t we?

Due to my international lifestyle, I am more than familiar with all kinds of toilets (and intestinal problems). You’ve got the Middle Eastern/Asian squatty potty, the African…

Spiritual meditation for the anxious mind

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We all want to be able to develop the ability to meditate like monks, to reach deep meditation in seconds by walking down the well-trodden zen path that has become a familiar friend. Here’s the thing. I’m stressed, you’re stressed…and monks aren’t.

Monks don’t typically have a naked 3-year-old running through the background of their Zoom meetings or a difficult coworker who constantly points to the reasons a new idea will fail. They don’t have in-laws or unrealistic date night expectations, clingy friends or lengthy to-do lists.

I’m not saying monks never have problems, but it sure seems like their…

A little boy with round glasses reads a book
A little boy with round glasses reads a book
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As a parent, I’m sure you have a long list of goals for your kids. You want them to be well-behaved, polite, respectful, smart, diligent, kind, generous, and creative. Oh, and you want them to be morally upstanding citizens. And full of gratitude. Not to mention responsible and wildly successful.

Okay, the point is we all have big dreams for our kids. You might think the best way to develop these important character traits is for your kids to learn how to play violin or to speak fluent Arabic. …

Be the best breather you can be

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A young woman running on a trail through a forest
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“Just breathe.”

This is a common piece of advice to hear when you’ve just received bad news, when you feel afraid, or when you’re stressed out about work (or the millions of other things you get stressed about).

But if you’re anything like me, it’s really not that simple. I’m thinking, “How can I focus on my breathing right now after what just happened?”

It’s often difficult to take deep breaths when you’re caught in an overwhelming situation. That’s why you need to develop habits that boost your oxygen levels so your body stays healthy and oxygenated during stressful times.

Because your kids are tired of Zoom school

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Critical thinking is a much-needed skill in our current world. Employers are not simply looking at someone’s IQ or diploma–they’re searching for employees who can actively contribute to the company by their ability to think critically.

This skill is not something that can just be acquired quickly when it’s time to apply for jobs. Rather, critical thinking is something that should be cultivated from an early age.

As parents, we tend to feel overwhelmed at all of the expectations that society places on our children. From violin lessons to volleyball practice to…

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