How To Speak Up For Yourself

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Speaking up is hard to do, even when you know you should. Learn how to assert yourself, navigate tricky social situations and expand your personal power with sage guidance from social psychologist Adam Galinsky. To hear more from Adam, click here.

Get Up and Move. It May Make You Happier.

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When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still, according to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities and moods. In general, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit. There already is considerable evidence that physical activity is linked to …

Keep Things Simple For A Healthy, Long Life

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I’m often asked for medical advice by friends, family members, even new acquaintances: What about this diet? What should I do about this symptom? What about this medication? People are usually disappointed when I don’t share their enthusiasm about the latest health fads. Members of my family, in particular, are often underwhelmed by my medical advice. I’ll be the first …

How That Holiday Song Becomes An Inescapable Earworm

How That Holiday Song Becomes An Inescapable Earworm

It’s the time of year when seemingly innocent jingles tunnel into my brain. Right now I’m haunted by Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me,” which I heard for the first time while researching this article. Help me. There may be good reasons why a song like that becomes an earworm, according to Elizabeth Margulis, director of the music cognition lab at …

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing

Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times. Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system. Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality. …

How to Meditate

How to Meditate

Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly. Here, we offer basic tips to get you started on a path toward greater equanimity, acceptance and joy. Take a deep breath, and get ready to relax. To read …

The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

The impression that plants don’t do anything, that they just sit there, may be the result of time-scale prejudice; we are simply blind to actions that unfold over very long, drawn out, slow time scales. But put the plant on fast forward, in a film, say, and it becomes harder to deny that plants seem to solve problems and act …

Fear of Heights?

Last Friday, six members of the “vertical dance troupe” BANDALOOP marked the grand opening of a new 17-story building in Boston’s Seaport District by suspending themselves from wires and dancing against its side. Actually “dancing” doesn’t quite cover it. At Farm To Ballet, Watch Vermont’s Cows And Tomatoes Do Arabesques THE SALT At Farm To Ballet, Watch Vermont’s Cows And …

Stressed Out And Still No Vacation

Stressed Out And Still No Vacation

A majority of Americans say they’re stressed at work. And it’s clear the burden of stress has negative effects on health, including an increase in heart disease, liver disease and gastrointestinal problems. Still, though it’s been known for years that periodically disengaging from one’s everyday routine can reduce stress, most Americans don’t take advantage of their days off. A recent …

How Exercise May Help the Brain Grow Stronger

How Exercise May Help the Brain Grow Stronger

Physical activity is good for our brains. A wealth of science supports that idea. But precisely how exercise alters and improves the brain remains somewhat mysterious. A new study with mice fills in one piece of that puzzle. It shows that, in rodents at least, strenuous exercise seems to beneficially change how certain genes work inside the brain. Though the …