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Happiness, Empathy, Aspirin and More

Can taking the scenic route lead to happiness? Researchers at Yahoo Labs crowdsourced impressions of streets, combining them with Flickr data and survey responses to present walkers with optimal routes balancing “people’s emotional perceptions of urban spaces” and their need to get to their destination in a reasonable amount of time. Using gamification, researchers found that our brains are constantly .. read more

On August 8th, 2014, posted in: Solutions by Tags: , , , , ,

Volunteering at Deborah’s Place

It was a Monday. I had been working out in the suburbs and was racing back into Chicago for a volunteer event. I was stressed on the drive, dodging traffic and giving myself a pep talk on the power of showing up, even if my arrival was going to be a late one. As the universe would have .. read more

Self-Compassion, Breathprints, a Weight Loss App for Kids & More

Listen to this podcast about the power of self-compassion. Mike Robbins, a former professional baseball player, talks about how a career-ending injury changed his life when he was 23. A new device might make detecting breast cancer, tuberculosis, heart failure and other diseases as simple as breath test. Working like a breathalyzer, this device measures “breathprints” to help detect .. read more

Multitasking, Sleep, Stress Eating & an Attack Cat

Is your city a healthy place to live? The verdict on the healthiest cities in the U.S. is in and the winner is … well, all we can say is you better learn to surf. Remember when the term “multitasking” was a positive one? Did you list it as a skill on your resume? As it .. read more

Foods that Fight Stress, Doing What You Love & a Moving Resuce

If you stress-eat, you’re not alone. A new survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health found that when we’re stressed, we eat—and what we eat isn’t helping. Listen to this story about the connection between your diet and your mood, and find out what foods can actually help you fight stress. .. read more

Mini Organs, 34 Ways to Eat Watermelon & 2014: The Year of Employee Health?

OZY reports that scientists are growing mini brains, livers, kidneys and other organs (organoids) that look and function much like their full-sized counterparts. Ultimately, scientists hope to use organoids—which are created from patients’ own stem cells—to replace diseased organs. With an average of 18 people in the U.S. dying every day while waiting for a match or an organ donor, these tiny organs could be huge news. 34 .. read more

#NoFilter: How Removing Judgment Leads to Real Interactions

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” —Shakespeare This is one of my favorite quotes because it is about removing judgment—and judgment is where we often get ourselves in trouble. It’s where we get into a fight because we are judging the other person’s moral standards against ours, and it is where .. read more

Camel’s Milk, Career Advice & a Happy Dog

So, camel’s milk is a thing now. Said to taste pretty much the same as cow’s milk, camel’s milk has 50% less fat and about 40 fewer calories per cup. It also contains approximately the same amounts of other nutrients, according to the first U.S. retailer of camel’s milk, Desert Farms. If you want to give it a .. read more

Responsibility As a Path to Freedom

“It’s our choices that show who we truly are, not our abilities.” – JK Rowling. There came a point in my life where I realized that I can only go as far as I believe I can go. This idea, this mindset, has been a catalyst for me throughout the last 10 years of my .. read more

Instinct vs. Analysis, a Human Shock Collar, a Feel-Good Story & More

If you have to make a choice, do you go with your head or your gut? New research suggests that instinct might actually trump analysis when it comes to making the best decision. Check out this interview with Psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer, who has dedicated his career to figuring out how, when and why we get things right. Watch one woman’s .. read more

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