4 Ways To Trick Your Brain into Making Any Situation Better

We’re not supposed to feel happy all the time, and anyone who tells you that they are is a big, fat liar. Everyone gets the blues. Everyone gets anxious. And everyone gets angry. Unhappiness is normal, and, at least for a little while, it’s adaptive since our brains react to threatening truths

Coffee Could Boost Your Memory

Ah, a fresh “crawford” — it’s what my friends call a coffee and a delicious vehicle for caffeine. What could be better than a fresh craw on a cold day? Well, it may help me remember that cute barista who served it to me. In a study published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers discovered one more of coffee’s perks

Looking Toward The New Year: How Do Our Brains Simulate the Future?

Nearly half of Americans are said to make a New Year’s resolution. Among the top commitments are to save dollars, be a better person and exercise more. These generic vows of self-improvement yield the same old stories about motivation and happiness year after year. I could go that route, or

Does Running With Music Make A Difference?

I’m no marathon runner by traditional standards. I can’t run 26 miles in a day. I’ve never even tried. But I’ve been known to do it in a week. Marathoner or not, I consider myself a part of the running community. I crave runs. I go crazy without them, and I know the difference between a good and a bad run.

Cultivating Compassion

Rather than describing when I have a headache, I try to look at days I don’t have one. In the past three years, that count has been zero, and I can’t remember before that. They became a problem in 2008. Ever since, I’ve been weaving through the intricate tangle of America’s healthcare system, seeking traditional and alternative therapies

Schizophrenia and Syd Barrett: Shine on You Crazy Diamond

I heard a track recently, something that I haven’t heard in a long while, and it’s called “Shine on You Crazy Diamond.” You may have heard of it. Released by Pink Floyd in 1975, it was a tribute to their friend and founder, Syd Barrett, who at that point was no longer part of the band having left it in 1968 due to mental

To Bed, To Sleep, Too Bad!

I’ve had a problem with sleep throughout most of my life. Fed up, I went to a sleep clinic a few years back. After being hooked up to an ungodly amount of wires to monitor my sleep, I was left there to spend the night.

Babies Can Swim! When to Begin Swim Lessons and Why

Swimming is such fun and it is a wonderful way to stay healthy for life! Did you know that babies can develop a passion for swimming? They are born with a love for the water so parents can go together on an exciting adventure as their child learns about water and eventually learns to swim!


“I think my boyfriend thinks I’m crazy,” says Jessica, a New York City boutique manager. She laughs as she recalls her premenstrual syndrome (PMS) at its worst. “What’s really amusing…

Beyond the World Summit on the Millennium Development Goals

Nearly 140 Heads of State and Government gathered at U.N. Headquarters on September 20 to 22, 2010 for the second World Summit to review implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000, including pledges from halving hunger and poverty by 2015 to dealing comprehensively with

Sex and the Human Brain

Do women think differently than men? From the battle of the sexes to clashes between cultures, it’s always been a politically explosive topic. Only very recently, however, have we begun to understand that there are important sex distinctions in the brain. Investigating these differences could lead to more effective

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