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5-Minute Every Morning Yoga Poses

Here is a “quick guide” that you can save to your phone with 5 minutes of the best morning yoga poses. This is the first thing I do every day, wherever I am. I usually don’t even roll out my mat. The benefits are wildly disproportional to the amount...

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How to Raise an Olympic Athlete

Even though the Olympics are over, my kids are still whipped into a frenzy. Fiona has a new passion for volleyball, and Molly is signed up for gymnastics in the Fall. I know we aren't alone; households all over the world are currently filled with...

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How to Hack Your Brain to Stay Safer

Society has become safer over the past century. In the United States, the chance of death by preventable injury dropped by about half from the 1920s to the 1990s. However, our progress has plateaued for the past couple of decades, which is an...

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How Self-Compassion Can Help Prevent Teacher Burnout

“You people, I hate your guts!” And so began the school year with Stephen, a student in my 3rd/4th grade classroom whose frequent outbursts usually included more colorful and sometimes more threatening language.

It wasn’t until April that we finally...

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How to Journal Through Your Struggles

Do you keep a diary in good times or bad? According to researchers James W. Pennebaker and Joshua M. Smyth, most journalers tend to fall squarely in one of the two categories: Either they write regularly until adversity hits, then can’t continue; or...

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Why Your Brain Needs to Dream

We often hear stories of people who’ve learned from their dreams or been inspired by them. Think of Paul McCartney’s story of how his hit song “Yesterday” came to him in a dream or of Mendeleev’s dream-inspired construction of the periodic table of...

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Why You Should Sleep Your Way to the Top

We spend almost a third of our lives asleep, giving more time to sleep than any other activity. Some of us are blessed with easy sleep; others of us suffer from insomnia or sleep disturbance. Yet, until recently, scientists have known very little...

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Five Ways Sleep Is Good for Your Relationships

I’m a sleep lover. I like going to bed at the same time every night and getting a full night’s sleep. Deprive me of just one hour of blessed sleep, and things quickly go downhill—just ask my husband. I become bad company—snarky and irritable, hardly...

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Your brain on yoga

Take slow, steady breaths, stretch, hold—and relax.

In a recent study, researchers in Boston found that practicing yoga for just one hour may help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The study involved a sample of 19 adult volunteers, eight...

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