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    1. Is Happiness About Attitude?

      By Erinn Bucklan The Rumor: A positive outlook helps create positive experiences Bad stuff happens. But is it possible that simply approaching life with a glass-half-full attitude can actually cause better things to occur? The Verdict: Happiness is born of both positivity and negativity Turns out a

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    2. Go on a Meditation Retreat

      By Jenn Sturiale Meditation is not a team sport. There are no teammates to help us sit on our cushions, and there are definitely no finish lines or cheering fans. Most often an intensely solitary pursuit, meditation takes us on a personal, inward journey. So then, what's the deal with meditation ret

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    3. Sit Still for 5 Minutes a Day

      By Jenn Sturiale It may seem counterintuitive, but sitting still can be an utterly transformative experience. Our society encourages us to always do more, and faster -- and then tomorrow, to do even more, and be faster still. The problem is that most of us lack the skill to be alone and quiet for ev

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    4. Why Do I Fall Asleep While Meditating?

      By Erinn Bucklan Maybe it’s the quiet room. Or the comfy clothing. Or, I don’t know, the fact that my eyes are closed. But how come whenever I give meditation a try, I end up yawning and fighting off the sandman instead of finding my Third Eye? Could it be that not everyone is suited for meditation?

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    5. Become An 'I' Specialist, Improve Yourself

      By Hayley Krischer Everyone has that New Age-y person in their life who makes existential statements like, “If you don' t know yourself, you're not living." Or, "If you don't know yourself, you can't live your truth." And you’re always like, "I do know myself. I know I want a dirty martini extra oli

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    6. Am I Responsible for My Aging Parents?

      By Jenn Sturiale That whole circle-of-life thing isn't just for cartoon lions and gazelles; we humans are bound to it just as firmly. As we get older, so do our parents and other loved ones. Difficult as it is to consider, they may one day need our help -- just as we once needed theirs. The Rumor: C

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    7. 5 Ways Music Helps the Mind

      By Serusha Govender Your brain loves music like Willy Wonka loves chocolate. No, really, it does. Let’s paint a picture of your brain on music: While sound drifts through your auditory pathways, pitch registers in the language center, rhythm rockets through the motor regions, and the rest of your br

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    8. Recharge for the New Year

      By Erinn Bucklan After all the buildup and pressure leading up to the holidays, who doesn’t feel like they need a break during the last week of the year? “This time of year is stressful because of the combination of heightened activity level and heightened expectations,” says James Campbell Quick, p

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    9. Find Pleasure in a House Full of Guests

      By Alia Hoyt We’re supposed to be feeling jolly, giving and thankful during the holidays, but hosting guests often causes the opposite reaction. A little bit of stress and anxiety are totally understandable, considering all of the elbow grease and time that goes into preparing the average (read: eno

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    10. Expand Your Comfort Zone

      By Elizabeth Kuster Initially, the title of this article was "Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone." But then I talked with bestselling author and fear expert Rhonda Britten, founder of the Fearless Living Institute, and she schooled me. "I'm not interested in people getting rid of their comfort zones," s

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