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    1. 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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    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. Can Rainy Days Really Get You Down?

      By Julie Taylor The Rumor: Rainy days can really get you down Ever notice that as rain drops from the sky, your mood sometimes drops, too? If you feel meh on a dreary day, you might just chalk it up to coincidence. Sure, the Carpenters sang, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” But can rain

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    4. Is It Better to Meditate in Silence?

      By Jenn Sturiale The Rumor: You can only really meditate in complete silence As if it isn’t difficult enough to find the time to meditate, some styles of meditation prescribe complete silence as their way of getting into the zone. Confusingly, other schools advocate the use of mantras or chants to g

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    5. Is the Nocebo Effect Hurting Your Health?

      By Serusha Govender The Rumor: Your mind-set has no influence on a medicine's effectiveness You’ve heard of the placebo effect, right? That's what occurs when patients think they’re getting a fancy new drug, but what they’re really getting is just a sugar pill. Then, in a case of "mind over medicine

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    6. Stop Hiding Behind Social Media

      By Jenn La Lima Are you in social solitude? If your social life has gone mostly digital, you might be. Social media certainly helps us keep in touch, despite our busy lives. But on some level, many of us are in hiding. Don’t let these excuses keep you stuck in a life of increasing social solitude! B

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    7. Keep Your Cool During Holiday Gatherings

      By Alia Hoyt Some people just know how to push our buttons, and actually seem to enjoy it. If you are laid back, don't like confrontation or are just sensitive (like I am), dreading the snarky comments that are sure to come from your frenemy/crazy uncle/estranged stepmother can cause serious stress

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    8. 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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    9. Make Time for Play

      By Jared Miller Society expects adults to show a certain amount of maturity and responsibility, and most of us tend to fall in line. We tell ourselves that there's no time for play -- we've got work to do. Lots and lots of work. Entire email threads of it, in fact -- and more coming in every minute.

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    10. Forgive a Family Member

      By Julie Taylor It’s the holiday season, which means many of us get the chance to spend time with family members we haven't seen in ages. Sounds good in theory, but if you’ve been holding on to old family grudges for years, the holidays can leave you feeling more stressed than blessed. (It’s not lik

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