Health & Balance Medical Reference
Direct Contact vs. Airborne Illness
- Where to Find Germs in Your Home
Do you know where the germ hotspots in your home are? You may be surprised. Here’s where to find them so you can wipe them out.
- Why Green Spaces Are Good for You
Research shows green spaces with trees, grass, and other natural elements can boost your overall health. Here’s why.
- How to Make Soap at Home
Find out how to make soap at home, including the ingredients, supplies, step-by-step instructions, and more.
- What Is Human Composting?
Human composting is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional burials and cremation. Learn how it works, what the benefits are, and where it's legal.
- What to Know About Nostalgia
What is nostalgia? Find out how nostalgia works, whether nostalgia is healthy, and why we experience nostalgia.
- 7 Values for Strong Families
Learn about common examples of family values and ways to teach them to children.
- What to Know About Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a massage method that uses hot stones to help relax and soothe muscles. Learn how it works, what the benefits are, and what else you need to know.
- What Is an Extrovert?
Extroverted personalities can be described as outgoing and enthusiastic. They feel comfortable in the external world and find joy in being around others.
- What Is Karma?
What is karma, and how does it affect your life? Find out in our guide on karma.
- How to Start a Family Garden
Starting a family garden can be a great group activity for you and your children. There are many benefits to gardening in your backyard.
- How to Carve a Pumpkin Safely and Easily
Find out about pumpkin carving, its history, and how to do it safely and easily.
- What to Know About Ecotourism
What is ecotourism? Find out more about ecotourism benefits and drawbacks, ecotourism activities, and how to engage in ethical ecotourism.
- What Is Intrinsic Motivation?
Find out what you need to know about intrinsic motivation, and discover the ways you can develop it in your daily life.
- What Is the Enneagram?
Find out about the Enneagram, its history, how it works, and if it can provide accurate results about your personality type.
- What Is a Freudian Slip?
Find out what you need to know about Freudian slips and their origin, causes, psychology, and more.
- What Are the Different Types of Emotions?
Did you know there are different types of emotions? There are many, some more common than others. Why are they important?
- What Is an Empath?
An empath is an individual highly attuned to others’ emotions. Learn more about empath traits, how to know if you are one, and how you can handle it.
- What Is an Existential Crisis?
Learn about the causes and symptoms of an existential crisis and how and when it can affect you.
- What Is Emotional Flooding?
Emotional flooding is when emotions overwhelm you and cause you to act out. Learn about the symptoms, causes, prevention, and more.
- Health Benefits of Reading Books
Reading books can be good for your mental and physical health. Learn how it can affect your brain and body.
- Wim Hof Breathing Technique
Learn about the Wim Hof breathing technique. Discover the science behind this technique and the best way for beginners to approach it.
- Why Family Traditions Matter
Learn how traditions in families connect you to your culture and give you a sense of belonging to something greater than yourself.
- Toxic Workplace vs. Healthy Workplace
Know how a healthy work environment and a toxic workplace differ -- and how they can affect your health.
- What's Doomscrolling and Can It Harm Me?
Reading too much negative content online? Here’s a closer look at how this habit can affect you and simple ways to stop it.
- What to Know About Grieving the Death of a Child
Losing a child is never easy. Learn more about the stages of grief and how to cope with your loss.
- What Is Vipassana Meditation?
Find out what you need to know about Vipassana meditation, how it’s done, and its history.
- What to Know About Yoga Nidra
Find out what you need to know about yoga nidra and how it can affect your health and wellbeing.
- What To Know About Mantras for Meditation
What is mantra meditation? Learn the meaning, benefits, and process of meditating with mantras.
- What To Know About Guided Imagery
Find out what you need to know about guided imagery, and discover examples, benefits, and guided imagery visualization exercises.
- What to Know About Positive Affirmations
What are the benefits of practicing positive affirmations? There are many benefits, including a stronger sense of self and overcoming fear and self-doubt.
- How to Do Restorative Yoga
Find out how to do restorative yoga. Learn about what muscles are used, the health benefits, and mistakes to avoid.
- Health Benefits of Hobbies
Taking time out for your hobbies has several physical, mental, social, and emotional benefits. Learn more about how doing what you love improves your health.
- Self-Efficacy: Examples and Benefits
Learn what self-efficacy is, including self-efficacy benefits, the difference between self-efficacy and self-esteem, and more.
- How to Clean Mold
Find out how to clean mold, including the best types of cleaning supplies, effective methods, and what to avoid.
- What Are Botanicals?
Botanicals are medicines derived from plant sources. Learn how to cure your ailments and improve your health using these natural products.
- What Is a Certified Acupuncturist?
Learn more about what it takes to become a certified acupuncturist, along with what they do and what they can treat with acupuncture.
- How to Clean a Mattress
Find out how to clean a mattress, including practical tips on disinfecting your mattress and extending its life.
- What Is Imposter Syndrome?
Feeling like a fraud, despite your achievements? You might have imposter syndrome.
- What to Know About Type D Personality
Find out what you need to know about type D personality and how it may affect your health, and discover the associated personality traits.
- What Is a Type A Personality?
People with a Type A personality are highly motivated and tend to achieve their goals. Learn more about the Type A personality definition, its link to stress, and more.
- What to Know About Acupressure Points for Nausea
Find out what you need to know about acupressure points for nausea, and learn how it may affect your health.
- What Are the Social Determinants of Health?
Social determinants of health describe the conditions in the places where you live and work. Learn more about how they affect your well-being.
- What is Confirmation Bias?
Confirmation bias is when you only seek information that supports your position, rather than doing full research which might include contradictory opinions.
- How to Give Yourself a Pep Talk
Struggling to achieve your goals? Learn more about the ways that you can give yourself a pep talk.
- What Is Grief Counseling?
Grief counseling is a type of professional therapy designed to help you work through the various stages and range of emotions you may feel after a loss.
- Why We Cry: The Truth About Tearing Up
Some people cry during commercials, while others only tear up for very sad or happy moments. Sometimes, we even cry randomly. But what’s the reason behind the waterworks? Why do some people cry more than others? How do you control your emotions in certain settings? Learn more about tears and how they may be beneficial.
- Adaptogens: What to Know
Adaptogens are herbs or mushrooms that are thought to have health benefits. Learn more about the different types of adaptogens and what we know about them.
- What Is Moxibustion?
Learn what moxibustion is and how it is used to treat various health conditions. Discover how it can be used with acupuncture for greater health benefits.
- Ear Seeds: What to Know
Ear seeds are a type of auriculotherapy, a traditional Chinese medicine technique. They're thought to help with conditions ranging from anxiety to chronic pain. Learn more about how they're used.