What It Means If You Hear Laurel vs. Yanny, According to a Neuroscientist

Laurel versus Yanny is dividing the nation. It seems like we had barely settled down from the blue and black (or white and gold?) dress debacle, when YouTube star Cloe Feldman decided to publish a four-second video originally posted on Reddit by user RolandCamry. Within a couple days, the clip asking viewers whether they hear the word “Laurel” or… Read More »

13 Real People on What Actually Helped When They Were Grieving

Everyone responds to grief in a different way. And everyone finds their own way of dealing with grief. Here, 13 people share the strategies that helped them cope with loss. I screamed “When my mom died in 2013, I was 21 and it totally shattered my world. I felt so trapped and suffocated during the first days… Read More »

Your Dog Hates Hugs

I never met a dog I didn’t want to hug. The feeling, alas, is likely not mutual. In a giant bummer of an article published recently in Psychology Today, Stanley Coren—who studies canine behavior at the University of British Columbia—makes a sadly strong case against the dog hug, arguing that although humans love embracing their canine… Read More »

15 Hotels That Make Exercise Easy

It used to be hard to exercise when traveling. Sure, you could squeeze in a jog if the weather was nice, but finding engaging, fun fitness facilities was always much trickier. Happily, more and more hotels have been creating health-friendly solutions to help guests stay on top of their exercise regimens, offering handy in-room amenities and… Read More »

Why Impulsive Couples Tend to Be Happy

There’s a certain type of frequently stereotyped couple that’s, well, a little crazy. They’re the ones who will pack up on a whim and move to a different city, who will adopt a pet on a moment’s notice, and who seem to always be planning a zany vacation. Such couples tend to have members with… Read More »

How Expressing Gratitude Might Change Your Brain

A lot of so-called “positive psychology” can seem a bit flaky, especially if you’re the sort of person disinclined to respond well to an admonition to “look on the bright side.” But positive psychologists have published some interesting findings, and one of the more robust ones is that feeling grateful is very good for you.… Read More »

About That Super Bowl Ad for a Gross Opioid-Painkiller Side Effect

About halfway through the second quarter of Sunday night’s game, a black-and-white ad snuck in, lecturing Americans gorging on nachos and beer about something absolutely no one wants to think about while gorging on nachos and beer: constipation. The ad features a man gloomily having coffee. He glances over his shoulder when a toilet flushes… Read More »

The Healthiest (and Unhealthiest) Food on Domestic Airlines

Since 2012, Dr. Charles Platkin, editor of DietDetective.com and a professor of public health at Hunter College and CUNY, has been investigating in-flight snacks and meals found on major carriers across the U.S. and Canada. This year’s survey revealed which airlines are improving, becoming less cooperative, and which ones continue to fly the healthiest food across the… Read More »

Travel Yoga: 14 Tips for Doing Yoga On-The-Go

Relaxation is paramount for a successful trip—even if said trip is jetting off to a busy city on business. But between wedging yourself into cramped coach class, sitting for hours on a train, and the stress that comes with airport security or exploring a new destination, travel can wreak havoc on your peace of mind—not to mention your body.… Read More »