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Life Lifter (283 posts)
Men! What are they thinking? We can't always answer that, but we'll be posting our favorite glimpses into their world in this space every Thursday.
* Say hello to Iceberg, the only ever-seen, all-white adult male Orca. (YouTube)
* Last weekend the police and fire departments in Arlington, TX found themselves under siege from the Joker, Riddler, and a few other notorious bad guys. They called in the help of Batman, who, when he's not saving his city, is also known as Kye, a 7-year-old with leukemia. (Nixle)
* And here is your daily smile: Alphonso Ribiero (you recognize him as Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) leads a flashmob in doing—you guessed it—the Carlton. (Vulture)
Things change. And in this stop-motion graffiti film, the process is beautiful.
"We live by the myth that stress is the enemy in our lives. The real enemy is..." Take a look at Harvard Business Review to find out how that sentence ends.
"Most of us spend our days protecting ourselves from something that's already happened."—Geneen Roth
The Life-Lifter: "It's a blessing for me to still be here." A once-homeless man starts his own upscale soap company (and moves into his own 3-bedroom house).
The whole story just makes me want to weep and smile at the same time. I'm reminded me of something a friend told me her 3-year-old son said. When faced with the idea of death, when he asked if everyone had to die and was told that yes, everyone died, the boy thought about this for a long, quiet moment and then responded, "Chocolate is a vegetable!"
Personally, I can't think of a better response to the huge scariness of illness, of death. Chocolate is a vegetable. Lemonade will make someone's cancer feel better. Yes....Yes, yes, yes.
The Sound of One Hand Playing
A Rising Star's Inspirational Sister
Collecting Jokes for Kids With Cancer
How a ten minute chat with with a friend can change your life: The Self-Correcting Life Scenario.
Watch a girl grow — and a personality develop — from birth to tween in a three minute video.
William Shakespeare, 'tis your birthday! Hurrah! (Celebrate by perusing this bard-related imagery.)
You don't really want to look like a model. Honest.
A novel's worth of drama in just a few words.
The Life-Lifter: Your daily dose of WOW: The highest-resolution photo of the Earth ever taken. You are here.
We've been hearing for years that negative emotional states, like depression, anger, anxiety, and hostility, can have negative health effects, but less was known about positive moods--until now. The researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health recently decided to take a glass-half-full view of the connection between moods and health, and they've concluded that positive psychological well-being appears to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events. After reviewing more than 200 studies published in two scientific databases, the authors found the most optimistic individuals had an approximately 50 percent reduced risk of experiencing heart problems. The researchers stressed that it's not enough to be merely not-depressed or on an even keel; it's important to actually make yourself feel good.
Did you wake up on the meh side of the bed this Wednesday? Fortunately, we have just the thing to boost your mood and help your heart.
It's Stress Awareness Month, but don't let that stress you out. Dr. Oz's 7 ways to reduce that anxious feeling.
From the futuristic to the gloriously old-word, the 25 most beautiful public libraries in the world.
It's part cute pet pictures, part The Onion, and it's all quite amusing. Yes, it's The Fluffington Post.
They're hungry NOW. How to be a faster home cook (without resorting to microwaved nuggets every night).
Orson Whales! Moby Dick meets Orson Wells meets Led Zeppelin. Of course.
The Life-Lifter: How college students are using their dining hall swipes to feed the hungry. (No, not hungover sophomores, the really hungry.)
Is mineral makeup allergy-safe?
How to stop breakouts
Help! I have dry, patchy skin!
You might be innovative, but are you awesome? The Awesomeness Manifesto.
“When you’re a kid, anarchy is something you root for.” A mini-memoir about finding negative space in the busiest of cities.
"With every additional task, we become a little less able to tell what it is that we really feel." So why are we all in such a rush all the time?
Don't want this for dinner, eh? I happen to be a Harvard-educated chef, so eat up. Get your free Science & Cooking lectures right here.
And now for some pointless fun: Capybaras that look like Rafael Nadal. Thanks, Internet!
The Life-Lifter: An 18-year-old pilot who overcame a serious back injury has plans to take disabled and sick children on air tours of the world.
A: The older I get, the more intrigued I am by the mysteries of the cosmos. You have an operation, all goes well (at least I hope it did), you resume your normal life...and one day a glance in the mirror reveals that your hair is a completely different texture. Yikes! Why?
I e-mailed David Kingsley, PhD, trichologist (explainer of all things hair related), who said that though it's very common to see hair loss about three months postsurgery—anesthesia can temporarily disrupt the hair growth cycle—he hasn't heard of anesthesia changing hair texture. He points out, though, that frizziness is a sign of dry hair, which could mean the oil glands on your scalp are less active than they were presurgery. Kingsley suggests that you switch to a shampoo for dry hair, condition after every shampoo, use a prewash deep conditioner at least once a week, drink lots of water to stay well hydrated, and take a primrose oil or omega-3 supplement.
Keep in mind: While you're waiting for your waves, a good antifrizz styling product will be very helpful.
Val Answers your top haircare questions
Why has my curly hair gone straight?
The best ways to tame frizzy summer hair
Proof that the obsession with adorable cat photographs is as old as time. Or at least, photography.
"The experience of feeling precious"-- why the essence of friendship is what we all desire.
In honor of National Letter-Writing Month, Frank Lloyd Wright's stripe-a-rific personal stationery.
The celebrities who turned to (the fictional) Dr. Frasier Crane for psychiatric help.
Forget ink cartridges, this 3D printer prints chocolate.
The Life-Lifter: Three cheers for the bus driver, even if he's only 13! When the bus driver passed out, this quick-thinking teen took the wheel and drove the bus to safety.