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9 reasons not having kids is the best decision I ever made. This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

9 reasons not having kids is the best decision I ever made

“What’s your greatest achievement?” That’s such a good question. Does No Kids Equal No Life? Is Sitting a Lethal Activity? Basics - Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop. » When Being Who You Are Challenges the Norms. Post written by Leo Babauta.

» When Being Who You Are Challenges the Norms

I believe in shaking up the way things are done. Often we’re stuck in a rut of doing things a certain way, because that’s the way everyone else does things, because that’s how it’s always done. Because it’s safe. But the normal way of doing things is often not the only way, nor the best way. 7 Negative People You Need to Ignore. Email You can’t live a positive life around negative people.

7 Negative People You Need to Ignore

Sadly, some people are so entrenched in seeing the negative side of things that they leave zero room for positive things to grow. People like this inhabit our families, work environments and social circles. It can be emotionally draining just being around them, and you must be careful because their negative attitudes and opinions are venomous and contagious.

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed. Well I’m in the working world again.

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed

I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months of traveling. Because I had been living quite a different lifestyle while I was away, this sudden transition to 9-to-5 existence has exposed something about it that I overlooked before. Since the moment I was offered the job, I’ve been markedly more careless with my money. Not stupid, just a little quick to pull out my wallet. As a small example, I’m buying expensive coffees again, even though they aren’t nearly as good as New Zealand’s exceptional flat whites, and I don’t get to savor the experience of drinking them on a sunny café patio. Books - One Injury, 10 Countries - A Journey in Health Care - Review. How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love. By Maria Popova Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends.

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

“Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, “and dedicate your life to it.” Kurt Michael Friese: How to Handle (or Avoid) a Hangover. Chances are you've experienced it at least once -- studies say 75 percent of adults have.

Kurt Michael Friese: How to Handle (or Avoid) a Hangover

Veisalgia, or what we more commonly call a hangover, is one of the more persuasive negative side-effects of overindulging. The French have my favorite term for it, "Gueule de bois," which translates loosely to "wood face. " One for the Ages: A Prescription That May Extend Life. There's More to Life Than Being Happy - Emily Esfahani Smith. "It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.

There's More to Life Than Being Happy - Emily Esfahani Smith

" Kacper Pempel/Reuters In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished -- but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived.

In his bestselling 1946 book, Man's Search for Meaning, which he wrote in nine days about his experiences in the camps, Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had lived and those who had died came down to one thing: Meaning, an insight he came to early in life. When he was a high school student, one of his science teachers declared to the class, "Life is nothing more than a combustion process, a process of oxidation. " Burning Question | Why Is Flu Common in Winter? The Power of Negative Thinking. Lab-Grown Disks May Cure That Aching Back. Squishy, doughnut-shaped disks can make the difference between a pain-free, active lifestyle or years of back discomfort.

Lab-Grown Disks May Cure That Aching Back

When the disks that normally cushion each vertebra in the spine start to degenerate, due to aging or injury, nerves can be pinched and movement impeded. But degenerating disks may soon be replaceable with bioengineered disk implants grown in the laboratory. A research team has implanted living, biologically based disks into rats' spines and found that they allow for as much movement as native, healthy disks.

"This is, in my opinion, in a whole different league than tissues that have been engineered before," says University of Pennsylvania orthopedic bioengineer Robert Mauck, who was not involved in the study. Basics - Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop. Keli Goff: Why Women Shouldn't Want to Have it All. I knew that Anne-Marie Slaughter's essay "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" had officially become a major cultural touchstone not when it was heralded as the most widely read piece in the history of the Atlantic's website, but when my mother, who still occasionally has trouble finding my own articles via Google, asked for my thoughts on the piece.

Keli Goff: Why Women Shouldn't Want to Have it All

At that point I didn't have any, since thanks to my travel schedule (and guilt about my own looming writing deadlines), I hadn't had a chance to read it, but at mom's insistence, I have now and here are my thoughts. My first thought is that Slaughter is to be commended for having the courage to say what many women, particularly feminist women, are afraid to. Namely, that no matter how smart, talented, ambitious or gifted a woman is, there is no such thing as a perfect life, so we should stop aspiring to lead one. Bruce Feiler: A Father's 10 Lessons for His Daughters. One of the secrets of parenting is that it's often a very lonely sport.

Bruce Feiler: A Father's 10 Lessons for His Daughters

Especially for dads. Our children expect us to be the Answer Man, Mr. Fix It, the Know-it-All. And the truth is we often expect this of ourselves. Maybe our dads played this role for us. Compass Of Pleasure': Why Some Things Feel So Good. The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So GoodBy David J. LindenHardcover, 240 pagesViking AdultList Price: $26.95 Bangkok, 1989. The afternoon rains have ended, leaving the early evening air briefly free of smog and allowing that dis­tinctive Thai perfume, frangipani with a faint note of sewage, to waft over the shiny streets. 9 Things You Should Stop Doing Right Now. If you want to start living a happy and healthy life, here are nine things that you should stop doing right now: 1.

Stop feeling pity or sympathy for yourself because life has become so challenging. 2. Stop allowing yourself to play the “victim” when life doesn’t turn out like you imagined. 3. The 7 vices of highly creative people - Writers and Writing. Smoking has often been linked with creative genius. For example, French philosopher Albert Camus is well known to have savored his smokes though his lungs were withered by tuberculosis. And who can imagine Albert Einstein without his pipe, George Burns without his cigar or Jackson Pollock without a cigarette dangling from his lips? Newsletter - DO - Back Pain. “As we go about our busy lives we unknowingly put our muscles, joints and bones under strain. This stress can mount up incrementally and result in a serious impact on the body such as a sudden fall or a misalignment of the spine. As a holistic Osteopath, I look for and treat these imbalances before they develop into something serious, and re-establish harmony between the body’s structure and its function.

Acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, massage and cupping can be effectively combined to restore the body’s natural balance and health so that it can begin healing itself. Years of experience have also taught me that often lurking behind physical pain is emotional tension stored, knowingly or unknowingly, in various parts of the body. Learn to Cope: Even Moderate Stress Can Have Lethal Effects - Alice G. Walton - Life.

New research has found that men who have undergone moderate or high levels of stressful life events are at much greater risk of death Most adults have experienced the reality that stressful life events can take a serious toll on health. Not only mental, but physical health can suffer in the wake of major upsets like the death of a spouse, the loss of a job, or divorce. Now, a new study finds that the more stressful life events men weather in middle age or older, the greater the risk of death. Unwind this Weekend! How to (Really!) Recharge. 10 Reasons Why You Should Take A Vacation As Soon As Possible.

Are You Living the Life of Your Dreams? An Interview with Author Marilyn Tam. Joe Robinson: The Secret to a Life of No Regrets: Live Before You Die.