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Research reveals how having warm, loving parents as a child helps you flourish as an adult

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A recent study out of Harvard has found that people who had warm, affectionate parents in childhood live better lives. Most of us consider it common sense that a parent’s love goes a long way, affecting a child’s well-being and health in the moment and for years to come. But the size of that impact may be larger than we think.


Lessons learned from the latest biohacking fad

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I’ll admit it: The hype over intermittent fasting intoxicated me. As a consumer of all things health and performance, I could not resist the urge to give it a go.


Research into athletes’ mindsets can help every person become psychologically stronger

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When someone is described as being “mentally tough,” it typically signals that they’re resilient, self-assured, and bold. Ask any athlete what the concept means in sports, and they will answer, “you thrive in competition,” “you’re self-confident,” and “you can handle the pressure.” But all these statements describe behavior, rather than what’s going on inside one’s head. They fail to define what mental toughness actually is and how it develops.

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