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  • Christie Brinkley keeps on smiling with daily exercise and relaxation

    Christie Brinkley keeps on smiling with daily exercise and relaxation

    At 61, an age when not many people might choose to be photographed in a swimsuit, supermodel Christie Brinkley joyfully poses for selfies while wearing a bikini, a hat and her trademark smile. Brinkley has appeared on the covers of more than 500 magazines, including three consecutive swimsuit issues...

  • Patricia Arquette of 'CSI: Cyber' on equality, laughter and the joy of an empty in-box

    Patricia Arquette of 'CSI: Cyber' on equality, laughter and the joy of an empty in-box

    Patricia Arquette — the star of CBS' "CSI: Cyber" and Academy Award winner for her role as a resilient divorced mother in "Boyhood" — recently took on a comedic guest role: teaming with Amy Schumer, Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for an episode of Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer." The much-talked-about...

  • Are you a nail biter? A hair twister? Or always late? 4 tips for breaking bad habits

    Are you a nail biter? A hair twister? Or always late? 4 tips for breaking bad habits

    Whoever came up with the expression "drop like a bad habit" most likely never tried to stop biting their nails. So-called nervous habits are considered cousins of compulsive disorders. "Some people would define these habits as obsessive behavior," says psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, author of...

  • How to improve willpower? Feed it.

    How to improve willpower? Feed it.

    Bridging the gap between who we are and who we want to be is often exhausting. To become fitter, we need to keep from blowing off the gym. And to do that, we need willpower. Children who have the self-control to resist a marshmallow now in order to receive two later generally have better SAT scores...

  • We're far more afraid of failure than ghosts: Here's how to stare it down

    We're far more afraid of failure than ghosts: Here's how to stare it down

    I sat at the edge of my seat, waiting to be called up. Hands freezing, heart racing, I tried to slow my breathing and calmly remember what to do. Breathe, got to breathe. The instructor called my name. I walked to my spot, inhaled and expanded my rib cage. Nodded. And began to sing "Shenandoah."...

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  • How one man conquered his paralyzing fear of swimming in open water (and how you can too)

    How one man conquered his paralyzing fear of swimming in open water (and how you can too)

    On an unusually chilly Friday evening, Culver City's public pool bustled with activity. Dozens of swimmers kicked and splashed as bundled-up coaches called instructions from the deck. At one end of the pool, Joe McCauley swam a lap of freestyle. His arms circled slowly, deliberately. His torso...

  • Ricki Lake takes pride in her work behind the lens on women's health

    Ricki Lake takes pride in her work behind the lens on women's health

    Ricki Lake has gone from the lead in the 1988 cult-favorite film "Hairspray" to roles in movies and television, including "Cry-Baby," "China Beach" and "The King of Queens," and stints as a talk-show host. But perhaps the role she has worked hardest at is her current one: advocate for women's health....

  • 'Proof's' Matthew Modine breathes easier by living in the moment

    'Proof's' Matthew Modine breathes easier by living in the moment

    Matthew Modine stars as a terminally ill billionaire questioning the existence of the afterlife in TNT's "Proof." To search for answers, he recruits a surgeon, played by Jennifer Beals, who is haunted by the sudden death of her teenage son and her own near-death experience. The deal clincher: She...

  • Six tips for a healthy lifestyle - from rock stars who'd know

    Six tips for a healthy lifestyle - from rock stars who'd know

    Once upon a time, the rock 'n' roll lifestyle was the exclusive preserve of, well, rockers. Nowadays, more and more people are living out of airports and hotels, working late into the night and eating on the run, says Gabrielle Francis, a naturopathic doctor, chiropractor, acupuncturist and massage...

  • When it's you versus the dog: New book 'Stepdog' tackles the blending of families with pets

    When it's you versus the dog: New book 'Stepdog' tackles the blending of families with pets

    You're not sure it's going to happen for you, but it does: You find the mate of your dreams. He has an enviable Pacific Palisades address and you both have top journalism jobs. So, can a galoopy mutt named Eddie — granted, one whose antics prompted the post office to put the house on a "do not...

  • Connie Britton sings praises of relaxation in her full life

    Connie Britton sings praises of relaxation in her full life

    Costumed in sequins and 5-inch heels, the tall, toned and energetic Connie Britton stars as Rayna Jaymes, a country-singing icon, in ABC's "Nashville." She acquired devoted fans and four Emmy nominations with her nuanced portrayals of domestic life in NBC's "Friday Night Lights" and FX's "American...

  • Music and meditations with k.d. lang and Pema Chodron at UCLA

    Music and meditations with k.d. lang and Pema Chodron at UCLA

    k.d. lang has been a practicing Buddhist for 15 years, and it was renowned teacher Pema Chödrön who helped inspire her. As a result, lang says she is "beyond excited" to share the stage at Royce Hall with Chödrön for an evening of music and conversation. The June 20 event will benefit the Pema...

  • When using social media becomes socially destructive

    When using social media becomes socially destructive

    If you're like most of the world, you make time for following friends on social media. In fact, 71% of adults who go online use Facebook and 23% use Twitter, according to the Pew Research Center. That isn't a bad thing at all. Positive posting and communication can be a real boost to your confidence...

  • Spying on an ex via Facebook is no way to get over breakup

    Spying on an ex via Facebook is no way to get over breakup

    After a breakup, the urge to check out how your ex's life is progressing is hard to resist. A whopping one-half to two-thirds of Facebook users have gone on the site to check up on a former partner, according to research by Tara C. Marshall, lecturer in the department of psychology and school of...

  • In 'Results,' going to the gym is life-changing in unexpected ways

    In 'Results,' going to the gym is life-changing in unexpected ways

    A charming, oddball new film takes on the question of just what sort of results clients and trainers hope to get from their workouts. The romantic comedy "Results," written and directed by Andrew Bujalski, features three lonely people in Texas. Trevor (Guy Pearce) is a gym owner with a mission;...

  • When it's time to clock out on technology

    When it's time to clock out on technology

    A 24/7, Internet-connected reality can feel like running in place, forever busy without accomplishing anything. A blur of personal and professional. But there's a movement to embrace at least one real day off for your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Some experts share how to connect...

  • Mallika Chopra talks 'Living With Intent' and balancing priorities

    Mallika Chopra talks 'Living With Intent' and balancing priorities

    She's the daughter of one of the most renowned self-help gurus in the world, but Mallika Chopra discovered she doesn't always have all the answers. Her father, Deepak Chopra, is a medical doctor who can also be credited for popularizing meditation and bringing Ayurveda healing techniques into the...

  • Three light-therapy products to aid seasonal affective disorder

    Three light-therapy products to aid seasonal affective disorder

    Long summer days can't come soon enough for people with seasonal affective disorder, but some people don't need to wait. Benefits for them can be found with a daily dose of artificial light. People with SAD commonly report fatigue, moodiness, irritability and increased carbohydrate cravings from...

  • Avatars often reflect a reality about their creators, study finds

    Avatars often reflect a reality about their creators, study finds

    Those cute little avatars you create to represent yourself in online games not only tell a lot about your personality but may also help you find friends, according to researchers who looked at how others see those representations. Avatars range from the simple drawings used for Mii characters in...

  • 'Forest bath' is way to let nature cleanse away stress

    'Forest bath' is way to let nature cleanse away stress

    Shinrin-yoku is the name given to the Japanese art of "forest bathing," contemplative walks through the woods that reconnect the individual with nature and can lead to decreased stress, natural mood elevation and even a stronger immune system. This means of mobile meditation has been recognized...

  • Let go of stress by creating your own spa environment

    Let go of stress by creating your own spa environment

    You're still carrying those 10 Thanksgiving-to-Christmas pounds, and Valentine's Day was a bust. Not to mention the stress that seems to come with just getting out of bed these days. But there's help — in the form of a little pampering — right in your own home. And stressed we are. According to...

  • Meditation booms as people seek a way to slow down

    Meditation booms as people seek a way to slow down

    One hundred fifty people sat in the big meeting room, hands on laps, eyes closed, feet flat on the floor. "Bring your attention to this moment," Janice Marturano instructed. "Be open to sensations of warmth or coolness, sensations of fullness from breakfast, or perhaps hunger." Minutes later, the...

  • Howie Mandel runs to be calm, works to help others with A-fib

    Howie Mandel runs to be calm, works to help others with A-fib

    Comedian Howie Mandel has been open about his mental illness, but what many don't know is how he uses exercise to calm his mind and control compulsive thoughts. Was physical activity something you've always been interested in, or is this new? I wasn't an active kid. My mind was, but my body? Not...

  • Kindly app lets strangers bond briefly over troubles

    Kindly app lets strangers bond briefly over troubles

    I'm hunched over my iPhone, texting with a stranger I know only as "NJ." I'm soliciting career advice. I love my work, I peck out, but sometimes wonder if I should be more strategic, have a grand plan. This conversation is being facilitated by Kindly, a smartphone app that pairs users for anonymous...

  • 'Orange Is the New Black' star Taylor Schilling stays fit with meditation and yoga

    'Orange Is the New Black' star Taylor Schilling stays fit with meditation and yoga

    She played Ben Affleck's wife in the Academy Award-winning film "Argo" and the object of Zac Efron's affection in the film adaptation of "The Lucky One." But Taylor Schilling did not find fame until she put on an orange prison jumpsuit to star in the Netflix hit series "Orange Is the New Black."...

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