Study Shows Students Learn Better When They Take Handwritten Notes

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The educational system is being swept along in the race for technological advancement and supremacy in nearly every country. I’m not anti-technology, but I’m aware of the disadvantages of the Computer Age. Students don’t engage in interesting practical work in some schools around the world anymore. Some instructors will merely project a virtual lab or…

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A Nova Scotian Self-Written Obituary Reminds People to “Live a Little”

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What would you do if you were diagnosed with incurable cancer? In Bailey Matheson’s obituary, she encourages people to “live a little”. Diagnosed two years ago, Bailey Matheson reminds us that “none of us know how long we’re here, so you might as well enjoy it. Enjoy the ride.” Bailey grew up in Cape Breton,…

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6 Hard Truths About Losing A Parent

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Just thinking about losing a parent is an unbearable thought. Parents are some of the most important people in our lives, and whether we’re in contact with them or not, losing a ‘life giver’ puts us through a series of emotional changes. We all owe life death, and at some point, we will still have…

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Flex Your Brain A Bit With This Challenging Riddle: “What Has An Eye But Cannot See?”

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Think. You know this. It might be tricky, but give it your best shot before scrolling down further. Riddles can be timeless, ageless, and even helpful for our noggins. No matter how young or old you are, riddles give your brain a workout and help lift your mood. Here a few benefits of having fun…

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It May Look Too Easy At First, But Don’t Be So Quick To Judge. A Lot of Adults Are Flunking This Equation

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Math is super fun. You just have to tell yourself that if someone else could solve this, you can too. Even if you don’t get the answer correctly at first, you’ll have a swell time seeking the solution. It’s important to take a swing at a random math question once in a while. It’s beneficial…

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A Child’s Brain Develops Faster With Exposure to Music Education

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In essence, the researchers are trying to tell the world that music is not just food for the soul, but also food for the brain. Music is a beautiful thing. It has been used since the dawn of time as an ardent form of self-expression and an outlet for emotions. Music has a lot of…

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Pushes BFF Selma Blair Around Disneyland in a Wheelchair

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Actor Selma Blair was recently spotted enjoying a family day at Disneyland. She was there with her 7-year-old son, Arthur, her best friend and Cruel Intentions co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar; and Sarah’s children, 9-year-old Charlotte, and 6-year-old Rocky. Selma took turns between being pushed in a wheelchair by Sarah and using it for support to walk while her…

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Forget Coffins or Boxes: This Company Swirls You Into Unique Glass Art Creations When You Die

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Here at The Hearty Soul, we’ve shared with you why grief isn’t something to try to avoid, and it isn’t something to try to “just get over“, either. Whether you’ve lost a parent, a dear friend, or even a beloved family pet, it’s important to acknowledge your loss and celebrate the life of your loved…

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The Problem with Husbands Who Don’t Do Anything Unless Their Wives Nag

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She shook this table really hard… Gender equality is a venture that women aren’t backing down from anytime soon. In an explicit Facebook post, Australian celebrity blogger and mom of four, Constance Hall called out husbands who have to wait to be asked before they help with chores [1]. A woman doesn’t have to nag…

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8 Powerful Life Lessons Every Woman Should Remember

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Women are forces of nature in their own right, and when they set their minds fully on something, they are usually forces to be reckoned with. Despite being in the 21st century, one could still consider it to be ‘a man’s world.’ Women are becoming CEOs, Presidents, scientists, leading actresses and so much more. Yet…

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20 Things to Know About People Dealing With ‘High-Functioning’ Depression

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High-functioning depression (often called dysthymia) is not common, not because it doesn’t exist, but because we often don’t see it. It’s difficult to identify this problem because of the disposition of the people who are dealing with it. They are usually hardworking, high-functioning people who, from the outside, appear perfectly fine. They carry on with…

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True Solidarity: Homeless Man Starts Company, Becomes Rich and Hires Only Other Homeless People

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Drew Goodall hadn’t always been roughing it out on the streets. He was only in his twenties when his acting career, unfortunately, began to fail. He slowly stopped getting the roles he wanted until eventually there were none at all. The London-based CEO had been a rising star at the time, but things went down…

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What is Sleep Paralysis: Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention

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Have you ever woken up unable to move or speak? Have you ever felt a negative energy in your room with no explanation? You might have experienced sleep paralysis. What is Sleep Paralysis? Sleep paralysis is the temporary inability to control your body’s movements or speech while you’re between sleeping and wakefulness. The frightening sensation…

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How Narcissists Play the Victim and Twist the Story

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We all have a Narcissistic Nelly in our lives. Don’t think so? Nelly was the kid on the playground who hurled insults at Bob and Sue until one of them decided they’d had enough and tripped her while she was running. Of course, when the teacher came by to see what the commotion was about,…

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9 Years Later, Couple Finally Open the Wedding Gift an Aunt Told Them Not To Open

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Kathy and Brandon Gunn received one of those dreaded time-will-tell-when-to-open gifts at their wedding. Naturally, like the eager young couple in sizzling love they were, they thought Aunt Allison had left them a marriage-saving secret (actually, she did, but not in the way they expected). If I were in their shoes, I’d die of curiosity….

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Separated since she was 5, Photographer Recognized Her Estranged Father While Taking Homeless Man’s Photos, Rescues Him

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Diana Kim is a photographer who makes documentaries about the homeless, a passion she has pursued since her college days. The 34-year-old, a Korean-American photographer based in Oahu was separated from her father at the age of five. 22 years later, at the age of 27, she recognized her father on the street corner, a…

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Winston Howes’ Remarkable Love Story

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Most families have a secret of some kind. From a secret tomato sauce recipe to the more nefarious skeletons in the closet, there are countless stories that never end up being revealed to the next generation. One hot air balloon operator discovered Winston Howes’ family secret, and it’s so touching that the story has been…

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How Daily Mindfulness Can Impact Your Mental Health for the Better

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The term “mindfulness” has become a bit of a buzzword as of late. But what, exactly, is mindfulness, and why has it caused so much hype? Mindfulness refers to possessing the ability to exist in the present moment and developing awareness of what is now, not what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow. Mindfulness…

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Seed Cycling for Hormonal Balance

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Seed cycling has been a long-standing therapy to aid in hormone balance as part of our menstrual cycle as certain seeds and oils are consumed to balance the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone in women. It is used for a variety of hormone-related concerns, used as treatment or part of a lifestyle, as there can…

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Hospital Runs a Socializing Pub In Their All-Male Dementia Wing To Prevent Sundowning

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Many may wonder why a hospital would have a pub on site. Aren’t sick people supposed to abstain from alcohol? In general, that’s true, and of course, this was taken into consideration before they set up the alcohol-free establishment.  This isn’t your average pub, there is no alcohol, no bar fights, and nobody is talking…

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How One Father Responded to His Son’s Down Syndrome Diagnosis

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Many families learn they are expecting a child with Down syndrome before they’re born. Prenatal screening like ultrasounds, maternal serum tests, and blood tests can give a fairly accurate prediction (about 80% or more, depending on the test), while diagnostic tests such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling can provide a nearly 100% accurate prediction…

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11-year-old boy playing on beach finds a little girl buried alive in sand, immediately jumps to action

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“A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.” – Christopher Reeve  It was a terrifying ordeal for Alyssa Bostic when she got buried alive under a collapsed sand cave at the beach. Just over two years ago, a fun day at the…

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11-year-old boy playing on beach finds a little girl buried alive in sand, immediately jumps to action

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“A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.” – Christopher Reeve  It was a terrifying ordeal for Alyssa Bostic when she got buried alive under a collapsed sand cave at the beach. Just over two years ago, a fun day at the…

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Dad Travels to Canada for Son’s Medicine That Would Cost $53K in U.S.

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“So right now, I’m paying $15,000 a year for this medicine, which costs in the United States $53,000 a year which I feel is… at best, criminal,” father Jon Yeagley told CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil early February 2019. (1) Yeagley has been taking an expensive 6.5 hour trip north of the border every three…

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Stop Shaming Parents for Not Having a Second Kid

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Many of us don’t know it’s considered bad manners to ask a couple about their family planning business. It’s can offend the couple in question, even if you are close to them. It gets more astonishing when a mere acquaintance pops up and asks, “When are you having your second child? This little one needs…

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The 7 Most Common Relationship Problems For Each Zodiac Sign

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When it comes to love, a lot of people are willing to admit they need answers and solutions. We sometimes find ourselves having the same problems over and over again, in different relationships. Horoscopy can sometimes help us figure out the answers we seek. People who belong to the same zodiac sign may notice certain…

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Moms Of 3 Are More Stressed Than Those With Any Other Number Of Children

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It doesn’t make a lot of sense at first thought that three kids cause more stress than four and above. However, research seems to indicate that three may be the most problematic. Having kids always means there will be some stressful days. From infancy to adulthood, you will have put in a lot of time,…

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Elko teen hospitalized in Salt Lake, in coma with brain bleeding after family says he was bullied

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“School administrators can’t say it’s up to the parents. Parents can’t say it’s up to the teachers. Teachers can’t say it’s not their job. And kids can’t say, “I was too afraid to tell.â€� Every single one of us has to play our role if we’re serious about putting an end to the madness. We…

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Homeless Man returns realtor’s $10,000 check. She repaid him by starting him up with a new home

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Do good, and good shall come to you. When Elmer Alvarez stumbled upon a $10,000 dollars check lying freely on a busy street corner, the last thing anyone would expect from him would be that he’d return it. Elmer did a shocking thing. It was the right thing. He returned the money as quickly as…

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What Poverty Taught Me About Being ‘Too Generous’

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“I’m a Little Too Fat, a Little Too Giving. I Think I Know Why.â€� 35-year-old Kristine Levine, a member on the Medium website, shares an emotional true-life story of poverty and generosity on her feature story page. Kristine was only five when her divorced mother took her to a town in Rockaway Beach, Oregon, at…

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This teen’s performance in the passenger seat of his mom’s car is worthy of Broadway

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America’s truly got talent! Teenager Colin O’Leary impressed and amused people all over the world when a hilarious video of him went viral. The video was also his ticket to becoming an internet sensation. The talented teen could be seen lip-synching to over twenty Broadway songs in his mom’s car, donning a totally goofy costume…

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A Tattoo So Good You Don’t Even Notice It

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When pure talent meets excellent skill, the result is always overwhelming. Eric Catalano is a hyperrealistic tattoo artist who came into the limelight when a photo of his work went viral. Eric tattooed a man’s nail beds back onto his fingers after they were amputated, and he did it for free! It’s nearly impossible to…

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I Gave Birth to the Babies With ‘White’ Hair & This Is What I Need You to Know

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CafeMom contributor Patricia Williams talks about her experiences having two amazing babies born with albinism. In a post published on the blog, she first talked about her second baby Redd, and how at the time she knew nothing about albinism. When her baby was handed to her, she was thrilled at his sparkly white hair…

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Please Stop Telling My Daughter That Her Sibling Is Her “Half-Sister”

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One of the greatest joys of motherhood is to see one’s kids bond in a loving relationship. A lot of people like to believe that kids who have only one parent in common can’t be that close. Fortunately, they’re absolutely wrong. Rachel Sobel went through a stressful divorce and shares custody of her 8-year-old daughter…

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Research shows that January babies are more likely to become rich and famous

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January can be quite an unsettling time of the year. Many people find themselves recovering from holiday expenditures, travel stress and worrying about impending bills. It may not really be the most appealing idea to have a baby amidst all that New Year fuss. On the contrary, research seems to suggest you might want to…

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Here’s your 2019 fitness inspiration: She’s 95 and is doing the splits

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If you make fitness a habit, it becomes a character. Phyllis Sues didn’t just make it a habit, she built a career out of it. The 95-year-old Los Angeles fitness enthusiast had been dancing since she was 14. After her first ballet lesson, she already knew what she wanted to do with her life. Since…

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Here’s your 2019 fitness inspiration: She’s 95 and is doing the splits

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If you make fitness a habit, it becomes a character. Phyllis Sues didn’t just make it a habit, she built a career out of it. The 95-year-old Los Angeles fitness enthusiast had been dancing since she was 14. After her first ballet lesson, she already knew what she wanted to do with her life. Since…

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An Effective 12 Minute Yoga session to help improve bone density and manage osteoporosis

Pierre Van ZylFitness + Yoga, Heal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Move, Pain Management, Pain Relief, Personal Growth + Development, Women’s Health

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Pretty much everyone and their grandma know what yoga is these days. People rave about yoga’s benefits, including improved flexibility and reduced stress. Some people even lose weight, improve their heart health, and become mindful eaters by practicing yoga [1]! In fact, there’s another advantage of this form of exercise that people often overlook: strong…

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Moms Offer Free Hugs at Pride Parade for Kids Whose Parents Rejected Them

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Did you ever hear that we need four hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for maintenance, and 12 hugs a day for growth? Fortunately, some good-doers at Austin’s Pride Parade are providing hugs to help lift the spirits of young people. People turned out to offer LGBTQ youth the support that some…

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86-Year-Old Woman Loses 120 Pounds by Walking in Her Living Room Every Day

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A lot of people would wonder why any elderly person would bother with weight loss. Really, aren’t they supposed to be relaxing and not stressing themselves out in their golden years? Well, they’re about to be re-schooled by Jessica Slaughter, an 86-year-old grandmother from St Louis, Missouri. This determined senior citizen went down from a…

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