Stop Forcing Hobbies into Side-Hustles

As society becomes more fixated on hustle culture and the gig economy, it seems that everyone has a side hustle. Whether it’s selling homemade crafts on Etsy or catering food, side hustles have become a popular way for people to make extra money outside of their 9-to-5 jobs.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with having a side hustle, it’s important to recognize the difference between a hobby and a side hustle, and why it isn’t necessary to turn every single one of your interests into inco

Four-Day Workweeks Make People Happier, More Productive, Study Shows

The verdict is in on the world’s largest four-day workweek trial. Unsurprisingly, the global pilot program had a successful turnout. Non-profit organization 4-Day Week Global collaborated on this trial with researchers at Cambridge University, University College Dublin, and Boston College. The results favored ditching the standard 40-hour workweek for a leaner 32-hour schedule, suggesting that it’s a good business move.

Sleeping Less Than 5 Hours Per Night Could Increase Your Risk of Chronic Disease, Study Shows

There’s a scientifically proven relationship between lack of sleep and the occurrence of chronic disease. Lack of proper sleep can increase your risk of you getting a chronic disease. Check available research out there and you’ll see for yourself.

Prioritizing sleep is nothing new to centenarians in blue zones regions. As the world’s longest-living population, centenarians are adamant about getting ad

How Saying "No" Can Improve Friendships, Work, Happiness & Health

How Saying “No” Can Improve Friendships, Work, Happiness & Health

Saying no can improve our friendships, work, happiness, and health. It allows us to choose where we put our time and energy and focus on giving it to parts of our life or the relationships that are most important.

A lot of people are afraid of the word “no,” according to mental health experts.

“Boundaries are essential to happiness. They set the expectation of what we will and will not accept. Saying ‘no’ is our way of telling

Is Body Neutrality the New Body Positivity? How Acceptance Can Help You Love Your Body

Is Body Neutrality the New Body Positivity? How Acceptance Can Help You Love Your Body

Body neutrality is a mindful ideology that embodies true self-love and acceptance. Practicing body neutrality involves appreciating what your body can do for you while focusing less on how it looks or what needs tweaking. We like to think of it as the healed version of body positivity that’s neither positive nor negative. This philosophy encourages ditching toxic dieting and obsessive exercise habits. Instead

The Best Self Help Books

Self-help books are a great catalyst for improving particular aspects of your life, whether your mental health, career, or relationships. Some may stereotypically view this genre’s authors as givers of cliché advice. However, many treasured books challenge readers’ mindsets, worldviews, and life habits.

When you know better, you do better. Reading these books can trigger many aha moments about yourself and the way you navigate the external forces surrounding you, causing you to reevaluate your

The Link Between Sunlight and Better Sleep

The Link Between Sunlight and Better Sleep

Sunlight and time outdoors can powerfully impact your overall well-being. Light’s range of health benefits includes positive effects on mood, alertness, and sleep quality. That’s what makes outdoor activities the perfect start to one’s morning. They get your blood pumping, oxygen flowing, and energy going early in the day.

With the benefits of sunshine in mind, hiking, biking, bird watching, and other outdoor activities are optimal for mental and phys

How to Fredagsmys Like a Swede

How to Fredagsmys Like a Swede

The Swedish work ethic is one like no other. Swedes take their jobs very seriously. It’s not in their nature to dilly-dally around on the clock. Instead, they reserve playtime for Friday evenings.

After a hard week’s work, it’s Swedish tradition to unwind at home every Friday night. Swedes call it “fredagsmys,” which means “Friday cosiness.” They use this time to relax with family and friends. A typical fredagsmys includes games, TV time, and plenty of snacks and

The Halo Effect of Sacred Spaces

In the original blue zones, all but five of the 263 centenarians we interviewed belonged to some faith-based community. Research shows that attending faith-based services just four times per month will add 4-14 years of life expectancy—and denomination doesn’t seem to matter. “People who pay attention to their spiritual side have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, depression, stress, and suicide, and their immune systems seem to work better … To a certain extent, adherence to a religion allo

These Longevity-Boosting Habits Helped Me Finally Find Work-Life Balance

s work making you feel more stressed than usual? Been there. I used to work corporate jobs and experienced lots of burnout while trying to climb up the ranks. The stress got to me as I realized that corporate culture wasn’t for me, which marked the start of my downshifting journey.

What is downshifting, you ask? The Power 9 principle of downshifting is a social behavior followed by residents in Blue Zone regions—aka the places where good health and longevity are most prominent. Downshifting is

13 Unusual Ways to Shed Stress (Lessons from the World’s )

13 Unusual Ways to Shed Stress (Lessons from the World’s Blue Zones)

The Power 9® principle of Downshifting is nothing new to centenarians in the blue zones –the longest-living people in the world with the highest life expectancy.

Designed to help you achieve a high-quality, well-balanced life, these nine principles can also be major stress reducers.

Stress is one of the leading causes of chronic inflammation. It also has direct links to major age-related health issues, from dementia to Alzhe