Posts tagged: Try This

5 easy hacks for your own stress-free oasis

Have you ever had one of those long, stressful days in which you’ve managed to hold it together all day at work, but then you get home and something as trivial as a rogue dirty dish sends you off the rails?

Okay, maybe that’s just me. But when I’m already high-strung, little things like this can send me into an absolute rage. However, I’ve learned it’s also the little things around my home that can talk me off the ledge.

Your home should be your stress-free retreat — a sanctuary from the callous and chaotic outside world. You should feel at peace immediately upon crossing the threshold into your safe space. And if not, my poor dears, here are a few super simple home-improvement hacks to make your home the haven it should be.

Clean the slate (literally)

I’m not a neat freak by any means. (I’ve got kids, so I practically dwell in
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Why you should join a meal exchange club

Full disclosure: I’ve tried just about every crazy cleanse, diet trend and exercise fad over the last ten years — even committing to that gross saline flush, master cleanse thing. And with each healthy venture, like many out there, I always ended up back where I was, somewhere in between unsatisfied and knowing I could do better for myself. That is, until I tried a meal exchange club.

What is a meal exchange club?

It’s like your book club, but instead of reading books, you meet once a week to exchange meals with each other. You can enlist friends, family members, co-workers, or anyone you’d see on a weekly basis. (Of course, they have to be people you’d actually vouch for in a potluck — you know, probably not the neighborhood bag lady.)

In my club, which was just a small group of four, we agreed to cook two meals each, which resulted
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Video: Why talking to strangers is easier than you think

It doesn’t seem like a stretch to say that talking to strangers has become more difficult. With a million devices in hand and a million distractions to boot, the art of small talk feels increasingly lost to our digital networks.

And this is bad! According to recent studies, not only are artificial encounters like social media detrimental to our overall happiness, but they often come at the expense of activities like engaging with strangers and meeting new people in real life. And, as more studies have shown, these activities are attributed to overall higher feelings of personal satisfaction.

The case for talking to strangers

The truth is that we are social creatures, who crave connections to other people. Even fleeting ones with strangers. To prove this point, Nicholas Epley, a psychologist at the University of Chicago, and a student conducted a study where public-transit riders were asked to engage with other
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