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Forest bathing you say? Is that really a thing? Indeed, in Japan forest bathing has been enjoyed since the early 1980s. Research into the health benefits of the practice points to not only reduced stress and improved immunity but also lower blood pressure and shortened recovery time from illness or trauma. All of that and you get to keep your clothes on—arguably a good thing for most of us. And to clarify: This bathing need not include water, meaning unappealing hair experiences are avoided.

With April being Stress Awareness Month and the coronavirus becoming America’s biggest stressor in 2020, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020's Most & Least Stressed States.  accompanying videos.

Where you live makes a difference when it comes to good health. Some places promote wellness by expanding access to nutritious food and recreational facilities. Others strive to keep healthcare costs affordable for everyone or keep parks clean and well-maintained.

I was a Marine Corps brat, and in 1962, my family was stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina, where we got to know the Conroy family. Years later, Pat Conroy would write “The Great Santini” in a tiny office at my father’s law firm in Atlanta. He invited us to book signings and movie prem…
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Since Edward Snowden became a household name in 2013 for revealing massive surveillance programs being run routinely by the NSA, he’s been a flashpoint of disagreement. In June of that year, Snowden shared with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Barton Gellman, and Ewen MacAskill th…
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28 Summers is novelist Elin Hilderbrand’s 26th book, and since her debut in 2008, she’s garnered a large and devoted fan following. By now those fans know exactly what to expect from a new Elin Hilderbrand novel: a light, summery narrative tone —the books often appear in time to be stuffed i…
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The title of renowned Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer’s new book is not The Presidents and the Press. There’s an antagonism in the title’s “vs” that has been reflected in reality since both the free press and the presidency were enshrined in the United States Constitution.
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Way back when yours truly was a young southern man, I moved to the Pacific Northwest to live and work. Let me make a disclosure here: My father taught me to take nothing for granted and to make sure I understand what I am doing and why I am doing it. After several months on my new job, the b…
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