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Scientists Discover That Nature Walks Are Great for Your Mental Health

Something as simple as taking a walk through the trees may lower depression.

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Living in the city can be stressful. Living in the country: also stressful. Fact: life is stressful. So a group of scientists, in an endless quest to determine what can lower our stress, recently did a study and came up with a beautifully logical result: sometimes, simply taking a walk through nature can lower our stress. The more green spaces we see, the better we feel.

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The Curious Link Between What You Eat and Your Emotions

Here’s how to keep emotional distress from burning you out.

Alexa Ippolito Stewart was on her honeymoon but she couldn’t enjoy it. She constantly checked her phone, which led to answering emails from her employer based in D.C. From the moment the trip began, Stewart lashed out at her husband—for walking too slowly when leaving the plane (then making him apologize for his slowness). Before the honeymoon, Stewart had been working anywhere between 40-80 hours per week for her job and was always on-call for last minute tasks.

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Putting Your Insomnia Problems to Rest

A guide to sleep for the sleepless.

Insomnia, stress, and the havoc the two can wreak on one’s brain chemistry have long been mainstays of popular culture, perhaps no more memorably than in Chuck Palahnuik’s 1996 novel Fight Club, inspired by the author’s own struggles with sleeplessness. In the book and subsequent film, main character Jack is unable to sleep for days at a time. The less sleep Jack gets, the more stressed he becomes—and the more stressed he is, the less he sleeps.

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Yale Law School May (or May Not) Have a Therapy Dog for Students Yale Law Students Check a Border Terrier Out of Library for Stress Relief

A border terrier dog named Monty is lent out to law students for 30-minute stress-relieving sessions.


There's no doubt law students are super stressed out. On top of a busy academic load, who knows if they're even going to have jobs after graduation? Enter Monty the therapy dog, available for check out from the Yale Law School library. A 30-minute play session with Monty is the perfect stress relief—if he actually exists.

The myth of Monty—short for "General Montgomery"—first surfaced last fall on the popular blog Above the Law. The border terrier was allegedly in a basket behind the circulation desk, but the school later issued a denial about Monty's existence. Now New York Magazine's reporting that Yale students have received a memo saying that, Monty is back and available for checkout. According to the memo from Law Librarian Blair Kauffman,

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Yesterday, Morgan suggested stressed out New Yorkers schedule an appointment to punch Nate Hill. In his latest project, the artist Hill dresses up as a panda (wearing a chest protector) and invites passersby to take a swing at him.. This weekend Hill will be making house calls in Manhattan and Brooklyn. For an appointment, text 347-742-2293 or tweet @natexhill.

Perhaps you have a less (or, maybe, more?) violent way to deal with stress. If so, we want to hear about it.

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