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The Story of You

The human lifespan is thought to max out around 130 years, but becoming happier and healthier is a limitless opportunity. Inverse presents an all-new series, The Story of You, in which we explore one of humanity’s most enduring questions: How do you make the most of your days?

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The story of you

How to start exercising: 3 psychology-backed strategies to hit fitness goals

Exercise is good for everybody, but not everyone likes to exercise.

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Healthy heart, healthy life
Longevity hacks

This is how much you need to move to offset a day of sitting

Stand up twice an hour. That’s it.

Hearty sleep

This simple habit could significantly boost your heart health

A checklist used to predict cardiovascular health now includes sleep as its eighth measure.

Mind and Body

For children with heart conditions, video gaming may pose a health hazard

Manipulating a game controller or keyboard can elicit a strong physiological response.

Five stars

A new rating system could help you decipher conflicting scientific research

Researchers developed a rating system to help the public separate the signal from the noise.

Clean air matters

Air pollution can damage teens' hearts within two hours, study finds

Fine particulate air pollution increased incidents of cardiac arrhythmias in teens.

Longevity Hacks

Research reveals the best way to exercise — and it’s surprisingly simple

Even a minute of lifting is beneficial.

Mind and Body

People with endometriosis might be at a higher risk for stroke

A new study reveals more evidence linking endometriosis to cardiovascular health.

Heart to heart

A shockingly low percentage of American adults have optimal heart health

An analysis of 20 years of health data illuminates a steep decline.

Longevity hacks

This everyday behavior is essential to preventing heart disease

Don’t feel guilty about sleeping in, because it’s good for your health.

Longevity Hacks

Stop wasting money on this ineffective daily regimen

Just get gummy worms if that’s what you really want.

Worker uprising

These exercise hacks help improve heart health in people with desk jobs

From taking the stairs and standing during calls, it all adds up.

Sunday Scaries

Scientists reveal 2 perilous side effects of poor mental health on one vital organ

There is a bidirectional relationship between mental health and heart health.

Sugar Rush

Exercise lowers dementia risk — scientists want to know how

A new study linked higher cerebral glucose metabolism to physical activity.

Thirst Trap

Forgetting to drink enough water could have a serious impact on your heart

In a study, one sign of low bodily fluids increased the risk of heart failure by almost half.

Sobering

Study: No, a glass of wine a day is not good for your heart

The protective power of a glass of wine a day may be other good habits in disguise.

Solid Footing

10,000 steps? New research reveals how much walking you actually need

The popular metric historically had little evidence to back it up.

Brain boost
Mind and Body

Neurologist debunks misconceptions about John Fetterman's stroke recovery

The controversy around Fetterman’s recovery from a stroke is medically inaccurate and generally gross.

STRATEGY

Does mindfulness change the brain? Research fractures structural hypothesis

“Structural brain changes are not the be-all-end-all to demonstrate that mindfulness training is useful or that it ‘does something.’”

Pet Science

Petting a dog has a curiously therapeutic effect on the brain, study finds

The research could pave the way for clinical therapy involving animals.

Mind and Body

Having this many nightmares a week may be tied to extreme brain aging

We still know so little about why we dream.

Longevity hacks

Brushing your teeth can protect brain health, new research reveals

Brush your teeth for your brain’s sake.

Pet Science

Why is my dog lazy? New research explains the frustrating answer

Heal thyself and you will help your pup.

Feature

Alzheimer's disease has no cure — but unproven treatments claim otherwise

“If you don’t want to believe it until there is a clinical trial, fine.”

Longevity hacks

Neuroscientists finally figured out why thinking can be so exhausting

Your brain is begging you to go touch grass.

Mind and Body

The brain’s memory hub may explain why some people get PTSD and others don’t — study

In trauma’s early aftermath, changes in the hippocampus could help identify and potentially prevent PTSD from developing.

Sunday Scaries

People isolated from society have divergent levels of certain blood molecules

Hikikomori was first thought to be a Japanese-specific sociocultural effect, but experts now say it is a worldwide phenomenon.

Sunday Scaires

Four science-backed strategies to stop a vicious cycle of self-defeating thoughts

Rumination is associated with a number of mental health issues.

Mind and Body

Got a headache? 3 simple tips from a neuroscientist to ease your pain

The best way to counteract them is to work out what they are warning us about.

Sugar Rush

Exercise lowers dementia risk — scientists want to know how

A new study linked higher cerebral glucose metabolism to physical activity.

Sunday Scaries

Just 30 minutes of one action can dramatically boost the effects of therapy

Before you sit down for a session, take a little extra time to amplify the effects.

Reddit 101

The 10 best subreddits for mental health

If you’re looking for online communities that can support your mental health, it’s worth browsing these subreddits.

Leg Day Observer

Do three-second lifts work? A sports science breaks down how much time you should actually spend lifting weights

A few seconds of lifting a day can lead to strength, but there’s a catch.

Gene Jeanie

Scientists unravel an intriguing link between meditation and immunity

After an eight-day retreat, researchers saw molecular changes related to immunity.

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Good eats
Nom Nom

Can I feed my pet only dry food? Why the answer is different for cats and dogs

An all-dry food diet may be good for the planet, but is it safe for pets?

Mind and Body

To eat your recommended fruit and veg every day, try this one simple hack

Keep it on!

Longevity hacks

This diet helps your mental health by boosting your gut health

Here’s why miso might put you in a great mood.

Check, please!

A nutrition scientist reveals the missing piece of the Mediterranean diet

Is the popular diet just about food? A nutrition scientist digs into the details.

Eat your carbs!

Science debunks a misleading myth about the paleo diet

Our ancestors enjoyed carbs as part of varied diets.

Check, please!

Should you store coffee in the freezer? A chemist explains the storage hack

Are the best beans freezing beans?

Mind and Body

Marathon training: What to eat before, during, and post-race for peak performance

Glycogen is key.

Oh No

Three everyday beverages that may taste worse because of climate change

Climate change may be coming for your favorite drink, scientists say.

Check, please!

Is green coffee good for you? A food scientist debunks the hype

As with many purported superfoods, green coffee is heralded as a rich antioxidant source.

Check, please!

Is decaf coffee caffeine-free? ‘Dr. Coffee’ shares the answer

Decaf and regular differ in other ways than caffeine levels.

Sunday Scaries

Brain signatures tied to appetite could reveal new treatments for depression

The direction of appetite changes matches specific neural alterations.

PAX West 2022

Coffee Talk Episode 2 is the sequel sim that fantasy gamers crave

More talking and coffee-ing.

Sustainability

Fish and seafood are better for your health and the climate than meat, study shows

Surf outperforms turf in wellness and sustainability.

Detox

Can you drink coffee without staining your teeth? Dentists reveal tricks that actually work

There are ways to help prevent the stains that accompany your coffee addiction.

Coffee culture

You need to play the most relaxing visual novel on Xbox Game Pass ASAP

Sit back with a warm beverage and hang out.

nom nom

Does chewing gum burn calories? The answer may be hard to swallow

Humans are masters of mastication.

Longevity Hacks

How does air quality affect longevity? Brain study reveals a beneficial link

Wearing a mask could have hidden benefits.

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Self-care
The Future of Sleep

The future of sleep

This week, Inverse brings you five stories that reveal what science currently knows about sleep, why we need it, and if we can hack our own slumber.

Mind and Body

To eat your recommended fruit and veg every day, try this one simple hack

Keep it on!

Sunday Scaries

Happiness study reveals a critical difference between two types of people

If we want to understand life satisfaction, we need to understand past happiness.

Mind and Body

Marijuana for pain: A scientist reveals how weed engages our natural opioid system

A neuropharmacology expert explains how marijuana can treat pain.

Mind and Body

Over-the-counter birth control is coming — and it could revolutionize reproductive health

With more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, pharmacists are the most accessible members of the healthcare workforce.

Longevity hacks

Meditation literally changes how your brain's neurons move

This is your brain on mindfulness.

Science

Swearing study reveals cursing’s powerful cognitive effects

Swearing isn’t just cathartic.

STRATEGY

An antidote to heartbreak? Science reveals how to hack loneliness

“Heartbreak is an opportunity.”

Sunday Scaries

New study disputes a common belief about treating trauma-linked depression

Researchers suggest certain claims of unhelpfulness have been overstated.

Sunday Scaries

Brain signatures tied to appetite could reveal new treatments for depression

The direction of appetite changes matches specific neural alterations.

Sunday Scaries

Feeling stressed? Here are 7 simple actions to boost your mental health

Build a coping toolbox.

Pump it

This popular anti-aging goo can help regrow muscle — study

How muscle stem cells activate themselves to repair damaged tissue has boggled scientists. Now we know hyaluronic acid might be the key.

frizz

Hormones in hair may reveal how chronically stressed you are — study

Long-term stress isn’t good for you, and your hair knows it.

Detox

What’s the best way to wash your face? Dermatologists explain the science of clean skin

Rinsing with water is likely not enough.

Sunday Scaries

People isolated from society have divergent levels of certain blood molecules

Hikikomori was first thought to be a Japanese-specific sociocultural effect, but experts now say it is a worldwide phenomenon.

Sunday Scaries

New ADHD research reveals clues to “maladaptive daydreaming” condition

“ADHD-like symptoms can result from MD, but they are not one and the same.”

Go deeper...
Longevity hacks

This is how much you need to move to offset a day of sitting

Stand up twice an hour. That’s it.

Longevity hacks

This diet helps your mental health by boosting your gut health

Here’s why miso might put you in a great mood.

Longevity hacks

Meditation literally changes how your brain's neurons move

This is your brain on mindfulness.

Longevity hacks

One powerful breathing technique could boost a key factor for longevity

Do you even IMST, bro?

Longevity hacks

Going to bed before this time could boost your metabolic health

Sorry, night owls.

Longevity hacks

Eating at this hour is associated with lower depression and anxiety, study shows

If you work the graveyard shift, read this.

Longevity hacks

Brushing your teeth can protect brain health, new research reveals

Brush your teeth for your brain’s sake.

Longevity hacks

Microbreaks may be a ‘panacea’ for workday wellness

Anywhere between 8 seconds and 10 minutes does you some good.

Longevity hacks

This indispensable habit reduces your risk of getting Covid-19

Surprise — an exercise habit protects us against the novel pathogen.

Longevity Hacks

Research reveals the best way to exercise — and it’s surprisingly simple

Even a minute of lifting is beneficial.

Longevity hacks

Neuroscientists finally figured out why thinking can be so exhausting

Your brain is begging you to go touch grass.

Longevity Hacks

Unripe bananas have a hereditary cancer prevention property — study

Finally: a reason to eat more starch!

Longevity hacks

This humble vitamin might be a worthwhile supplement for anxiety

It’s certainly worth a shot.

Longevity hacks

Exercising only on the weekends has surprising health benefits — study

Don’t be ashamed to be a weekend warrior.

Longevity hacks

A psychiatrist’s guide to coexisting with intrusive thoughts

It’s not about controlling the thoughts, it’s about not letting the thoughts control you.

Longevity hacks

This everyday behavior is essential to preventing heart disease

Don’t feel guilty about sleeping in, because it’s good for your health.