JR Thorpe
JR Thorpe lives in Britain, collects vintage ball gowns and poetry books, and has had blue hair for ten years.

8 Women Saving The Environment You Should Know About

If you're concerned about the future of the planet, you're not alone. There are many people currently working to make sure that we don't completely wreck the earth, and there are a lot of shining lights among them who just happen to be women. From…
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Here’s Exactly When You Should Eat Carbs For Energy When You’re Working Out

For a long time, carbohydrates, the macronutrients found in a lot of tasty, starchy foods, had a poor reputation in health circles, but the truth is, carbs aren't the devil; in fact, they're necessary for fuel and a happy body. Carbs give us energy,…
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The Sneaky Way Listening To Music Or Watching TV *Actually* Affects Your Workout

Many of us look to distractions when we're pushing ourselves to get those reps in at the gym or take a jog around the park. Whether it's a hype-up playlist, Real Housewives, Rachel Maddow, or something marathonable on Netflix, it's popular to keep…
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No, Having A Tattoo Doesn’t Hurt Your Chances Of Getting A Job

If you're one of the 38 percent of millennials between 18 and 29 who have at least one tattoo, there's good news for you to bring to your next family reunion. While your mom might worry that a tattoo could affect your employment prospects, the…
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13 Playlists That Will Actually Help You Fall Asleep

If you have trouble dropping off, you've probably dipped your toe into the world of sleep playlists: soft jazz, calming classical, whale noises, white noise and other sounds intended to drift you off to dreamland. Curiously, Spotify reported in 2015…
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What Walking For Just 20 Minutes Can Do For Your Mood

Sometimes it's necessary to just get out into the world and take a walk — to calm down, de-stress, or simply enjoy the nice weather while we still have it. And experts note that just a 20 minute walk can have a genuine boost on your mood and energy,…
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5 Surprisingly Simple Ways To Make Yourself Want To Work Out In The Morning

Working out is pretty universally accepted as a good thing to do. And when it's a million degrees out by 8:30 a.m., it makes sense to switch your after-work run for an early (like, really early) morning cardio session. But that doesn't make it any…
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A New Study Says Being Angry Really Does Make You Think You’re Smarter Than Everyone

All of us have lost our temper at some point in our lives. Anger is a key part of human emotion, and it actually has some benefits as a communication tool, as well as a motivator. But not-so-cool aspect of being angry has recently been figured out —…
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5 Surprising Ways Your Period Cycle Can Affect Your Workout

Working out is good for the body and for your mental health, but for people who get periods, their menstrual cycle can potentially throw a wrench into their cardio-yoga regimen. Hormonal fluctuations and their effects on the human body are still…
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7 Easy Ways To Reduce Your Food Waste At Home

Food waste is a major issue — and not just because leaving portions on your plate at Thanksgiving offends your grandmother. Wasted food means wasted resources, and a big environmental burden as all that trash finds its way to the landfill. The Food…
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A Study Found A Link Between Relying On Tips & Your Risk Of Depression

Working for tips, as anyone who's ever worked in the service industry can tell you, isn't fun. Not only does it mean your take-home pay isn't guaranteed, but tipped workers are also more vulnerable to wage theft, as well as broader physical health…
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7 Ways You Never Knew A Sauna Could Benefit Your Health

There's nothing more relaxing than hitting up the closest spa and letting all your worries melt away in the sauna. The health benefits of saunas, the heated, wood-lined room common in Scandinavian cultures, have been touted for thousands of years.…
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I’m Learning How To Drive Stick Shift — And Getting A Lot Of Sexist Commentary

I've been driving since I was 16, but because I hail from Australia, a country with huge highways and giant commuting times (though not as many kangaroos on the road as you'd imagine), I learned to drive as most people do: on an automatic…
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7 Surprising Ways Cooking Can Boost Your Mental Health

When you're having a bad day, science says you shouldn't automatically collapse on the couch; it might be a better idea to break out the recipe books. The emotional benefits of cooking are myriad; many programs around the world help people with mood…
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5 Dangerous Myths About Substance Use Disorder We Need To Debunk

If you live with substance use disorder, or know someone who does, you know that there are tons of myths and misconceptions about the disorder, which is technically a mental illness. "Many people believe that someone [with substance use disorder] is…
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7 Things You Should Know Before Donating Blood For The First Time

Blood donations are super necessary to maintain healthcare services, and provide people life-saving care — but they need to be replenished constantly, since blood cells only have a 42-day shelf life. So if you've decided to donate blood for the…
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7 Sleep Habits That Could Be A Sign Of An Underlying Health Condition

Everybody wants a perfect night's sleep. But if you haven't had one in a while, or you're experiencing strange issues in the course of your ZZZZs, it could be a signal of something more significant than just not wearing earplugs while the next door…
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This Style Of Headphones Is The Least Bad For Your Hearing, According To Experts

It's pretty common knowledge that listening to music through headphones can cause damage to your hearing, just like any kind of exposure to loud noises. A study in 2010 found that 80 percent of teenage girls had experienced degree of hearing loss…
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A New Study Has Unearthed A Clue About Why Treatment-Resistant Depression Happens

There are many different types of depression, and one of the most severe is known as treatment-resistant depression. This kind of depression doesn't respond well to traditional treatments, like antidepressants, psychotherapy, or cognitive behavioral…
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How To Tell If You’re Getting Bullied At Work — And What To Do About It

You might have thought that most people leave bullying on the school playground, but research shows that bullying behavior can absolutely continue into adulthood. Even though we're supposed to be grown adults who can sort out our differences…
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