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For many of us, Thanksgiving will look different this year.

Every year, we’ve had a big family gathering at my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving. My uncle spends the day in the kitchen, the kids hang out upstairs, and the dog wanders around asking for food and pets. Everyone else drifts around downstairs to socialize and snack on appetizers before the big meal.

Most of my Thanksgiving memories are set in that house. One year, we all did the Mannequin Challenge. Another year, my sister ate so much turkey that she threw up. Last year, we went around the table with fun facts (for the first time) and got to know…

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Benefits of Houseplants

When I feel anxious or stressed, I go to the nearest hiking spot and follow the paths through various trees and foliage. It only takes a minute before my breath deepens and my mind clears.

It’s no secret that nature has positive effects on us. Some doctors are even prescribing houseplants as an anxiety treatment. When you bring a plant into your home, nature becomes part of your everyday life and your mind and body will thank you.

Here are some benefits of houseplants:

  • Plants improve air quality by producing oxygen and reducing toxins. Fresh air improves mood, productivity, focus…

If fresh seafood is your thing, then the Catania Fish Market is your heaven on earth.

Seafood is an important part of Sicilian cuisine, as you might expect from a Mediterranean island. The fish market in Catania is one of Italy’s largest and dates back to the early 19th century. Since then, the tradition hasn’t changed much.

Every morning (except Sundays), fishermen bring their catches from around the island to the Catania Fish Market. People flock to the market to see what they can score or just to observe. …

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Sciatica sucks.

Maybe you have a herniated disc. Perhaps it’s spinal stenosis. Whatever the source of your nerve pain is, it can be a real problem that interferes with your daily life. Luckily, there are ways you can find relief from your sciatica pain, from conservative methods at home to more invasive treatments.

*Always check with your doctor before trying any exercises. This guide is not a replacement for seeing a medical professional.

1. Stretching and Yoga

Stretching is an excellent way to feel instant relief. You can do it every morning and night, as well as several times throughout the day. …

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Few destinations in the world offer a better mix of culture, excitement, relaxation, and value than Thailand. Whether you’re an adventurer, a spa seeker, or anything in between, you’re likely to find your perfect oasis somewhere in this beautiful country. If you’re looking for a vacation that fits everyone’s needs, here are 10 reasons why you should consider visiting Koh Samui.

Reason 1: The beaches are plentiful, quiet, and gorgeous

Updated: February 2021

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Journaling is the act of recording your thoughts and feelings. You can do it through words, images, videos, symbols, or whatever works for you. There are no rules, although it’s best to journal daily to get the most benefit.

Journaling is a healthy way to manage stress, anxiety, and depression by providing a place to express yourself freely and safely. After journaling for a while and looking back on your entries, you’ll start to learn more about yourself. It can help you track your goals, identify stressors and bad habits, and clarify issues in your life. If…

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According to a 2019 poll, 45% of Americans believe in ghosts and other supernatural entities. 36% of Americans have actually had a paranormal experience. If you’re dying to have one of these experiences yourself, you’re in luck. There are thousands of places you can go!

Whether you’re looking to check out nearby haunts, visit spooky spots elsewhere, or embark on a road trip through multiple states, this list is here to help. You should note that some states are so large that their best sites are spread apart, and of course, the list barely scratches the surface of haunted America…

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I was never an athletic person, but I started working out a lot after college. In 2016, I was doing squats when I noticed some pinching pain in my right buttock. It was minor, so I ignored it and continued working out. Six months later, I realized that might have been a mistake. I felt a strange pain shooting down the back of my right leg, all the way into my foot. After a few minutes, my entire leg felt numb. Needless to say, I was scared and I knew I had to see a doctor.

An MRI confirmed that…

Colorful buildings along canal with boats docked
Colorful buildings along canal with boats docked
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In September 2019, my boyfriend Andrew and I spent 3 days in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Months earlier, we planned to see one of his favorite bands in Boston. I had to cancel, so he went with a friend instead and had an amazing time. He insisted we find a way to see the show together, even if we had to travel. I looked up the tour dates and saw that the only ones left were in Europe. So I jokingly said, “Let’s go to Copenhagen.”

And that’s how we ended up in Denmark for a long weekend.

Day One: Plane Day

Andrew and I got…

Woman in red knit sweater sitting on bed sipping out of a mug
Woman in red knit sweater sitting on bed sipping out of a mug
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I’ll be honest. I don’t like to work.

Given the choice between attending a meeting with my boss and sleeping until noon, I would pick the latter every time.

So when the self-care craze began a few years ago, I was thrilled. I kept seeing posts and articles about how I should take a day off and get my nails done. It’s good for you, they said. Go ahead, you deserve it!

Here’s the thing. It can be hard to remain disciplined and exercise self-control, especially if you work from home. I’ve spent so much time letting myself take the…

Kaylyn Yee

Writer, travel enthusiast, and human being (not in that order). I help people succeed with engaging, relatable articles about travel and wellness.

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