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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
Mind and Body

This overlooked biometric on fitness trackers could reveal how healthy your heart is

Heart rate variability can tell you a lot about your cardiovascular health.

Mind and Body

Study suggests how many minutes of exercise per day could help increase longevity

Data from our latest study has shown that you don’t need a long workout to get health benefits from exercise.

Longevity hacks

How much salt is too much? Heart health study has a new answer

Looking at how frequently you add salt to meals could help tell your future.

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.

Brain boost
Mind and Body

How Your Diet Could Help (or Hurt) Your Aging Brain

Ultra-processed foods impact the mind differently than plant-based meals with low amounts of sugar.

Longevity Hacks

One daily social practice could help stave off dementia

Isolation is a risk factor for dementia, like depression or smoking.

Sunday Scaries

Covid-19-related stress caused some young people’s brains to age too fast — study

It’s unclear how long the changes might last.

Opinion

Practicing one whimsical activity may stave off brain aging — study

Opinion: Interventions like social ballroom dancing are a promising, noninvasive, and cost-effective path toward staving off dementia.

Mind and Body

Stiff-person syndrome: Two brain scientists explain Celine Dion’s rare diagnosis

To date, there is no cure for stiff-person syndrome.

Breakthrough Awards

This neuroscientist taught brain cells to play Pong — and shifted how we view human intelligence forever

Brett Kagan and his colleagues at Cortical Labs want to understand what motivates brain cells.

Longevity hacks

The first study to measure vitamin D in the brain could help reveal how to maintain cognitive health

The sunshine vitamin may be associated with slower cognitive decline.

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.

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
Mind and Body

Do detox diets work? A dietician breaks down the murky science

What you should know to avoid a slew of negative side effects of detox diets.

Mind and Body

Is your favorite food genetic? Study identifies 325 genes that influence taste

325 different genes, mostly in the brain, implicated in determining what we like to eat.

Mind and Body

These simple hacks could boost your flu and Covid-19 vaccines’ effectiveness

Eat, sleep, move: It’s all about doing the things that promote a healthy immune system.

Innovation

USDA approves GMO purple tomato with brain-boosting and cancer-fighting properties

Genetic modification can offer many benefits.

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.

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
Sunday Scaries

Cyclic breathing: Why experts say just 5 minutes a day can reduce stress

Inhale, exhale.

Sunday Scaries

The power of “non-negative” thinking

A negative self-schema can be changed through evidence.

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.

Go deeper...
Longevity hacks

Overthinking? This New Kind of Therapy May Finally Provide An Antidote

This type of therapy takes aim at persistent rumination.

Longevity Hacks

Swapping Cigarettes for Vaping May Help You Quit — but There’s a Catch

A study shows that changes occur at the RNA level in the lungs.

Longevity hacks

Cutting back on deli meats may lower your risk of this chronic illness

Why is everything delicious trying to kill us?

Longevity Hacks

One daily social practice could help stave off dementia

Isolation is a risk factor for dementia, like depression or smoking.

Longevity hacks

Asking yourself one fun question could help boost your well-being and longevity

It’s a pleasant part of the future you can control.

Longevity hacks

Feel tired after eating? Try this one easy activity to boost energy and health

Ultimately, any movement is good movement.

Longevity hacks

The first study to measure vitamin D in the brain could help reveal how to maintain cognitive health

The sunshine vitamin may be associated with slower cognitive decline.

Longevity hacks

How much salt is too much? Heart health study has a new answer

Looking at how frequently you add salt to meals could help tell your future.

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.