Most Shoppers Go To 6 Grocery Stores

Most Shoppers Go To 6 Grocery Stores
Most shoppers—a whopping 83 percent—regularly visit between four and nine chain stores within a year to purchase groceries, a new study shows.

4 Ways Having A Pet Increases Your Lifespan

4 Ways Having A Pet Increases Your Lifespan
Pet owners will often swear their beloved pooch or moggie does wonders for their wellbeing, and now we have empirical proof.

Swedish Death Cleaning: How To Declutter Your Home And Life

Swedish Death Cleaning: How To Declutter Your Home And Life
There has been a trend in recent years, both in literature and in life, for Scandinavian concepts that are encapsulated in a single word. Now, the new buzzword on the block is “dostadning” – a hybrid of the Swedish words “death” and “cleaning”.

Crying Elephants And Giggling Rats – Animals Have Feelings, Too

Crying Elephants And Giggling Rats – Animals Have Feelings, TooYears ago, we believed that we weren’t animals and that animals were here solely for our use. Indeed, a cow was just a walking burger, steak of Sunday roast, keeping itself fresh and tasty ready for when we were hungry.

5 Reasons You Should Wear Gardening Gloves

5 Reasons You Should Wear Gardening GlovesGardening is a great way to relax, be one with nature and get your hands dirty. But lurking in that pleasant environment are some nasty bacteria and fungi, with the potential to cause you serious harm. So we need to be vigilant with gardening gloves and other protective wear.

Why Am I, An Animal Communicator, Not Vegetarian?

Why Some Animal Communicators Are Not Vegetarians
Ironically, for me, becoming an animal communicator coincided with shifting away from my previous vegan lifestyle. I have had my own deep journey with this question, and perhaps the understandings I have reached with the help of the animals may be helpful for others who are struggling with this issue.

Why Chocolate Can Be Your Dog's Worst Nightmare

dogs and chocolate 5 23There is a significant increase in the risk of chocolate poisoning in dogs over the festive period, our latest study reveals. Chocolate contains a caffeine-like chemical called theobromine that is toxic to dogs (and cats) because they cannot metabolise it as quickly as humans do.

Sorry Cat Lovers, But Dogs Are Smarter

Sorry Cat Lovers, But Dogs Are SmarterDogs have significantly more neurons in their cerebral cortex—”little gray cells” associated with thinking, planning, and complex behavior considered hallmarks of intelligence—than cats, researchers report.

How Dogs And Cats Can Get Their Day In Court

How Dogs And Cats Can Get Their Day In CourtIn 2016, the FBI started to track animal cruelty, including neglect, torture and sexual abuse, because of disturbing connections.

5 Reasons Not To Spray The Bugs In Your Garden

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The weather is getting warmer, and gardens are coming alive with bees, flies, butterflies, dragonflies, praying mantises, beetles, millipedes, centipedes, and spiders.

Your Home Is Your Ally on Your Spiritual Path

Is Your Home Your Ally? by Denise LinnYour home can be your greatest ally in helping you to achieve your potential. This is true because your home is not only a reflection of you, but in its deepest sense, it also has the power to mold you and shape your future. When you implement changes in your home, you will notice that often your life is...

Are Dogs Trying To Tell Us Something With Their Expressions?

Are Dogs Trying To Tell Us Something With Their Expressions?Dogs have been part of human social groups for at least 30,000 years. So it’s not unreasonable to suppose that we might have had some influence on their behavior, and perhaps their understanding, during that time.

How Gender And Stereotypes Can Shape Our Relationship With Dogs

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The relationship between people and their dogs can be a lasting and loving bond if the match is right. But when acquiring a dog, how do you know if that match will be a good one?

How To Organize Your Bedroom Into An Oasis of Serenity and Simplicity

How To Organize Your Bedroom Into An Oasis of Serenity and SimplicityYour bedroom should be a sanctuary of simplicity, offering an empty space for you to pour out the struggles of your day and recharge. When you enter this simple sanctuary, you will feel relief, safety, and a love for every color, image, and object you see. This is your cozy space to nuzzle into when life is being a demanding shrew.

Why Some People Love Animals And Others Couldn't Care Less

Why Some People Love Animals And Others Couldn't Care LessThe recent popularity of “designer” dogs, cats, micro-pigs and other pets may seem to suggest that pet keeping is no more than a fad. Indeed, it is often assumed that pets are a Western affectation, a weird relic of the working animals kept by communities of the past.

Subtle Psychological Ways Color Affects Us

Subtle Psychological Ways Color Affects UsA great deal has been written over the years about the effects of color on human psychology, and this has been carried into the popular imagination in various ways, from guidelines on how to decorate your house to ensure a calm and peaceful space, to how to attract a partner, or even win at sport.

More Cats And Dogs Are Suffering From Chronic Health Conditions Too

More Cats And Dogs Are Suffering From Chronic Health Conditions TooOne of the main reasons for the rise of chronic conditions in both humans and domestic animals is that we are all living longer. Our dogs and cats are living longer than ever before – 16-20 years is not uncommon these days.

What Are The Fundamentals Of Helping Traumatized Animals?

What Are The Fundamentals Of Helping Traumatized Animals?Rosie, like a real-life Babe, ran away from an organic piggery when she was only a few days old. She was found wandering in a car park, highly agitated, by a family who took her home and made her their live-in pet.

This Common Herb Could Bring Bees Buzzing To Your Garden

This Common Herb Could Bring Bees Buzzing To Your GardenUnlike parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, marjoram missed out on a role in the classic song Scarborough Fair, made popular in the 1960s by Paul Simon. But it does have a key advantage over most herbs.

Can Cherishing Stuff With A Photo Help You Let Go Of It?

Can Cherishing Stuff With A Photo Help You Let Go Of It?Picture your favorite childhood stuffed animal. Are you clinging to it even though neither you nor anyone else in your household has played with that creature in years?

Can You Tell If Your Pet Is Happy?

Can You Tell If Your Pet Is Happy?Scientists are starting to be able to accurately read animal facial expressions and understand what they communicate.

Do Cats Purr When Humans Aren't Around?

Do Cats Purr When Humans Aren't Around?Why do cats purr? Humans tend to think that purring is a sign of happiness in a cat – and indeed it can be – but there are other reasons why our feline friends produce this particular vocalisation.

How Our Pets Strengthen Neighborhood Ties

How Our Pets Strengthen Neighborhood TiesTalk to any pet owner and you are bound to invoke stories about the joy and companionship of having a pet. But evidence is mounting that the effect of pets extends beyond their owners and can help strengthen the social fabric of local neighbourhoods.

Ancient DNA Reveals How Cats Conquered The World

Ancient DNA Reveals How Cats Conquered The WorldHumans may have had pet cats for as long as 9,500 years. In 2004, archaeologists in Cyprus found a complete cat skeleton buried in a Stone Age village.

The Curious Character Of Cats. Are They Really More Aloof?

The Curious Character Of Cats. Are They Are Really More Aloof?To some people, cats are the perfect pet. Intelligent, elegant, calming companions, capable of dealing with their own exercise and cleaning. To others, they are frustratingly independent, cool and aloof. So what is the true nature of the domestic cat? The Conversation

5 Old-Fashioned Ways to Predict the Weather

5 Old-Fashioned Ways to Predict the WeatherIn an age where the weather app is a tap away, we don’t need to look far for a forecast. But what if you don’t have internet? Have you noticed how nature gives its own subtle forecast clues?

Why Can't Cats Resist Thinking Inside The Box?

Why Can't Cats Resist Thinking Inside The Box?

Twitter’s been on fire with people amazed by cats that seem compelled to park themselves in squares of tape marked out on the floor. These felines appear powerless to resist the call of the #CatSquare. The Conversation

How Healthy Soils Make For A Healthy Life

How Healthy Soils Make For A Healthy Life

The next time you bite into an apple, spare a thought for the soils that helped to produce it. Soils play a vital role, not just in an apple’s growth, but in our own health too. The Conversation

Chasing Down Food May Get Tougher For These Birds

Chasing Down Food May Get Tougher For These BirdsTracking the movements of three species of migratory birds indicates that finding food may become a challenge for them by the end of the century.

How Do Animals See In The Dark?

How Do Animals See In The Dark?On a moonless night, light levels can be more than 100m times dimmer than in bright daylight.

Could Scientists Breed More Resilient Honey Bees?

Could Scientists Breed More Resilient Honey Bees?The discovery of a core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses may help scientists and beekeepers breed honey bees more resilient to stress.

Is There A Link Between Owning A Cat And Mental Illness?

Is There A Link Between Owning A Cat And Mental Illness?Over the past few years, cats have increasingly attracted media attention due to a number of scientific studies reporting that a Toxoplasma Gondii (T. Gondii) infection is linked with mental health issues, including schizophrenia, suicide and intermittent rage disorder.

Your Dog Can Remember More Than You Think

Your Dog Can Remember More Than You ThinkAny dog owner will tell you how smart they think their dog is. What we usually think of as smartness in dogs is measured or observed in their external behaviour.

Dharma -- My Little Furry Angel

Dharma -- My Little Furry Angel of Peace and LoveNearing the lake on that warm September morning, I heard a tiny mewing sound. My first inclination was to ignore the cries. I've been through enough lately, I thought; I can hardly take care of myself. Meow! Meow! The insistent pleas continued.

How Man's Best Friend Is Helping Cancer Treatment

How Man's Best Friend Is Helping Cancer Treatment“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart…”

What Taking Your Dog For Walks Says About Your Relationship

What Taking Your Dog For Walks Says About Your RelationshipDogs love walks. And unless it’s pouring with rain and blowing a gale, so do their owners. But there’s much more to this daily routine than you might think.

3 Things To Make Your Home More Sustainable And Comfortable

3 Things To Make Your Home More Sustainable And Comfortable

When it comes to making your house comfortable and sustainable, prevention is better than cure. By prevention we mean simple retrofits that will set you on the path to comfort and sustainability.

Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Away

Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me AwayI raised my hand in class at the University of Santa Monica and quietly shared that there was something I needed to own. I told the class that I’d had an extraordinary experience of personal healing in my life, and that I was a healer. That I had been working for a number of years on developing and refining my approach...

How To Attract Your Favorite Birds To Your Garden

Different species may congregate at a feeding spot. Brad Walker, The ConversationIt brings many people joy to provide food and water for birds, to encourage them to stay a while and be given the chance to observe them more closely. But some people are reluctant to interact with birds in this way because they’re worried it might damage the birds’ health.

Can Facebook Help You Make Your Home More Sustainable?

Can Facebook Help You Make Your Home More Sustainable?Facebook has always been controversial, with many users worrying about how the information they post might be used. Lately, the social media behemoth has also been criticized for facilitating the spread of fake news.

Is Your Fridge Cold Enough To Keep Food Safe

Is Your Fridge Cold Enough To Keep Food SafeFood, glorious food. Without it we would perish, or at the very least complain a lot. Yet the way we store it might not be keeping us as safe from illness as we think.

The Best And Worst Ways To Beat Mosquito Bites

The Best And Worst Ways To Beat Mosquito BitesFirst one, then another. Bite! Slap! Bite! Before you know it, mosquitoes are descending from the skies to disrupt your backyard summer soiree.

What Will All The Stuff You Own Mean When You're Older?

What Will All The Stuff You Own Mean When You're Older?The doldrums of the post-Christmas binge is a time for clearing out your drawers, culling that book collection or re-gifting hampers of toiletries to friends who are unlucky enough to have a birthday that gets hoovered up into the holiday season.

Dogs Have 3X More BPA After Eating Canned Food

Dogs Have 3X More BPA After Eating Canned FoodResearchers saw a three-fold increase in BPA levels in dogs who ate canned dog food for two weeks. They also saw changes in the dogs’ gut microbes.

Why Most Animals Can't Handle City Living

Why Most Animals Can't Handle City LivingThe grand finale of the BBC’s Planet Earth II showcased the ingenious strategies that some animals use to thrive in urban environments. Though impressive, these species are in the minority.

Why Farmers May Want To Keep, Not Kill, Weeds

Why Farmers May Want To Keep, Not Kill, WeedsFarmers looking to reduce reliance on pesticides, herbicides, and other pest management tools may want to heed the advice of agricultural scientists: Let nature be nature—to a degree.

How Dogs Are Really Affected By Fireworks

How Dogs Are Really Affected By FireworksWhether it’s Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, or just an everyday celebration, every winter, as soon as the clocks go back, the fireworks begin.

Watch Mom Teach Young Chimps To Use Tools

Watch Mom Teach Young Chimps To Use ToolsAnthropologists for the first time have captured on video wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools to find food. The videos were made at termite mounds in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo.

How To Fight The Constant Demands For New Stuff

A thing of the past? Blue Mountains Local Studies, CC BY-SAIs the throwaway era about to end? The past half century has given us toasters that are irreparable after a minor fault, T-shirts that quickly shrink or fade, and vacuum cleaners that need replacing after a few years.

What Have Cats Ever Done For Us?

What Have Cats Ever Done For Us?The bird experts and authors of the book Cat Wars recently called for all free-roaming cats to be euthanised or kept on a lead. They argue that cats’ tendency to kill birds and small mammals has lead to a catastrophic decline in the numbers of these creatures.

A Revolution Disguised As Organic Gardening

A Revolution Disguised As Organic GardeningIt is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Bill Mollison on Saturday, September 24 (1928-2016). He was one of the true pioneers of the modern environmental movement, not just in Australia but globally.

The Science Says Gardening Is Good For You

The Science Says Gardening Is Good For YouAs the weather warms and days lengthen, your attention may be turning to that forgotten patch of your backyard. This week we’ve asked our experts to share the science behind gardening. So grab a trowel and your green thumbs, and dig in.

Do Kids Who Grow Kale Eat Kale?

 If kids grow kale, do they eat it? U.S. Department of Agriculture, CC BY It’s back-to-school time in the United States, and for countless children across the nation, it’s also time to get back into the school garden.

What Dogs See When They Watch Television

What Dogs See When They Watch TelevisionDog owners often notice their pets watching televisions, computer screens and tablets. But what is going on in their pooch’s head? Indeed, by tracking their vision using similar methods used on humans, research has found that domestic dogs do prefer certain images and videos.

New Kitchen Wrap Clothes Would Help Us Stay Cool

New Kitchen Wrap Clothes Would Help Us Stay CoolIf woven into clothing, a new low-cost, plastic-based textile could cool your body far more efficiently than is possible with the natural or synthetic fabrics in clothes we wear today.

Spying On Pets At Home With Pet Wearables

Spying On Pets At Home With Pet WearablesThe Williams’ residence in suburban Melbourne is home to three dogs and five humans. Life is often chaotic as each member of the household negotiates for space and attention.

Do Dogs Most Desire Food Or Praise?

Do Dogs Most Desire Food Or Praise?Given the choice, many dogs prefer praise from their owners rather than food, according to one of the first studies to combine brain-imaging data with behavioral experiments to explore canine reward preferences.

Alleycat Acres Puts New Twist on Community Gardens

community gardens 8 16On a recent Monday evening in Seattle’s Central District, a handful of people gathered to work on a community farm. They pulled weeds, talked about the best ways to string up tomatoes, checked the progress of the greens and beans, harvested radishes and planted wildflowers.

What We Can Learn From Horses for Relationships at Work and at Home

What Horses Can Teach UsAs I became more adept at motivating my horse, focusing her attention, and gaining her respect, relationships at home and work improved. People commented on the change, yet no one could pinpoint what had shifted. The plot thickened as I gained more knowledge about instinctual horse behavior.

Is Your Stress Affecting Your Pets and Those You Love?

Is Your Stress Affecting Your Pets and Those You Love?In treating stress-related disorders in animals that we share our lives with, we must first look honestly at ourselves. How is the stress that we are carrying affecting them? Animals who are closely knit with their human families experience extreme stress when their humans do.

Are Parakeets On Course For Global Domination?

Are Parakeets On Course For Global Domination?Love them or hate them, ring-necked parakeets have invaded Europe and they’re here to stay. Already a staple of many urban parks and gardens around the UK, some of these charismatic bright green birds are now so comfortable in their new surroundings that they will happily sit and feed from your hand.

While Some Bees Are Workers And Others Born To Bee Free

While Some Bees Are Workers And Others Born To Bee FreeBees provide us with an invaluable service by pollinating plants, an indispensable part of natural and agricultural ecosystems. This is why declining bee populations are such a big concern.

What Makes Sunflowers Face The Sun?

What Makes Sunflowers Face The Sun?Plant biologists have discovered how sunflowers use their internal circadian clock, acting on growth hormones, to follow the sun during the day as they grow.

Is Marijuana Really Getting Stronger?

Is Marijuana Really Getting Stronger?Cannabis continues to be the world’s favourite illicit drug with around 147m people using it annually. However, there are fears that the drug is becoming increasingly potent and that it could pose a public health risk. But how reliable is the evidence? And is it really getting stronger?

16 Ways to Make Your Neighborhood Safer, Greener & Fun

The ideas below are from the Great Neighborhood Book, a collaboration between OTC Senior Fellow Jay Walljasper and Project for Public Spaces. Walljasper is a Minneapolis-based speaker and consultant about how to strengthen communities.The ideas below are from the Great Neighborhood Book, a collaboration between OTC Senior Fellow Jay Walljasper and Project for Public Spaces. Walljasper is a Minneapolis-based speaker and consultant about how to strengthen communities.

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