Scratching is the new coloring! Scratch art is the up and coming trendiest hobby in South Korea

Another great trend to try if you need to de-stress.



We commonly associate coloring books with children, but some months ago, coloring books designed for adults were all the rage in many countries, including Japan. Grown-up coloring books have been around for some time, but the sudden trend triggered off a new supply-and-demand chain reaction, filling the market with more coloring books for adults than ever.

However, in recent months, a somewhat similar yet new hobby has been silently enchanting adults in Korea with its simplistic beauty. Known as “Scratch Night View”, these scratch-off art projects promise breathtaking night views upon completion, and all you have to do is scratch the special board in the specified areas to unveil the beauty hidden in the darkness!

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This Time-Lapse Video of Flowers Blooming Will Fix Everything That Is Stressing You

This just goes to show that nature is pretty magical.


Spanish engineering student-turned-artist, David de los Santos Gil, who made waves with a stunning time-lapse video of flowers blooming in 2014, released a second video in the series this week that is equally as enchanting. The video, which is again scored by composer Roger Subirana with relaxing, uplifting music, features, among others, hyacinth, hibiscus, daisy, cactus, iris, almond blossom, amaryllis and gladiolus blooms.

In a blog post written after he released the first video, Gil wrote that he used basic camera equipment in his home to complete the time lapse, taking a total of 50,000 photos at intervals between one and ten minutes. (The second video required only 40,000.)

The process was not without its complications: “Over about every three photos I had to throw out two,” he wrote, saying the issues he encountered ranged from the classic changing light to the more unusual plague of insects.

Like Gil’s…

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Kids Overeat When They’re Stressed, Study Says

This study is against over controlling a child’s eating.


Next time you watch Bambi with your kids, you may want to hide the ice cream: A new study shows that 5-to-7-year-old children tend to eat more when they’re sad.

According to a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,kids are more likely to overeat when they are upset, especially if their parents have used food as a reward in the past. The study notes that stress eating is a learned and unnatural behavior, since stress and emotional turmoil usually reduce appetite, rather than increasing it. The fact that children were found to have stress eating tendencies at this age suggests that emotional overeating is something children learn in early childhood, perhaps because of the way their parents feed them.

The researchers divided the kids into two groups, asked them to color a picture, and then told them they would get a toy once the coloring…

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17 Surprising Reasons You’re Stressed Out

For me, uncertainty is the biggest stress factor.


You’re probably all too aware of the major sources of stress in your life—money, your terrible commute, the construction workers who start jackhammering at 5 a.m. But stress and anxiety don’t have to just come from obvious or even negative sources. “There are plenty of chronic strains and low-grade challenges that don’t necessarily overwhelm you in the moment, but almost take more of a toll in the long run,” says Scott Schieman, PhD, professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. These are some of unexpected reasons why you might feel anxious or agitated. By recognizing them for what they are, says Schieman, you can better prepare to cope.

Your significant other

Even if you have a blissfully happy relationship with your live-in partner or spouse, you’re both bound to do things that get on each other’s nerves. “Early in the relationship, it’s usually about space and habits—like whether you…

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How to Find Happiness in Today’s Hectic World

I never thought that constraints could be a good thing and that too many options are bad, but perhaps they are and simplicity brings with it happiness.


Trying to find happiness in a world so busy and complicated can seem impossible.

What’s weird is that in so many ways our lives are objectively better than our grandparents’ lives were. We have more… yet we often feel worse. Don’t you wonder if life was happier when it was simpler? I do.

Who has the explanation for this? And more importantly, who has answers on how to fix it? I don’t. But I know someone who does.

So I gave Barry Schwartz a call. He’s a professor at Swarthmore College and the author of the bestseller, The Paradox of Choice.

Barry’s work explains why more choice can actually make us miserable and what we can do to simplify our lives and become happier. His fantastic TED talk on the subject has been viewed over 7 million times.

Here’s what you’ll learn in the post below:

  • Why a world…

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Millennials and Gen Xers Feel the Most Stress About Money


In the latest survey of Stress in America conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), money remained the top causes of stress reported by a group of more than 3,000 adults aged 18 years or older, followed by work, family and health concerns. Overall, the average level of stress, reported on a 10-point scale, is at its lowest since the APA began the survey in 2007.

But 29% of participants said that their anxiety over money matters increased in the past year, and younger generations and parents seem to be feeling the pinch most. More than one-third of parents reported higher stress levels over the past year (at 5.8) compared to non-parents (at 4.4).

Millennials and Gen Xers (aged 18 to 49 years) felt more stress than the average American about money. “Where Millennials are concerned, we know that the cost of education is pretty high in this country, and…

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Multi-tasking is not good for you

If you’re 40 and above the differences in how we lived and worked compared to today will be very significant to you. I can truly say we concentrated more and focused on tasks better in the past. These days all the various distractions and expectations for an immediate response can drive stress levels up. I miss the job-digital world. the irony is not lost on me, as I write this blog post on an iPhone and feel thrilled when my viewer stats improve.

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Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore is exhausting. At the same time, we are all doing more. Thirty years ago, travel agents made our airline and rail reservations, salespeople helped us find what we were looking for in shops, and professional typists or secretaries helped busy people with their correspondence. Now we do most of those things ourselves. We are doing the jobs of 10 different people while still trying to keep up with our lives, our children and parents, our friends, our careers, our hobbies, and our favourite TV shows. ….[READ]

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