Now you can see how your community compares to your neighbors with this project that maps and ranks the health of every county in America.
American cities across the nation are improving their infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians. Some are doing it better than others. Right now, the top 5 states for biking and walking are:
“When you concentrate on your inhale or exhale in a yoga posture, or on the sounds of a mantra in meditation, you are fully in the here and now. It’s only by slowing down that you can observe things as they really are, including yourself. Being in the now is hard work, but it also helps to give you some detachment and perspective on the dramas of your daily work and life.
'I would be interested in seeing studies conducted on the physical and psychological well-being of anyone trying to start up a company,' says Poikos CEO Nell Watson. ‘It’s easy to lose your grip on stuff, physically and mentally. Yoga is a powerful way of re-centering oneself and putting oneself back in the body and also in the current situation that you are in and not in the situation that you are worrying about.’”
“It was like, oh my god, I can be so much more productive if I actually let my brain have a little downtime. When I get up in the morning I’m very sharp now. I can do things much faster. I’m much more focused. I feel much fresher. I feel like I used to feel before the Internet was popular.”
-Kord Campbell, who recently participated in a digital detox hosted by Camp Grounded. We’ve collected stories from people who regularly unplug from their devices.
So you need to #unplug. You’re feeling overwhelmed by your gadgets—connected to your email list but not to your personal life. It’s time to take a break. It is precisely for times like these that we’ve created a guide to unplugging.
These step-by-step instructions will walk you through the difficult (but rewarding!) process of unplugging, from deciding when to unplug to informing your friends and coworkers that you’ll be offline for a while to avoiding the biggest temptations to plug back in. Here you’ll find advice from digital detoxing experts, business leaders, and our readers, whom we asked to use the #unplug hashtag to submit their best methods for logging off.
We encourage you to print these pages, and when you find yourself reaching for your phone, reach for this guide instead for tips on how to overcome the urge to use your devices. And when you’re ready to rejoin the digital world, come to FastCompany.com, and we’ll help you find the most seamless way to do so.
Connect & Coach, the winner of the Data Design Diabetes Challenge, helps people make healthier choices that can make grocery shopping an altogether more healthy experience.
- Immediately After the Bar Exam: Elana Nightingale Dawson, 29, went into labor during the final portion of the bar exam in Illinois back in 2011, gritted her teeth, pounded the table, finished the exam and gave birth two hours later. And oh yeah, she passed.
- At Wal-Mart: The first baby of 2013 in Banks County, GA was born at Wal-Mart. Apparently this no longer qualifies as unusual.
- On a Remote Stretch of Utah highway: Lynette Hales gave birth to twins with the help of state troopers.
- To Our Own Grandchildren: 45-year-old Angie Stockton was the surrogate mother for her own grandchild when her daughter couldn’t carry a baby.
- After Just 5 Minutes Of Labor: Reported May 29, Erica Bovino went into labor with her second child 5 days early; her healthy daughter was born just 5 minutes after the first contraction.
Dollar Shave Club launches One Wipe Charlies, flushable butt wipes for men.
"We wanted to make a bold statement with our ‘own the bathroom’ strategy that we want to service your face, your ass, and everything in between."
“I’ve planned my funeral. I sat and wrote down my ideas the day after I discovered the metastatic nature of my cancer…I envisage it as a real celebration of my life, lived to the full and with a sense of purpose.”
Dr. Kate Granger has terminal cancer, and she’s tweeting from her deathbed.
"I’m totally against bike helmets. If you’re wearing a helmet, you’re in more danger.”
At 2 p.m. EST, we’re chatting live with MIT Media Lab scientist Sandra Richter, who wants to find new ways to encourage city citizens to ride bikes. Helmets aren’t one of them.
The most creative people have a way of relaxing the inhibiting, self-critical parts of the brain when they’re in the flow of performance. Research shows that a moderate amount of alcohol can do much the same. Drinking decreases your working memory—impairing your ability to focus and hemming in your interest in the things happening around you—and increases your creativity.
This is serious. Does drinking beer make you more creative?
After decades languishing in jars in the closet of an animal lab at the University of Texas, approximately 90 brains removed from mental patients are finally being documented—by a photographer and by college freshmen.
“Some of them are huge, some of them are really tiny. There was one that had no wrinkles at all,” says photographer Adam Voorhes. “I don’t even know how to explain it.”
Yup, this writer’s theory is confirmed- chocolate is so good for you that it’s practically a vegetable (and red wine is pretty much fruit…).
[Image: Flickr user John Loo]