This week, the second of Shana’s #Zensperiment, we’re celebrating World Gratitude Day. We know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but it’s perfectly acceptable (and may even make us happier and healthier) to give a little extra thanks each day. This week we also broke down some sleep conundrums. Should we smack the snooze button and grab a few more Zz’s in the morning? Snoozing may actually make us more tired. And while many of us know it’s important to rack up enough hours in bed, new research shows there’s a link between sleep and weight loss. For an extra weight loss boost outside of the bedroom, or for an upset stomach, head cold, and recovery after a solid workout, learn what beverage is best for every kind of situation. Spoiler alert: Pickle juice made its way onto the list. — Nicole McDermott


27 Must-Read Fitness, Health, and Happiness Books

Learn to boil an egg, find out how to stop biting your nails, and try Zenning out while running. These 27 hilarious, heartwarming, and empowering health and fitness reads are the kind you won’t want to put down.

40 Days of Meditation #Zensperiment: Meditation and Me

What does “meditation” really mean? I learned more about mindfulness and focused on finding stillness every day.

Skip the Snooze Button for Better Sleep

Can’t wake up in the morning? Get those hands off the snooze button!

How to Handle Horrible Roommates

Scheduling conflicts. Dietary habits. Personal hygiene. There are tons of ways roommates’ lives and personalities can conflict. Here’s some help to handle the nine most difficult people you may ever live with.

Need to Be Productive? Buy Some Flowers

There’s a sweet way to up productivity and happiness during the workday — and when we say “sweet,” we’re talking about the way it smells. Learn the pretty way to brighten the mood and boost creativity at work.

Give Thanks Every Day

It’s World Gratitude Day, and many of us are remembering to give thanks. But we shouldn’t save all the appreciation for one holiday, since gratitude can make us happier and healthier year-round.


News: More Sleep Linked to More Weight Loss

It’s not only about hitting the gym. A recent study suggests adequate sleep is a vital proponent to losing weight.

Are Genetically Modified Foods Dangerous?

Playing with nature can be risky, but genetic engineering is not some trendy new concept. So why are genetically modified munchies getting such a bad rap now?

#imagreatist Healthy Swaps

This week’s #imagreatist tips show how we can choose better and still enjoy what we eat.

Dangerfood: Soy

The health world is crazy for soy, but according to research soy might not be crazy healthy.

The Greatist Table: 5 Healthy Recipes from Around the Web

Take a look at our five favorite end-of-summer recipes for this week!

Recipe: Whole-Wheat Zucchini Muffins

Need a healthy veggie-packed breakfast option? Look no further than these whole-wheat muffins with no oil, butter, or other added fats!

The Right Drink For Every Situation

Whether we’re parched, sick, or getting jacked at the gym, drinking is a big part of our daily routines. Here are 22 suggestions on what to sip for any and every situation.

Why Do We Like the Smell of Gasoline?

Inhaling gasoline is not good for our bodies, so why is the smell so intoxicating? Greatist checks out the science behind the noxious fumes.

Recipe: Baked Salmon with Avocado-Dill Yogurt

Try this super simple salmon preparation for an easy way to entertain or for a healthy weeknight meal in 20 minutes or less!


News: Morning Workouts Could Curb Appetite

Do we need to eat right after a morning workout? Skip the pancakes and bacon — a new study found that working out in the morning might curb our appetite.

Healthier Choices: Kelvin Gary’s Daily Routine

What does it mean to be a greatist? We asked Kelvin Gary, engineer-turned-personal trainer, and founder of Body Space Fitness, NYC. Read on to see how Kelvin masters BBQ, biking, and owning his own gym.

The Runner’s Guide to Prevent and Treat Blisters

Bad blisters are enough to ruin any run and keep even the most determined runners from hitting the pavement for a while. Read on for the need-to-know on how to prevent, treat, and even pop those pesky suckers — the safe way.

My Greatist Routine: Alex Morgan

What does it mean to be a greatist? We asked Alex Morgan, star of the U.S. women’s soccer team known for her incredible speed, precision, and undeniable good looks. Read on to see what her winning routine looks like on any given day.

Quote: Vince Lombardi Leaders Are Made, Not Born

Football season has officially started, so we turned to Vince Lombardi, one of football’s greatest coaches and on-field philosophers to find out what it takes to make a leader.

How My Journey From Fat to Fit Helped Me Help Others

GUEST POST: Two years ago Robert Radden needed to drastically alter his bodyweight or risk losing 20 years of his life. Here, Rob describes his journey from fat to fit and how healthy choices inspired him to help others.

Assassin’s Creed Parkour Is like Real Life Video Game

Video game nerd or not, this clip shows some hardcore parkour that may in fact blow your socks off, or make you want to jump off of something.

Research Review: Boost Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility

GUEST POST: Chris Beardsley of Strength and Conditioning Research summarizes some of the latest, most exciting findings in health and fitness research — and what they mean to you.

Stretches All Desk Workers Should Do Today

Stuck at a desk all day? Here are six stretches to loosen the muscles made most stiff by sitting.