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Seek Out Awe - The secret relief for the stressed, overworked, and time crunched. January 15 2015

Time is a scarce commodity for most people today. A recent poll of Americans found that nearly half (47%) feel like they didn't have enough time between the daily demands of their family, job and personal errands. This time-crunched feeling of having too much to do and not enough time to do it has been linked to some undesirable side effects like trouble sleeping, extreme stress, poor diet decisions and postponing seeing a doctor when ill. Sound familiar?

 

Thankfully, researchers from Stanford and the University of Minnesota have found just what all of us impatient, over-worked people need—a dose of awe. Their study (PDF) found that when we experience awe—which they define as that "feeling we get when we come across something so strikingly vast in number, scope or complexity that it alters the way we understand the world"—you focus more on the present moment, which expands your sense of time. Which means after you catch an epic sunrise, take in the majesty of a mountain or helicopter over a Hawaiian island, you no longer feel like life is quickly passing you by. You become less impatient and more interested in taking care of yourself and others.

What's more, you don't have to jet off to some exotic locale to revel in a vast, awe-inspiring view. You can experience awe from a particularly powerful film, natural events like a rainstorm or by paying attention to things you might've missed before like a rhythmic flock of birds flying or peering up at a skyscraper. It's different for each person, but you'll know it when you see it. After all, it's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see.


How I Got My Body: Basketball Star Tim Hardaway Jr. January 13 2015

Though his team's midseason record leaves something to be desired, the Knicks' 22-year-old shooting guard has stepped out of the shadow of his all-star father and made a name for himself. Here's how he keeps his six-foot-six, 210-pound frame in game shape.

"I get to the training facility two hours before practice, just because it's easier for me to get warmed up on my own. I'm here before everybody—well, not everybody, but before the veterans.

"First thing I do when I arrive is get a good meal in—usually grits or oatmeal, a bagel with cream cheese, and a bowl of fruit. After games, I like to have a steak dinner—I mean, I love steak. I love potato chips. I don't keep a strict diet, because I tend to lose weight easily, running for miles and miles and burning a lot more than I could take in without even realizing it.

"Coming in early means I can spend 30 minutes in the treatment room getting stretched out—mostly my glutes and hips—and making sure my joints are okay. I also get massages twice a week to help my muscles recover. It's a long season, so I need to be sure my body is prepared. Some days I don't work out at all—I'll just shoot around so that I have my rhythm. It's about repetition after repetition—but other than that, the coaches want us to just sit down.

"Off the court, I lift for about 40 minutes three or four days a week—more during the off-season. This year I gained 15 pounds of muscle. My dad is the one who started me weight-lifting. He pushed me to my limits and taught me how to act as a professional on and off the court. I focus mainly on my legs, because I'm on them constantly, and that helps me on the court running, jumping, defending how I want to defend. I like the kettlebell workouts our strength-and-conditioning coach, Mubarak Malik, puts us through. They help my balance and ensure my core is tight. My least favorite exercise would have to be anything with the TRX bands. I really don't like those, but you have to get them done.

"On game days, I go home after shootaround and nap. My routine actually starts the night before—I need at least seven hours of sleep. Especially when we're traveling. That's the hardest part about basketball, the plane rides. I definitely get jet-lagged. I meditate too. That's key. It's something I've been doing since I was at Michigan—my coach there was a big believer, and so is [Knicks president] Phil Jackson. There are so many ups and downs in a season that I have to focus my mind on one thing and one thing only."

Published in Details Magazine