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Meditation can be done by anyone just about anywhere in as little as two minutes a day.

Poor misunderstood meditation. People think it takes forever and is only for monks.

Meditation can be done by anyone just about anywhere in as little as two minutes a day.

But why should anyone bother? Because it's really — really — good for you.


Wow. That's a heck of a lot of science.

But wait. There's more.

I'm kind of curious now, but what to I have to do? I don't want to sit on top of a mountain with my eyes closed.

Good news! You don't have to.

There are many types of meditation, but for the most part they fall into one of three buckets: concentration, attending, and open monitoring.

Concentration meditation is great for relaxing when you're actively under stress. This is an incredibly valuable skill to help you manage negative emotions like anger, sadness, or fear. With practice, you get really good at pushing negative emotions out of your head in the moment — even if you're feeling them very intensely.This is the classic meditation where you focus on something specific like your breath, a flame, guided imagery, or a sound.

Mindfulness meditation is great for helping you figure yourself out. Hectic lives lead to hectic minds. Taking a moment to figure out what exactly you're feeling in that moment will help you make better decision for yourself and for others. With practice, you'll be more comfortable experiencing emotions — even intensely negative ones — and be more in control of how those emotions affect your actions. Mindfulness meditation allows you to be introspective and doesn't force you to avoid being distracted by thoughts or sensations.

Attending meditation is somewhere in the middle.

You don't have to pick one and avoid the others. Mix it up and see how they make you feel!

OK, I'm convinced. But I'm still a busy person. I don't have time to meditate every day.


Obviously two minutes isn't going to bring you a direct connection with nirvana. But you can start small. I mean really small. There are lots of great meditation apps available that help you try meditating for tiny chunks of time — 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes. Some options are completely free, some are have a one-time fee, some have both free and paid features.

Who knows, maybe you'll love it enough that you *will* end up on top of a mountain.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Co-sleeping isn't for everyone.

The marital bed is a symbol of the intimacy shared between people who’ve decided to be together 'til death they do part. When couples sleep together it’s an expression of their closeness and how they care for one another when they are most vulnerable.

However, for some couples, the marital bed can be a warzone. Throughout the night couples can endure snoring, sleep apnea, the ongoing battle for sheets or circadian rhythms that never seem to sync. If one person likes to fall asleep with the TV on while the other reads a book, it can be impossible to come to an agreement on a good-night routine.

Last week on TODAY, host Carson Daly reminded viewers that he and his wife Siri, a TODAY Food contributor, had a sleep divorce while she was pregnant with their fourth child.

“I was served my sleep-divorce papers a few years ago,” he explained on TODAY. “It’s the best thing that ever happened to us. We both, admittedly, slept better apart.”

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