IT’S A MIND TRICK.

Tobacco is not what it seems. It does not relieve stress. It only provides a fix for those who are addicted to it. Don’t be fooled by the mirage.

One of the most common myths about smoking is that it relieves stress. A review of 30 international studies on smoking and stress found this to be false. (1) In fact, the relief smokers feel is not from stress. It’s the relief from having a nic fit – aka withdrawal symptoms. It’s like the relief an addicted drug user feels after getting a fix. There are plenty of things you can do that actually do relieve stress and won’t kill you. Like listening to music or working out.

 
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Don’t worry if your local playground is covered in snow. Just turn that snow into a playground! That’s what happened last month in Kiruna, Sweden for the 2015 Kiruna Snow Festival. Swedish designers PINPIN, ICEHOTEL and others collaborated on a variety of awesome snow and ice creations specifically made to be played on, including a maze featuring 10-foot-tall walls, a pair of slides, a huge snow lantern, four egg-shaped seats and benches made of ice. This wonderful winter playground is open to the public and will remain so until it all melts, most likely sometime in April.

[via Junkculture, Architizer and Laughing Squid]