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3 Simple Ways You Can Banish Procrastination Today

We’ve all been there: that time when we had a big deadline coming up, or something important we knew needed to get done. And instead of figuring out …

How Shame Suffocates Love and Creativity

Source: Deviant Art image by Reploid<p>Growing up, did you hear messages like, “What’s wrong with you? Can’t you do anything right? You’ll never succeed …

San Francisco Bay

6 Ways You Didn't Know Sleep Loss Hinders Your Health

When we reevaluate our health and wellness, we usually focus on diet and exercise. When we try to accommodate our busy schedules and over connected lifestyles, we usually focus on finding shortcuts and artificial energy boosts.<p>Few people include sleep as a solution for either. In fact, many forgo …

Wellness

10 Powerful Life Lessons from The Alchemist

Image Credit: continuousreader.blogspot.com.au<p><i>The Alchemist</i> by Paulo Coelho is one of the best-selling books in history, with over 65 million copies in 56 different languages. The story of Santiago, the shepherd boy on a journey to realize his "Personal Legend" has inspired people all over the …

Motivation

This May Be the Best Prescription for Happiness

<b>"Less me, more we."</b><p>We hear this all the time: It has kept psychiatrists like me in business for years. But while I agree with the overall message, it …

Happiness

Scientists say being funny is associated with having above-average intelligence

In one 2011 study, researchers at the University of New Mexico asked 400 psychology students to complete measures of abstract reasoning ability and verbal intelligence before writing captions for a series of New Yorker cartoons.<p>Sure enough, captions that were rated funnier belonged to students who …

New Mexico

Best short story collections of 2015 part 2

Here’s part 2 of this week’s look at the best short story collections of the year. Enjoy!<p><b>Elizabeth McCracken</b> (<i>Author of 2 story collections and 3</i> …

The best fiction of 2015

This was the year that fiction made headlines. <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> was a world-altering debut followed by 55 years of silence. In February it was announced that an earlier manuscript had been unearthed in Harper Lee’s archive, and in July <b>Go Set a Watchman</b> (Heinemann) was published amid a storm of …

Books

The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p><b>Mount Kailash, Tibet. View Panoramic.</b><p>This mountain in western Tibet is a …

Panoramic Photography

50 places you should travel to in 2016

It may be hard to believe, but 2015 is coming to a close, and it's time to start planning for 2016. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a novice, it's never too early to start thinking ahead to the places you want to check off your travel bucket list in the new year. From Iceland's otherworldly …

European Travel

77 Books That Changed My Life and 3 Recommendations to Read More Books

If you want your life to be different… READ!<p>Words are thoughts that when shared are accepted as good ideas or bad ideas. Every single word you hear …

13 Tricks for Organizing Your Chaotic Linen Closet

The most cluttered spot in your home is about to become the tidiest (really).<p>The most cluttered spot in your home is about to become the tidiest (really).

Red Hat

10 Cross-Cultural Novels That Illuminate the World We Live In

By Tolani Osan | Off the Shelf<p>Literature has long allowed us to travel to distant corners of the world without leaving our own beds. Some books, however, bring you to two worlds at once. Their pages illuminate how disparate cultures can reveal the mystery and beauty in each other and make us aware …

Books

Here’s What The Most Successful People Read And Why

There’s a reason why the most successful people look to other leaders’ lives for guidance and inspiration.<p>One of my favorite things to ask people in job or story interviews has nothing to do with business or work: “What do you read?”<p>We already know that the simple act of reading can have …

Success

8 Morning Habits That Make You More Valuable at Work | Inc.com

Valuable employees are hard to find. At a bare minimum, it's challenging to find enough employees who can show up on time and get along with other people. A 2015 survey of business leaders from the New York Fed showed that 42 percent of employers have trouble finding punctual workers, while about …

Time Management

What’s probably killing your motivation right now, and how to stop it

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the biggest factors that kill motivation, and how can they be overcome?</i> <i>Answer by Gaston Cote, web designer and graphic communicator.</i><p><b>Believing that you have to be perfect</b><b></b> puts on a lot of pressure and creates disappointment in your performance, no …

Success

7 Time-Wasting Habits You Need to Cut Out of Your Life for Good

In order to get ahead in life and in your career, you need to develop better habits.<p>You've probably heard the saying that 20 percent of your activities account for 80 percent of your success. This means that 80 percent of your activities are of at least low value, if not a complete waste of time. …

Time Management

The Real Reasons You're Not Sleeping Enough

<i>By meQuilibrium</i><p>Poor sleep leaves you with zero capacity to manage stress. And tiredness isn't the only issue! A sleep-free night leaves you drained, dazed, clumsy, and maybe more emotional than usual (the weepy mess, the irritable crank, etc.)<p>You likely know what you should do to avoid this -- …

Numb

Are These 4 Fears Keeping You From Success?

Isn’t it interesting how everyone wants success, but when an opportunity comes, many of us come up with excuses?It isn't that we don't want success. …

Motivation

9 tricks to motivate yourself to reach your goals

Maybe your boss has set a due date for a project report or your personal trainer is shouting at you while you power through push-ups.<p>But sometimes motivation needs to come from within. Your boss won't always be hovering over you asking for status updates on your project report — you have to make …

Virginia Tech

18 Horror Novels Every True Fan Should Read Before Watching The Movie Version

Maybe don't wait to read 'em before bed.

Horror

You can learn to be creative, if you’re willing to embarrass yourself

In 1666, one of the most influential scientists in history was strolling through a garden when he was struck with a flash of creative brilliance that would change the world.<p>While standing under the shade of an apple tree, Sir Isaac Newton saw an apple fall to the ground. “Why should that apple …

Creativity

41 Hacks To Help People With ADD/ADHD Work Better

Michael Phelps, multiple gold medal winner in swimming, has ADHD. So do many other famous and successful people. If you have this diagnosis, you have …

6 Powerful Ways to Become More Persistent (And Never Quit Again)

Most of us are great at setting goals, but not at achieving them.Whether it’s starting a new business, learning a new language, or mastering an …

Self-improvement

Declutter Your Home: Why Being Organized Saves You Money

If you’ve ever accrued a late fee after losing a bill, thrown away spoiled peaches you forgot to eat, or bought yet another pair of sunglasses …

Minimalism

Lost and Found: How Starting a Passion Project Changed My Life

Three years out of college, working in the corporate fashion industry and living in New York City, I was frustrated and lost. I had great opportunities and creative freedom in my job, but I wasn't accomplishing everything I hoped.<p>I was ambitious and always talked about the many things I wanted to …

Positive Thinking

30+ Genius Ways To Organize Your Closets And Drawers

When you have a lot of clothes and accessories, or just a lot of clutter, it can be difficult to reclaim your closet and drawers and get organized. …

Closets

6 Fierce Fall Fashion Trends!

It’s the beginning of October, so I guess that means I should start accepting that Summer is finally over and embrace the change that comes along …

Furniture for Small Bedrooms

Double Duty<p>When buying furniture for your small bedroom, maximize your investment with pieces that are actually double agents. For a bed that is …