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21 Practical Steps to Be More Peaceful

If you're looking to reduce stress levels, it's likely that you're keen to find more inner peace. It's impossible to just "feel more peaceful," though. There are external conditions as well as internal conflicts that can have an effect on how peaceful we feel. But there are simple, practical steps …

Meditation

12 Essential Rules to Live More Like a Zen Monk

I’m not a Zen monk, nor will I ever become one. However, I find great inspiration in the way they try to live their lives: the simplicity of their …

Meditation

How To Fix Stagnant Wages: Dump The World's Dumbest Idea

We’re all drunks looking under the lamppost.”<br>—Aviv Nevo, professor of economics, University of Pennsylvania, speaking at the European Central Bank’s annual gathering of leading economists in Sintra, Portugal.<p>Today’s <i>New York Times</i> tells us that wages should be rising, since we live in a world in …

Economics

This is how to become mentally strong: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Ever get to the point where your brain is just pooped? The ol’ grey matter is waving the white flag. You’re exhausted. You can’t go on. You’ve got no …

25 Quotes About Mindfulness That Will Change the Way You Live Your Life

For most of us, multitasking has become a way of life. We are expected to do it all, know it all, and always be 10 steps ahead. But are we actually doing ourselves a disservice by constantly running on autopilot? What are we missing out on? The concept of mindfulness focuses on bringing your full …

How to Be a More Confident Person

When I was a kid, we had very little money. This didn't seem like a problem to me until I went to my friends' homes and saw that they had <i>actual …

Why are Tibetan Buddhists so Compassionate?

In the 21st century, compassion can often be perceived as weakness.<p>Our daily lives are organized around making money. Capitalist economies are …

5 Ways To Keep Your Calm

What ruffles your feathers and gets your goat most? What agitates you and steals your calm? Peace of mind, however ephemeral it may be, is what we …

Chaturanga Dos and Don'ts to Save Your Shoulders

Chaturangadandasana is one of yoga's most challenging postures, so it's startling how often it's introduced to yoga beginners with only the slightest …

5 tips on how to relax and reduce stress after a day at the office

Stress experts often talk about “setting boundaries” between work and home. But in this day and age of mobile phones and other devices that connect …

7 Toxic Thinking Mistakes That Will Keep You From Being Mentally Strong

Changing the way you think will change your entire life.<p>Just because you think something doesn't make it true. Yet, you likely believe your brain when it casts doubt on your abilities or when it tells you that people don't like you even though there's little evidence supporting such statements.<p>In …

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Why Deeply Intelligent People Don't Try to Think Themselves Out of Unhappiness

It's time to re-think your approach to happiness.<p>Even the smartest and most successful people are unhappy. Take one of my clients, I'll call him George, for example.<p>George is a key player in a large tech firm. He's not only a driven team leader always aiming to improve performance, he's also …

Five Zen Principles to Live By

Practical wisdom that instantly improves your life<p>I love practical advice that you can immediately apply to your life. And Zen, a school of Mahayana …

Meditation

How Dad’s best advice led 15 women in business to succeed

Between the truly terribly-wonderful dad jokes, the candid humor and the smart advice, good fathers can have a way of changing their daughters’ lives.<p>…

The purpose of life is to be a nobody

We all experience the world like we are at the center of reality.<p>We think and we feel in relation to how our senses absorb information and how this information mingles with our personal memories. The subjective perception created by these interactions provides the illusion of importance.<p>We forget …

Self-improvement

Want to Raise Inspired Kids? A Navy SEAL Commander Says Teach Them These 10 Things

Rule No. 1: Make your bed, so you'll start the day with a consistent accomplishment.<p>A few years ago, a retired Navy SEAL commander named Bill McRaven gave a graduation speech at the University of Texas. His words went viral, starting with his advice that no matter what you do, if you want to be …

8 TED talks that will change how you think about human psychology

TED talks on psychology rank as some of the most-watched and highest-rated of all-time, most likely because people are endlessly fascinated with …

Self-improvement

The One Thing No One Realizes About Happiness

Last year I was reading about a European billionaire who, after losing a good chunk of his wealth in a bad investment, ended his life. The day he …

Happiness

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

Give up the bad habits that drain your mental strength.<p>As a psychotherapist, I've witnessed countless people beating the odds. Despite the tragedies, hardships, and challenges they faced, they persisted.<p>My training had taught me to build on people's existing strengths. But over the years, I've …

Little Ways to Live Your Life More Intentionally in 2017

With the new year upon us, there's no better time to start thinking more intentionally. The simple act of just thinking about what matters to you …

Turntables

They raise the world's happiest children - so is it time you went Dutch?

Two toddlers have just chased each other to the top of a climbing frame and are jostling to get down the slide first. Their mothers are lost in conversation on a nearby park bench. In the distance, a dog barks and a little boy ambles along on his balance bike, trailed by his grandfather who is …

4 Yoga Poses with Magical Benefits

We all know yoga postures affect our body, but did you ever think about the way they affect your mind, feelings, and psyche?<p>I was thinking about this …

Yoga

The happiness of the Danes can easily be explained by 10 cultural rules

• You’re not to think you are anything special.<br>• You’re not to think you are as good as we are.<br>• You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.<br>• You’re not to convince yourself that you are better than we are.<br>• You’re not to think you know more than we do.<br>• You’re not to think you are more important than we …

Happiness

I've become much less stressed thanks to a simple lesson from a meditation app loved by Wall Streeters and Olympic athletes

For the past eight months, I've been using the guided-meditation app Headspace every day, and it's had a noticeably positive effect on my mood.<p>I first heard about Headspace late last year on Tim Ferriss' podcast. Its proponents include Wall Streeters, Olympic athletes, and celebrity executives like …

Meditation