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Every Day My Daughter Dies - Parenting With Anxiety

I don't know if this is specific to my own type of anxiety, if it's common amongst those who suffer in general, or if it's just standard in even the …

Time I

My liberation from self-deprecation

"You're so sweet, I look terrible today."<p>"Half the time I'm up there I'm just trying to remember the words."<p>"I'm awful! <i>You're</i> the one who's doing …

Why trying to be happy all the time could be dangerous

In recent years, there’s been a switch in what society considers most important in life - no longer is wealth seen as the ultimate marker of success, …

Happiness

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Every Day | Inc.com

Although it is, more or less, everyone's ultimate life goal, long-term happiness is something the average person finds incredibly difficult to achieve. The good news is that, according to science, you have the ability to control a significant amount of the happiness you feel. Simply changing a …

Happiness

Science suggests genes can hugely influence academic performance

Research shows that a student’s genetic makeup can have a strong influence on their academic performance.<p>Some interpret this to mean there is little that can be done to help those who struggle academically—and that spending extra money on these students to help them succeed is pointless.<p>But is this …

What Brexit can teach us about the psychology of fear

Before the Brexit vote, economists were near-unified in voicing fears that the UK will suffer outside the EU. The list of consequences is long: The UK’s economy will lose out on a favorable trade union, businesses may relocate their European headquarters, and the whole episode could very well spark …

Psychology

3 Weird Ways To Turn Procrastination Into Work-Horse Productivity

About a year ago I came up against my biggest obstacle in my career as a freelance copywriter.<p>I had just taken on a big name client and I was so …

There's No Way Out of Experiencing Pain

Image: retrostar via Dollar Photo Club<p>When people come to me for help, really what they want is a way out of pain. The pain of being heavier than they think they should be; the pain of being obsessed with food; the pain of 'fighting' urges; the pain of trying to change the shape of their bodies and …

Pain

The very real pain of ‘imaginary’ illnesses

How do you tell a patient that their paralysis, blindness, or seizures are “all in the mind”? As the doctor Suzanne O’Sullivan explains to BBC Future, our thoughts and feelings can move the body in mysterious ways that are just as frightening as any physical illness.<p>Soon after Suzanne O’Sullivan …

Mental Health

Is It True Love, or Low Self-Esteem?

Losing yourself in a relationship, becoming “we” instead of “me,” can feel like the ultimate expression of romantic love. But it’s not always the …

Self-esteem

What Procrastination Does To Your Happiness?

In September 2014, two British professors wanted to find out what happens when students do not hand over their assignments on time. Their study threw …

Mindfulness Training Optimizes Brain Connectivity

A new study has pinpointed how mindfulness training triggers changes in neural networks. These changes in brain connectivity allowed veterans who …

Mindfulness

Tell Me What You Did Today, And I’ll Tell You Who You Are

<i>“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”</i> — Mahatma Gandhi<p>Gandhi was completely right. When you don’t act in …

6 Things Worry-Free People Do to Avoid Stress

It might be amazing to think about, but not everyone is stressed all the time. Those people who aren't always stressed aren't necessarily peaceful monks either, but normal people with similar pressures and expectations that you and I have. So what's the difference between the stressed and the …

Diets

Self-Acceptance Is a Journey, Not a Destination

(<i>Photo:</i> <i>Andrea Mai</i>)<p>Is self-acceptance something you learn gradually or can it be achieved effortlessly by claiming it?<p>That was the question that came up in a discussion with a friend on the topic of self-acceptance. It's a much talked about subject that comes up in spiritual circles and personal …

Employment

How to Heal Your 7 Chakras and Increase Personal Development

<i>Sponsored Links</i><p>by Seth M <br>Expanded Consciousness<p>The seven Chakras of the body are energy hubs and they hold great influence over you and your …

Understanding Your Emotional Story to Deal With Low Sexual Desire

I've seen it in therapy over and over. A couple who really loves each other, but who struggles to sexually connect in their relationship. One partner has a low sexual drive, while the other one would desires to sexually connect. Both partners in the relationship identify each other as close …

What are the Seven Emotions?

<i>In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emotions are considered the major cause of internal disease. When there is prolonged stress or an</i> …

How brain chemistry could help save your relationship

The brain areas associated with reward and enjoyment, as well as desire and euphoria, light up as the energy of desire is focused on one …

The Brain

Unload Your Thoughts and Ideas With a "Mind Capture" Ritual

Your mind is always bouncing around thoughts and ideas in your head, but it’s hard to capture and understand them if you’re constantly being …

How To Tap The Only Three Types Of Creativity

There are three and only three ways to create. They come from connective, component and blank page creativity. That’s it. Those three. If you want to “<i>make new things or think of new ideas</i>” as Webster defines creativity, you must do one of these three.<p>• Do you see disparate things you can pull …

Creativity

How to Live in the Present Moment? Advice from 13 experts.

<i>“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”</i> <b>— Albert Einstein</b><p><i>“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry</i> …

5 Daily Habits That Will Boost Your Creativity and Focus | Inc.com

As a serial entrepreneur and founder of 6 companies, I've found one of the most important ingredients for innovation to be something I call "whitespace". Whitespace is time you set aside to refresh your thinking, strategize, reflect on your primary goals and gain perspective.<p>To me, whitespace is …

Creativity

These Are The Long-Term Effects Of Multitasking

Being constantly connected may keep you from getting fired, but making time for deep work is what will get you promoted.<p>Georgetown Professor Cal Newport thinks uninterrupted, distraction-free deep work is so important that if you’re unable to do this at your current job, you should start looking …

Time Management

What to Do When You Love Someone Who Hurts You

<b>“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ~Pema Chödrön</b><p>There is a person in my life who I love with all my heart, but in …

Five of the best parenting tips I’ve ever heard - Keystone Aspire

<b>When I deliver talks and workshops in schools, it surprises me how many parents and teachers ask me what my best parenting tip is. Over the years I</b> …

Parenting

Can you teach wellbeing? Martin Seligman thinks so

American professor Martin Seligman has pioneered positive psychology, inverting the traditional focus of his profession<p>Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 13:00<p>One of …

News (Ireland)

“Did Something Happen at School Today?”

One evening, several months ago, my 10-year-old son, Mark, was getting upset over simple things. After the second meltdown, I knew something was up. …

Self-help