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52 Ways You Can Be Kinder to Yourself

If you're feeling stressed, there are healthy ways to deal with your feelings.<p>If you are stressed, anxious, and feeling fearful these days, the best way to cope, psychologists say, is to be kinder to yourself.<p>The problem is, most of us concentrate on being kind to others but all too often we forget …

How to Deliver Criticism So Employees Pay Attention

In my college days I ranked among the top 10 women divers in the United States. I got that far not just because I worked hard — practicing every day in four-to-six-hour sessions — but also because I had an extremely tough coach who routinely offered both caring support and sharp criticism. Early in …

The Downsides of Being Very Emotionally Intelligent

Gemma is extremely caring and sensitive. She pays a great deal of attention to others’ emotions and is kind and considerate. Gemma is also quite optimistic. She is usually upbeat and remains positive even in the face of bad news. Her colleagues love working with her because they see her as a beacon …

3 Rarely-Asked Interview Questions Every Job Seeker Should Ask

If you're a hiring manager or executive, you may want to take note as well.<p>A typical interview goes something like this: The prospective employer grills you with 45 minutes of behaviorally-based interview questions--sometimes in a three-person panel (and if they're not, they're probably doing it …

Micro-dosing: The Drug Habit Your Boss Is Gonna Love

What started as a body-tinkering, mind-hacking, supplement-taking productivity craze in Silicon Valley is now spreading to more respectable workplaces, maybe even to your office, where the guy down the hall might already be popping a new breed of brain-boosting pills or micro-dosing LSD—all in the …

Synthetic Biology

Is Your Mind Controlling You? How to Get Rid Of Bad Thoughts And Stay Present

Your thoughts are on the front line when it comes to your life. They are the foundation for everything. At the most fundamental level, a positive …

Mindfulness

Five Questions to Ask in an Interview That Will Reveal a Lot About the Company

You’ve heard it a zillion times: “Remember, you’re interviewing them just as much as they’re interviewing you. Ask your own (good) questions to get a …

How Complaining Rewires Your Brain For Negativity

Just like smoking, drinking too much, and lying on the couch watching TV all day, complaining is bad for you. Put my advice to use, and you'll reap the physical, mental, and performance benefits that come with a positive frame of mind.<p>Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a …

Immune System

A History of Philosophy in 81 Video Lectures: From Ancient Greece to Modern Times

Above, you can watch 81 video lectures tracing the history of philosophy, moving from Ancient Greece to modern times. Arthur Holmes presented this …

Apple cider vinegar helps blood sugar, body fat, studies say

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a cure-all for decades. I've seen claims that it can do everything from halt hiccups to whiten teeth, and even banish dandruff.<p>Whether or not it's capable of all those things, there is some solid research to back up apple cider vinegar as a healthy elixir, as …

Superfoods

How to Realistically Change Careers When Your Current Job Totally Drains You

Throughout our careers, we may find ourselves in a role that takes more from us than it gives in terms of money, happiness, or energy—sometimes, it’s …

This is How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure

When Pablo Picasso was an old man, he was sitting in a cafe, scribbling on a napkin.<p>He didn’t know it, but a woman sitting near him was looking on in …

The One Question That Will Change Your Life.

We all share the same set of wishes. We also have similar wants, dreams, and desires. We want to feel good. Live an effortless life while having well paid jobs, awesome relationships, stimulating sex-life, amazing bodies and to be at the center of everyone's attention. We want to own the world. We …

Solar Power Is Now The World's Cheapest Energy

The drop in price is driven by investments from developing nations.<p>Over the past six years, the cost of solar energy has dropped dramatically, to the point where it is now even cheaper than wind power in emerging markets like China and India. This may be largely due to rising investments in solar …

If You Want Success, Figure Out The Price, Then Pay it

<i>The important thing is this: to be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become. — </i><b>Charles Dickens</b><p>Everything has a price. …

40 Useful Self-Management Hacks to Master Your Time

In case you haven't heard, there's no such thing as time management.<p>As we near the end of the year, this is typically the time people start thinking about what goals to set, how to be more productive (heck, even at 4 a.m.), and what needs to happen for better work-life balance.<p>Even billionaire …

Finally there's proof that Britain's 4G is as bad as you thought

A new government report has claimed that the UK is behind Albania, Romania and Peru as far as mobile phone coverage is concerned.<p>The National …

Great Britain

Early in my career, I learned I'd been making a cringe-worthy interview mistake

I really cannot think of a company that wants to hire a jack-of-all-trades.<p>I learned this the hard way early in my career when I was speaking with the VP of the group at a company where I was interviewing. I told him that I had done a bit of everything at the marketing consulting firm I worked at …

How to be 1% Better Every Day (The Kaizen Approach to Self-improvement)

<i>“Compounding is the greatest mathematical discovery of all time.” — </i><b>Albert Einstein</b><p>The quest to become a better version of yourself often feels like …

US Power Will Decline Under Trump, Says Futurist Who Predicted Soviet Collapse

We talked to Nobel Prize-nominated Johan Galtung, who predicted that someone like Trump would win the US, and that it will trigger a decline in power.<p>Johan Galtung, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated sociologist who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union, warned that US global power will collapse …

7 TED Talks on Happiness That Will Make You Smile From Ear to Ear

Fact: Bad days happen to good people. Even when you give up those old habits to be happier, switch up your morning routine, and do that one thing all …

TED Talks

7 Ways Employees Demonstrate They’re Ready for a Leadership Role

For many young careerists, a leadership role is a natural step in their career path. That first leadership role is more than just a step up the …

A leading procrastination expert reveals which personality types tend to put stuff off

If you're impulsive, disorganized, or consider yourself a perfectionist, Pychyl says you might not be knocking out tasks in a timely fashion.<p>Pychyl is an associate professor at Carleton University. He has been studying procrastination for the better part of two decades, which makes him perhaps the …

14 Books by Billionaires That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur's Christmas List

Learn from the masters.<p>Reading is an essential part of any learning process. Books give you an intimate glimpse into the minds of others. They reveal subtleties you may not yet be aware of. So, especially when you're navigating a road as ambiguous as entrepreneurship, it's a good idea to take a …

A Nobel prize-winning physicist identified three simple steps to mastering any subject

I wasn’t always a good learner. I thought learning was all about the hours you put in. Then I discovered something that changed my life.<p>The famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman understood the difference between “knowing something” and “knowing the name of something,” and it’s one of …

Self-improvement

No, Successful People Aren't Superhuman. They Just Do These 10 Things

If you are looking for ways to jumpstart your career, or thinking of jumping ship to start your own business, here are some insights on how to prepare.<p>Does it sometimes seem like people all around you are getting promoted, or leaving to start their own business, while all your hard work and …

Success

Want to Raise Your IQ by 23 Percent? Neuroscience Says Take Up This Simple Habit

In less time than it takes you to have lunch, you could be expanding your brain -- literally.<p>There are two types of intelligence: crystallized intelligence and fluid intelligence.<p>Crystallized intelligence is your ability to utilize information, skills, and experience already learned -- basically, …

'Apple can’t afford failures': Steve Milunovich on the future of Apple and the post-Jony Ive era

Cook rarely describes what Apple will do in the future. And Milunovich didn't expect him to spill the beans. But the analyst <i>was</i> hoping Cook might give some clues as to how Apple thinks it will develop strategically. Apple dominates the tech world now, but that world is shifting away from devices to …

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