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This is how to make close friends: 4 surprising secrets from research

Forget pandas. Close friends are the real endangered species these days.<p>That’s a painful thing. And I don’t mean “sad-painful.” I mean …

Psychology

5 Powerful Mantras to Help You Quiet Anxiety, Beat Self-Doubt, Manage Stress, and More

Use these simple slogans to rewire your thoughts, and feel calmer and more confident every day.<p>What if you could stop worrying (or feel more …

Self-help

The one question we should all ask ourselves at the end of the day

Josh Davis, Ph.D. is the author of the international bestseller, Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your …

Time Management

14 changes to make in your 30s that will set you up for lifelong success

Sam Walton founded Walmart at age 44; Julia Child published her first cookbook at 60. Your best years may be way ahead of you.<p>It'll depend a lot on …

Break the Cycle of Stress and Distraction by Using Your Emotional Intelligence

Being able to focus helps us succeed. Whether it’s focusing inward and attuning ourselves to our intuitions and values or outward and navigating the world around us, honing our attention is a valuable asset.<p>All too often though, our focus and attention get hijacked, leaving us feeling frazzled, …

Emotional Intelligence

Iceland Celebrates Christmas Unlike Any Other Country in the World | Inc.com

The Christmas gift-giving season can be a stressful time--and I'm not just talking about battling store crowds or worrying that the world has come to an end as you find yourself stuck in an airport experiencing a massive power outage at the height of the holiday travel season.<p>Choosing gifts that …

Christmas Eve

If someone is friends with their exes, it could be a warning sign they're a psychopath — here's why

People tend to have strong opinions about whether you can stay friends with an ex or not. You may be optimistic about the situation, and are happy to become friends soon after a break up, or you may think that when you cut the cord it means goodbye forever.<p>It's not an exact science either way, but …

Psychology

This Is the Only Farewell Email You Need to Send When Leaving Your Job

It's nuanced.<p>A goodbye letter can tell you a lot about an employee.<p>When Marissa Mayer left Yahoo in June, the infamous micro-manager sent her staff a …

Employment

Ten books every teacher should read

In the last decade, a wealth of books has brought together ideas to help teachers have the greatest impact on student learning. Here are just a few<p>Plato’s Republic, Rousseau’s Émile and Dewey’s Democracy and Education – there’s a strong case to be made, as Dennis Hayes has, that these are the only …

Pedagogy

The 8 Coolest TED Talks on Psychology | Inc.com

Humans, we all know, are strange, irrational, beautiful creatures who often act in weird and wonderful ways. That makes us hard to deal with sometimes, but it also makes us totally fascinating.<p>All our quirks are fuel for psychologists, who spend their professional lives trying to dig into our …

Self-improvement

No, Dark Energy Isn't An Illusion

In 1998, two teams of scientists announced a shocking discovery: the expansion of the Universe was accelerating. Distant galaxies weren’t just receding from us, but their recession speed was increasing over time. Over the next few years, precision measurements of three independent quantities — …

Dark Matter

In Order To Achieve Lasting Success: 10 Tips To Become An Attractive Person

Fifty percent of this year is gone. Question, have you reached 50 percent or half of your goals?<p>If one of your goals is to be successful in any area …

Five Ways Working More Slowly Can Boost Your Productivity

You know all about why multitasking is bad and meditation is good. Here’s the cognitive case for why slower might be better.<p>Whatever mix of foreboding, cautious optimism, denial, and indifference with which you greet the prospect of your job being handed over to robots in the future, one thing …

Mindfulness

8 critical things successful people do before 8 a.m.

Starbucks continues to grow relentlessly, with CEO Howard Schultz just announcing plans to open 500 new stores a year over the next five years.<p>Much of this growth will happen in China, where Schulz is undeterred by the recent economic slowdown.<p>While many factors contribute to Starbucks' immunity to …

Time Management

How to Stick to Your Goals When You've Lost Motivation

Almost two months have gone by already! Time flies, doesn't it? It feels as though last week we were just reflecting on our past year and planning for the year ahead. Most of us start every new year with a set of goals we are determined to achieve. There may be changes we want to make in our lives, …

Motivation

9 Things the Happiest People Never Do

How you think--and what you do--matters a lot more than what you have.<p>Many people think happiness, both professional and personal, is based on having a bigger house, nicer car, larger income. It's all about better, faster, higher, <i>more</i>.<p>Yet the happiest people I know focus a lot more on what they <i>do</i>, …

Happiness

Freud on Why We Dream, the Paradoxical Interplay of Memory and Forgetting, and the Vital Vestiges Our Childhood Experiences Leave in Our Unconscious

“Every dream will reveal itself as a psychological structure, full of significance, and one which may be assigned to a specific place in the psychic activities of the waking state.”<p><i>“Something nameless hums us into sleep,”</i> the poet Mark Strand wrote in his sublime ode to dreams. <i>“We feel dreamed by</i> …

The Productivity Hacks Of 12 Successful People

The secret to working more efficiently isn’t about working more or less, but smarter. So we asked 12 successful people how they do it.<p>If you find yourself getting easily overwhelmed by emails, struggling to keep your eyes open at your desk, or constantly getting distracted by coworkers, chances …

Time Management

11 Life-Changing Books To Help You Build Better Habits

When you woke up this morning, what did you do first?Did you hop in the shower, check your email or grab a doughnut from the kitchen counter?Did you …

Self-improvement

How You Can Learn the #1 Persuasion Technique of FBI Hostage Negotiators

FBI Hostage negotiators know how to listen and this is the secret to connecting with people.<p>We’ve all been told we could be better listeners and that …

Self-help

4 Great Ways to Stay Motivated All Year Long | Inc.com

Now that the New Year has well and truly begun, it is time to discover how to keep that fire burning within all year round by becoming as hungry as a lion chasing it's next meal.<p>The start of a new year sends our enthusiasm to an all-time high as we aim to make this year better than our last. Our …

Motivation

11 Brilliant Productivity Hacks from Successful People

Maintaining your productivity during the day while trudging through an inbox brimming with unanswered emails and navigating through your coworking space to grab a quick cup of coffee in the break room — without being ensnared by chatty coworkers — is a constant struggle. The secret to working more …

Productivity

9 surprising facts that can help you learn anything faster

But some people keep studying — and thinking — the same way all their lives.<p>Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually learn. The results are surprising and super helpful.

Harvard Business School

5 Ways to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Welcome to winter, where comfort food cravings run high and moods run dangerously low. If your happiness plummets with the temperatures around this …

Depression

10 Questions That Will Make You More Successful

The most successful people know themselves well and are adept at thoughtfully answering these ten common--but incredibly helpful--questions<p>It's the New Year and a fresh start. Is one of your goals to be more successful?<p>Even if 2015 was awesome, there is always a desire to up the ante. Maybe you …

Self-improvement

How I Totally Changed My Life to Finally Get Organized

I figured out it wasn't just about the stuff — it was also about me.<p><i>We love the little hacks and tweaks that can make your home tidier, but the truth is that big change in the way you organize requires ... well, a big change in the way you live. We teamed up with organizing coach Maeve Richmond to</i> …

First Date Conversation: 5 Things Research Says You Should Talk About

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Relationships

The 11 Daily Habits of Supremely Happy People

We all have different goals, values, beliefs, and experiences, but there is one universal thing that binds us all: We just want to be happy. But for the most part, happiness seems more like an existential dream than an attainable reality.<p>Yet, everything we think, say, and do are linked to our …

Happiness