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Writing and the Creative Life: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

Are you creative? Chances are you do some things differently.No, I’m not doing this <i>just</i> because my wife’s (Rebecca McMillan) work on daydreaming is …

This Is Why You Can't Escape an Hours-Long Acid Trip

If you decide to drop acid, you’ll want to clear your schedule: A trip on lysergic acid diethylamide can last anywhere between six and 20 hours. Why …

Consciousness

Steve Jobs Practiced This 1 Habit That Triggers Creative Ideas, According to Neuroscience | Inc.com

Visitors to Steve Jobs's house in Palo Alto or to Apple's corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California, were all too familiar with one habit that helped Jobs to clear his mind and develop novel ideas.<p>Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson didn't know it when he first met the legendary Apple co-founder, …

Creativity

The Secret To Treating Autoimmune Disease May Lie In The Gut

New research may help explain why dietary changes are often effective when treating inflammatory conditions.<p>An estimated 50 million Americans ― that’s 20 percent of the general population ― suffer from autoimmune diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, and many experts say …

Writing Is A Voyage of Discovery

Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. The adventure is a metaphysical one; it is a way of approaching life indirectly, of acquiring a …

Gita Jayanti Special: All you need to know about Bhagavad Gita

Gita Jayanti or the anniversary of the day on which the Bhagavad Gita was revealed is celebrated as the Gita Jayanti festival. This day is the 11th …

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10 Simple Habits You Need to Adopt to Be Healthy

How are you feeling right now? Are you tired? Is your energy low? If you answered yes to these two questions, then it might be time to reconsider …

31 Quick-and-Easy Recipes to Help You ROCK Your December Meal Plan

Quick and easy recipes aren’t *just* important around the holidays — there’s no doubt that, come December, they’re absolutely crucial to have on hand. You’ll probably be spending lots of time and energy on Christmas cookie recipes and other holiday noms (candy cane recipes, anyone?), so dinnertime …

Cooking

Text Messaging Creates Unique Brain Waves

Some people say that technologies like the internet are changing the way we think. This claim is now supported by evidence from neuroscience: a unique pattern of neural oscillations — better known as ‘brain waves’ — appears when people are text messaging.<p>Researchers led by neurologist William Tatum …

4 Powerful Ways To Awaken Your Life's Purpose

Nietzsche said, "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."<p>If you're feeling tired, burned out, or just stuck, awakening your sense of "why" can be a powerful way to build resilience and thrive. A strong sense of purpose is the everyday awareness and conscious acknowledgment that you …

101 Inspiring Mindfulness Quotes to Live By

“Living 24 hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it.”– The BuddhaMindfulness practice , at its foundation, is …

Tequila is one of the healthiest booze choices

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo doesn’t have to make for a massive hangover. While many associate tequila with nauseous Jose Cuervo nights and nasty …

20 Translations For "Cheers!" In Different Languages

Toast to impressive language skills with this handy chart.<p>With thousands of languages spoken throughout the world, there's one word you can count on to be universal — "cheers!" How you toast to good health, happiness, and prosperity in each country, however, does require just a bit of …

10 Protein-Rich Breakfast Recipes To Help You Build Lean Muscle Mass Without Eating Meat

Eight out of ten adults experience lower back pain once in their lifetime. I am one of those people and I’m definitely not looking forward to my …

Time Management

So, You Wanna Meditate

You've heard or read about how beneficial meditation can be for your health, your peace of mind, and your sense of well-being. And you're convinced. You're ready to (gulp) learn to meditate yourself.<p>So you Google "How to meditate," only to find there are zillions of approaches. Meditation comes in …

Moving to a New Town: The Impact on Kids

To break the news to our two daughters that we were moving to Blacksburg, Virginia, I concocted a scavenger hunt around our house in Austin that …

This is the healthiest way to drink water

When you think about how you drink water, you probably prefer it one of three ways: cold with ice, cold with no ice or lukewarm. But is one actually …

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Why Resilience Is The Key To Lasting Happiness + How To Cultivate It

Although we all try to do what we think it takes to be happy, so many of us are still unhappier than ever before. The code to unlocking bliss and …

7 Reasons You Need to Eat More Eggs

Eggs aren't just delicious—they can also boost your mood, nourish your gray matter, and even guard against cancer<p>Many Americans were raised on the theory that eggs are loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol and that eating them was a surefire way to promote coronary heart disease. But when Wake …

Is Buddhism paradoxical?

Buddhist literature is full of statements that sound paradoxical. In <i>Mahāyāna sūtras</i>, for instance, we repeatedly find claims of the form, “<i>x</i> is not <i>x</i>, …

5 Tips for Powerful Writing

If you want to write more powerfully-- whether it's the next great novel or memoir, or simply emails to friends, family and colleagues, journal entries, speeches or presentations for work, or even your holiday card letter, here are some words that might help, inspired by Girl Friday Productions-- …

Happiness -The key to abundance -10 happiness tips

It is often in our search for happiness that we find ourselves to be at our unhappiest. So many people equate happiness to material wealth, …

9 easy ways to simplify your life

But a recent Quora threat called "How can I make my life simpler?" suggested that life doesn't always have to be as complicated as we make it.<p>Several users provided helpful suggestions on ways to streamline our day-to-day lives. Here are nine of our favorite ideas for how you can make every day a …

7 tiny daily habits that can lead to huge results

Imagine that every choice you make in life is associated to a "bucket." Brushing your teeth goes in the "personal hygiene bucket."<p>Working on your novel goes in the "writing" or "creativity" bucket. Going to the gym goes in the "health" bucket. And so you have these five or six or 10 primary buckets …

Meditation tips: Exercise for your brain according to life coach Rebecca Hass

The best way to deal with stress is to train your mind to appreciate the present, says life coach Rebecca Hass.<p>She calls mindful meditation a "game …

Meditation

How to Find Bliss in Your Everyday Experiences

Last week I gave a lecture on “Religion, Spirituality, and Well-Being” for an undergraduate Positive Psychology course that I’m teaching. The lecture …

The Real Secret of Self-Confidence

You're reading The Real Secret of Self-Confidence, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, …