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A Better Way To Deal With The Negative Thoughts In Our Heads

If you’re familiar with contemporary definitions of mindfulness, you’ve probably heard something along the lines of not getting too attached to our thoughts, but letting them arise and subside of their own accord, like clouds. Our job is just to witness them, non-judgmentally, and let them fade …

Mindfulness

7 Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Your Life Starting Next Week | Inc.com

If personal development and self-improvement is your thing, you should really appreciate this list to kick off your week on a high note. First off though, I need to communicate its true intent so there are no misgivings or misinterpretations.<p>As you scroll further, you'll notice a pattern (which …

Happiness

6 of The Biggest Misconceptions About Happiness, According to Science

And real things you can do about it.<p>Some people see happiness as the feeling in a small moment - a chat between old friends, a warm meal. Some see it …

Happiness

How childhood trauma changes our hormones, and thus our mental health, into adulthood

Exposure to traumatic experiences in childhood can have a negative impact on the development of the brain when it’s most vulnerable. Cases of …

DNA study provides insight into how to live longer

<b>Every year spent in education adds an average of 11 months to people's lifespan, say scientists.</b><p>The researchers say a person loses two months for every kilogram overweight they are - and seven years for smoking a packet of cigarettes a day.<p>Unusually, the Edinburgh university team found their …

Mutations

The 9 Characteristics Of People Who Get Promoted

When I talk to my personal branding clients about their career goals, one regular topic of enthusiastic discussion is getting promoted to a more senior role. Being promoted is one of the most important milestones in an upwardly mobile career path, yet promotions aren’t guaranteed. In fact, they …

Self-improvement

12 ways successful people get more done than the rest of us

1. They create structured to-do lists.<p>Most people who have a to-do list just keep a running list, with no sense of timing or priorities. There are lots of ways to structure your list to avoid making it a never-ending drudge. One technique I suggest to my coaching clients is to take an index card …

Time Management

13 things parents who raise mentally strong kids refuse to do

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks and it gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.<p>But raising a mentally …

Self-help

Failure Doesn't Automatically Lead to Success. Embrace These Lessons to Make Sure It Does | Inc.com

<i>"I can tell you're somebody who doesn't like to hear the word 'no'."</i> That's what a new friend said to me recently. I laughed it off because really, who does? But during my five years being an entrepreneur, I've noticed my relationship with this word has changed significantly.<p>Failure is something we …

Motivation

This Single Tip Will Make You Insanely Successful At Self-Improvement | Inc.com

Self-improvement is a human obsession. At one point in time or another, all of us try to become better in various areas of our lives. And yet, studies show as many as 96 percent of us fail at our self-improvement efforts. A great example is New Year's resolutions. Studies show 80 percent of all New …

Self-improvement

Ten silly things you do that make you less likable

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good …

Self-improvement

How to Train Yourself to Think Differently and Permanently Rewire Your Brain, According to Science | Inc.com

The conversations you have with yourself have a direct impact on how you feel and how you behave. If your self-talk is filled with self-doubt, harsh criticism, and catastrophic predictions, you'll struggle to reach your goals.<p>But you don't have to let a pessimistic outlook or foreboding inner …

The Brain

Try this trick to go straight to sleep

Each time you choose to stay up a little longer bingeing that Netflix show, you’re beckoning death, slowly cutting off years from your life. This was …

Sleep

Lights Out: 7 night-time rituals that will make you happy and more productive

Everybody talks about morning rituals to get the day started right. (Even I have.) But <i>ending</i> the day right can be even more important. Why?<p>Because …

Happiness

The 4 Secrets of Productivity, According to 7 Billionaires | Inc.com

Frigid offices. Summertime weather. Fantasy football leagues. What do these three things have in common? Studies say they all cause your productivity at work to plummet.<p>You cannot always control your environment, but you can control what you get done. And more than that, you can learn from others …

Time Management

Sitting is bad for your health: Move every 30 minutes - TODAY.com

If “sitting is the new smoking,” you can make it even worse by parking your body for more than 30 minutes at a time.<p>People who experience such long bouts of uninterrupted sitting <i>and</i> who stay sedentary for much of their waking time — 12.5 hours or more a day — have the highest risk of death from any …

Health

Time is understood very differently across cultures

Is the future forward or backward? Left or right?<p>Forget the gears of a watch. those collections of cogs and springs might help us track the passing hours, but the way we visualize tempo is far more nuanced. “Time is abstract. It can’t be tall or short or big or small,” says Emanuel Bylund, a …

Papua New Guinea

Woman's viral post proves why you should never judge mental health on appearances

'Depression doesn't have a face.'<p>When it comes to mental health, it can sometimes be easy to forget that someone doesn't need to look unwell to be …

Mental Health

'I Work At A Suicide Hotline—Here's What It's Like' | Women's Health

How I Got Here<p>I grew up in Alabama, and I was homeschooled in high school. I did a lot of learning on my own, and I was immediately drawn to learning about mental health. It's one of the things in life that affects every one of us. I knew that I had to choose a career path where I could make a …

Artificial wombs could soon be a reality. What will this mean for women?

Technology is well on the way to realising ectogenesis, improving premature baby survival and increasing fertility options. But it also has other, more frightening, implications<p>We are approaching a biotechnological breakthrough. Ectogenesis, the invention of a complete external womb, could …

Bioengineering

People who hear voices in their head can also pick up on hidden speech

The secret to both might lie in how our brains experience the world<p>Serial killer David Berkowitz, also known as the “Son of Sam,” famously claimed that he heard voices in the form of a dog telling him to commit murder. But hearing voices isn’t necessarily a sign of psychosis. In fact, according to …

The Brain

MRI scan that can predict stroke risk has 'promise to save lives'

Scientists at Oxford University develop non-invasive technique to measure amount of cholesterol in carotid plaques<p>A new type of MRI scan can predict the risk of having a stroke, researchers have said in a study.<p>The non-invasive technique, developed by scientists at the University of Oxford, …

Medical Research

Neuroscience Says Doing This 1 Thing Makes You Just as Happy as Eating 2,000 Chocolate Bars | Inc.com

Wanting to be happier is a universal trait. It's rare to find a person whose reply to, "How would you like to feel today?" is, "Morose, please."<p>The scientific study of happiness (aka positive psychology) has mushroomed over the last two decades. Major research institutions have taken on substantial …

Happiness

Want a Happier Work Atmosphere? Science Says to Follow These 10 Tips | Inc.com

The alarm clock goes off first thing in the morning. You reluctantly get out of bed and start preparing for another <i>long</i> day of work. Your boss, to give them credit, notices that you haven't been yourself lately.<p>They think about how they can reignite that spark and excitement you once you had. They …

Happiness

6 Simple Strategies to Instantly Reduce Stress and Anxiety | Inc.com

Whether we like it or not, the demands of modern society generate stress and anxiety. The jobs we work and the material wealth we value make significant demands on our time and energy--both of which have an impact on our emotional state. And since most people experience stress and anxiety in some …

Mindfulness

This 1 Phrase Will Help You Develop Self-Control, According to Science | Inc.com

Our bad habits have an uncanny ability to get in the way of doing our best at work and in life.<p>But a new study has found a simple, yet effective weapon in the fight against our very worst vices.<p>Researchers writing in The Journal of Consumer Research looked at the differences between people who say …

Framing

Want Your Kids to Succeed in School and Life? Science Says to Instill This 1 Thing Above All Else | Inc.com

When Angela Lee Duckworth was a young teacher in New York, she became obsessed with something seemingly simple yet remarkably hard to predict: why did some students "succeed" (learn the material and perform well), while others didn't? Why did certain smart kids fail to learn hard concepts, while …

Self-improvement

Google search uses a medical quiz to help diagnose depression

Only half of Americans who face depression get help for it, and Google is determined to increase that percentage. As of today, it's offering a medically validated, anonymous screening questionnaire for clinical depression if you search for information on the condition. This won't definitively …

Fake News

5 Signs Your Therapy Is Working

You're reading 5 Signs Your Therapy Is Working, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, …

Mental Health

10 Songs About Depression

Songs about depression can provide solace to those affected by showing they're not alone in their struggle.<p>Understanding depression and combatting …

Mental Health