Christopher Forrester

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Science confirms your quality of life depends on your mood

There is not a single instant of the day in which we do not experience a mood, good or bad. And science has a lot to say about that.<p>Recent research …

Deathbed Regrets And How To Avoid Them

Photography of Victor Hugo on his death bed, by Félix Nadar<p>Deathbed Regrets<p>Life is so short. My imprisonment as a teenager made me aware of this …

16 things I wish I knew when I started investing

I’m often asked what I would do differently if I could live my investing journey all over again.<p>I’ve certainly made my fair share of mistakes along …

The Art of Saying NO!

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Self-help

15 Sad Reasons People Give Up On Their Dreams

People give up on their dreams too early in life.<p>It's a sad truth in life that the vast majority of people give up on their dreams.<p>Sometimes it happens early. A kid is told by his or her parents that whatever they're aiming for is impossible to reach.<p>Sometimes it happens later. You get older, …

Why 'Why Buddhism Is True' Is True

Here is one thing author Robert Wright and I agree on when it comes to Buddhist meditation: It's really, really boring.<p>At least, it's boring in the beginning. But there is another thing we agree on, too. That <i>initial</i> meditative boredom is actually a door. It's an opening that can lead us to …

Meditation

The No.1 factor in happiness isn't wealth or popularity — but too many people overlook it at every turn

And no, it's not binge-watching Netflix either.<p>It's autonomy , the feeling that your life's activities and habits are self-chosen and self-endorsed. And when we have autonomy in our life, when we have the mentally exhilarating power of choice, we must spend it wisely.<p>But far too many counter the …

Success Lessons From The World's Biggest Rejects: Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Meryl Streep and 10 More

People dismissed them for lacking talent, intelligence, imagination, and even good looks--but they succeeded anyway. Here's why.<p>The road to success can be long, winding, lonely, and difficult.<p>But sometimes we forget. And when we run into obstacles, we think it's a sign that we're on the wrong path, …

Motivation

9 Signs You Are Genuinely Confident, Without Seeming Cocky at All

The best confidence is quiet confidence. Here's how to know if you have real confidence -- and if not, how you can develop it.<p>Like most people's, my confidence level ebbs and flows. I'm what I call situationally confident. Depending on the setting, sometimes I'm extremely assured. Other times I'm …

Spending 10 days in absolute silence changed the way I think, act, and work

<i>In this opinion piece, Payal Sheth, a global marketing manager at the Boston Consulting Group, explains how an ancient meditation technique helped change the way she thinks and engages with people.</i><p>Yes, you read that right. Silent meditation.<p>One might ask: Isn't it obvious that you are almost always …

Meditation

12 Productivity Tips to Help You Reclaim Hours During the Week

Ever feel like you just don’t have enough time in the day? That you’re so busy <i>all of the time</i>? That time passes faster than you can get things …

Time Management

How to Beat Anxiety, According to Science

So you don't totally freak.<p><b>By Olivia Remes, University of Cambridge</b><p>Do you have anxiety? Have you tried just about everything to get over it, but it …

Mental Health

20 Mantras that Will Adjust Your Attitude (When You Can’t Adjust Anything Else)

<i>If you want life to be happier, you must adjust your attitude. It’s how you deal with stress that determines how well you achieve happiness.</i>This …

Happiness

4 important lessons to help you be more productive

Everybody would like to get more of the right things done. But how does Stoicism fit into all of this? The word "productivity" seems new and sleek …

11 ways you might be ruining your life without even realizing it

As if life isn’t hard enough, there are always little setbacks and the occasional serious roadblock. And what we don’t always realize is how often, …

Five Life Lessons People Often Learn Too Late

<i>What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering</i> …

For a satisfied life, become a god of small things | Robert Twigger

Tackling too big a challenge can be daunting. The secret is to be a ‘micromaster’<p>Life can be overwhelming. We want to do as much as we can, see the world, learn new things – and it can all get a bit too much. I reached a point when I felt that I could no longer be interested in everything. I had to …

Happiness

The Perfect Morning Ritual, According to Science

Even if you're not a morning person.<p><b>By Eric Barker</b><p>A morning ritual sure sounds nice (if it didn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this) but what’s the point …

5 scientific secrets to handling a narcissist

You must be tired of them. They’re everywhere. Narcissists. And if you think there are more of them than ever, you’re right. Research shows we are …

This Is How Successful Leaders Spent Their Teenage Years

<i>Answer by Auren Hoffman, CEO of LiveRamp,</i> <i>on Quora.</i><p><i>Note: I don’t think I have ever before been compared with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc. I am no</i> …

I once got a $2 million bonus — and I was never more miserable

Getting a job on Wall Street was the first of like ten boxes I thought I needed to check in order to be happy. The last box — the finish line — was …

The 7 Keys To Incredible Life Success

There was a time in my life, the majority of my youth, when I was a slacker whose primary skill was to find new ways to avoid anything worthwhile. I …

These 10 powerful mantras will give you a push when life is tough

Life can be hard sometimes. No matter who you are or what your circumstances, we all encounter tough times.<p>During times when life is tough, you may …

10 Ways You Could Be Giving Away Your Power (Without Even Realizing It)

Empowering other people is productive. But giving away your personal power sabotages your chances of success.<p>As long as you allow other people to have a negative influence over the way you think, feel, and behave, you’ll struggle reach your greatest potential. Giving away your power robs you of …

Self-help

How to Prevent Your Own Decline and Fall in Life

I just finished skimming some of Edward Gibbon’s “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” (through some quotes), and have some valuable lessons I …

3 Unexpected Ways Reading Personal Development Books Changed My Life

Open your mind to the opportunities all around you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Reading was never something I was interested in while attending school. Nor was it something I thought I would ever do again once I graduated. My choices in life after school seemed to …

Self-improvement

31 Ways to Improve Your Life in Just a Month

Imagine the possibilities of a life filled with these simple acts of joy that can be done in minutes. Here's a template to get started.<p>Before this 31-day plan became a lifestyle, I first had to remove the tumors of self-gratification and hubris (trust me, the attitude ruling my life in the old days …

4 Secrets to Getting Through Difficult Situations (and Really Bad Days)

The human experience is filled with love, passion, creativity, joy, connection, compassion, laughter… and the taste of chocolate. But because we as …

Self-help

The 3 lists I make every day to stay focused and productive

Some of the most valuable habits I've identified go back to basics. They aren't anything fancy. In fact, all I need to complete them is something to write with.<p>My favorite writing exercises, when I do them consistently, make me more productive, effective, and just plain happy.<p>They've also been …

San Francisco

5 Daily Habits of the Brightest and Happiest People

It comes down to what you can and cannot control.<p>Every day we are faced with decisions that are out of our control. Next time you miss that important appointment because the Uber driver got lost, or your grumpy boss is throwing a hissy-fit, remember to chalk it up to chance. You're not …