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I've studied happiness for years — here are the 12 best pieces of advice I'm giving my daughter

"Drift" is the decision we make by not deciding, or by making a decision that unleashes consequences for which we don't take responsibility.<p>You go to medical school because both your parents are doctors. You get married because all your friends are getting married. You take a job because someone …

Happiness

This Acclaimed Harvard Professor Shows The Unintended Impact Of Achievement On Personal Happiness | Inc.com

The end of year holiday slow down is often an opportunity to reflect on what you achieved during the year. It is also often a time to plan for what you want to achieve next year. Many of us spend a significant amount of time thinking about how to achieve things.<p>From a work-life balance perspective, …

Work-life Balance

The Meaning of Buddhism

Fundamental principles of the Theravada doctrine<p>The teaching founded by the Buddha is known, in English, as Buddhism. It may be asked, who is the Buddha? A Buddha is one who has attained Bodhi; and by Bodhi is meant wisdom, an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection which can be achieved …

Spirituality

11 Books That Will Teach You to Be Happier | Inc.com

Happiness isn't a gift of the universe. It isn't luck. It isn't even entirely down to your genetic predisposition to cheer or gloom (though that undeniable plays a role). A big chunk of happiness is skill.<p>"All of the work that we and other colleagues [have done] leads us to this inevitable …

Happiness

UK government warned over sharp rise in child and pensioner poverty

Almost 400,000 more UK children and 300,000 more pensioners plunged into poverty in past four years, new study finds<p>Hundreds of thousands of children and older people have been plunged into poverty in the past four years, according to a stark analysis laying bare the challenge to families trying to …

Income Inequality

Are You More Resilient than Average? 5 Signs You Are.

Resilience can make or break you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Possessing resilience means you have the ability to bounce back from adversity or failure and respond positively. Studies show that having this trait is absolutely crucial when it comes to being able to …

Self-improvement

15 Sad Reasons People Give Up On Their Dreams | Inc.com

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, tired, and instead of trying to pivot once more, you …

Motivation

Apple Retail Stores Offering iPad Pro 'Sketch Walks' in Celebration of Urban Sketchers 10th Anniversary

Apple is offering a series of "sketch walks" hosted by well-known artists to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers, a global community of artists that are dedicated to on-location drawing.<p>Many artists who are members of Urban Sketchers have adopted the iPad Pro as a drawing tool of …

Americans work less than ever before but still feel like there's no free time — and there's a simple explanation

How come?<p>The psychologist Adam Alter offered one reason in his 2017 TED talk "Why our screens make us less happy." He says that screen-based devices eat up what precious free time we have left.<p>But that may only be part of the story when it comes to the lack of leisure time. Here's why it feels like …

British Columbia

27 cities around the world where expats are happy, rents are affordable, and jobs are plentiful

InterNations recently released its 2017 list of the best cities for living and working abroad.<p>City rankings are based on survey responses from nearly …

Puppy dog eyes are for the benefit of humans, scientists find

Dogs make puppy dog eyes for the benefit of humans and rarely use the imploring facial expression when on their own, a new study has shown.<p>It has long been assumed that animal facial expressions are involuntary and dependent on emotional state rather than a way to communicate.<p>But scientists at the …

Pets

Octlantis: the underwater city built by octopuses

The discovery of aquatic architecture has led scientists to compare the behaviour of cephalopods to humans – but octopus city life is no utopia<p>If animals are our other, there is nothing quite so other as the octopus. It is the alien with whom we share our planet, a coeval evolutionary life form …

Zoology

I Started Saying 'No' to These 6 Things. My Life and My Business Got a Lot Better.

The most difficult obstacles to get past are the ones we place in front of ourselves.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’m a people pleaser. It’s hard for me to say "no" to people who ask for something -- despite a reluctance inside of me. This has gotten me into trouble …

Entrepreneurship

Stop drones spoiling our wilderness

The government is putting safety and privacy measures in place for flying drones in the UK, but it’s doing nothing to protect the solitude of our wild spaces<p>Earlier this month, beneath a blazing sun and a clear blue sky, I smeared on the factor 30 and headed up Sgurr Alasdair with my pals. The …

Drones

Why is the pound so low against the euro?

<b>The holiday season is in full swing.</b><p>And whether you prefer sun, sand and sangria or meze, Metaxa and monuments, it can't have escaped your notice that the whole getting-away-from-it-all thing is a lot more expensive at the moment.<p>At least, that is, if you're a Brit bound for the eurozone.<p>The pound …

Economics

7 tips for living alone without feeling lonely

Although you (hopefully) consider yourself a pretty amazing person to hang out with, when it comes to living by yourself, there might come a time …

5 Simple Steps for Mastering Mindfulness | Inc.com

<i>How can I stop living in the past, but live in the present? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Marcus Geduld, Shakespearean director, computer programmer, teacher, writer, on …

Meditation

The One Question I Ask To Stop Negative Thoughts From Ruining My Day

No meditation needed.<p><i>This piece originally appeared on Shine, a free daily text service, and is reprinted with permission.</i><p>I like to think I’m an unofficial expert on negative thinking. It’s not unusual for me to start and finish the day ruminating on something that <i>could</i> go wrong–but most likely …

Self-help

Stop worrying about where your life is heading and take things at your own pace

opinion<p><b>For the past few years, I have been worrying about where my life is heading, whether I’m making the right choices to get me where I need to be</b> …

How To Move Forward From A Painful Past

Human society is a bunch of people scurrying around trying to find pleasure, avoid pain and strike a healthy balance between safety and growth. They screw up a lot in the process.<p>In order to grow in relationships, you need to accept the risk of getting close to someone. To stay safe is to remain …

Positive Thinking

​Mindful Aging: What It Is And Why You Should Be Doing It

Mindfulness has infused itself into just about every nook and cranny of the wellness space. You can eat mindfully, breathe mindfully, and exercise mindfully. But did you know that you can also <i>age</i> mindfully?<p>Practicing mindfulness has been shown to ease feelings of stress, anxiety, and even …

Mindfulness
Self-improvement

12 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

Confidence takes many forms, from the arrogance of Floyd Mayweather to the quiet self-assurance of Jane Goodall. True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own.<p>When it comes to confidence, one thing is certain: truly confident …

Self-improvement

How Living on a Tight Budget Makes You Happier

If you've been living on a tight budget for a while now, you know it's not all fun and games. Sometimes you don't want to compare prices — you just …

Studies reveal what you'll regret most at the end of your life

They say no one on their deathbed ever regrets not spending more time at the office. Which is not to say we don't have other regrets, nor that we …

Happiness
Self-improvement

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the 'world's happiest man' says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes a day

Who is the happiest man in the world?<p>If you Google it, the name "Matthieu Ricard" pops up.<p>Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally …

Happiness

10 Ways to Overcome Fear and Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Fear is a natural and essential part of growth. Every time we consciously choose to step outside of our comfort zone, the next uncomfortable thing …

Self-help

Psychologists say money can buy happiness—if it’s spent the right way

What’s the key to happiness? Paying someone else to do your chores, according to a recent study.<p>Across the world, people are complaining about having less time to do what they really want (otherwise known as the “time famine”). Despite the ever-increasing number of so-called “life hacks” that …

Happiness