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Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change

More than we’d probably like to admit so many of our days are spent in a state of self-delusion, an internal monologue of justifying our actions, …

How To Keep The Conversation Alive: 4 Improv Rules by Tina Fey

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The 7 Best Blogs On Mindfulness

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16 Hard Truths About Our Relationships No One Wants to Admit

We all long for authentic relationships, but, even in our overly connected lives, these relationships are hard to find.We meet people and socialize …

How to Stay Focused During a Workout

Use your mind to sculpt a better body<p>When boredom or fatigue strikes during a workout, you might try to distract yourself by flicking on the TV or chatting up your treadmill neighbor. But tuning in–instead of checking out–may be the smarter tactic.<p>Just ask yoga teachers. At the beginning of class, …

Self-help

5 Ways to be a Faster and Happier Runner

Chi Running is catching on—find out more about the Tai Chi-inspired technique<p>Despite unseasonably warm temps in the northeast, fall marathon season is upon us. And for those gearing up for the New York City Marathon on November 3, you’ve probably already logged most of your key training runs. At …

Running

Challenge your core - runners and triathletes

Running is a great stress reliever but it also puts a lot of stress on the body. Without a strong core, your gait is likely to be negatively …

Improving Your Focus To Run Faster

<i>Success in running requires mental toughness, and that requires focus.</i><p>As a runner, how would you rate your mental toughness? In Part 1 of this …

What to Think About During Exercise

A reader wrote to me and said he gets bored during running, which makes him want to just stop running.<p>And so he asked for suggestions for what to …

Hill Sprints: How to Build Muscle and Burn Fat

Forget doing your cardio on a Stairmaster or treadmill. If you want to get into shape fast, burn fat, and build muscle hill sprints are the way to go.<p>…

Exercise

How To Build a Better Running Engine

Focus on these three components prior to starting speed work<p>You don't build top speed by doing speed work. You build speed by trading in your clunker of a body for a new and improved, fleet-footed version.<p>That's not to say that speed work isn't important—just that sprints and intervals won't, by …

Australian Contemporary Artists Whose Work You Have to Follow

Ben Quilty<p>The winner of Australia’s most lucrative portrait prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, <b>Ben Quilty</b> is a painter whose canvases …

Why Every Artist Should be a Great Storyteller

So you’re a visual artist and you rely on the visual element of your work to sell it and captivate viewers in a single glance. But while art does …

Rilke on Writing and What It Takes to Be an Artist

“Go into yourself and test the deeps in which your life takes rise; at its source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create.”<p>Even more complex and nuanced than the question of how to be a good writer, which has elicited answers from some of humanity’s most beloved authors, is …

Artist's Sarah Graham's London home and studio

It would upset me greatly if someone said my work was pretty,' declares painter Sarah Graham. If pretty is defined as fine and delicate, the …

Natural History Museum

The Artist’s Reality: Mark Rothko’s Little-Known Writings on Art, Artists, and What the Notion of Plasticity Reveals about Storytelling

“While the authority of the doctor or plumber is never questioned, everyone deems himself a good judge and an adequate arbiter of what a work of art should be and how it should be done.”<p><i>“Artists have no choice but to express their lives,”</i> Anne Truitt wrote in her endlessly insightful diary. If it’s …

Aesthetics

Iterations: A Lyrical Animated Film about How We Grow as Human Beings and the Iterative Nature of Self-Transformation

“I am recycled cells, I learn to like myself more with each iteration…”<p>Psychologists now know that a “growth mindset” is one of the greatest predictors of a fulfilling life. And yet only children are at ease with the discomfort necessary for growth — the rest of us are chronically resistant to …

Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction

A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness.<p><i>“How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her magnificent defense of living with presence. But in our age of productivity, we spend our days running away from boredom, never mind its creative …

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anaïs Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess. But the highest achievement of art might be something that …

33 Habits of Highly Creative People

We all know the saying, “You have as many hours in the day as Beyoncé does.” It’s a little annoying, isn’t it? Our day seems to fly by in a vortex of emails, laundry and errands. All of a sudden it’s 9pm and we’re too exhausted even think about doing anything creative. From seeing the sleep habits …

Creativity

Most Under-Rated Healing Herbs - Quiet Corner

When you think of cooking, what herbs come to mind? Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Peppermint, and Sage? Perhaps Lavender, Thyme, and Tarragon make your …

12 Habits Of Genuine People

There’s an enormous amount of research suggesting that emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. TalentSmart has tested the EQ of more than a million people and found that it explains 58% of success in all types of jobs.<p>People with high EQs make $29,000 more annually than …

Emotional Intelligence

These 20 Questions Will Improve Your Self-Awareness

by DARIUS FOROUX<p>Self-awareness is currently one of the sexiest words in entrepreneurship, happiness, productivity, or anything that has to do with …

Self-awareness

10 Ways to Create Abundance

A little over two years ago, I publicly began to share a bit about my writing journey. I embarked on an entirely different career while maintain my day job as a clinical social worker. I wasn't sure how to write anything for a national platform. I didn't have a literary agent, a publishing …

Did Jesus Predict Muhammad? A Biblical Portal Between Christianity and Islam

Part 1:<p>The time has come for Christians and Muslims to make peace between our communities. Christians and Muslims already make up more than half of the global population, and these numbers are expected to grow in the coming decades; according to the Pew Research Center, by 2050, two thirds of …

Theology

Love in Vocation

I want to be more loving.<p>I want to come home to my friends whose hearts are tired and embrace them again, as if it were the single most important thing, as if my arms were ready, were waiting to take them in, were somehow not complete without them there, filling the space in between our chests.<p>I …

5 Reasons Why Facebook Live Is Good News for Introverted Business Owners

When people see me, they can't believe I'm an introvert.<p>Yes, I'm generally enthusiastic about everything in life. But I prefer to spend most of my time doing my work alone. My ideal business times are when I'm alone and sitting with my thoughts.<p>I am a true introvert.<p>So when the waves of marketing …