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One Easily Overlooked Habit of Happy People | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles” – William Penn<p>I’m sure you must have come across …

Happiness

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

The 5 Best Foods For Speeding Up Your Metabolism

"Metabolism is the process of transforming food into energy for the body," says Heather Bauer, R.D., C.D.N., and founder of Bestowed, a subscription service that introduces consumers to healthy foods. "It's directly related to weight gain and weight loss and therefore to overall health."<p>Some people …

Nutrition

5 Things Happy People Do

Sages going back to Socrates have offered advice on how to be happy, but only now are scientists beginning to address this question with systematic, …

Happiness

Mindful Dishwashing

Recently, my partner Maitreya and I had a friend come to stay at our apartment, a very kind and light-hearted musician named Walter. A month or so earlier, we had been travelling with Walter, the three of us in a car, taking in the stunning beauty of the Connemara landscape -- we totally …

Mindfulness

10 Of The Best Yoga Poses For Sleep

Sleep deprivation and stress can be a vicious cycle. We often have trouble falling sleep because we're worried and anxious, and in turn, the fact that we didn't get enough sleep makes us stressed the next day. According to a recent Huffington Post survey, sleep deprivation is a major source of …

5 Exercises You Think You Need—but Don't

Give up crunches—for good! Let these fitness pros help you find a more effective alternative for those and other exercises.<p>You Think You Need …

Fitness

11 All-Natural, Instant Energy Boosters

How To Meditate Without Meditating At All

Your meditation doesn't have to emulate the Buddha's 49-day retreat. Whether you think there's no time for a mindfulness meditation practice, or the concept of sitting in stillness is more daunting than restful, there are still ways to reap the benefits of the ancient art.<p>That's right -- you can …

6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Avocados

<i>Photo credit: Tashka2000 via Getty Images</i><p>You know they make a killer eggocado and are beloved among guacamole aficionados. You might also know you can feel good eating one, thanks to healthy fats and loads of nutrients. But the mighty powers of the avocado stretch farther than you probably</b> …

3 Things You Must Do to Feel Joyful

Things that continue to surface when you think about living your best life, being happier, more fulfilled and joyful, those are the things you must be <i>must be doing</i> because your spirit is <i>calling for them.</i><p>If you're constantly saying you wish you painted more, wrote poetry or short stories, started …

Positive Thinking

5 Benefits of Speaking Less and Listening More

One of the most common complaints in the workplace (and even at home) is a failure to communicate effectively.<p>Oftentimes, people are quite vocal …

Communication Skills

The Only Way to Improve Your Situation is to Improve Yourself

Self-improvement is multifaceted. To improve yourself, you must consider every aspect of the word self. This means improving your mind, your body, …

Self-improvement

Why You Shouldn’t Beat Yourself Up Over Something from the Past | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I’ll be the first person to admit that I’ve done things in the past I’m not proud of. I think most people can say that. Even if you always try to be …

The First 3 Steps to Get Anything You Want in Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

What do you really want in life? And how’re you going to get it?<p><b>Learn the step-by-step formula to get anything you want in life</b>, which you won’t find …

3 Ways to Make Life What You Say It Is | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Believe it or not, you’re not living the life you want to live.<p>Neither am I.<p>As a child, I dreamt of being a teacher. Now, I dream of living …

Outsourcing

Seek Inner Peace And Master The Lesson Of Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”<p>-Gautama Buddha<p>This saying by Gautama Buddha illustrates the true essence of peace. No matter which …

Meditation

The 7 Habits Happy People DON'T Have

Your life is good. Just look at the “world news” section of any news site and you’ll know its true.<p><i>And yet, there is this undercurrent of discontent,</i> …

Happiness

How To Live Longer

Want to live longer? Use positive words!<p>As a Personal Trainer I often scour through the latest studies for the up-to-date research on exercise and …

Happiness

5 Differences Between Optimists And Pessimists | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Optimism maximizes potential as pessimism squashes it. Look at these five distinguishing differences between optimists and pessimists and tell me – …

Happiness

The Foundation of You: From Sorrow to Resilience | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” ~ Kenji Miyazawa<p>If the title of this article called to you, know that your stories are …

Outsourcing

How To Always Be Yourself | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”<br>― Oscar Wilde<p>The real you is the person you are when nobody is watching. But when other people enter …

Self-help

7 Simple "Calm-Down Phrases" That Can Blow Away Your Worst Troubles

Have you heard the popular urban legend of the <i>space pen</i>?<p>As the story goes, the US space mission needed something reliable to write with while they …

Self-help

A Messy Person’s Guide To Being Clean and Organized | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Wouldn’t it be nice? Never having to look at a pile of messy clothes, stacks of papers, dirty trash, or dozens of emails ever again? It’s definitely …

Outsourcing

Why Knowing Yourself Is Everything and How To Do It | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

If your understanding of yourself is not strong, you are doomed to interact far less effectively with family, friends and colleagues.<p>And yet, to see …

Outsourcing

The Top 7 Mindset Secrets for Success | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I must admit, when I first sat down to write this article, I wasn’t inspired and had no idea what to write about! As a matter of fact, I stared at …

Motivation

How To Take Charge of Your Happiness Today | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I have always opposed being told what to do or the vice versa of it. Since childhood I have lived the life of a rebel who wanted to make, follow and …

Happiness

Forge A Strong Body and End Your Depression! | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Depression is a common issue that many individuals have to deal with these days. A constantly fatigued state of mind without knowing where one stands …

Mark Wahlberg

6 Simple Tips to Be More Mindful in Everyday Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

As a psychiatrist and meditation practitioner, I work with many people who have heard of the benefits of meditation, and want to commit to a daily …