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A Healthy Gut Is the Secret to Better Sleep, Clear Skin, and Less Stress

They don’t call it the “second brain” for nothing. The gut microbiome, which consists of no less than 100 trillion bacteria, affects everything from skin health and sex drive to energy levels and hormone balance. How, exactly? The gut has its own nervous system called the enteric nervous system …

10 habits of mentally strong people

Despite West Point Military Academy’s rigorous selection process, one in five students drop out by graduation day. A sizeable number leave the summer …

Self-improvement

Wanting to Be Happy Can Make You Unhappy—Here's What To Do Instead

A recent study in <i>Depression and Anxiety</i> found that social pressure to be happy can lead to increased levels of depression.<p>“We’re really starting to …

Happiness

5 Ways Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids

Since I got married, my “love language” has become the <i>love language of picking your shit up off the floor</i>—because nothing kills romance or libido …

6 ways to prepare for any stressful moment, according to a clinical psychologist

Whatever your big moment — an interview, a performance, a race — it's the culmination of your hard work, time, and energy.<p>You know you've prepared. You know you're ready. But your anxiety is making you feel like you just drank a tanker truck of espresso and you're biting your nails like a …

8 Essential Qualities Necessary to Be Great in Relationships

The variable we most control in relationships is ourselves.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Great businesses are built upon a foundation of great relationships. Do you ever wonder how some people seem so natural and at ease in relationships, while others really struggle …

5 Ways to Deal With the Really Negative People in Your Life | Inc.com

No matter how much people stress positive energy, there will always be those around us that seem to weigh us down with their negativity. For some, pessimism is a way a life.<p>Rather than growing frustrated with their mindset--and maybe losing some friends and colleagues in the process--it's important …

15 Powerful Lao Tzu Quotes That Will Shift Your Perspective on Life

Have you ever heard of Lao Tzu?<p>If not, then you’re in for some wisdom today.<p>Lao Tzu was the founder Taoism, the highly influential philosophy that …

Here's What Practicing Does to Your Brain (and How to Do It Right) | Inc.com

I'll be honest. I hate doing things twice. But practicing--that is, repeating--and learning are inextricably connected. And the ability to learn is a key component of competitiveness. As famed NBA basketball player and coach Edward Macauley put it, "When you are not practicing, remember--someone …

This Doctor Has Studied Couples for Decades—This Is What Often Splits Them Up

<b>Head over to Self for the rest of Orbuch’s relationship deal breakers, and share your thoughts on me time below!</b>

Health

What Happens When You Take Full Responsibility for Your Life | Inc.com

Four realities exist.<p>The first is that indecision is potentially your greatest threat. The second is that most people are "drifting," which means they haven't taken command of their mind or their life. Drifting is when you let external circumstances determine where you go in life.<p>The third: Just …

Self-improvement

30 Signs Your Relationship Is Strong Enough to Last Forever

When you meet the right person, you just know you've got something special. Those first-date butterflies follow you beyond the infatuation phase, and you find yourself thinking about him or her all the damn time. Even when that first year of not being able to keep your hands off each other starts …

Long Haul

Apparently Being Your "True" Self Is Not The Key To A Successful Relationship

There’s a fine line between being your <i>true self</i> and being your <i>best self.</i> Often in relationships we strive for the former when considering our …

Psychology

10 Surprising Marriage Tips From a Divorce Lawyer Who's Seen It ALL

What do you do when your marriage is in trouble? If you’re like most people, you look for help. Yet the last person most people would ever go to for marriage advice is a divorce lawyer.<p>That’s not surprising. Divorce lawyers are generally in the business of ending marriages, not saving them.<p>But …

Divorce

9 Habits Of People In the Healthiest Relationships

A shared sense of humor is key. 🔑<p>Healthy relationships aren’t necessarily effortless and completely conflict-free.<p>Rather, the strongest, longest-lasting couples are better equipped to deal with conflict in a mature way and are committed to growing both as people and romantic partners. We recently …

The Right Person Will Make All Your Previous Loves Become Irrelevant

Throughout our lifetime, we meet and let go of a number of different partners. At the moment of each relationship, it's hard to imagine being with …

10 Habits of Unlikeable People

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural traits that belong only to a lucky few.<p>Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Too many people succumb to the mistaken …

What your PMS can tell you about your health

OK, let's start with the obvious: yes, the main thing your PMS is telling you is that your period is on the way. But it's not the only message encoded in those yucky premenstrual feelings. If you notice your PMS is particularly unpleasant, there may be a deeper message in the symptoms. First, take …

The Surprising Secret to a Successful Marriage: Do This 1 Thing | Inc.com

Do you want a long-lasting, successful marriage, one that keeps you fulfilled for years after the wedding guests have gone home and the first blush of romance has worn off? Here's one great way to achieve that: You and your spouse should work together toward a mutual goal or goals that both of you …

Marriage

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think | Inc.com

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive at the correct destination at the intended time.<p>The reason for this phenomenon is quite simple -- through air traffic control and the inertial navigation system, pilots are constantly …

An Idiot's Guide To Sologamy

Credit source: Sophie Tanner<p>As a proud sologamist, I'm delighted to see that self-marriage is trending again - Yorkshire-born Lynne Gollogly recently …

Here's what happens when you break up with a narcissist

On the surface, narcissists can seem charming, engaging and charismatic, which can make them difficult to leave in the first place.<p>Dr Judith Orloff, a clinical psychiatrist at the University of California Los Angeles, wrote in a recent blog post on Psychology Today that narcissists can make you …

10 Little Things to Remember When Life No Longer Excites You

Once upon a time, there was a girl who could do anything in the world she wanted. All she had to do was choose something and focus. So one day she …

Painting

How I Set Aside Two Days Each Week To Work On Just One Thing

You already know about time “batching,” but when those batch periods slide all over your schedule, they aren’t much good to you.<p>My company recently surveyed more than 350 U.S. business owners on the biggest time-wasters in their workdays. The results weren’t much of a shock, with email coming up on …

8 Ways to Keep Him on His Toes (and in Love) in the Relationship

It’s one of the oldest stories in the book: Guys love the chase. That’s what makes the first stage of the relationship—"the honeymoon phase"—so exciting. Not only is everything new, but he still has the mind-set that he needs to win you over.<p>After some time passes, however, and you both settle into …

15 Ways to Drown Out the Destructive Voices in Your Head

Here are strategies to silence your overly critical internal monologue and help you reach your goals.<p>To reach your goals, you have to take risks, develop constructive routines and make time to listen, learn and reflect. The prospect of making any of the above adjustments to your life is empowering …

Scientists discovered a simple way to keep your brain young as you age

To try and answer that question, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital studied 17 "superagers," people over 65 who have the mental function of those in their 20s.<p>The goal was to find out if there were any observable differences between superager brains and normal brains, and if so, whether …

General Hospital

15 relationship facts everybody should know before getting married

We've taken this opportunity to round up scientific research on the specific factors that can make or break a romantic relationship.<p>Below, we've listed 15 nontrivial things you might want to keep in mind before hiring a wedding planner.

5 Tips to Get More Meaningful Work Done With Less Effort

I take time management seriously, but I didn’t use to. I used to spend hours procrastinating and putting off work, only to have to rush to complete …

Time Management

23 Romantic Love Quotes That Instantly Make You Think of Someone Special

Though it may seem like the language of love is slowly getting killed by texting, all you need is a few reminders that romance is still out there. We looked to Instagram to find beautiful love quotes that will make your heart swell. You might recognize a few or discover your newest favorite, but …

Relationships