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Self-Help Advice That Works

We sifted through recent life-improvement books and found the can-do strategies to help you become more successful, calmer, happier, more focused and …

Will Power

How Perfectionism Can Hold You Back | Inc.com

Are you a perfectionist? For many people it's a point of pride--but it may be keeping you from reaching your highest potential.<p>If you constantly do everything perfectly and perform everything flawlessly, you may think you're being effective and efficient. But sometimes it's the imperfect …

Self-improvement

How to Change Someone's Story

This summer my family moved to a new state. Over the past couple months, I've repeatedly heard my younger daughter say, "I still don't feel like this is home. It feels like we're on a trip, and we need to get back."<p>Sometimes she says it through tears. Other times she says it just matter-of-factly. …

Mind

Are You an Emotional Victim?

None of us like to think of ourselves as victims. The term "victim" brings to mind a pathetic image of a person who is powerless. Therefore, it comes as a shock to most of us to realize how often we allow ourselves to be emotional victims.<p>We are being victims anytime we give another person the …

The Science Of Conquering Your Fears -- And Living A More Courageous Life

Aristotle believed courage to be the most important quality in a man. “Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible," he wrote. Today, it's one of the more neglected areas of positive psychology, but recent research has begun to move toward an understanding of what …

The One Trick To Not Caring About What People Think

A handful of you are already stating with rebellious pride that you’ve never cared about what other people have thought. For the moment, let’s all …

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

<i>Editors’ Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here and Cheryl Conner has interviewed Amy in a Forbes video chat about this article here.</i><p>For all the time executives spend concerned about physical …

How to Overcome Fear and Live Your Dreams | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Changing my life was easy.<p><i>Laughably</i> easy.<p>I e-mailed a resume, did a 12 minute Skype interview, and typed up a letter of resignation. I then packed up …

Stop Assuming the Worst: Your Thoughts Shape Your Reality

<b>“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.” ~Buddha</b><p>My morning bicycle ride had been uneventful until I spotted a small …

6 Ways To Know You’re On The Right Path (Even When Everyone Says You Aren’t)

People tell me I’m on the wrong path all the time because I’m not progressing towards the kinds of goals our parents had (or most people my age have, …

Why Forgiving Yourself Can Be So Hard (But How to Do It Anyway)

Somehow, even in a culture that values forgiveness, guilt isn't so easy to erase. If you have done something you are deeply ashamed of or guilty …

Positive Thinking

Putting Faith in Perspective

One of the joys of being over the age of 50 is having experienced some living. And it's that experience of life that teaches us the meaning of things like <b>wisdom and faith</b>. At age 50 -- and beyond -- we have learned a few things. We know what we know, and many of us even begin to recognize and …

Middle Age

Religious Fundamentalism and the Backlash to Women's Equality

One issue involving religion and its relationship to violence that is gaining greater attention in the media and in academic research is the threat by fundamentalist religious groups to women's rights and equality. From sexual violence in South Sudan and by the Islamic State, to the abduction of …

Religion

This Week In Pictures: Faith In Practice Around The World, November 2 - 8

Humans express their faith in a multitude of ways -- all of which are both beautiful and infinitely meaningful. These photos capture the incredible diversity within faith practices that happen in our world in the span of just one week.<p><b>Mexico, November 2</b><p>A girl in costume in Real del Monte on the …

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ:Beyond the Miracles,the Character (Lesson for Leaders)<p>Jesus Christ: Beyond the Miracles –The Character (Lesson for Leaders) is a must …

Prozac Saved My Life, And Other Reasons One Experience With Psychiatric Drugs Does Not Account For Them All

I have struggled with depression since I was about 7 years old. My parents had me in therapy throughout my entire life, trying different therapists …

The Meds for PTSD Are No Match for the Effect in My Mind

<i>Though often stigmatized, the terror of it is real. Many people do not understand what PTSD means for those it affects.</i><p>****<p>At least four days a week the anxiety rolls in like a rogue thief, an uninvited guest in my mind. Some nights it makes me physically ill with unwanted thoughts, worries, and …

Mental Health

Why Accepting Your Imperfections Is a Gift to the World

<b>“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~Anna Quindlen</b><p>Being …

Positive Thinking

The 21 Best Things Samantha Jones Ever Said On "Sex And The City"

All puns aside, Samantha has endless (and uncensored) wisdom when it comes to life, love, and sex. Now that a younger version of the Sex and the City character is joining The Carrie Diaries (played by Lindsey Gort), it's time to revisit our favorite Samantha Jonesisms. WARNING: salty language ahead.

Sex and the City

What I Learned From A Year Without Make-Up

In a past life, I used to wear a lot of make-up.<p>Actually, that’s not accurate. I know girls who wear a lot of make-up- girls who practically paint on …

Why You Must Uncover Your Innermost Thoughts | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

We’ve all been there before. Time after time we try to change a habit or start a new one in our life, but all of our positive action disintegrates …

Inspirational Quotes To Get You Through The Week (November 5, 2013)

It's the start of a new week, which means it's time to shake off your weekend, take a deep breath and try to think positive, energizing thoughts. We can help.<p>Click through the slideshow below for this week's mood-boosting inspirational photo quotes. (And feel free to read, rinse and repeat as …

How Positive Thoughts Build Skills, Boost Health, and Improve Work

Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But “positive thinking” is also a soft …

Happiness

41 Eye-Opening Quotes That Will Make You Notice What You Always Ignored

Inspired by the folks at AskReddit.<p>Sometimes you never realize the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. <b>Dr. Seuss</b><p>A ship in harbor is safe, but …

58 Phrases That Will Help You Be Your Best Self

In time I’ve listened, noted, and gathered the following; a collection of sayings, bits of advice, stories, confessions, etc. The following are all …

These 365 Quotes Will Inspire You Every Day This Year | Inc.com

With a new year nearly upon us, it's a great time to get inspired about the future, your vision, your goals and executing on those goals. I'm so grateful for all of the inspiration I've gotten from leaders, writers and thinkers through the years. So I wanted to share my favorite, most inspiring …

Motivation

Mar 25, 2014 at 11:41pm UTC

4 Ways You Can Change Your Thoughts To Change Your Life

The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, …

Defining Your Inner Strength

Although not many of us enjoy hearing the blatant truth, sometimes life isn't easy. We often see people finding themselves in less than ideal situations where they succumb to their problems instead of finding the strength to fight. However, strength isn't something that can be found overnight. It …

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