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5 Ways Extremely Successful People Find Fulfillment

Happiness is a byproduct of action.<p>We live in world of commodities. Dominant cultural narratives send us messages that we are not enough and that true happiness comes from external objects.<p>The problem with this message is that, no matter how much wealth we acquire, there is always something better. …

5 hobbies that will make you smarter

Work is never enough.<p>We all need to have hobbies other than our work to add value to our lives.<p>Finding activities that are rejuvenating is important, because it helps us maintain a proper work-life balance.<p>To prevent mental and emotional burnout, we need to disrupt our routines with a spark of …

American Religion Has Never Looked Quite Like It Does Today

Based on these trends, the future of religion in America probably isn't a church.<p>Nearly a century after German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche first proclaimed "God is dead,” TIME magazine released a controversial cover on its April 8, 1966 edition with the related provocative question: “Is God …

See How Americans' Belief in God Has Changed Over 70 Years

Fifty years after TIME posed the question Is God Dead? on the cover of the magazine, Americans’ belief in a supreme deity appears to be declining.<p>The …

How to Get and Stay Motivated Every Single Day

How can you be motivated if you don't know where you're headed?<p><i>How do I get motivated every single day? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Matthew Jones, life coach and personal-growth expert,</b> …

How to Get More Value Out of the Books You Read | Inc.com

<i>Why do many people who read self-help books fail to get results? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Matthew Jones, Life Coach and Personal Growth Expert, on Quora:</b><p><b>We are out of balance and</b> …

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How to Lead a Happy, Fulfilling Life With or Without Tons of Money

Don't try to be the next Michael Jordan. Just embrace your true self and share your light with others.<p><i>How can I build my life around being fulfilled in a deeper, richer manner? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique</i> …

8 Unique Ways to Challenge Yourself to Work Smarter

Stop complaining and start reframing.<p><i>How can I motivate myself to work hard? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Matthew Jones, Life Coach & Personal Growth Expert, on Quora:</b><p><b>Motivation is great</b> …

5 Secrets to a Balanced, Happy Life

Make time for the things you love.<p><i>How do I know my potential? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Matthew Jones, Doctorate Student, Writer, and Entrepreneur, on Quora:</b><p><b>Everyone has unique</b> …

Holiday family gathering survival guide: How to argue with your racist, Islamophobic uncle at Christmas dinner

Talking points to respond to Islamophobia, ISIS, anti-black racism, anti-immigrant myths, and homophobia<p>This year saw an explosion of racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and violence. While there were some significant progressive victories in 2015, there were also many dangerous developments -- from …

You Still Don't Know the Whole Rosa Parks Story

You probably think you know the story of Rosa Parks, the seamstress who refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Ala., 60 years ago—on …

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks

A study published in the journal Current Biology testing the behavior of Christian, Muslim, and atheist children has found that religious kids are …

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Sympathy is for white people: The “60 Minutes” segment that highlights America’s startling double standard on addiction

The CBS newsmagazine highlighted the nation’s growing heroin crisis. What was conspicuously missing? Context<p>America’s rural and suburban communities are experiencing epidemic levels of heroin use. Estimates suggest that 90 percent of new heroin users during the last decade are white. Sunday …

2,500 Year Old Meditation of Limitless Awareness

The following meditation is my interpretation of the Buddha's wonderful teaching known as The "Cula-Suññata" (The Shorter Discourse on Emptiness). It describes how, though a series of patient observations, we can gradually shift our attention from the busy world around us to the formless realms of …

Ban Columbus Day? There Shouldn't Be a Debate

As most of us know -- there is no reason on the planet for the United States to observe at least two of its holidays -- Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. Both for basically for the same reason.<p>The United States' perception of Christopher Columbus is filled with erroneous information. He was a killer. …

How America Became the Most Imprisoned Nation in the World

Over the past 50 years, an era of mass incarceration took shape in the US as politicians raced to erect a sprawling detention system. Today, the country locks up more people than any other on the planet.<p><i>This article appears in VICE Magazine's October Prison Issue</i><p>The United States of America locks …

The Deadly Consequences When Police Lack Proper Training to Handle Mental Illness Calls

Shirley Marshall Harrison's voice sounds calm on the 911 call, as she told the operator she needed police officers to help get her son to a hospital. …

Physicist David Bohm and Philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti on Love, Intelligence, and How to Transcend the Wall of Being

“One cannot accumulate love.”<p>“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,” Carl Sagan wrote in his meditation on science and spirituality, “we will have failed.”<p>Between April and September of 1980, as Sagan’s <i>Cosmos</i> was making its debut and …

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Ferguson Cover-Up: A New Documentary Reveals The Truth Behind Mike Brown

In August of 2014, an unarmed 18-year-old boy named Michael Brown was killed by a police officer named Darren Wilson.<p>Like many in America, that day truly changed my life forever. That day the world shifted a bit and started rotating in a slightly different direction. The winds changed and since …

How the Constitution Was Indeed Pro-Slavery

Unlike Sean Wilentz suggests in The New York Times, the Constitution was not originally anti-slavery.<p>On Monday, Senator Bernie Sanders told his audience at Liberty University that the United States “in many ways was created” as a nation “from way back on racist principles.” Not everyone agreed. The …

Missouri’s Grim Distinction

As the state takes the lead in per capita executions, defense lawyers call it a crisis, but the state says it’s just doing its job.<p><i>This piece was reported through</i> The Marshall Project<i>, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal-justice system.</i><p>Since Texas carried out the country’s …

The Beginning of the End for Solitary Confinement?

California’s settlement with prisoners will massively reduce the state’s use of isolation—and is the latest win for the movement against the practice.<p>Solitary confinement may be activists’ most successful battlefront in the growing war against mass incarceration. They scored another victory on …

Martin Luther King Jr. Can't Share His Opinion of Black Lives Matter

I understand people like presidential candidate Governor Mike Huckabee who object to the use of the phrase "Black Lives Matter." I am a straight white U.S. American male. I grew up an upper middle-class family, child of a male who had a professional career outside of the home and a female who had a …

Why Is Fox News So Afraid of Black Lives Matter?

<b>"Why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified as a hate group?" -- Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Fox and Friends</b><p>Bill O'Reilly, in another conversation, answered this question in the affirmative and swore he would "shut them down." But how does one shut down the legitimate, organic forces …

Is Gentrification a Human-Rights Violation?

A Brooklyn-based group is arguing that the displacement of longtime residents meets a definition conceived by the United Nations in the aftermath of World War II.<p>No one will be surprised to learn that the campaign to build a national movement against gentrification is being waged out of an office …

Young Black Man Dies In Jail After Allegedly Stealing $5 Worth Of Candy And Soda

Another young black man has died in jail, the Guardian reports, after spending four months in jail without bail for allegedly stealing $5 worth of …

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Changing the way we think about addiction

<i>Addiction, whether to substances or behaviours, can wreak havoc on people's lives. But the addicted mind is complex, and we know from history that</i> …

How Emmett Till Changed the World

The brutal lynching of a black teen in Mississippi helped shape the civil-rights movement and became the first Black Lives Matter case.<p>Before Trayvon …

This Is Why The Rentboy Raid Is About Way More Than Just Sex Work

This issue is, at its core, about our bodies and the agency we should have over them and our actions.<p>Ironically, days after a number of America’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organizations issued a joint statement in support of Amnesty International’s resolution to …

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