Madeline Shackelford

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8 Common Ways We Drain the Life Out of Relationships

Love -- obviously a hot and tricky topic -- and while I agree that good love takes time and effort, I also know that love falls apart when the ball gets dropped in eight common ways.<p><b>We all say we want love, so why do most of us ruin it once we find it?</b><p>Here are eight common ways we ruin love:<p><b>1. Skim</b> …

Relationships

Tips for Breakups, Heartaches and Sadness

What to do when the going gets tough? Keep going.<p>This post goes out to all of you who are navigating the tricky waters of transition, heartbreak, loneliness, disappointment or loss.<p>Both my parents grew up on corn and soybean farms in central Illinois. I come from grounded, humble, hardworking and …

Breakups

3 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mood in 2 Minutes

The mind-body connection is well-documented in research from neuroscience, psychiatry, and medicine. Findings have consistently shown that our emotional experience (stress, anxiety, anger, sadness, etc.) can have a negative impact on our health. The good news is that, when harnessed correctly, we …

Mindfulness

15 Meditation Books For Beginners Recommended By Buddhist Teachers

Meditation is everywhere. From the baby room to the board room, everyone recommends meditation to help focus, calm, and restore the mind, body and spirit.<p>But how does one meditate? What resources are out there to help beginners to start a sustainable meditation practice?<p>While there are many …

Teen girls have different brains: Gender, neuroscience and the truth about adolescence

It’s indisputably true that in adolescence there are real differences in some brain functions with males, females<p>The first talk I ever gave on the teenage brain was in 2007 at my sons’ school, Concord Academy. The principal, guidance counselor, and teachers had been so good to my kids and really …

Education

Brains of women and men show strong hard-wired differences

A map of the human brain may in fact be a two-volume edition, divided by gender, according to a new study that found significant differences between how the male and female brains are hard-wired.<p>Males tended to have have stronger front-to-back circuits and links between perception and action, while …

An Animated Introduction to the Feminist Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir

How influential are the writings of Simone de Beauvoir? So influential that even the rushed, by all accounts shoddy first English translation …

Book IV: Section I

Summary and Analysis Book IV: Section I<p>Summary<p>Because Socrates has now divided the Guardians into two classes (rulers and auxiliaries), Adeimantus …

Ancient History

On The Fast Track: 25 Ways to Learn a New Skill Quickly

Whether you plan to become fluent in a new language or finally tackle that home improvement project, picking up a new skill can seem …

Eight Signs Your Perfectionism Is Out Of Control

We live in a world that idolizes perfectionism. From a very young age, parents, coaches, and teachers push us to be high achievers, but they fail to teach us balance. We live our lives with an ingrained desire to give our all in pursuit of lofty goals, but we don’t know when to pull back. We don’t …

Self-improvement

4 Keys to Increase Your Happiness As You Get Older

Through your youth and early adulthood, you accumulate many varied experiences, both good and bad. You make false starts, turn corners, try new …

Happiness

Memo to the White House on the Contributions of Frederick Douglass

At an event marking the start of Black History Month, President Trump gave a very Trumpian shoutout to Frederick Douglass, who, he said, “is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.” The vague nature of the praise has drawn scorn from some …

Black History

Unique German words will help you express yourself like a boss

Ever been caught out in a situation you have no idea how you're going to explain? Or maybe you've longed for something that you know is just that …

7 Ways Practicing Composure Leads to Success

Staying calm when all around you are not will always be the shortest path to successful leadership.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In a world dominated by extroversion, living with composure has become something of a rarity. Many of us are practically yelling our …

Self-improvement

Cats have one of just five personality types, says expert

Which one does your moggy fall under?<p>Any animal lover will tell you their beloved pet has unique characteristics, but it looks like they might all be …

This Southern program continued slavery long after the Civil War

Convicts often ended up working for their old masters<p>Most of us think the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery, but that’s not …

The No. 1 Reason You're Not as Productive as You Want to Be | Inc.com

We all want to be more productive. After all, who wouldn't want to get more done than they thought possible? Unfortunately, productivity is and continues to be one of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs and executives. The good news is that you can be more productive. You just have to think …

Time Management

An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity — a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree …

Brené Brown on Vulnerability, Human Connection, and the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy, Animated

In 2010, shame and empathy researcher Dr. <b>Brené Brown</b> gave us the wonderful and culturally necessary <i>The Gifts of Imperfection</i>, exploring the uncomfortable vulnerability and self-acceptance required in order to truly connect with others. In this charming short film, the folks of the Royal Society for …

How to Stop Suffering

A few months ago I delivered a TEDx talk in Hoboken. TEDx is the local version of the TED talks that are given annually in Long Beach, Calif. and that feature some of the most interesting people in the world talking about "ideas worth spreading." You can find a video recoding of my talk at …

Mindfulness

The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning

The poet John Keats once described the ideal state of the psyche as <i>negative capability</i> — the ability “of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” “The truth of life is its mystery,” echoed Joyce Carol Oates. This comfort with mystery and the …

The Selfishness of Salvation

This is a rant mostly relevant to my fellow Christians. Anyone else is welcome to come along for the ride though.<p>Recently, I saw a young man loudly shouting to the captive audience during the rush hour on the N train. Specifically, he was passionately pontificating on the certain damnation that …

People Prefer Electric Shocks to Being Alone With Their Thoughts

A new study finds we're not very good at entertaining ourselves.<p>Considering the many challenges life has to offer, entertaining yourself with your own thoughts for a few minutes seems like one of the easier hurdles to overcome. You could recall your favorite childhood memory, plan your weekend, or …

Thomas Nagel: Thoughts Are Real

The philosopher Thomas Nagel’s new book, “Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False,” restores the primal force of a great old philosophical word, “metaphysics.” He starts with a boldly discerning look at that strange creature, mankind, and …

Consciousness

Why Our Thoughts Are Not Real

Did you ever realize that everything going on in your mind -- every thought, feeling, sensation, everything you are aware of -- is in fact happening only in your private internal world? Your thoughts appear only to you, and are not being heard by anyone else whatsoever. There is one physical world …

Mindfulness

Seeing things the way they are

A few really disastrous mistakes have dominated Western philosophy for the past several centuries. The worst mistake of all is the idea that the …

Consciousness

Why We Procrastinate - Issue 16: Nothingness

The British philosopher Derek Parfit espoused a severely reductionist view of personal identity in his seminal book, <i>Reasons and Persons</i>: It does not …

My Brain Made Me Do It, But Does That Matter?

Your brain is still you. Andrew Mason, CC BY<p>By Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Duke University<p>Imagine that Brian promises to drive you to the airport but …

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Happiness

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

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