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Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …

Happiness Hacks: 9 Things Proven to Make You Happy

Abraham Lincoln once said, <i>“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”</i><p>While a good chunk of happiness is controlled by our …

Happiness

5 Tips to Get Rid of Mental Clutter and Negative Self Talk

I'm a worrier.<p>It's inherited. Or more likely, it's ingrained.<p>My grandfather worried. My mother worried. I worry.<p>About really dumb things. I'm talking about things that no one else worries about.<p>For example, growing up there was a rule in the house: If there was a lightning storm, you could not be …

Self-help

You'll Never Complain Of Not Having Enough Time If You Can Apply This Rule

<i>You forgot to set your wake-up alarm. As you slowly come to consciousness, you begin to panic as you realize that you’re going to be extremely late</i> …

New Zealand's ONLY Mens Lifestyle Magazine

M2 Style - Powered by BOSS<p>June 29, 2018<p>Travel Shaving And Grooming Set by Dovo, $300 from Mancave Don’t forsake the standard of grooming when you’re …

11 insights that can help you learn anything faster

But some people keep studying — and thinking — the same way all their lives without improving their methods.<p>Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually learn. The results are surprising and super helpful.

Study Skills

Say hello to hygge: The Danish secret to happiness

It has been one of those years. From tragic terror attacks to the fiercely debated Brexit results and a seemingly endless celebrity death toll (David Bowie, Prince, Victoria Wood and Terry Wogan, to name just a few), is it any wonder a recent Telegraph headline asked: ‘Is 2016 really one of the …

Are You a People Pleaser?

People ask me all the time what the secret to happiness is: <i>“If you had to pick just one thing, what would be the most important thing for leading a</i> …

Childhood Trauma Leads To Lifelong Chronic Illness -- So Why Isn't The Medical Community Helping Patients?

When physicians help patients come to the profound revelation that childhood adversity plays a role in the chronic illnesses they face now, they help them to heal physically and emotionally at last.<p>When I was twelve, I was coming home from swimming at my neighbor's dock when I saw an ambulance's …

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How Mindfulness Meditation Can Improve Your Life in Just 3 Minutes a Day

Setting up a life-altering meditation practice is easier than you think.<p>You'd have to be living under a rock not to have been recommended mindfulness meditation by someone in the past few years. Big name entrepreneurs swear by it, whole conferences are dedicated to it, and prominent dissenters have …

Mindfulness for kids: Could an app make your children happier?

A bedtime miracle. Instead of chatting late into the night with his 11-year-old brother, my youngest, aged nine, has just conked out within seconds of climbing into his bunk. At first I’m convinced he's pretending. But the gentle rise and fall of his chest tells me that, yes, he's fast …

The Five Essential Oils That Calm Stress And Anxiety

Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.<p>But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, …

22 Ways to Instantly Change Your State of Mind

Every thought we have is a vibration and the key to maintaining positivity is to learn how to change our state.<p>Every thought we have is a vibration.<p>When we feel on top of the world, we send a matching frequency as we attract positive people, things and events into our lives.<p>When we exude energy and …

The recipe for building wealth hasn't changed

Building wealth has gotten harder for most people in recent years. But the habits that can make you rich haven't changed.It boils down to this: …

30 Acts of Self-Love for 30 Days of Happiness

You're reading 30 Acts of Self-Love for 30 Days of Happiness, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're …

The Algorithm that Will Help You Program a Successful Life

Joshua Torres<p>Read full profile<p>Aren’t you tired of the same old personal success advice?<p>You know, advice such as:<p>You need a clearly defined goal.<br>• Be …

Self-improvement

'Brain training' cut dementia risk in healthy adults -U.S. study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A computerized brain training program cut the risk of dementia among healthy people by 48 percent, U.S. researchers said on Sunday in reporting an analysis of the results of a 10-year study.<p>The preliminary findings, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International …

Learning to handle stress like a pro – techniques to avoid Professional Burnout

Last Tuesday we videoed a Mental Health Essentials Masterclass. One of the attendees asked, “How can we take care of ourselves when we seem to cop so …

#21DaysOfSummerMindfulness Challenge – Day 16 – Developing Mindfulness in Children

<b>Emotional Intelligence</b> is the capacity of individuals to recognize your own, and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different feelings …

10 Hard Truths About the Heartbreaking Fantasies We Tell Ourselves

We stress ourselves out… because of fantasies.We procrastinate to the point of failure… because of fantasies.We get angry with others, with …

Personality Change May Be Early Sign of Dementia, Experts Say

“Has the person become agitated, aggressive, irritable, or temperamental?” the questionnaire asks. “Does she/he have unrealistic beliefs about her/his power, wealth or skills?”<p>Or maybe another kind of personality change has happened: “Does she/he no longer care about anything?”<p>If the answer is yes …

Dementia

How To Coach Your Brain To Stop Being Mad At Someone

You’re mad as hell and you can’t take it anymore! Lucky for you, you don’t have to.<p>You and a coworker–or, for that matter, a relative, partner, or friend–had a falling out. The wounds are still fresh. You’re still angry. And every time you see or even think of that person, you seethe. Maybe plenty …

What Happened When I Got Rid Of Everything In My House That Doesn’t Spark Joy

Do socks really “spark joy?” This writer went through (nearly) every item in her house with some surprising results.<p>I hate clutter. Growing up, my favorite book (and the only one I kept from my childhood) was <i>The Boxcar Children</i>, a story of four orphans who live in an abandoned train car with few …

How To Train Your Brain to Push Past Perfectionism

Perfectionism isn’t hard-wired, it’s learned. Which means we can unlearn it too, with these methods.<p>The fear of failure greatly impedes performance. That’s why most successful people are less likely to be perfectionists. After all, think about all of the quick, important decisions high-level people …

7 fixed mindset mistakes that prevent your happiness and growth

7 fixed mindset mistakes that prevent your happiness and growth [infograph]<p>By: Susanna Halonen | Growth<p>Do you follow the fixed mindset thinking, …

9 signs you're successful — even if it doesn't feel like it

We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won't admit it — other than the guy with the 'He who dies with the most toys wins' bumper sticker — in the back of our minds, we equate material possessions with success.<p>It's a shame we fall prey to materialistic thinking because …

Forget relaxing - use your stress to become a high achiever

Take a slow deep breath, puff out your chest like Superman and read this story. It might just save your life.<p>For one of Europe’s most eminent neuroscientists has devised a simple, four-point plan for channelling stress and turning it to one’s advantage.<p>Professor Ian Robertson’s “four-step brain …

4 Reasons to Start a Business in Retirement

Retirement is a great time to take the leap and start a business. Here's why.<p>If you're among the many retirees who spent decades working long hours …