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Research suggests this is the best music to listen to for optimal productivity

Luckily, music can help get us back on a more productive track.<p>Studies out of the University of Birmingham, England, show that music is effective in raising efficiency in repetitive work — so if you're mindlessly checking email or filling out a spreadsheet, adding some tunes will make your task go …

Time Management

This Tiny Change to Your Morning Routine Will Supercharge Your Productivity All Day | Inc.com

Admiral William H. McRaven knows something about high-pressure, high-stakes situations. As head of United States Special Operations Command, he oversaw the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. And that was only the capstone of a lifetime of service as a Navy SEAL.<p>But when McRaven …

Osama Bin Laden

Scientists say this simple psychological shift can help you achieve your goals

Fortunately, you'll have plenty of opportunities to redeem yourself, even before January 1, 2017.<p>The key? Be on the lookout for days that seem like transition points.<p>In doing so, you'll be harnessing the power of what researchers call the "fresh-start effect." Whenever we feel like there's a chance …

Self-improvement

The New and Improved Way to Quickly Transfer Photos from Your DSLR to Your iPhone

For the last few years I have found many different ways to transfer photos from my DSLR straight to my iPhone for instant editing and sharing on …

Here's How To Do Therapy On Yourself, According To A Therapist

It's not always easy, or affordable, to go to a therapist. But that doesn't mean you can't do a little DIY therapy on your own.<p>Therapy is a powerful tool for personal growth, and it can be beautiful in its own way. That being said, as a trained counselor and as someone who has been through …

Mental Health

Trainer-Approved Fitness Habits

Fitness

9 Sneaky Causes Of Depression

For some people, sub-zero temperatures aren’t the only difficult side effect of winter. Approximately 10 million Americans also experience seasonal affective disorder, a depression-related mental health condition that waxes and wanes depending on the time of year.<p>In most instances, the disorder …

How to Prevent Your Anger From Spiraling Out of Control

Anger fuels aggression, but it doesn’t always have to cause a flare-up. When properly managed, it can actually serve a productive purpose. Here are …

21 lifestyle changes to make if you want to save more money

When it comes to getting rich, the formula is simple: Spend less and save more.<p>That's easier said than done. To save a considerable amount of money, you have to make more than an intermittent effort. You have to make a lifestyle change.<p>What kind? We rounded up 21 lifestyle changes anyone can make …

Personal Finance

6 Superfoods Your Grandmother Ate -- That You Should Too

Back in her day, Grandma probably had no idea what "eating clean" was. And even if you tried explaining it to her, she'd probably say she didn't give a hoot. Still, her diet wasn't all Salisbury steak and Jell-O salad. Your granny and her gang ate plenty of foods that were actually really healthy, …

Nutrition

Jokes about Philosophy Majors

22 Philosophy Jokes That Are So Silly They're Kinda Funny

How did the solipsist break up with his girlfriend? "It's not you, it's me."

The Only 4 Moves You Need to Sweat Your Ass Off in 15 Minutes | Women's Health

Exercise 1 Dumbbell Suitcase Deadlift<p>Hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides and stand with your feet hip-width apart, your knees slightly bent <b>(A)</b>. Keeping your chest lifted and the weights close to your body, push your hips back and lower until the dumbbells are at mid-shin level <b>(B)</b>. Pause, and …

Workouts

Is Stephen Hawking Right About Hostile Aliens?

E.T. was the perfect extraterrestrial: Cute, smart and — best of all — a perfect pacifist.<p>Unfortunately, scientists aren't so sure that an actual …

When negative emotions take a physical toll on our bodies

If you prefer to listen, here’s the Soundcloud podcast version of this post, also on iTunes.<p>Just like stress can cause you to get a tight knot in the …

This artist turned famous art masterpieces into 8-bit watercolors — see if you can identify them

The result is a stunning collection that brings to mind the art style and nostalgia of old 8-bit video games.<p>"These pictures are like puzzles, carefully taken apart and then pieced back together to reveal the subject," List said to Business Insider. "These works were inspired by my love for …

Art

4 scientifically proven methods to increase your productivity

The way we are working isn’t working anymore, and hasn’t been for some time. Checking email in bed the moment we awake, chugging too much coffee, hour-long commutes twice each day…they all take a toll on the quality of our work and our lives.<p>Not to mention that when we get to the office, many of us …

The Brain

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

Carson, Compassion and Evolution

<b>The progress of Evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence enough to upset Darwin. Henry Brooks Adams</b>, <i>The Education of Henry Adams</i><p>If you are a Republican and evolution happens to be your thing, you may have difficulty finding a candidate to support. When asked about …

General Motors

25 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Want to expand your mind? A little bit of effort every day goes a long way.<p>In the Quora thread, “What would you do to be a little smarter every …

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