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How to make yourself work when you’re not in the mood

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they’re tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, only to go home and …

The greatest trick the satanists ever pulled: They may be truer to the words of Jesus than most Christians

<b>(AP/The Satanic Temple)</b><p>The church is vital not just for its dogged pursuit of religious equanimity but how it exposes Christian hypocrisy<p>Valerie Tarico<p>November 28, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>For those who think Christianity a fount of goodness and love, one of …

The psychological benefits of gratitude closely mirror those of meditation

Recently, I was watching television with my son when an ad came on for a cell phone company. The tagline for the ad said, “Get ready for Thanksgetting.”<p>“Wow.” My 17-year-old looked at me in disbelief. “It kind of seems like they are missing the point.”<p>I still am not entirely sure how we were …

Mindfulness

Why Women Love Bad Boys—and How to Be One

You're polite. Thoughtful. Considerate. And boring! But your rough side might rub her the right way<p>You know a rebel when you see one. And so does she.<p>In a recent Australian study, researchers discovered that men who ignore rules are more desirable to women.<p>“Nonconformity suggests qualities that …

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Books

Books That Got Me Out of My Reading Slump

I’m in a reading slump. A major one. I’m either too tired, too busy, or just not interested in reading lately — which is practically anathema to who …

Books

I Went to "Meditation University" and Learned How to Treat My Panic Attacks and Anxiety With Mindfulness

The first serious panic attack I can remember having -- not "I'm a little nervous" but "My heart is exploding through my chest and I might possibly die" -- was at 22.<p>I was in a staff meeting at my job editing test preparation materials, where I spent most of my time trying to sneak subversive …

5 Awesome TED Talks That Will Make You Remarkably Happy

There are plenty of serious TED talks, but these will make you smile.<p>There are lots of TED Talks about serious subjects like medical research, natural disasters, and even rocket science. However, some TED Talks are sure to put a smile on your face. Here are five of my favorites.<p><b>1. Dan Gilbert: The</b> …

Couples who have sex just once a week are happiest

For decades self-help books and therapists have advised couples that the key to a successful relationship is sex…and plenty of it.<p>But a new study suggests that behind closed doors, the happiest partners are actually making love just once a week.<p>According to the University of Toronto-Mississauga …

The cult of productivity is preventing you from being productive

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past couple of years thinking about how to be more productive. As a graduate student and freelancer, there’s no one telling me what to do, and no (immediate) consequences if I spend all day procrastinating. But gradually, through trying different techniques, …

12 Life-Changing Lessons Learned in Japan

Living in foreign country, or even just visiting, can be a life-changing experience. No one returns to their home country the same person as when they left. Here are some of the things I've brought back from Japan, where the people walk the talk!<p><b>1. Return favors, no matter …

Why It's Hard to Love People Who Don't Love Themselves

Having written a couple of posts on the difficulty of loving others when you don't love yourself (here and here), I want to turn my attention, below, …

Relationships

10 Mind-Blowing Books That People Who Love Thinking Can't Miss

6 Steps Introverts Can Take Now for a Less-Stressful Holiday Season

The holidays are a whirlwind of activity. Stores are more crowded. Out-of town-guests take over the guest bedroom (and the bathroom, and the kitchen, and the sofa). And then there are the parties -- work parties, friends' parties, parties you're hosting. Even for extroverts, the month of December …

Spiritual But Not Religious? It Just Doesn't Work.

SBNR. The topic is a hot one in Christian circles today. "Spiritual but not religious."<p>A middle-aged woman who spends Sunday mornings on a hiking trail might say, "I'm spiritual ... but not religious." A young man who says he loves Jesus but hates the church might identify himself as SBNR. …

There are 6 quintillion gallons of water hiding in the Earth's crust

Most of us think of the water cycle as something that occurs above ground: water falls from the sky, evaporates back into the atmosphere and then condenses into rain or snow once again.<p>But the water that's above ground is just a fraction of our planet's total water story.<p>Hidden in the Earth's crust …

Water

Mexican missing-student activist killed in Guerrero state

<b>A Mexican community activist who helped families search for their missing relatives has been killed.</b><p>Miguel Angel Jimenez Blanco's body was found near his home in a town in the south-western state of Guerrero.<p>He had led search parties after the disappearance of 43 students in the nearby town of …

Mexico