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Japan's ancient art of bonsai threatened by waning interest among youth

Masashi Hirao exudes the calm you'd expect of a bonsai master.<p>He speaks softly and appears to glide — not walk — as he moves around a bonsai tree …

Study Skills

Trees Have Their Own Songs

A new book by David George Haskell invites us to listen.<p>Just as birders can identify birds by their melodious calls, David George Haskell can distinguish trees by their sounds. The task is especially easy when it rains, as it so often does in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Depending on the shapes and …

30 Behaviors That Will Make You UNSTOPPABLE

This curated column is authored by leadership & startup consultant Benjamin Hardy AThe post 30 Behaviors That Will Make You UNSTOPPABLE appeared …

15 Ways to Creatively Challenge Yourself Every Day

We all <i>want</i> to embrace creativity, but actually making it happen? That’s the tricky part. With long to-do lists at home and work, it can be difficult to imagine actually making creative expression part of our routine. Creativity is about more than time-consuming craft projects, though, and it may be …

Creativity

15 ways to drown out the negative voice in your head that is keeping you from being successful

The prospect of making any of the above adjustments to your life is empowering — that is, until your mind starts to wander.<p>Any time you've thought about making a change or pursuing a passion, you've probably dwelled more on your present state than your potential.<p>Or once you got started, minor …

10 Surprising Ways You Can Sleep a Lot Better

Chronic lack of sleep is a performance, productivity, and creativity killer. Here's how to change that.<p>If you feel you don't get enough sleep--or enough quality sleep--you're not alone. Somewhere between 50 million and 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders that decrease daily …

You Can’t Compare '90s Hip Hop Stars to Today’s Rappers

You Can’t Compare ’90s Hip Hop Stars to Today’s Rappers<p>Let's stop the crazy debate.<p>By Marcus Reeves<p>This schism between hip hop’s millennial and Gen X …

Why Are You So Unproductive at Work? 8 Questions to Help You Find Out

There's a big difference between "busy" and "productive," especially where success is concerned.<p>Plenty of people are busy. Staying busy is easy.<p>It's a lot harder to be productive.<p>Think about it. Busy people are organized. They check things off their to-do lists. They get things done.<p>Productive …

Self-improvement

This Is How You Train Your Brain to Get What You Really Want

In April of 2015, I got serious about my goal to become a professional writer. I had written an e-book, <i>Slipstream Time Hacking</i>, and was anxious to know how to traditionally publish it. At that time, I had just barely put up my own website and had a subscriber base of zero.<p>I decided literary agents …

Self-improvement

13 Habits You Should Steal From Successful Business Figures

Just what does it take to be as productive as Thomas Edison or as financially successful as Elon Musk? A great routine, for one. MBANoGMAT, a search …

4 Simple and Effective Strategies to Handle Difficult People at Work

Now you can handle that one person in your office that everyone likes to avoid.<p>Lets get right down to it. You want to handle those difficult personalities like a boss? Well, as you read further, you'll notice a theme. It's more about you than that difficult person driving you nuts.<p>I say this …

5 Mindfulness Strategies to Interrupt Mind Wandering and Rewire the Brain

When you’re daydreaming or staring absent-mindedly out the window what is your brain doing?<p>Well, it’s actually still very active and is strengthening …

The one wellness habit that can transform your relationship

When you’re in a new relationship, spiraling into negative thoughts can be surprisingly easy—you pick up a certain <i>tone</i> in your partner’s voice, and …

Depression may be our brain's way of telling us to stop and solve a problem

At any given time, about 5% of Americans are reporting symptoms of moderate or severe depression. Major depressive disorder is so common that it's estimated one in six Americans will have it at some point in their lives.<p>The prevalence of depression presents economic problems as well — it's one of …

How I Set Aside Two Days Each Week To Work On Just One Thing

You already know about time “batching,” but when those batch periods slide all over your schedule, they aren’t much good to you.<p>My company recently surveyed more than 350 U.S. business owners on the biggest time-wasters in their workdays. The results weren’t much of a shock, with email coming up on …

How Thinking About Death Can Make Your Life Better

It’s so important to live your life fully, in the now, aware of everything you have. Author Wayne Dyer said that in order to appreciate the beauty of …

A Zen Master Reveals the Ultimate Way to Deal With Negative Emotions

We all can agree that negative emotions can be tough to deal with. Sometimes it can be much easier to avoid them and keep them bottled up inside.<p>Yet, …

A minimalist explains how a psychological trick called 'the beginner's mind' could make your life easier

A lot of joy could be found with the same practice.<p>And it is simple: practice seeing life with a beginner's mind.<p>I'm stealing this of course from Zen Buddhism's shoshin and Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind," and I've written about it numerous times. But it's more fundamental than most …

Want To Unlock Your Brain's Full Potential? You Should Know This 90-Minute Trick

How is your memory? Is it as strong as you’d like it to be?<p>If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll …

5 Nuggets of Advice Given to Me by Billionaires

The richest people on the planet seem more interested in meeting a challenge than accumulating redundant wealth.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone wants to know what the super-rich did to be successful. Millionaires give some great advice, but for me, billionaires …

The twisted psychology of office cliques

Michael Scott and the Beast have a lot in common. Both <i>The Office</i> protagonist and the Disney cartoon character have copious chest hair—and both are achingly alone.<p>But whereas the Beast broods in isolation, Michael Scott is desperate for company. His plight is sympathetic: Anyone who’s survived high …

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Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness.<p>Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, …

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

The Brain

Tense? On the edge? This grounding meditation will help you find peace

In today’s wired world, we are always rushing to meet a deadline or being bombarded with constant stimuli. Add to that the pressures of home, family …

Could yoga nidra be the key to wiping out stress and anxiety…for good?

Raise your hand if your favorite part of yoga class is savasana? If that’s the case—and, let’s be honest, it’s true for all of us at some …

How to cope with loneliness | Oliver Burkeman

The new spin on loneliness is that we ought to welcome it, in modest doses, says Oliver Burkeman<p>Loneliness is everywhere in the world of psychology these days – the subject of so many studies, articles and talks that you sometimes wish the loneliness researchers would go away, so you could just get …