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The terrible 'what if': how OCD makes every day a matter of life or death

OCD is often called the 'doubting disease' because deep down, the sufferer knows the thoughts are irrational.<p>The first time I thought someone contaminated my food was at the Paramus Park mall food court when I was 12. As the employee handed me an extra gooey Cinnabon nestled in crinkly tissue, I …

Mental Health

You make or break your life between 5-7 a.m.

While serving a humanitarian and ecclesiastical mission at the age of 20, I learned potentially the most important lesson of my life. How you spend …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The (super enjoyable) Japanese secret to becoming a morning person

In an ideal world, your morning routine would <i>always</i> set you up for a kickass day ahead. But if you’ve got a packed to-do list, it’s all too easy for …

Build Your Confidence In Three Months By Doing These 3 Things Now

Confidence is like a muscle, the more you build it the stronger it will be<p>Confidence, it's something we all want and yet struggle to have consistently. Why? Because building confidence is like learning a new sport, you have to work at it every day. Just like learning tennis, it requires discipline. …

I Was Living In Poverty When One Small Decision Started Making Me $5,000 a Week

With business slowing to a crawl and his rent due, this entrepreneur found prosperity by leaning into his fear.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last year, I was in a dilemma. I’d found success as a writer and as a coach, but my business had slowed to a torpor. I didn’t …

Motivation

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Some food for thought.<p><b>We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community for their go-to snacks to help them power through a study session. Here are some of their picks, along with several of our favorites! 🍫</b><p>1. Taco Popcorn<p>All you need to make good old popcorn much less boring is taco seasoning.<p>Get the …

Yale’s beloved happiness class is now on the internet for free

Happiness, they say, is infectious. Perhaps that is why the most popular course ever to be taught at Yale University—this semester enrolling 1,200 students, or a quarter of the undergraduate student body—is one titled “Psychology and the Good Life.”<p>PSYC 157, or “Laurie Santos’ happiness class” as …

Happiness

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

Self-help

How I discovered there are (at least) 14 different kinds of love by analysing the world's languages

No emotion, surely, is as cherished and sought after as love. Yet on occasions such as Valentine’s day, we can often be misled into thinking that it …

Warren Buffett Says This 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else

The 87-year-old chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway once gave us a breakthrough principle of taking charge of one's life. Let's revisit it.<p>Billionaire Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is 87 years old and still capturing the world's attention as the second richest …

Start a new (good) habit, kill an old (bad) one

<b>(CNN) —</b> Odds are, you are trying to break a bad habit or institute a good one right now. As a species, we are impressively committed to self-improvement, and most of us believe that habits are an effective means to that end.<p>Habits -- actions performed with little conscious thought and often …

It Only Took This Instagram Co-Founder 1 Sentence to Provide the Perfect Cure for Procrastination

Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom uses this simple trick to avoid putting things off. And so can you.<p>Everyone at least occasionally puts things off. Everyone at least occasionally avoids doing things they need to do. Everyone, at some point, procrastinates.<p>And everyone who procrastinates <i>hates</i> the …

Want To Be More Successful Next Week? Remove These 4 Thoughts This Weekend

Establishing the foundation for a successful week requires establishing the foundation for an empowering mindset which starts with removing these 4 thoughts.<p>High performers take advantage of the weekends to separate themselves from the pack by deliberately refocusing and recharging along with …

Self-improvement

This 60-Second Breathing Technique Beats Stress, Improves Health and Might Even Cure Your Insomnia

It's based on ancient yoga practice but it can lower your blood pressure today.<p>You know that getting a good night's sleep is vitally important for your mental and physical health, mood, and even your brain function. But what if you just can't fall asleep? We all have trouble sleeping at times in …

Discipline Equals Freedom

<b>STAYING</b><p>Don’t worry about motivation. Motivation is fickle. It comes and goes. It is unreliable and when you are counting on motivation to get your …

5 Mindset Mistakes That Are Making Your Life Harder Than It Has to Be

Life is hard enough without these common mistakes.<p>You probably don't need me to tell you that life is inherently hard. It's hard to forge real, deep, lasting relationships with others. It's hard to find work that gives your life meaning and that you're good at. It's hard not killing your toddler …

Happiness

After Staying a Virgin Until Marriage, I Couldn't Have Sex with My Husband

I didn't even kiss him until we were at the altar.<p>Growing up in a Christian home, I was raised to view my virginity as almost as important as my salvation.<p>It was my most precious possession, to be guarded at all costs—and the loss of it before marital bliss was possibly the most shameful thing that …

Grit: 13 things mentally strong people won’t do

We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental strength is tested. It might be a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a …

The 10 Commandments of Emotional Intelligence

These 10 rules will help you make emotions work for you, instead of against you.<p>Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify emotions (in both yourself and others), to recognize the powerful effects of those emotions, and to use that information to inform and guide behavior.<p>It begins with …

7 books that will change the way you work in 2017

If in 2017, you've vowed to find a new job, get a promotion, be a better boss, or simply enjoy work more, Business Insider has got your back.<p>Over the …

If You Want to Be Truly Happy, Stop Worrying About These 24 Things in Your Life

We are each responsible for our own happiness.<p>If you want to be happy you have to find the things that make you unhappy.<p>If you want to move forward, there are always things you need to let go of first. It's a process that shouldn't happen just once a year. Taking stock should be an ongoing …

5 Mantras to Help You Become Calm and Confident

Can one simple phrase actually make a difference in your life? According to Sherianna Boyle, the answer is most definitely yes. She is the author of</i> …

#startTODAY with Hoda: 30-day plan to calm the mind and control your life

Hoda Kotb's one of the busiest women in television, so it's no surprise one of her goals for the new year was to find a way to care for her mind and feel more organized. To help achieve her goals, Hoda enlisted the help of Angie Johnsey, an RN CHT-hypnotherapist and celebrity mind coach.<p>FOLLOW …

The bad habits you should give up if you want to be successful

Sometimes, to become successful and to get closer to the person we know we can become, we don’t need to add more things to our lives—we need to give up on some of them.<p>There are certain things that are almost universal. These things, if you give them up, will help you become more successful (even …

Motivation

Mindfulness Workouts Are The New Way To Work Your Body And Brain

<i>This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of SELF.</i><p>Here are some of the things to love about sweat-drenched, heart-pumping fitness …

Mindfulness