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How to Center Yourself Within 60 Seconds

Looking back on the past 24 hours, were you mainly calm or reactive?As you worked, were you focused or scattered?In the evening, did you feel …

Mindfulness

Visit the world's least crowded country - before everyone else does

“Big Sky Country” is a fitting nickname for ruggedly beautiful Montana, the fourth largest US state. If the same sobriquet were applied to Mongolia, however, it would simply be inadequate. For this enormous landlocked country of green steppe, vast flat plains, intricately braided rivers, …

Travel

The Most Simple Meditation Technique That Anyone Can Do

Have you ever heard of gazing meditation?<p>If you haven’t, it involves focusing your mind on an object in front of you.<p>Gazing has been a long-practiced …

Does your life have a purpose, or are you just a drifter? Quiz

If you are a go-getter you may find that you live longer than those happy just to drift through life<p><b>Does your life have purpose?</b> <b>Are you a drifter or do you have a cast iron plan for the future? To find out, answer the following three statements on a scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly</b> …

Heartbroken? A Psychology Coach Says to Do This One Thing After a Breakup

No matter how long or short you've been in a relationship with someone, breakups are never easy. After all, you entered the partnership for a reason, …

The Workout I’ll Do for Life

Today is not a legs day, a chest day, or an arms-and-back day. And it’s definitely not an abs day. In fact, it’s never an abs day. Today, like every …

Exercise

How we are all cooking rice incorrectly - and could be endangering our health

Millions of cooks are endangering their health by cooking their rice incorrectly, scientists believe.<p>Putting more water in the pan or even steeping it overnight is the best way to flush out traces of the poison arsenic, they found.<p>The chemical contaminates rice as a result of industrial toxins and …

Food & Dining

Netflix extension for Chrome is your shortcut to a ton of hidden categories

Though its offerings are now available in more than 130 countries worldwide, Netflix has a sea of hidden content underneath its main selection of categories – and now there’s a nifty plugin that gives you access to all of its invisible listings straight from your browser.<p>Available for free, Netflix …

Software

The 10 Hottest Productivity Tools of 2017

These productivity tools, tips, and strategies are the gifts that keep on giving.<p>Tools--hardware, software, apps, etc.--come and go. That's the nature of progress. But what never goes away is knowledge. Once you know a way to be more efficient and effective--a new approach, a new mindset, a new …

Time Management

What Happened When I Forced Myself To Wake Up At 5 A.M. Every Day For A Month

Some early risers might get more done, but it turns out there are times when getting up earlier can make you less productive.<p>Early risers get a lot of good press: They are supposedly more productive and possibly better problem solvers. But after a month of forcing myself out of bed at 5 a.m., I …

Scientists Have Figured Out How Our Brains Sharpen Our Memories While We Sleep

We snooze to lose.<p>We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists …

Five Easy Photo Improving Tricks Anyone Can Do

Taking great photos doesn’t necessarily require tons of training and nice equipment. You can improve all of your photos with just a few tweaks to the …

Mobile Photography

Zen Buddhism Reveals the Hidden Secret to Not Giving a F*ck

If you’ve read ideas on Ideapod, you’ve probably heard some wise sayings from master Buddhists like The Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh.<p>It’s a …

Meditation

HIV Cure? Research May Show a Way to Eliminate Virus

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> Medical Daily.<p>A team of scientists at University College London has developed a way to prevent HIV from disabling …

Wise Ancient Philosopher Reveals the Ultimate Secret to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

It’s human nature to compare yourself to others. But for many people, comparing all the time can become overbearing to the point that you find it …

Mindfulness

4 rituals from the philosophy of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius that will make you mentally tougher

Did you know that grit, resilience and mental toughness are some of the most consistent predictors of success these days?<p>Yep, but you know who …

Self-help

How to perfect the press-up, by a man who can do over 2,000 in an hour

Americans call them 'push-ups' and for Britons it's 'press-ups'. Regardless of your preference, how many do you reckon you can you do in an hour?<p>The push-up, one of the oldest body-mass exercises in the world, is used by everyone from military personnel to gym-shy folk to become ripped. After all, …

UK Tennis

7 Smart ways to think and act like Warren Buffett – “Oracle Of Omaha”

Share7<p>Tweet<p>Share6<p>+1<p>Shares 13<p>Warren Buffett company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns and operates some of the largest corporations in the world. With an …

Investing

9 Journal Apps to Help You Slay Your 2017 Goals

To say we’re a *tad* obsessed with paper journals might be a little bit of an understatement. But as much as we love our precious diaries, carrying around our everyday journal, bullet journal, fitness journal and gratitude journal can sometimes leave our bag feeling more like a high-school backpack …

Apps

The Fogg Method Tells You How To Change A Behavior In Three Steps

We all have bad habits we could change. (Late-night snacking, anyone?) We could all use a few more healthy habits in our lives too. (You know the …

Business School

Scientists have caught viruses talking to each other—and that could be the key to a new age of anti-viral drugs

Some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been accidental. To that list, Israeli scientists have added one more. They’ve discovered for the first time an instance of viruses leaving messages for other viruses.<p>What makes the discovery remarkable is that scientists expect such communication …

Microbiology

Supersets will take your fitness to the next level with CultFit Home Workout

It’s the fourth and final week of our CultFit Home Workout. Congratulations if you have made it this far. (If you missed it, it’s still not to late to start with Week 1).<p>For this easy home workout, all you need is your iPhone and some everyday objects you’ll find around your home or office (plus …

What a nutritionist eats when she starts feeling sick

You’re at the office, hard at work, when your cubicle-mate shows up with a fist full of tissues and a nagging cough. Cue: panic. What can you do to …

Wellness

Want to Develop Incredible Willpower and Mental Toughness? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do This

Persistence isn't just something you're born with. You can also develop willpower, especially when you make one key decision.<p>Success is based on a number of factors. Intelligence, experience, talent, education all play their part...but often what separates success from failure is perseverance. Keep …

Motivation

The Key to Peace: Let Go of How Things "Should" Be & Accept What Is

<b>“</b><b>Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”</b> <b>~Wayne Dyer</b><p>Many of my friends are …

Positive Thinking

How I Trained Myself To Wake Up On Time Without An Alarm

Half the battle is figuring out how much sleep your body needs, and the other half is consistency.<p>Sleep is one of my favorite things. I adore it. I’ve never been one for alarms, though. Potentially because they mark the end of my sleeping.<p>I started working remotely a few years ago, and …

14 Buddha Bowl Recipes That Will Satisfy Every Craving

Tahini sauce over everything.

The Difference Between Lust And Long-Time Love, As Told In Comics

At the beginning of a romantic relationship, both parties want to impress each other, only showing off what they perceive to be their most desirable traits.<p>But after you’ve fallen in love, there’s a certain comfort and deep understanding that allows you to just be you. In a new series of …

Relationships

Burn maximum fat in 4 weeks with the 'wheel' workout

Think of a workout as a big wheel. The hub is your main exercise—the one that drives most of the changes you’d like to see—and the spokes are the …

Exercise