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8 Keys to Creating a Loving, Joyful Relationship

Do you believe that if you have to work on a relationship, it's not the right relationship for you? Having worked with couples for 45 years, I can tell you without a doubt that this is NOT true!<p>However, "working on a relationship," doesn't mean that it has to be hard. It primarily means that you …

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Sad Songs May Actually Elicit Pleasant Emotions

If you've ever gotten weepy listening to Coldplay's "Fix You" (Just us?), new research may have an explanation for why.<p>Scientists at the Tokyo University of the Arts and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan found that listening to sad music can actually trigger <i>positive</i> emotions. They …

20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get

I started Docstoc in my 20’s, made the cover of one of those cliché “20 Under 20” lists, and today I employ an amazing group of 20-somethings. Call me a curmudgeon, but at 34, how I came up seems so different from what this millennial generation expects. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, and …

How to Find Your Life's Purpose and Make Yourself a Better Person

Some mornings, you may feel that there’s something deeper you could be a part of. You feel the pull towards something but you can’t exactly pin it …

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How to Let Go Instead of Giving Up

The greatest stress in life is the stress we cannot control. Perhaps, it is no coincidence that at some point so many of us experience a painful, …

Memo From Seasoned Entrepreneurs: 'Get Out While You Still Have All Your Marbles'

<i>Some 30 years ago, I began work on my first book: Sweat Equity a study of the best entrepreneurs in America.</i> <i>I thought it would be fun to go back and revisit some of the lessons that my co-author Geoffrey N. Smith and I developed, the ones that have stood the test of time.</i> <i>Here, in the next part of</i> …

Experts Agree, Don't Start The Day By Answering Your Email

There are tons of books about time-management, but increasingly I hear the topic discussed in terms of <i>energy management</i>. Our minds, the thinking goes, only have so much capacity for any one type of activity, so we have to build that limitation into our daily routines if we want to work effectively. …

8 Life Quotes and Tips to Make You Think

I love thought-provoking quotes – seemingly simple, yet interestingly profound phrases that have the power to get our minds thinking straight. That’s …

Eliminate These 8 Things From Your Day

Every day, make the commitment not to:<p><b>1. Check my phone while I'm talking to someone.</b><p>You've done it. You've played the, "Is that your phone? Oh, it must be mine," game. You've tried the you-think-sly-but-actually-really-obvious downwards glance. You've done the, "Wait, let me answer this text..." …

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20 Things to Start Doing in Your Relationships

Family isn’t always blood. They’re the people in your life who appreciate having you in theirs – the ones who encourage you to improve in healthy and …

US 'very disappointed' with China's handling of Edward Snowden

The United States on has told China it was upset it did not hand over US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden after he fled to Hong Kong, saying that the decision had undermined relations.<p>President Barack Obama, meeting senior Chinese officials who were in Washington for annual wide-ranging talks, …

7 Hidden Influences That Help People (And Businesses) Get Ahead

Our minds are sometimes easily moved by forces we can’t see.<p>Take, for example, the color pink.<p>In 1979, a researcher asked 153 healthy young men to look at two large pieces of colored cardboard — one pink and one blue. After they looked at each, he had them raise their arms in front of their bodies …

40 Things To Say Before You Die

Before you’re sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They’re not complicated. They’re not poetry.<p>They’re just short sentences with big meaning.<p>I hope they get you talking.<p><b>40</b> <b><br>“I wonder.”</b><p>Give yourself time to think so the time you spend doing things will be better …

John Stoker: How Fake Talk Prevents Productivity

I recently spoke to John Stoker, who is the author of the new book, <i>Overcoming Fake Talk</i>. John is a speaker, facilitator and expert in the areas of communications, critical thinking, performance management, change management, leadership, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence. He has …

Top 4 Most Competitive Financial Careers

Many employers are having trouble finding strong candidates for jobs vacated by retiring baby boomers. The jobs require, on average, more than seven years of experience, and some employers can’t fathom replacing an employee who may have 20-plus years of experience in the field with someone who has …

Why Good People Cannot Get And Keep Good Jobs

Of all the questions raised in today’s business world, one stands out: Why good people —people with demonstrated competence and an exceptional ability to connect to other people–cannot get and keep good jobs?<p>It depends on who you ask.<p>Business groups usually blame government regulations that raise …

Why You Didn't Get The Job -- It's Not Just About Your Credentials

It’s always demoralizing, sometimes devastating when you don’t get the job. Sometimes you know why. You didn’t have most of the requirements, but figured you’d give it a shot. Maybe your gut told you the interview wasn’t going well. You’re not happy but at least you’re not left wondering.<p>It’s more …

10 Things To Do While You're Unemployed

If you’re unemployed and worried that employers will turn you down for taking on unimpressive work during the recession or for the large employment gaps on your résumé—you needn’t panic. A survey released by the careers website CareerBuilder.com last year revealed that the vast majority of …

How To Make The Most Of Your Internship

All manner of bad things happen to summer interns, even here at Forbes. We like to think we’ve learned from our mistakes, and this season’s group seems to be busy and happy, but I’ve heard tales of past wrongs. One young woman was excluded from office socializing some years ago by a former …

Foreign Firms Hesitant On China

Multinationals are hesitant on investing in China, foreign direct investment data shows.<p>Despite overall long term growth trends and a general bullishness on the richer Chinese consumer, the multinationals increased their investments in May by just 0.29% in a sign of cooling in the world’s second …

5 Secrets Credit Card Companies Don't Want You To Know

It turns out, your credit card company may not always have your best interests in mind when signing you up for one of their cards. Check out some of the ways you can lessen your interest payments and avoid other unnecessary penalties that lurk in the fine print.<p><b>1. Shrinking or Non-Existent Grace</b> …

How To Deal With 10 Common Workplace Distractions

Andy Teach, author of <i>From Graduation to Corporation</i>, and host of the YouTube channel FromGradToCorp, offers tips for dealing with 10 common workplace distractions.

Pay Attention To Your Title

Don't be fooled, title matters, says career consultant Emily Bennington, author of <i>Who Says It's A Man's World: The Girls' Guide To Corporate Domination</i>. Right or wrong, your title is how people in and outside your organization judge your value to it, she says. Don't overlook it.

Eight Things That Happen When Companies Are 'Too Nice'

A recent column from fellow leadership author and <i>Forbes</i> columnist Erika Andersen caught my eye. Erika noted that bad things happen when companies are “too nice.” I enjoy Erika’s writing, and I’ve even enjoyed the chance to review her most recent book here on <i>Forbes</i>.<p>I love the work that Erika and her …

How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent Series 1, Volume 1 app review: beat a bigger opponent

How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent Series 1, Volume 1<p><b>Price:</b> $19.99<p>How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent Series 1, Volume 1: 'Essential …

Ten Myths About Social Networking For Business

There is so much noise about social media, much of it not very helpful. Myths about how and why to use these networks abound, spread by networking neophytes and so-called experts (like me) alike. What none of us can afford is to stand by and watch it all unfold, for there is money to be made. Here, …

What Running Has Taught Me About Entrepreneurship

Last month, I ran a total of 120 kilometers, which included running my personal best on an unexpected half marathon. I spent a lot of time on the road — just me, some music, the sound of my (sometimes ragged) breathing and most importantly, my thoughts.<p>One of the recurring themes to pop into my …

The 5 Money Lessons I Learned From My Father

One-day in the early 1960s, my dad arrived home from his Pittsburgh engineering and consulting firm and brought along a beautiful English leather saddle. He put it on the back of a living room chair with great fanfare. Mom laughed and asked what the heck he planned to do with it. “Well, someday …

Peaceable Kingdoms

If you want world peace, you better like snow...or be able to speak Japanese. Then again, there is at least one English speaking nation in the top 10. And no, it's not the good ole U.S. of A. We're not even close. Seems like Facebook and iPods and the Dow 16,000 hasn't been enough to cheer us up. …

A New Feet in Primate Research

Some modern humans take ape-like steps, a new study says.<p><b>Jeremy DeSilva could see something was afoot. He just couldn't believe it.</b><p><b>As shoeless visitors strolled along a mechanized gait carpet in the Boston Museum of Science's Living Laboratory, sensors detected pressure on the mid-outside portion</b> …