Ania Konopka

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How to Find Your Passion: It's Not Where You Think!

A piece of advice we often hear when it comes to being successful and feeling a sense of fulfillment in life is to "follow our passion." But before you can follow your passion, you have to find it. So where do you look for it? How do you really discover what you are deeply passionate about?<p>You may …

Mindfulness + Gratitude

We live in a very fast paced, multitasking, competitive, "What have you done for me today?" society. Last summer I started practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined as a state of active, open attention in the present moment.<p>I must admit that I'm not always 100-percent mindful, and at times I …

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How to Build a Happier Brain

A neuropsychological approach to happiness, by meeting core needs (safety, satisfaction, and connection) and training neurons to overcome a negativity bias<p>There is a motif, in fiction and in life, of people having wonderful things happen to them, but still ending up unhappy. We can adapt to …

Go Behind the Scenes of 'Lost in Translation' With 'Lost on Location' - BlackBook

Sofia Coppola, <b>also known as</b> “the reigning master of modern remove” has given us some of the most aesthetically pleasing and emotionally tickeling …

The Charles Bukowski Tapes: 52 Short Interviews with the Underground Poet

I don’t remember exactly how I first came across Charles Bukowski’s <i>Notes of a Dirty Old Man</i>, a collection of essays in which the low-rent poet and …

Stovetop Cheddar Mac and Cheese With Peppadew Peppers Recipe

<b>Read more: Sunday Supper: Stovetop Cheddar Mac and Cheese With Peppadew Peppers</b><p>Ingredients2 teaspoons olive oil3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)1/3 cup minced Peppadew or roasted red peppers1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions2 tablespoons unsalted …

The Entire Arc Of George Costanza’s Relationship With Susan, Told Through An Arcade Fire Song

“My name is George. I’m unemployed and live with my parents. I was engaged once, but she died. It was my fault. My entire relationship with my dead fiancée can be summed up with a video put together by a parody Twitter account, Seinfeld2000, set to Arcade Fire’s soft-disco anthem ‘Here Comes the …

Tupac Shakur on Life and Death

7 Sites You Should Be Wasting Time On Right Now

Are you finding yourself stuck in a mid-week slump? Well we have just the thing for you.<p>It's Wednesday, which means we're back with seven fresh new sites to entertain and distract you until Friday arrives. Check out our favorite new blogs below and let us know if you come across any awesome …

Amanda Hutton Starved Baby To Death, Ordered Pizza: Prosecutor

An English mother who let her child starve to death in 2009 ordered herself a pizza hours later, a prosecutor in her trial said.<p>Amanda Hutton, 43, is on trial for manslaughter in the death of her 4-year-old son, Hamzah Khan, the BBC reported Wednesday. Hutton denies the charges.<p>The little boy died …

Our Children: Dazed and Confused

Imagine an innocent young boy. He's inventive, open, durable, passionate, and friendly. He does well in school, art class, and athletics. Things come naturally to the boy; he has some ups and downs, but for the most part life is simple and carefree.<p>Yet as he grows, loved ones, teachers, and coaches …

Cyberbullying Apps -- Why Are We Allowing Anonymous Cruelty?

Last week, 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick jumped from a platform at an abandoned cement factory to her death after being tormented online and through cellphone apps. Suicide victims are getting younger all the time. What will it take for us as a society to take responsibility, rather than blaming …

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How to Stop Suffering

A few months ago I delivered a TEDx talk in Hoboken. TEDx is the local version of the TED talks that are given annually in Long Beach, Calif. and that feature some of the most interesting people in the world talking about "ideas worth spreading." You can find a video recoding of my talk at …

Child Brides -- We Cannot Afford to Ignore Their Plight

When I first met Genet, it was hard to believe she was actually 13. She was incredibly small physically - no taller than my 7-year-old son -- and intensely shy. She was so obviously a child that it was equally as difficult to wrap my head around the fact that she was married and on her way to …

I Don't Want to Look Like a Mom

Before I had children, I set lofty rules for myself. I would not let my kids rot their brains with TV, I would never let them eat at McDonald's and I would never, ever let myself look like a mom.<p>Fast forward five years and two kids later and guess which one of those rules I've broken? The …

Surviving Suicide: A Second Chance at Life

<i>Editor's Note: The following commentary is written by a Soldier who tried to take his own life. Although reducing the stigma to seek help remains a priority, he has changed his name to protect his privacy. Those who are seeking help should immediately contact the agencies listed at the end of this</i> …

How to Find Happiness

<i>I've had the fortune of meeting, spending time with, getting to know and becoming close friends with some of the world's most "elite athletes" (individuals who are the best in their respective disciplines: behavioral psychologists, chess players, professors, public speakers, authors,</i> …

What Makes Some People Exceptional and Others Just Accomplished?

<b>It's All About the Power of Your Story:</b> First off, let me say this isn't one of those step-by-step instructional books that ubiquitously litter our bookstores, airport newsstands or libraries. On the contrary, what I am going to do in this blog is simply suggest a pathway to being exceptional, not …

‘A Lot of Carbs’: Panera Bread CEO Learns to Live on $4.50 a Day

Panera Bread Co. CEO Ron Shaich is trying to subsist on $4.50 a day for a week. It’s not going so well.<p>Mr. Shaich agreed to try to get by on the average amount allocated to individuals in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of a hunger awareness campaign in which a …

Europe's Most Beautifully Precarious Villages

Europe is home to some of the world's most enchanting villages; small, rustic towns where time seems to slow down and travelers can explore narrow streets, ancient buildings, and farm-fresh country taverns to really soak up the local flavor. Europe is also home to some of the most unusual villages …

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