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How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power 'Mind Over Body'

While researching the book <i>Cure,</i> science writer Jo Marchant wanted to understand how distraction could be used to nullify pain, so she participated in a virtual reality experiment.<p>During the first part of the experiment, Marchant sat, without distraction, with her foot in a box of unbearably hot …

Mindfulness

I Spent New Year's Eve on a Five-Day Silent Meditation Retreat

The setup: The New Year’s Eve Vipassana Meditation Retreat. Dec 27 – Jan 1. No speaking, no internet, no phone, no reading, no writing.<p>A bunch of rough stuff happened this year, and my brain exploded. Shortly after I turned 36 I decided, out of desperation really, to give meditation a concerted …

Meditation

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the 'world's happiest man' says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes per day

Who is the happiest man in the world?<br>If you Google it, the name "Matthieu Ricard" pops up.<p>Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally from France who has been called "the world's happiest man."<p><b>SEE ALSO: Study: Prioritizing time over money leads to more happiness</b><p>That's because he …

Happiness

These Two Steps in Forgiveness Will Help You Heal and Let Go for Good

Months back I was spending time with an old friend of mine. We were hanging out with each other, catching up and just having an overall good time.<p>In the midst of spending time together, however, my friend had eventually said something that had really hurt me. The words she said, the way she said it …

Here's what happened when I started doing 40-minute meditation sessions every morning

Stressors include travel, family, and the early onset of all that year-end noise. Daily exercise can help you feel better, but a recent injury has limited what I can do.<p>So about one week ago, I started meditating before work each day. Friends from my yoga community had been encouraging me in this …

33 business books every professional should read before turning 30

To help you figure out how to navigate the professional world and set yourself on the right trajectory, we've rounded up some of our favorite business books.<p>They include career guides, business memoirs, and academic research on how to maximize your time and network.<p>Here are the business books we …

Self-improvement

10 Leadership Traits That Predict Higher Engagement And Lower Burnout

As a leader, are you driving burnout or engagement in your organization? How would your employees rate you if asked that same question? Burnout is a work-related process of chronic stress and disengagement caused by too many job demands, too few job resources, and not enough recovery or time to …

Employee Engagement

16 psychological tricks that will help you ace a job interview

That means they're susceptible to the same psychological preferences and cognitive biases that affect the rest of us.<p>To help you get into your interviewer's head and learn what they want to see in a candidate, we rounded up a list of science-backed strategies to make yourself seem more likable, …

12 books you should read to impress your boss

Not only that, it improves your vocabulary, expands your world, and generally makes you a more educated and interesting person to be around.<p>Below, 12 entrepreneurs from YEC suggest books that they themselves have loved and passed on to their employees.<p>Read just one and you'll find yourself ahead of …

5 Ways to Instantly Improve your Meditation

Meditation is something that seems like it could be easy yet, when you actually practice it you soon realize your mind is a lot harder to quiet then …

Meditation Should Be Taught in School

Instruction in the art of mindfulness is emerging in grade schools around the country to help children relax, focus, and help others. But it still has a long way to go to become part of the curriculum nationwide.<p>On a recent Thursday just after lunch, 20 first-graders gathered in a circle on the …

Mindfulness

Relaxation - Instant results from simple techniques

The relaxation response is the physiologic opposite to the ‘fight or flight’ stress response. Scientists have discovered that the long-term practice …

Working with Simon Rattle has been the best music education of my life

In the course of my 30 years as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra I have worked with three different principal conductors, each of whom made their own unique and indelible impact not only on the orchestra but on the wider music world. These were of course Herbert von Karajan, Claudio …

Flute

7 Ways To Change Your Life In 10 Minutes

You're probably familiar with the daily rituals of monks and monastics all over the world: wake up, meditate, read spiritual texts, meditate, read …

Costa Rica

5 Ways to Get Naysayers to Participate in Team Building

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It can be a challenge to get even the most enthusiastic of employees to participate in team-building activities, and the announcement of mandatoryevents of this nature often prompts further complaints.<p>Silence the cynics and garner true …

The Social Sector's Glass Ceiling: Why Women In Leadership Jobs Matter

Two weeks ago, the Pew Research Center released the results of a national survey on women and leadership – results that still show major challenges in public life and the corporate C-suite for women in the U.S.<p>We all know the big scores: 44-0 for the U.S. Presidency and the noted dearth (just 4.6% …

Pew Research Center

How Coach K Wins Consistently

A thousand wins. Four NCAA National Championships. Consecutive Olympic Golds. Mike Krzyzewski keeps making basketball history. But what’s his secret for consistent wins in a sport where talent revolves through the door every two to four years, the external competition evolves constantly, and where …

Leadership

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

Teaching Artists: Applying the Breadth of Their Skills

By Nancy Ng<p>Director of Community Engagement<p>Segregating artistic, administrative and development departments are the typical structure of most U.S. non-profit arts organizations. My colleagues who work in such institutions experience chasms between departments and waste time bickering and competing …

How Breath and Meditation Transformed My Life

I adjusted the snorkeling gear to fit my mouth so that I could breathe with ease. In the clear blue waters of the Pacific near the Molokini Crater in Maui, I saw a paradise of fish and coral. In complete awe of this grandeur, my mind became still and I floated effortlessly. I knew I was in a …

This Is Every Neutral-Lover's Dream Home

A soothing and ethereal space.<p>Designer Barbara Barry knows the power of subtlety. In this Corona del Mar house, she designs with natural and soothing and ethereal tones in mind. Read the interview with the designer here.

Tying That Windsor Knot

WILL AND KATE PLUS FATE Left, Kate Middleton on an official visit to the University of St. Andrews, February 25, 2011. Right, the secretly engaged Kate and William leave the wedding of their friends Harry Mead and Rosie Bradford in Gloucestershire, October 23, 2010. Photographs: left, by Rupert and …