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Why working smarter means conserving your energy

In the last few years, I’ve tried all kinds of productivity tricks to work smarter. I’ve tried the “pomodoro” technique to work in 25-minute increments with breaks in between, blocking addictive social media sites through a desktop app and disabling my internet altogether. I thought that if I could …

Time Management

The Science of Smiling

When we are happy, our natural response is to smile. But if you flip that around, does the reverse hold true? When we smile, is our natural response then to be happy?<p>Science says yes.<p>In fact, even faking or forcing a smile reduces stress and makes you happier.<p>That's what psychological scientists …

12 Ways to Reduce Stress

As the holidays approach, stress seems to accelerate. Here are twelve ways to stay calm any time of year.<p><b>1. Be thankful</b><p>There is something to be thankful for in every minute of every day whether it's the warm sun, a phone call from a friend or just another day of living. When you make a list of …

Grow your own happiness: how meditation physically changes the brain

People can boost their happiness by growing a part of the brain which increases positive thinking, scientists believe<p>Aristotle said that ‘happiness depends upon ourselves’ and a new study suggests it is possible to physically grow a happier brain through practices like meditation.<p>Although …

Happiness

Better sleep may be the key to treating depression, anxiety and schizophrenia

We are only beginning to unravel the genetic and biochemical basis of mental illness—a vague term including conditions as diverse as anxiety, depression, and mood and psychotic disorders. With millions of people suffering from such conditions, it is crucial that we find ways to improve diagnosis …

Mental Health

101 quotes on success from some of the world's most accomplished people

What makes something smart? It can mean many things for many people.<p>But the kind of smart I'm talking about is the smart that inspires, the smart that speaks to us and makes sense, the smart that allows us to move past ourselves and do something about the things that keep us stuck.<p>Let these smart …

Motivation

Scientists Find 15 Amazing Benefits Of Listening To Music

If you love listening to music, you’re in good company. Charles Darwin once remarked, “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule …

Music Industry

3 Secrets Of Adulthood You Must Learn To Find Happiness

Happiness researcher Gretchen Rubin reveals her key learnings.<p>When author Gretchen Rubin embarked on a yearlong "Happiness Project" to figure out what true happiness looks like and how to actually -- <i>realistically</i> -- achieve it, the experience led her to some powerful revelations. Among them are …

7 Ways Clutter Is Ruining Your Life

Clutter overloads your senses, just like multitasking overloads your brain. Here are all the ways a messy space can affect your life.<p>Take a quick glance around your workspace: Do you see piles of papers on your desk? Supplies you haven’t yet put away? An overflowing trash can? This clutter adds up …

As millennials eye better work-life balance, is the US ready for a 6-hour workday?

Nurses at Svartedalens elderly care home in Gothenburg, Sweden, have had more energy, higher efficiency and an overall boost in well-being ever since they started working shorter days earlier this year. The patients, in turn, are experiencing better care and attention, and the establishment has had …

10 Bad Work Habits to Eliminate Before Becoming an Entrepreneur

We all have bad work habits, and most of us are content to get away with them for the foreseeable future. Sure, they may make us a little less productive, and they might not look great in a performance review, but they’re relatively innocuous when they creep into our daily lives.<p>When you step up to …

You'll Go Through These 6 Stages In A Long-Term Relationship

All relationships begin differently. Every couple has their own story. Maybe you were friends for years before you started dating. Or maybe the two …

Relationships

How to Boost Your Creativity With This One Crucial Habit

Make some magic at a table for one.<p>If you never eat alone, you are suffocating your creativity. Keith Ferrazzi's book, <i>Never Eat Alone</i>, may be a <i>New York Times</i> bestseller for those looking to increase their networking skills, but if you are always eating with others, you are preventing your mind from …

Productivity