Ian Faria

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The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

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

6 reasons why exercise can supercharge your productivity

Starbucks President Michelle Gass wakes up at 4:30 a.m. every morning to run. <i>Vogue</i> editor Anna Wintour is on the tennis court by 6:00 a.m. every morning before work. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, frequently starts his day with a morning run.<p>What do these highly successful people know …

Time Management

7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people. If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in …

Self-improvement

4 scientifically proven methods to increase your productivity

The way we are working isn’t working anymore, and hasn’t been for some time. Checking email in bed the moment we awake, chugging too much coffee, hour-long commutes twice each day…they all take a toll on the quality of our work and our lives.<p>Not to mention that when we get to the office, many of us …

You’ve Never Done a 7-Minute Abs Workout Like This Before

Get ready to feel the burn throughout your core the entire time<p>One of the best ways to score a chiseled core: crawl.<p>This abs workout consists entirely of bear crawl variations. It’s called a “flow complex,” says <i>Men’s Health</i> B.J. Gaddour.<p>So you’ll do one version of the movement—for example, a bear …

10 New Truths Great Leaders Know That Most People Don't | Inc.com

Like any other field, leadership goes through trends and changes--and if you want to be successful, you need to stay on top of them. Old-school leadership is just that, and what we do today is very different. To understand leadership, you need to be able to separate historic thought from current …

Leadership

5 Phrases Every Leader Should Overuse

One of the hardest roles to fill is being a leader of a start-up. You have to deal with never ending issues. Start-up CEOs must motivate the rest of the team, establish a company culture, and find a way to keep everyone together.<p>When stepping into a leadership position, it's easy to become …

We're inching toward being able to print a whole human — here's proof

Advancements in 3-D printing - a machine that can layer materials to create three-dimensional objects - have skyrocketed in recent years. But while many associate the technology with pointless, plastic trinkets, researchers and scientists have been hard at work tinkering with the technology to …

Mindfulness fixes your brain while boosting your performance

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>There’s no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts your performance by physically altering your brain.<p>Researchers from the University of …

Mindfulness

Women May Internalize Relationship Problems While Men Get Frustrated

A new study suggests that straight men and women handle marital issues very differently.<p><i>Academic studies can be fascinating... and totally confusing. So we decided to strip away all of the scientific jargon and break them down for you.</i><p><b>The Background</b><p>Marriage is generally considered to be good for …

Psychology

Chasing Away the Blues: Depression Is a Symptom of Stress... and Exercise Is a Treatment

I'm a total stressed-out mess. It's so ironic, because I literally teach a class on how bad stress is for our bodies, and yet I have a hard time internalizing the lessons. There's just so much to do! There is no doubt that our society puts a lot of pressure on us to take on more than we can handle. …

It Takes Courage To Use Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence. We hear the term all the time, thinking it's some abstract leadership model that only the elite use to improve themselves and their teams.<p>I'm here to tell you that EQ is real and the opportunity to use it occurs many times a day, if you're willing to listen and use it. Here …

I Listened to 10,000 Presentations. Almost Everyone Made This Same Mistake | Inc.com

In the last 20 years, I've heard over 10,000 presentations. As I've taken in the good, the bad and the ugly, one mistake stands above the rest:<p>Most presentations move too quickly.<p>Think about it for a minute: When you want to learn something new, what medium do you turn to first? Generally speaking, …

Public Speaking

Study: 1-month alcohol break has big health benefits

Sugar Is Definitely Toxic, a New Study Says

Fat was the food villain these past few decades but sugar is quickly muscling in to take its place. As rates of sugar-related disorders such as …

This Is the No. 1 Ritual You Need to Do Every Day

You read a lot on the internet about rituals that can help you be better in the morning or leap over tall building with a single bound. Maybe some …

8 Brain Exercises To Improve your IQ Score

Can we make ourselves any smarter? The answer to that particular question is still a puzzle, trying to be solved by scientists all over the world. …

The Brain

The Formula to Build Any Successful Habit in Just 30 Days

It's no secret every successful person has developed insanely productive habits into their daily routine. They understand that success in every area of your life largely depends upon the actions you take and being consistent with those actions every single day.<p>A powerful personal growth tool for …

Self-improvement

Here's what it says about your personality if you're constantly checking your phone

But people notice — and they may use that behavior to make judgments about your personality.<p>As it turns out, some recent scientific research suggests that it is possible to draw inferences about someone's personality based on his relationship to his phone. Specifically, emotionally unstable …

Psychology

The 6 Secrets to Keeping Your Brain Healthy

Because sleep deprivation, beer, and stress aren't doing you any favors.<p>Science just gave us another reason to take physical exercise seriously. Great.<p>A new study published in <i>The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society</i> found that weight training twice a week could help to preserve your most …

FDA

Create a Kinder Mind: How to Stop Your Mean, Hurtful Self-Talk

<b>“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens!” ~Louise Hay</b><p>In my quest to learn …

Positive Thinking

The No. 1 Most Important Relationship Skill -- And How to Learn It

I received an outpouring of feedback on my recent blog, "What We Really Want and Almost Never Get," about the profound importance of listening in relationships. The comments confirm that what men and women alike most desire in our relationships is to be heard without judgment and understood where …

Can You Really Become Addicted to a Drug After Just One Hit?

The idea that one toke on a crack pipe destroys your life is popular, but it contradicts what we know about brain chemistry.<p>You know the story. The one that says some drugs are so enjoyable, so insidious, that just one try will get you hooked. And you'd be forgiven for believing this as the media …

How to Make Pushups More Effective | Men's Health

The latter is more difficult, but it’s a true test of strength. And it’s the way <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director thinks every guy should do them.<p>The stop eliminates help from your stretch reflex—or the rubber-band like tendency of a muscle—and forces you to move through a full range of motion. It …

The Extraordinary Scientific Proof That Positive Thinking Works

Ninety percent of success in any walk of life is a direct result of how the mind is used. Top athletes, top business executives, top parents, top entrepreneurs, and the most successful individuals all understand the important truth that the mind is what counts.<p>It really is as simple as Henry Ford …

The 17 best icebreakers to use at awkward social events

But talking to new people doesn't have to be such a drag.<p>There are ways to get the conversation going without resorting to irritating clichés.<p>Check out these 17 icebreakers that will help ease you into an engaging conversation with people you've never met before.

This Magnet Can Change Your Faith in God

When researchers used magnetic energy to shut down the brain’s threat perception, nearly a third of patients were more tolerant to immigrants. More …

Research

13 tricks Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and other famous executives have used to run effective meetings

We know that meetings tend to fall apart thanks to sloppy agendas and unclear ground rules, but what makes them successful?<p>We researched how some of the most effective executives in history — from the late Apple founder Steve Jobs to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg — run …

Silicon Valley

This Company Gave Away a Drug That Just Won the Nobel Prize and Helped Millions