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The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

Everything Changed When I Started Meditating Every Day

I wonder what my 20s would have been like if I had learned to meditate sooner. I wonder if my health would have been different or if I would have been able to handle it all better. Or if maybe all of this was part of a grand order of things. I have room in my life now where I didn't before.<p>Until I …

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How To Overcome Self-Doubt And A Lack of Motivation

You don’t feel like doing anything, you’re in a rut. Here are some possible solutions to help you get back on your feet.<p>This morning I didn’t feel like doing anything. It’s a combination of overtiredness from a few days of hard work, and a lack of sleep last night.<p>I couldn’t motivate myself to do …

To The Guy Who Made Me Fall In Love When I Didn’t Believe In Love

By Emily Madriga,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1x8FI51<p>Thank you.<p>Thank you for opening my heart and my mind. Thank you for teaching me that there …

10 Things I wish I knew before I went into the real world

Lifestyle & Personal Growth<p>I must confess, I laughed when I saw Maria Shriver had come out with a book called, Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before I …

How To Focus Your Mind and Do More Productive Work

“The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on the things we desire.” - Brian Tracy (Self-Help Author & Motivational Speaker) Over the years, …

Set Your Sights On Your Most Important Goal

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus” – Mark Twain What’s the one thing that you can do to dramatically improve your …

The Single Most Proven Way to Get Smarter and Happier

<b>Yes, It’s This Simple</b><p>Many of the fixes for our problems aren’t complex — something that’s clear in the things I recommend people do every day.<p><b>What’s</b> …

If You Want To Be Rich, Don't Get An MBA

The first thing I am going to say about wealth is that many authors who write about prosperity and wealth make it clear: <i>A job will not make you rich.</i><p>If you want to be wealthy, at some moment of your life, you will have to create a source of income other than your salary. This is an evident and …

How the Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave the Flowers Their Colors

The great E.O. Wilson is credited with having once said, <i>“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”</i> But while the one million or so …

Ray Bradbury on Failure, Why We Hate Work, and the Importance of Love in Creative Endeavors

<i>“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play,”</i> the French writer Chateaubriand is credited with saying. <i>“He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he</i> …

Barbara Walters on the Art of Conversation, How to Talk to Bores, and What Truman Capote Teaches Us About Being Interesting

What <i>The Paris Review</i> has done for the art of the interview in print, <b>Barbara Walters</b> has done for it on television. By the time she was forty, Walters was seen by more people than any other woman on TV and had grown famous for her ability not only to land interviews with seemingly unapproachable …

The Book of Trees: 800 Years of Visualizing Science, Religion, and Knowledge in Symbolic Diagrams

How the humble tree became our most powerful visual metaphor for organizing information and distilling our understanding of the world.<p>Why is it that when we behold the oldest living trees in the world, primeval awe runs down our spine? We are entwined with trees in an elemental embrace, both …

Portraits in Creativity: Artist Maira Kalman, Modern Patron Saint of the Moments Inside the Moments Inside the Moments

From her immeasurably wonderful visual meditations on life, including <i>The Principles of Uncertainty</i> and <i>Various Illuminations (Of a Crazy World)</i>, to her illustrations for such cultural classics as Strunk and White’s <i>The Elements of Style</i> and Michael Pollan’s <i>Food Rules</i>, <b>Maira Kalman</b> is one of the most …

How to Find Yourself

At the age of twenty-one, artist and writer <b>James Harmon</b> chanced upon a copy of Rilke’s <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> and found himself mesmerized. Rilke’s elegant exploration of the deepest human concerns — love, fear, art, doubt, sex — prompted young Harmon to wonder what the best advice to young people …

Adam Phillips on Why a Capacity for “Fertile Solitude” Is Essential for Self-Esteem and Healthy Relationships

<i>“All of humanity’s problems,”</i> the French scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in 1654, <i>“stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”</i> Three centuries later, the great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky shared his single most urgent piece of advice to the young: learn to enjoy …

60 Tiny Love Stories to Make You Smile

Here’s a selection of 60 tiny love stories recently submitted to our sister site, <i>Makes Me Think,</i> that not only made us think, but warmed our hearts …

5 Life-Changing Decisions You Can Make Today | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Are you ready?<p>Are you ready to jump out of the same dull routines and move forward?<p>If so, consider this as your starting pistol. Because before …

Infinite Desk Keeps Office Employees In Constant Communication

The Barbarian Group's new office features a wave-like table that serves as a work area for all the company's employees.<p>Creative agency The Barbarian …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

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The formula for a happy life? Stay curious, live in the moment and look after your health

• Feel Good Formula was developed by professor Dr Todd Kashdan<br>• It reveals the six feel good factors needed to achieve blissful happiness<br>• His equation …

Happiness Tips: 9 Simple Steps To Joy (PHOTOS)

<i>By Kate Lowenstein</i><p>A few years ago, Debbie Jankowski went hunting for a way to bring her life new joy. She found the solution in her bank account. "I had always been thrifty, but I decided it was time to spend money on things that would broaden my world," says Jankowski, who's based in …

A Guide to Creating Success | 24 Essential Actions You Can Do Beginning Today

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – <b>Maya Angelou</b><p>To create the success you are seeking takes effort and it …

Think Before Reacting: How to Use Your Mental Pause Button

<b>“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” ~Buddha</b><p>I used to be the queen of putting my foot in my mouth. I'd say the first …

Beyond black-and-white: Essential moments from MLK's historic 'I have a dream speech'

<i>On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I have a dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, forever changing race relations in America.</i><p><b>I have a dream today.</b><p><b>I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by</b> …

How to turn your career into a passion

Much has been written (in recent years, at least) about turning your passion into a full-time job. I mean, that's the dream, right? Getting paid for doing what you love?<p>Well, the situation is actually a little more complicated than that. Can you make a living doing what you love? Yes. . . and no. …

The 10 Happiest Cities For Young Professionals

Planning to relocate or settle down? When you think about where you’d be happiest, Riverside, Calif., Philadelphia, and Phoenix probably aren’t the first places that come to mind. But as it turns out, these three cities are where some of nation’s most satisfied young professionals live and …

How America's Richest People Are Bringing Hope To The Eighth-Poorest Nation In The World

Standing beneath the canopy of the largest rain forest in western Africa, a young woman named Rose recalled a recent trip along the dirt path that runs through Zeagbay, the remote Liberian village where she lives. Her daughter, Blessing, had developed a fever, so Rose slung the five-month-old onto …

One Amazing Tip for Being More Successful in 2014

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to</i> <i>entrepreneurs and business owners</i>. The article below was …