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Nicaragua's Maderas Village As A Sanctuary For Travelers

I glanced around the jungle lodge I had been sipping coffee in with my friend Dickie, noting the citizens of this obscure local: there was a social media expert from France typing away at her Macbook, wild-haired Australian surfers discussing the morning's waves, an American who used to be on a …

Bob Marley

The best walks in northern France: readers' travel tips

Canals, wetlands and amazing coastline in Normandy and Picardy offer great hiking – plus excellent fish cafes and crêperies for refuelling in afterwards<p>Winning tip: <b>the Alabaster coast, Normandy</b><p>The GR21 running 186km from Le Havre to Le Tréport takes in Normandy’s classic coastline, green …

France

The Nicaragua Bucket List: 25 Epic Things to Do in Nicaragua

Nicaragua was just made for bucket list adventures – with nearly 20 active volcanoes and two equally epic coastlines, it’s heaven on earth for the …

The Only 8 TED Talks You Need to Watch—Best TED Talks

Did you know that freedom of choice is often the enemy of happiness? Or that without disagreement, there can be no progress? Have you ever considered …

‘Take Two Songs and Call Me in the Morning': How Music Might Be Your Next Prescription Drug

For many, music is the ultimate motivator. Our favorite songs get us off the couch and onto the crag or the trail. Athletes know music is a performance enhancer, and the science backs them up: Two years ago, a study from researchers at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, showed that subjects …

A therapist outlines the 3 main reasons people never change

<i>Katherine Schafler is a New York City-based psychotherapist with 14 years' counseling experience.</i><p>1. True change is about taking personal accountability<p>The first reason is best explained by the father of psychology himself, Sigmund Freud:<p><i>"Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom</i> …

Counseling

37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Motivation is the backbone of success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Without motivation, you can forget about success. In fact, motivation and hard work are crucial elements to achieving your dreams -- they're what push you towards the top and help you stand out from …

Motivation

Kosovo’s stretch of the Via Dinarica Trail welcomes hikers and culture seekers

Trekking through Kosovo, across its mountainous landscapes and to some of the Balkan Peninsula’s most remote peaks, just became a whole lot easier. On June 15, after two years of planning, walking, painting, and posting, the vertical signage and route markings for the country’s 120km section of the …

Hiking

10 Books Every Introvert Should Read

Would you rather be alone (or in a small group) than in a massive crowd? Does the idea of giving a huge presentation make you sweat a little? Sounds …

A 60-Minute Restorative Yoga Playlist to Help You Slow Down and Surrender

6.6K<p>SHARES<p>Do you feel like this week lasted forever? Set yourself up for a restorative practice and hit play below. (Download the free Spotify …

Yoga

10 Supplements that Can Make Even the Fittest Yogis Feel Better

111<p>SHARES<p>1. Probiotics<p>Probiotics are the “it” supplement nowadays, promoting good bacteria and yeast in the gut to improve your digestion and overall …

Wellness

Here's How Maria Popova of Brain Pickings Writes - Copyblogger

Most serious writers and online publishers are relentlessly on the prowl for fresh inspiration to fuel both their creativity and productivity.<p>If you …

Why organisations tell stories - and how to do it

Once upon a time… stories were something that began with once upon a time. They were mostly for children. Or for entertainment.<p>But then a few years …

Mentor People Who Aren’t Like You

Leaders tend to coach and mentor their “own,” and here’s the human impulse that drives it: Even those who believe that diversity improves creativity, problem solving, and decision making naturally invest in and advocate for the development of the subordinates who are most like them. They see less …

Leadership

Madagascar: an island unlike any other

Lying in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa, the island of Madagascar has evolved in splendid isolation for more than 80 million years; the result is a unique and startling world full of upside-down trees, stone forests and, of course, lemurs.<p>Join us on a journey through a …

Nature

I Joined Airbnb at 52, and Here’s What I Learned About Age, Wisdom, and the Tech Industry

A growing number of people feel like an old carton of milk, with an expiration date stamped on their wrinkled foreheads. One paradox of our time is that Baby Boomers enjoy better health than ever, remain young and stay in the workplace longer, but feel less and less relevant. They worry, …

Leadership

24-Year-Old CEO Shares His Six Tips For Managing Millennials

When Mike Clum started his video-production company, Clum Creative, he was 18 and was ready to tackle the world. Six years and 15 hires later, the 24-year-old CEO has seen the best and the worst of hiring gen z and millennial employees.<p>Today he leads a team of gen zers and millennials between the …

Leadership

The Community Managers Will Inherit the Earth

<i>By Jed Hallam, Managing partner, planning, at Mindshare UK</i><p>I write this prediction from (I think) a useful vantage point. I started my career by helping to launch one of the UKs first social media agencies. I’ve been in a PR, a creative, and a media agency, and over the last ten years my role has …

Public Relations

5 Free Graphic Design Tools To Create Your Own Visuals in 2017

Why would you pay a design agency upwards of $5,000 for one graphic design, when you can create your own visuals for next to nothing?<p>Many startups and new entrepreneurs understand the value of using visuals in their marketing strategy, but how many people are actually going to throw five grand at a …

Infographics

The Neuroscience of Trust

Companies are twisting themselves into knots to empower and challenge their employees. They’re anxious about the sad state of engagement, and rightly so, given the value they’re losing. Consider Gallup’s meta-analysis of decades’ worth of data: It shows that high engagement—defined largely as …

Employee Engagement

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments

Twenty-three years ago, one of my employees — I’ll call him Dale — asked for a private meeting. Dale was serious and bookish and had very strong opinions. His work was fastidious. He rarely socialized with colleagues, but he was impeccable in his commitments to others. And he was skilled at his job.<p>…

Psychology

Just Because You’re in Charge Doesn’t Mean You Should Run Every Meeting

Well-run meetings allow you and your team to clarify issues, set direction, and move objectives forward. They’re essential to your team’s success. And yet there never seems to be enough time to properly plan and execute meetings.<p>Perhaps it’s time to rethink whether you should even be leading your …

Management

The 5 Stages Of Making A Major Life Change

According to famed life coach Tony Robbins, making a calculated shift in your life or initiating a major life change is a process that begins before you ever feel ready to take the leap. Nearly everyone who undergoes a transformation follows this same process, he says, and in Robbins’ experience …

Tony Robbins

How to Make Feedback Feel Normal

I’ve spent much of my career teaching people how to have “crucial conversations.” In the work place, most crucial conversations are about feedback – the process of helping others improve by pointing out deficiencies in their behavior or work. I’ve realized lately that a lot of my work could have …

Employment

The Busier You Are, the More You Need Mindfulness

<i>jennifer maravillas for hbr</i><p>The most forward-looking companies are willing to take risks to achieve greatness. Most leaders give lip service to this idea, but few actually do it. We have worked with banks willing to take on toxic assets (again) and hedge funds willing to take a $100 million gamble …

Mindfulness

Japan’s decluttering guru says she is on a mission to 'organise the world'

Interview: Marie Kondo, Japan’s superstar tidying guru, tells the Telegraph how Shintoism influenced her methods - and how life with a new baby has not dented her devotion to order<p>She has revolutionised underwear drawers around the world, likes to thank belongings for their service before binning …

Minimalism

Yoga Nidra: The Key to Better Sleep?

According to Ananda’s head of yoga, Kirit Thacker, one session of the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, which means, “psychic sleep,” is equivalent to …

Yoga

Good Bosses Create More Wellness than Wellness Plans Do

In the name of employee wellness, and in response to insurance company demands, corporations are offering well-being initiatives with financial incentives. Complete this cholesterol screening, say, and you’ll get $100 added to your paycheck; participate in some number of wellness programs, and …

Employee Engagement

A Simple Way to Combat Chronic Stress

For most leaders today, frequent stress is inevitable. But with awareness and a little skill, its negative impacts are not.<p>Intense negative experiences of stress are all too common. Consider Stefano, coauthor of this article. In 1998, Stefano began a career abroad while simultaneously completing an …

Self-awareness