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11 signs you’re going to be successful, even if it doesn’t feel like it

That’s a concept from Zen Buddhism, and it describes constantly seeing the world anew, as if you didn’t know anything about it. It’s a big advantage …

Wall Street

Stop lying to yourself. The truth will change your life

You’re not a social media star.<p>You’re not a Linked in “Influencer.”<p>You’re not the best in your industry. Whatever your industry is.<p>You’re not the …

Motivation

11 Rules for Critical Thinking

• All beliefs in whatever realm are theories at some level. (Stephen Schneider)<br>• Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. …

Critical Thinking

Self-Care: An A To Z Guide

A more or less definitive guide to taking care of yourself.<p>By now, <i>so</i> much has been written about self-care: what it is, what it isn't, what it can do, what it can't. It has been bastardized, commercialized, reclaimed, redefined. And while there's no shortage of information on self-care out there, …

Self-help

4 Ways to Maintain Concentration in Mentally Exhausting Jobs

Here are some simple but valuable tips for staying as energetic as possible throughout your day.<p>This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>Some jobs are sprints, others are marathons. There are lots of roles, such as those in retail, hospitality and logistics, where you are likely to …

Productivity

Science says people decide these 9 things within seconds of meeting you

Jason Merritt / Getty<p>Psychologists call it "thin slicing."<p>Within moments of meeting people, you decide all sorts of things about them, from status to …

The most important skill nobody taught you

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability.<p>This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social …

Pascal

The Key To Health In Old Age: Bioresillience

<i>(This essay is the 17th and final one in the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging series,</i> The Business of Aging<i>, running on Next Avenue weekly. The essays are a companion piece to the center’s new</i> <i>report</i><i>,</i> Silver to Gold: The Business of Aging.)<p>Let’s envision a model for healthy, …

Chronic Disease

8 Lessons George Bernard Shaw Has Taught Me About Philosophy and Life

I was randomly surfing the web, and randomly came across the work of George Bernard Shaw, and I am super-inspired. George Bernard Shaw is probably …

Summertime Sadness: 14 Wise Quotes About Grief

The longest week of the year finds us dealing with a series of public tragedies on top of whatever we each happen to be coping with privately. While grief is a natural part of life, it often threatens to take more than we have to give. There’s no place to hide from it, it follows us from day to …

5 ways to overcome loneliness when living in a big city

At some point in our lives, we are thrust, kicking and screaming, into the confusing world of “adulthood.”<p>For many of us, a unique challenge of …

Text Messaging

Resilience is the new happiness

Happiness is a serious business. Inspired by the positive psychology movement, corporations hold positions for “chief fun officers” and esteemed institutions like Stanford and Yale offer classes on happiness. But this infatuation with good times is only creating confusion about what it means to …

15 Quotes That Will Make You Feel Smarter Immediately

Some Memorial Day silliness<p>Well, it's the Memorial Day weekend. As the summer starts in earnest I find myself bereft of serious business thoughts. So this column is just for fun.<p>This column is inspired by Albert Einstein, who said, "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm …

Become the Best You Can Be With These Top 27 Inspirational Quotes

Robert H. Schuller said, "Tough times never last, but tough people do." This is one of the many encouraging quotes that will help keep you on track to realizing your full potential.<p>Office life and work routines can sometimes become a bit drab. When you live a life full of Excel spreadsheets and …

Amazing: Read These Newly Discovered Letters Between JFK And Marilyn Monroe

<i>In February, 1962, President John F. Kennedy met the famous pinup girl, model, and actress Marilyn Monroe, and within days, the two had started an</i> …

How do you change your mindset to be more positive?

<b>Excellent question!</b><p>There are so many reasons for not having a positive mindset. We fail at something, we don’t achieve what we set out to do, we …

The 50 Most Important Events of the Middle Ages

Our list of the most important events in the medieval world, between the years 500 and 1500 AD.

Ancient History

How to Let Passion Lead Your Life

Figuring out what makes you passionate is something a lot of people struggle with. But once you find it, cherish it.<p>This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>Figuring out what makes you passionate is something a lot of people struggle with. We all want to find that thing in life that we are …

Motivation

5 Brain Exercises to Strengthen Your Mind

What Can You Do to Strengthen Your Mind?<p>While you might know that you need to exercise your body, did you know that it might also be important to …

The Brain

Cold Showers Don't Replace Hot Showers. They Replace the Gym.

Confusion about their purpose scare people from realizing their value as one of the easiest, cheapest, and effective improvement practices.<p>I've written here many times on the benefits of cold showers. I've blogged more about them. You wouldn't have clicked on the headline if you weren't curious …

How Anne Boleyn Lost Her Head

In 1536, England’s King Henry VIII accused his second wife Anne Boleyn, who had been crowned queen in 1533, of charges including adultery, incest and …

Henry Viii

The Lost Art of Silence: Get Quiet and You’ll Know What You Need to Do

<b>“Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of answers.” ~Unknown</b><p>Last week I was visiting the Scandinave, a Scandinavian-style bath spa, with my mom, when it …

Positive Thinking

Lisbon Travel Guide

Situated on the banks of the Rio Tejo, the country's capital offers a number of museums and galleries, an unpretentious atmosphere and a pleasant …

European Travel

How To Actually Deal With Intrusive Thoughts, According To Experts

Ever lie awake at night and surprise yourself with a thought that you just can't shake? Dealing with stressful thoughtscan feel super isolating, but …

Brutus, the Noble Conspirator

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The Biggest Thing That Can Keep You From Being Happy, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

There are so many things that can make a person unhappy, from the stressful things we all hear in the news, to relationship problems, to feeling …

3 Ways to Improve Your Decision Making

To make a good decision, you need to have a sense of two things: how different choices change the likelihood of different outcomes and how desirable each of those outcomes is. In other words, as Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb have written, decision making requires both prediction and …

The untold story of modern science is one of empire and colonial exploitation

Sir Ronald Ross had just returned from an expedition to Sierra Leone. The British doctor had been leading efforts to tackle the malaria that so often killed English colonists in the country, and in December 1899 he gave a lecture to the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce about his experience. In the …

Scientific Research

Warren Buffett Once Shared This Priceless Advice to Keep People From Making Dumb Mistakes

Without this virtue helping you navigate through life's many choices, you're going to eventually fail.<p>Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has sage-like wisdom. At 87 years young, we expect and look to the third-richest person on the planet to impart profound advice to us mere mortals.<p>No matter how …