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Top 10 Predictions for Technology in 2014

Microsoft may get its mojo back, smartphones will get cheap, and we’re about to enter the Year of Encryption. A look at what to expect in telecom and …

Candy Crush Saga reaches new heights as designer explains its success

Candy Crush Saga has dominated the mobile charts and our finger touches during the past year as the world’s most popular mobile game.<p>It’s a simple “match 3” game akin to Bejeweled, where you line up three pieces of like-colored candy in a row to trigger a cascade of matches. It’s an addictive game …

What's the secret to meaningful marketing? Just mean it

We've all been there: the annual Christmas party, waking up feeling awful, searching out a morning pick me up. Meet Mark, the everyday office worker. Does he go for the caffeinated, carbonated energy drink? Or does he opt for the natural smoothie, packed with fresh fruit and the promise of money to …

How to Have a Meaningful Conversation

Here are four simple ways to ensure that every business conversation is productive.<p>Everybody knows how to have a conversation because they've been having them since they were toddlers. However, most people develop bad habits that almost guarantee that their business conversations will sometimes be …

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10 Steps to a Meaningful Life From a Man Who's Found One

The concept of living a “meaningful life” is en vogue of late, as more and more people seek to live a life of purpose, in which each day is full of …

The World's Most Meaningful Brands (Infographic)

The brands that are most meaningful to individuals and communities make more money, according to a new study from French market research firm Havas Media Group, suggesting that the more you mean to your customers, the more money you will make.<p>The communications group has surveyed 134,000 consumers …

13 Simple Ways You Can Have More Meaningful Conversations

Too often, a conversation results in wasted time — and nothing productive to show for it. Whether you’ve run into someone at a conference or you have a scheduled call, you can use specific tactics to have a more meaningful conversation. Here are 13 ways to add meaning to your conversations:<p><b>1.</b> <b>Don’t</b> …

Five Tips For Maintaining Meaningful Relationships, Even When You're 'Too Busy'

In our too-hectic lives, it’s easy to slip into relationships that lack substance. For entrepreneurs and successful young professionals, it often seems more feasible to communicate primarily through email, text and other electronic means than person-to-person. We are trying to jam meaningful …

Networking is Not Working: The Secret to Making Meaningful Connections

As a professional financial planner, networking has been an essential part of growing my business. But, after reading Derek Coburn’s new book, <i>Networking is Not Working: Stop Collecting Business Cards and Start Making Connections,</i> I look back and wonder how much more I could have grown over the …

The Four Moments of Truth That Lead to Meaningful Customer Experiences

Brian Solis, renowned keynote speaker, bestselling author, digital analyst and principal at Altimeter Group and Nick Stein, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Vision Critical, reveal the four moments of truth that lead to meaningful customer experiences.<p>This summary presentation deck covers:<p>- …

4 Simple Actions to Lead a More Meaningful Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's easy to lose sight of the greater meaning in your life in the midst of running your business and making time for your family and friends. But the good news is that you can take action today to begin to get back on track. In his new …

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Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression

A new study of adolescents found that those who derive joy from selfless deeds were less likely to be depressed over time.<p>Our entire lives, when you think about it, are built around rewards—the pursuit of money, fun, love, and tacos.<p>How we seek and respond to those rewards is part of what …

Alice Herz-Sommer and Her Piano: A Long (109 Years) and Meaningful Life

Almost by accident, I attended a noon lecture recommended by a friend. The speaker was Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of the Julliard School, where extraordinarily gifted music students perfect their art. Having heard this music historian speak the evening before about several central European …

Learned Optimism: Martin Seligman on Happiness, Depression, and the Meaningful Life

<i>“The illiterate of the 21st century,”</i> Alvin Toffler famously said, <i>“will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”</i> Our outlook on the world and our daily choices of disposition and behavior are in many ways learned patterns to which Toffler’s insight …

Gina Trapani Discusses Social Media and How to Make Time Meaningful at the 2014 XOXO Festival in Portland, Oregon

At the 2014 XOXO festival in Portland, Oregon back in September, Gina Trapani discussed social media and how to make time meaningful — as well as …

5 Ways to Have More Meaningful Exchanges

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Conversation is the currency of everyday business. Whether you're engaging in small talk before a meeting or providing an in-depth discussion at a networking event, the right conversation at the right time can lead to a fresh idea, a new …

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Make Your Work More Meaningful

Have you noticed the rising chorus in the management literature proclaiming that work must have meaning? On this very site, for example, several authors have published research-based blog posts on how managers can create the conditions that support meaningful work. This is a very positive …

Marketing’s Mission: Make it Meaningfully Different

Everything you do in business builds your brand for good or ill, as your actions generate feelings, associations, and ideas in the minds of your consumers. The challenge is to make sure those actions create a <i>meaningfully different</i> experience that people want to repeat. This is because people are …

Make Your Brand Story Meaningful

It’s not easy for brands to get their message across in a world of highly fragmented media and dangerously short attention spans. The brands that <i>are</i> able to forge connections with their customers are the ones who are the most gifted storytellers. What makes a story good enough to captivate and …

You Might Not "Like" This: 3 Tips for Meaningful Conversation

There's an element of awkward in a face-to-face conversation with someone new: direct eye contact that lasts a bit too long, the smell of coffee breath, and the tango of talking points that move the conversation forward.<p>It's far too easy to skip the human interaction and go on to the next "like" or …

2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully

After the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books and best science books, here are my favorite books on psychology and philosophy published this year, along with the occasional letter and personal essay — genres that, at their most excellent, offer hearty helpings of both …

3 Ways to Increase Meaningful Connection This Holiday Season

The caricature of women during the holiday season is a frazzled, exhausted, pressure-filled, and over-extended one. I'm not entirely sure how true that is anymore. I'm holding out hope that we're getting better at picking the events that matter, saying no to credit card debt and letting go of the …

My big, fat, meaningful Greek life

Opa! That's the traditional, zestful Greek expression of joy, excitement, and inspiration. It may also be the key to living a happier and more balanced life.<p>Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon certainly think so. The consultants, who are married, live in Santa Fe, N.M., but have ties to Toronto, where …

17 New Ways To Have More Meaningful Sex

By Kate Bailey,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1AgtuMk<p>1. Learn to isolate your experiences and take time (outside the bedroom) to heal your mental …

7 Paradoxical Truths to Embrace for a Meaningful Life

<i>Image Credit: Pixabay</i><p>To say something is "clear as mud" isn't complimentary. We prefer things to be logical, neat, and linear. The problem is, life doesn't play according to our rules.<p>Light is the perfect example and metaphor for life; paradoxically behaving like a wave <i>and</i> particle -- sometimes it …

7 Paradoxical Truths You Should Embrace To Have A Meaningful Life

By Thai Nguyen,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/13EM0kI<p>To say something is “clear as mud” isn’t complimentary. We prefer things to be logical, neat, …