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Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Why We Lost Leisure: David Steindl-Rast on Purposeful Work, Play, and How to Find Meaning in the Magnificent Superfluities of Life

<i>“Of all people only those are at leisure who make time for philosophy, only those are really alive,”</i> Seneca wrote in his sublime meditation on the shortness of life, adding that when we reap these contemplative fruits of leisure, all the ages that have passed before ours are added to our own — …

Everything You Need to Get Ready for the 2015 Food Lover's Cleanse

We are so excited to be launching the Fifth Annual Food Lover’s Cleanse on January 2. Here's how to get prepared<p>We are so excited to be launching the Fifth Annual Food Lover’s Cleanse on January 2. We hope you will join us as we get back in the kitchen, making delicious, satisfying, food with …

Van Gogh on Principles, Talking vs. Doing, and the Human Pursuit of Greatness

Albert Camus memorably admonished that those who prefer their principles over their happiness remain unhappy, suggesting that such rigid personal dogmas at the expense of actionable happiness are a form of especially dehumanizing self-punishment. Nearly a century earlier, <b>Vincent van Gogh</b> (March 30, …

6 Powerful Ways to Balance the Ego with the Soul

Gary ‘Z’ McGee, <i>Staff Writer</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>In a world full of giant egos wanting more more more, it is refreshing to find people with individuated egos …

Get Better at Getting Better: The Kaizen Productivity Philosophy

Most productivity methods give you tools to tackle specific projects or to-dos in an organized way. Kaizen, which translates roughly to "good …

If You’re Too Busy to Meditate, Read This

This morning, like every morning, I sat cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, rested my hands on my knees, closed my eyes, and did nothing but breathe for 20 minutes.<p>People say the hardest part about meditating is finding the time to meditate. This makes sense: who these days has time to do …

When You Start Being Yourself, These 10 Amazing Things Will Happen

The symptoms of social anxiety can be misinterpreted as introversion but they are very different.<p>Social anxiety is self-induced while introversion is …

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Rum Raisin Sauce

This is an excellent alternative to pumpkin pie. Buttery brioche is soaked in a pumpkin crème brûlée base, then baked with a cinnamon sugar topping …

5 Habits of People With Remarkable Willpower

We all spend three to four hours each day resisting desire. So what do people with remarkable willpower do differently?<p>Willpower is <i>not</i> something you either have or you don't.<p>Sure, some people may be more self-disciplined than you. Some people may be better at resisting temptation than you. But …

6 CEO Productivity Tips to Steal for Yourself

Everyone knows that leading a company is one of the toughest gigs around. Whether running a small business or a multi-national corporation, CEOs have …

Be lucky - it's an easy skill to learn

Those who think they're unlucky should change their outlook and discover how to generate good fortune, says Richard Wiseman<p>A decade ago, I set out to investigate luck. I wanted to examine the impact on people's lives of chance opportunities, lucky breaks and being in the right place at the right …

Being True to Ourselves and Forgetting What Other People Think

<b>“Live your life for you not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself.” ~Sonya Parker</b><p>The …

Four Ways Mindfulness Can Make You a More Successful Entrepreneur

My path to becoming a social entrepreneur was an accidental one. I had spent many years as a doctor specialising in the field of psychiatry. In order to manage the stress of my work, I turned to meditation. It took a while before I was sold on it. For someone who thrived on being active it was …

7 Things You Are Doing That Are Definitely Making You Average | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I’ve come to realize lately that there is a fine line between being normal, and being average.<p>Being a normal person is good of course. To me, it …

Career Rocket Fuel: Whether You’re A Millennial Or Eyeing Retirement, Here’s What You Really Need To Get Right About Work

By Brian Fetherstonhaughlong Read<p>Having spent over 35 years in business in global firms, I have seen tens of thousands of career trajectories–from …

The Unaddressed Business of Filling Our Souls: Mood Science and the Evolutionary Origins of Depression

<i>“Depression is a disorder of the ‘I,’ failing in your own eyes relative to your goals,”</i> legendary psychologist Martin Seligman observed in his essential treatise on learned optimism. But such a definition of depression, while true, appears somehow insufficient, overlooking the multitude of …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

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8 Ways to Energize Each Morning

To have a truly wonderful day, getting it started with your best foot forward.<p>Workdays are more productive when you hit the ground running. Here's how to make certain you've got the energy to start your day right, and keep it moving forward.<p><b>1. Inspire your body.</b><p>When you're sleeping, your muscles …

How To Be More Productive And Happier During Times Of Stress

Few deadlines are quite like the end of the year.<p>Just as we are trying, in the home stretch, to do our best at work to nail that bonus, raise or promotion, we’ve got social events heating up, family events crowding in, and travel and all its various hassles raising our dread. On top of that, we’re …

A Short Guide to a Happy Life: Anna Quindlen on Work, Joy, and How to Live Rather Than Exist

The commencement address is a special kind of modern communication art, and its greatest masterpieces tend to either become a book — take, for instance, David Foster Wallace on the meaning of life, Neil Gaiman on the resilience of the creative spirit, Ann Patchett on storytelling and belonging, and</b> …

Jack Kerouac on Kindness, the Self Illusion, and the “Golden Eternity”

In the mid-1950s, literary iconoclast and beat icon <b>Jack Kerouac</b> (March 12, 1922–October 21, 1969) became intensely interested in Buddhism, which began permeating his writing. It was the golden age of Eastern ideas drawing Western minds, from legendary composer John Cage to pioneering philosopher …

How to Master on the Art of Getting Noticed: Austin Kleon’s Advice to Aspiring Artists

In 2012, artist Austin Kleon gave us <i>Steal Like an Artist</i>, a modern manifesto for combinatorial creativity that went on to become one of the best art books that year. He now returns with <b>Show Your Work!</b> (<i>public library</i> | <i>IndieBound</i>) — “a book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion,” in …

How your brain works – video

The size of a small cauliflower, the human brain is the most complex organ in your body. It squeezes out 70,000 thoughts a day. But where does it store information? And how does it generate flights of fancy? Explore the inner workings of your personal ideas factory Continue reading...

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery

<i>“You gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far,”</i> Steve Jobs cautioned. <i>“There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,”</i> Oprah counseled new Harvard graduates. In his wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly …

Orgasm Without Release: Alan Watts Presages Our Modern Media Gluttony in 1951

<i>“If the remission of pain is happiness, then the emergence from distraction is aesthetic bliss,”</i> Saul Bellow wrote in his poignant 1990 essay “The Distracted Public.” Nearly a century earlier, in his funny and wise reflection on feeding the mind, Lewis Carroll admonished that <i>“mental gluttony, or</i> …

Treat Failure Like a Scientist

I recently had a wonderful conversation with my friend Beck Tench. During our chat, Beck told me about an interesting shift in thinking that occurred …

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