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8 Podcasts To Fall Asleep To Because Switching Off & Relaxing Is A Lot Harder Than It Looks

Whether you love them or hate them, podcasts are everywhere and if you have an interest, I'm almost positive there is a podcast for that. Something …

4 simple exercises to strengthen your attention and reduce distractibility

<i>Mengxin Li</i><p>Our attention gets hijacked by everything from the stress in our lives to the ding of our phones. Neuroscientist Amishi Jha shows how we …

32 Movie/TV Quotes That Will Inspire You To See The World Differently

“Worrying means you suffer twice.”<p><i>Some entries have been edited for length or clarity.</i>

How Not to Be Boring When Making Small Talk

When making small talk, it's not the topic that matters. It's how you discuss that topic.<p>People often say that when making small talk, you want to stick to neutral and non-controversial topics. In my view, that is probably the worst advice you could ever give.<p>When making small talk, it's not the …

5 Grounding Techniques for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Grounding is a particular type of coping strategy that is designed to "ground" you in or immediately connect you with the present moment. Grounding …

'Ikigai': The Japanese Lifestyle Trend Promising To Find Your Life Purpose

Is this the new 'hygge'?<p>From yoga retreats in the Himalayas and weekly mindfulness classes to downloading mediation apps such as Headspace and Calm, many of us spend our lives (and paycheques) on trying to achieve happiness and fulfilment.<p>However, having tried out the Danish concept of finding …

Ridding Ourselves of Unwanted Fear and Anger

<b>Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari</b><p>Modern medical science talks of psychosomatic origin of most diseases, which means most of the diseases of our physical …

The Four Noble Truths, Introvert Style

The Buddha taught what many regard as universal psychological principles: Everyone is subject to suffering; everyone wishes to have relief from that …

Psychology

9 Questions Interesting People Ask to Cut Through the Small Talk

It all starts with having a genuine interest in the other person.<p>I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who …

'We Weren't Prepared for This.' Inside the Accidental Liberation of a Concentration Camp

In early 1945, World War II was approaching its end in Europe, a conclusion that would officially arrive when the Germans surrendered to the Allies …

10 Things to Remember When the Going Gets Tough

It’s time for a quick story about life, gratitude, and inner strength…Once upon a time there was a woman in her mid-sixties who noticed that she had …

A Doctor-Approved Trick to Feel Better When You're Sick (That You Haven't Tried)

When we're sick, it can be a challenge to stay positive. We don't feel our best and can easily become swept up in all the negative feelings—both …

Exactly What to Do to Get Out of Your Own Head

"When you get in your head, you're dead." ~ Tony Robbins<p>We all have those moments (or weeks or days!) when we get in our head too much. Our constant …

Aung San Suu Kyi

A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”<p><i>“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut observed in discussing Hamlet during his …

Alan Watts

Is The Human Mind Capable Of Manipulating Our Physical World?

Lucien Hardy is a theoretical physicist from the Perimeter Institute in Canada. Hardy was always asking questions, gathering information, looking for …

7 Apps That Will Help Boost Your Mental Health

<i>This story was originally published on Collective Hub</i><p>In the fast-paced 24/7 world we live in, it can be tricky to find even five minutes to take a …

Five Precepts of Buddhism Explained

The broad category of moral conduct has been codified throughout the history of Buddhism, beginning in the Buddha’s time, into five precepts for …

Spirituality

This 10-Minute Routine Will Boost Clarity and Creativity

Get your subconscious working for you.<p>"Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep." -- Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests. It controls your heartbeat, blood circulation, digestion, and all the vital processes and functions of your body. It knows the …

Why Buddhism is true

Robert Wright on the wisdom of mindfulness meditation.<p>Robert Wright, the best-selling author of <i>The Moral Animal</i> and <i>The Evolution of God</i>, has written a new book titled <i>Why Buddhism is True</i><i>.</i> Don’t be put off by the audacious title, though.<p>Wright isn’t proselytizing or implying that other religions are …

Meditation

10 ways smart people work less and get more done

Some people have an uncanny ability to get things done. They keep their nights and weekends sacred and still get more done than people who work 10 or …

Guardian Angels in Hinduism

What Hindus Believe About Guardian Angels<p>In Hinduism, guardian angels help people achieve closer union with everyone and everything in the universe. …

Hinduism

Karma and Rebirth

What's the Connection?<p>Although most westerners have heard of karma, there's still a lot of confusion about what it means. For example, many seem to …

Reincarnation Without Souls?

Explaining the Rebirth Doctrine of Buddhism<p>Sometimes people trying to "catch" Buddhists in a logical fallacy will ask how the facts of human …

This Productivity Hack From Steve Jobs Will Boost Your Motivation and Clarity

Read this sentence each morning and all facets of your life will improve.<p>Steve Jobs is a polarizing figure for many. Ask one-hundred people what they think of him and you'll most likely get one-hundred unique answers. One thing that I feel we all can agree on was his relentless dedication to …

8 ways to end bad habits

Bad habits; we all got’em. You know what they are. You know you should stop. But . . . it’s hard. In fact, sometimes you feel downright powerless. …

9 Hard Things You Have to Do to Move Forward with Your Life

Maybe it’s the life lessons I was forced to learn the hard way, or the toll of loss and failure I had recently endured, but a decade ago, in the …

Positive Thinking

Want More Success? Science Says Do This 1 Thing First (Most People Do The Opposite)

We give up too easily. With a simple change of attitude, what seems like extreme adversity can become a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.<p>Like modern-day explorers ascending K2 or reaching the North Pole, entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Brian Chesky and Arianna Huffington have what the Finnish call <i>sisu</i>, …

How To Move Forward From A Painful Past

Human society is a bunch of people scurrying around trying to find pleasure, avoid pain and strike a healthy balance between safety and growth. They screw up a lot in the process.<p>In order to grow in relationships, you need to accept the risk of getting close to someone. To stay safe is to remain …

Seven Ways Not To Be A Resentful, Ungrateful, Entitled Turd

<i>“We always may be what we might have been.” ~ Adelaide Anne Procter</i><p><b>“I spend so much time and energy complaining and blaming – I mean, a lot of time and energy. It’s hard for me to imagine that it’s much fun for others to be around me. If anything does not go my way, I stew about it, find fault,</b> …

Mindfulness