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Editing Your Home to Happiness: Our Best Decluttering Strategies

Clutter, probably more than cleanliness, affects our sense of well-being at home. And in a place where we should feel relaxed, refreshed, and most …

Can an app change human behavior? This behavioral economics professor is banking on it

Whether personal or professional, change is hard. And the cumulative data is <i>not on</i> our side.<p>Take something obviously detrimental, like smoking. A …

How Writing To-Do Lists Helps Your Brain (Whether Or Not You Finish Them)

To-do lists get a lot of flack, but the simple act of planning has some psychological and productivity benefits all by itself.<p>For a long time, I resisted to-do lists. I wanted the flexibility. I felt that if I kept a list, it would tie me down to a particular set of tasks. Gradually, though, I came …

Productivity

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Of course your behavior is justifiable.<p>That's not the question.<p>The question is, "is it helping?"<p>It's easy to justify our mood or our actions based on …

Throwing money at it | Seth's Blog

There are three kinds of problems:<p>The first can be fixed with money. There's a defect in the plumbing and you can't get a permit to open until you …

Plumbing

Stress Literally Shrinks Your Brain (7 Ways To Reverse This Effect)

We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious emotional, even physical, consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives?<p>Researchers at Yale University finally have the answer. They found that stress reduces the volume …

Scientist, Engineer and Operations Manager | Seth's Blog

A career is often based on one of these three stances:<p>The Scientist does experiments. Sometimes they work, sometimes they fail. She takes good notes. …

Engineering

8 Reasons Why You Must Make a Happiness List Right Now

Your career is going great but your life isn't full of joy? Here's what to do.<p>What do you do when your career is moving along nicely, your relationships are going smoothly and your health is good--but you just aren't as happy as you'd like to be? That was the question facing me about two months ago.<p>…

Happiness

Supply and demand | Seth's Blog

Just because you have a supply (a skill, an inventory, a location) that doesn't necessarily mean you are entitled to demand.<p>The market decides what …

Supply and Demand

Just a little more | Seth's Blog

It's often about asking, not about what's needed.<p>Years ago, when I lived in California, I'd go to the grocery store nearly every day. I usually paid …

Customers

Transformation tourism | Seth's Blog

"I bought the diet book, but ate my usual foods."<p>"I filled the prescription, but didn't take the meds."<p>"I took the course… well, I watched the …

Tourism

Stress is shrinking your brain, but you can rebuild it

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious emotional, even physical, consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives?<p>Researchers at Yale University …

Emotional Intelligence

Where does leadership come from? | Seth's Blog

Leadership is a choice. This is apparently controversial, but more than any other element I can track, leadership occurs when someone decides it's …

Leadership

No direction home | Seth's Blog

There are millions of college seniors beginning their job search in earnest.<p>And many of them are using the skills they've been rewarded for in the …

Employment

The power of fear | Seth's Blog

Fear will push you to avert your eyes.<p>Fear will make you think you have nothing to say.<p>It will create a buzz that makes it impossible to meditate…<p>or …

Self-improvement

Promotion, demotion and opportunity | Seth's Blog

You can learn a new skill, today, for free.<p>You can take on a new task at work, right now, without asking anyone.<p>You can make a connection, find a …

Economics

How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances …

Self-help

28 Mini Habits That Will Send Your Productivity Soaring

Naps boost cognition, memory, performance, reaction times, and alertness.<p><i>What are some uncommon ways to work smarter instead of harder? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Stefano Merlo, CEO and founder of Noisli.com, on Quora:</b><p>The following is a list of hacks you …

Time Management

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Abbey Ryan has painted a new painting every day for 8 years.<p>Isaac Asimov published 400 books, by typing every day.<p>This is post #6000 on this …

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

Will this be on the test? | Seth's Blog

The test, of course, offers nothing but downside. No extra credit, just points marked off. The test is the moment where you must conform to …

Broadway Musical

Back to school | Seth's Blog

Parents, taxpayers, citizens, let's not waste another year. What happens if every teacher and school board member starts discussing what school is …

School Administration

The average | Seth's Blog

Everything you do is either going to raise your average or lower it.<p>The next hire.<p>The quality of the chickpeas you serve.<p>The service experience on …

Chickpeas

The interim strategy | Seth's Blog

We say we want to treat people fairly, build an institution that will contribute to the culture and embrace diversity. We say we want to do things …

Long Haul

Pattern matching | Seth's Blog

<i>If it was a good idea to do X, then it's a good idea to do Y.</i><p>When this statement is true, it's almost irresistible. Not the obvious similarities on …

Customers

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The story we tell ourselves and the stories we tell our children matter far more than we imagine.<p>There's a huge difference between, "You got an A …

Seth's Blog

Small dreams work this way: figure out what's available, then choose your favorite.<p>Important dreams are based on what needs to be done, and then... …

11 easy ways to boost your willpower and concentration

Fortunately, there are dozens of ways to filter out distractions and improve your ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. To find out what some of these strategies are, we sifted through the Quora thread, "How do I improve my concentration and willpower?" and highlighted the most …

The Art and Science of Brand Engagement on Instagram (Infographic)

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