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How Learning To Tame Your Monkey Mind Is The Secret To Managing Stress

Last week, I wrote about how entrepreneurs can take advantage of the brains neuroplasticity to change the way they respond to stress.<p>The response I received from that article was overwhelming, with entrepreneurs from all over the world reaching out to learn more about confronting stress in their …

Mindfulness

'Why I Quit The Paleo Diet And Started Eating Like This Instead'

"I feel awesome eating this way."<p>I was a paleo person once upon a time. And it had its benefits, mostly in retraining my palate to appreciate healthier foods (I no longer crave sugary cereals). But ultimately, I chafed against the arbitrary-seeming rules, especially since I don't have any food …

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Meditation

An 8-Point Guide to a Feng Shui House

Stand inside your home with your back to the front door.* Look forward. The part of your home in the far left corner is the money sector. The far …

This Company Sells Paleo Food For Babies (Yes, Really)

Here's what a pediatrician thinks about it.<p>Most parents are pretty strict about what their kids eat. And, if they swear by a particular diet, it makes sense that they’d want their babies to also reap its benefits. Now, a baby food startup is meeting that need—for paleo devotees, at least.<p>Serenity …

Try this trick to go straight to sleep

Each time you choose to stay up a little longer bingeing that Netflix show, you’re beckoning death, slowly cutting off years from your life. This was …

Siblings’ Instagram page shows there’s more to Miami than just the Beach

Most people say working with family could get sticky, but for siblings Alexandra and Philipp Klumpp, it has brought nothing but success. In August …

I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

Albert Einstein was 16 years old when he first flirted with the idea of special relativity.<p>He was a daydreamer. The pioneering theory that lead him to establish the foundation of modern physics was actually envisioned in one of his many famous thought experiments.<p>He wondered, specifically, what …

Creativity

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 …

6 Social Media Trends to Prepare for in 2018

2018 is only four months away, and brands have to prepare to take advantage of the opportunities social media presents -- or their competitors will.<p>When it comes to reaching audiences, effectively distributing your content, and building a following around your brand, social media offers a wealth of …

Marketing

6 Ketogenic Recipes That Low-Carb Dieters Will Love

So. Much. Cheese.<p>Whether you're currently "going keto" or you know someone who has, the ketogenic diet is steadily gaining popularity. Fun fact: A spokesperson for Pinterest says that U.S. searches for keto recipes are up more than 500 percent year over year.<p>So what the heck is it? The ketogenic …

'This Is How I Lost Nearly 200 Pounds While Constantly Traveling For Work'

​Dawn Morales says this meal plan helped her juggle weight loss with her busy schedule.<p><b>Before:</b> 373 <b><br>After:</b> 180<p>I’ve been overweight my entire life. I actually weigh less today after this journey than I did in fourth grade. I chalk it up to bad genetics—I grew up seeing doctors, but there was never a …

Trump's budget cuts children's health insurance program

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's budget plans to cut the Children's Health Insurance Program by at least 20% over the next two fiscal years and slash Medicaid, which covers millions more children.<p>Millions of poor and working families could lose their health coverage if his proposed budget, released …

Health Care

Is Your Workout Actually Aging You? Here's How to Tell

We know that exercise is one of the best possible things you can do for your health, but it turns out it can also work wonders when it comes to …

6 Bad Habits That Undermine Women's Own Success--and What to Do Instead

How many are you guilty of?<p>We all know the abysmal statistics on women in leadership roles. And that sexism, and our society's general discomfort with women in positions of authority are largely to blame. But women ourselves can--and often do--undermine our own leadership in the way we approach …

Leadership

'I Did 10 Pushups Every Day for a Month—Here's What Happened'

"Even three weeks in, I still had days when it felt hard.”<p>They say that small changes in life can lead to lasting results. Could the same be true for movement? I was curious what would happen if I committed to adding just a little extra to my usual fitness routine. So, I decided to do 10 pushups …

6 Workouts That Burn More Calories Than Jogging

Step up your sweat sesh.<p>When you want to get in shape, no doubt you think about lacing up your sneaks and pounding the pavement. You may have heard that the average person torches 100 calories per mile out there, so it seems like an effective way to shed fat fast. And it is—don't get us wrong. But …

A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama

When the Dalai Lama teams up with a top psychologist, who teams up a top data viz firm, you get the Atlas of Emotions.<p>The five circles slowly pulsing on my screen are meant to visualize the entire core of human emotion. Fear. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. Enjoyment.<p>Reductive? Yes. But that’s exactly the …

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Smoothie Isn’t 1,000 Calories

Avoid these blender blunders.<p>You’re smart enough to know that store-bought smoothies can be sugar bombs in disguise, but you’d <i>never</i> make those mistakes at home, right? Brace yourself for some tough love, because it’s super easy to overdo it when you’re tossing things into a blender, even when those …

6 Nutritionists Share Their Go-To Healthy Lunches for Insanely Busy Days

Bring on the two-minute burrito bowl.<p>“Lunch is my favorite meal of the day,” said no one ever—well, no one with a hectic workweek, anyway. When noon hits and you’ve got a to-do list longer than a <i>Real Housewives</i> finale, finding something inspiring to eat feels like another daunting task. So we often …

A No-Equipment Workout for a Stronger Upper Body

We're going to let you in on a little secret: You don't have to bust out a million biceps curls for stronger arms. The trick to getting killer arms …

6 Social Media Concepts You Can Work Into Your Business’s Everyday Processes

Social media has changed the way friends and family members communicate with each other. Instead of placing a phone call or sending a text, many …

Public Relations

Airbnb Explains Its Strategic Move Into the Meetings and Events Industry

Chip Conley, head of hospitality and strategy at Airbnb, discussed the opportunities and challenges of room-sharing for meeting planners during his …

How to stay sane in a transition phase: choosing the right habits & understanding the underlying needs

<i>This is the second post in a series about better understanding transitions — leaving a project/venture/job without knowing what the next gig will be.</i> …

Productivity

6 Free Online Tools to Help Your Business Grow

Founder, Market Domination Media®<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you are a new startup or an established business, you are undoubtedly harnessing the power of the Internet to operate, manage and market your business. By simplifying and streamlining certain …

Project Management

How to Format a Business Plan

Your business plan should accomplish certain goals: raise money, guide your team, and set strategies for growth. The format of your business plan …

Small Business

Empathy: One of the Keys to My Business Success

Empathy. It’s one of the biggest things to which I attribute my success. It’s the reason I believe that I am one of the great salespeople out there. …

Emotional Intelligence

This website lets you book private jet rides that are cheaper than some commercial flights

Stratajet bills itself as "the world's first online private jet marketplace," using technology to pull up real-time prices and availability for aircraft, much like Skyscanner or Expedia except for private jets.<p>Though it's not the only private jet booking website online, it's the first to let users …

Aviation

How-To: Train the Most Important Core Muscles for Cycling

Don't let a weak core frustrate all the hard work your legs do on the bike. Here's how to make those important trunk muscles strong.