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The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute | Colossal

<p>Science student Hugo Germain (aka. Graphonaute) is just 18 years old, but crates animations and visual effects that seem well beyond his years. …

'NO WIFI? UUUUGGGH': The Important Art of Complaining

A new design exhibition glorifies griping.<p>When I asked 60 designers to create posters illustrating their respective complaints and donate them to an exhibition about complaining, they complained, of course. Designers are never overjoyed about doing something for nothing. Yet everybody loves to …

The 10 best sentences in literature: Do you agree?

Have you ever had a sentence stop you in your tracks? Editors at The American Scholar magazine have put out their list of the "10 Best Sentences" in …

5 Radically Simple Ideas to Instantly Change Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Life is simple.<p>It is.<p>If you want something, go get it.<p>If you don’t like something, stop whatever it is you’re doing and change course.<p>Each of us are …

Manage Your Expectations, Lower Your Stress

<i>By Terri Trespicio</i><p>When my newly-married sister announced earlier this year that she was pregnant, she was excited -- and oddly quiet about it. She worried intensely and often (as I imagine most mothers do). She didn't like talking about it. What if something went wrong? She didn't want to jinx …

3 Ways Your Comfort Zone Is Restricting Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Expanding your comfort zone is great because of this…because of that…<p>Personally, I’m more of a consequence thinker. So when people explain a bunch of …

4 Ways to Live a More Meaningful and Simple Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Many of us read tons of information on how to live a more simple and happier life… finding happiness and connecting with our higher self to uncover …

How To Wire Your Brain For Happiness

The secret to lasting happiness might be neatly summed up in a cheesy neuroscience joke: "The neurons that fire together, wire together."<p>"It’s a classic saying, and it’s widely accepted because it’s very true," neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science Of …

GPS Guide: 5 Ways To Give Up Guilt

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- of course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

5 Ways To Practice Living In The Moment

<i>Five visionaries share their thoughts on what it takes to seize the day.</i><p><b>1. The Altruist: Karen Armstrong</b><p><i>David Levinson/Getty Images</i><p><i>The former nun is the creator of the Charter for Compassion, whose signatories (Prince Hassan of Jordan, the Dalai Lama) fight extremism, hatred, and exploitation</i> …

Three Mantras To Stop Your Negative Ruminations

One of the hardest things for me in the aftermath of a conflict is getting out of my head and accepting that what happened, happened. I often find myself in an endless mind loop revisiting the cause and nature of the problem, my part in it and countless alternative actions that might have resulted …

How to Prepare for Your First Mediation Session -- Your Eight Steps Plan

So, you have scheduled your first mediation session and from what I hear from my clients, I am sure you must be nervous. How will it go? How will the other party behave? What will they say or do? How to prepare and what to expect?<p>Well, first of all, breath. You have made a very good choice for your …

15 Unconventional Ways To De-Stress Right Now

We all know that stress impacts health. Not only can it cause insomnia, headaches, heart disease and high blood pressure, but it also can affect your mood and your relationships with others.<p>There are loads of scientifically backed ways to fight stress. But not every method works for every …

Yoga to Transform a Bad Day

<i>by Holly Walck, devoted Iyengar yoga student and teacher</i><p>When I was asked to write on this topic, the first thought I had was, "How can I write a blog about bad days when I don't have them anymore?" It had been so long since I was unable to be seated in gratitude (which leads to contentment) that I …

Stanford compassion and altruism research: James Doty and the Dalai Lama.

<i>We can be healthier, live longer, and make the world a better place by exploring our potential for compassionate behavior, according to neurosurgeon</i> …

How to Heal Through Journaling

At the age of 28, I found myself sitting in the office of a divorce attorney. Never in a million years had I thought that I would only be married for seven, be selling the home I built from the ground up and loved, and starting my life over again. I turned to my journal to help me heal and cope.<p>I …

10 Things To Stop Doing Today to Be Happier, Backed by Science

I’m fascinated by the link between the way we live our daily lives and the health and happiness we enjoy.<p>There are choices that you make every day, …

The Future of Stress Management

In my last blog I gave you 10 reasons why most people don't manage stress. In this blog, I'm going to give you 10 reasons why you will manage stress in the future. Here is what we need to start doing differently now in order to manage stress in the future:<p><b>1. Create a culture that promotes stress</b> …

Who's In Charge Here: The Surprising Science of Self Control

You are not running the show—that’s one of bigger lessons from the cutting edge of biology.<p>In recent years, scientists have identified over 100,000 viral elements in your genome, compared to the 20,000 human protein coding genes. Eight to nine percent of our DNA belongs to them and not us. Or, as …

Overcoming the Biggest Pitfall of Mindfulness

Are you feeling stuck in your practice? Did meditation lead to big positive life changes early on, but now years later you're just sort of treading water with no sense of making progress? Mindfulness meditation is an extremely helpful and useful practice, but that doesn't mean that it's perfect, or …

How Not To Worry: Timeless 1934 Advice on Controlling Anxiety and Mastering Life

As far as vintage finds go, they hardly get more fortuitous than <b>You Can Master Life</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a marvelous 1934 compendium of sort-of-philosophical, sort-of-self-helpy, at times charmingly dated, other times refreshingly timeless advice on cultivating “the power to think, to create, to …

The Spirituality of Sleep

In our fast paced culture, sleep is often elusive. The proliferation of news on sleep research makes clear that the quality and quantity of our sleep …

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On the Importance of Being Compassionate

As we approached the end of 2013, I started reflecting on the most important thing I learned last year. I have spent a lot of my life so far trying to figure out what the greatest quality of a human being is. I decided a few years ago that it must be courage. It took me almost 30 years of life to …

Mindfulness: 5 Practical Methods for Your Daily Life

Mindfulness implies balance, focus and living in the moment. We often associate mindfulness with meditation and dedicated practice. It is even better if it can become a habit and a continuos process.<p>I have found the most challenging part of mindfulness trying to carry over the benefits of practice …

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The Power of Breath in Meditation and Fitness

I was nine years old when my father, Deepak Chopra, taught me to meditate. Meditation has become an invaluable tool in my life to help me stay calm, …