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How to Choose Your Battles and Fight for What Actually Matters

Any moment in life can turn into a heated argument, but most shouldn't. Conversely, you may not have the energy or confidence to stand up for …

Self-help

Flat-Ab Pilates Workout

Easy at-home moves to slim your belly and tone your core<p>You've probably read about celebs extolling the virtues of Pilates (lean legs, a supertaut tummy!), or maybe even heard the hype from mat-class–obsessed friends. If you're still skeptical, keep reading: "Pilates puts your muscles—especially …

Yoga

7 Ways Meditation Can Transform Your Life

We were teaching a workshop in southwest England when Ed asked the group: "If you like to suffer, then raise your hand." No one raised a hand. So why do we create suffering for both ourselves and others?<p>Seems like we love to suffer, as all the ways out of suffering are staring us in the face. If …

Yes, music helps your workout routine

Good news for those who jam to Bieber on the treadmill: Research shows that music can optimize your workout<p>“I dare them to find the iPod on me,” Richie Sais told the New York Times in 2007, when he was preparing to run the Marine Corps Marathon. USA Track & Field, the national governing body for …

Breathing Techniques: Less Anxiety and More Energy

Deeper inhales and exhales may be the easiest route to a happier, healthier existence. Here's how to take advantage<p>It's crazy to think you could be messing up something you do some 20,000 times a day: inhaling and exhaling. Well, maybe not so much "messing up" as not doing it as efficiently and …

Yoga

9 Tips for Couples Who Want to Be Rooted in Love

1. Saying less and listening more often gets you more of what you most desire out of the relationship.<p>2. Do not interrupt, especially when you most want to.<p>3. First, respond to your beloved's question. Answer it directly, kindly, without preface, qualifiers, or countering questions.<p>4. Looking …

How to Turn Worry into an Ally | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Imagine what it must have been like when humans discovered that we could avert disaster by predicting possible future events…<p>For example, being able …

How Yoga Can Relieve Your Allergies

Yoga for Bedtime

Need a little extra help relaxing before going to sleep?<p>Short Meditation<p>Sit up in bed comfortably, either with your legs folded or straight in front of you; whatever you can do with the most ease. Sit up and lean slightly back on your pillows or backboard. Close your eyes and rest your hands on …

Yoga

A Meditation For Promoting Peace Within Ourselves

Today, I’m pleased to present a guest post by Brenda Bentley, a therapist and mindfulness teacher.<p>She’s also author of the book <i>Eat, Guilt, Repent,</i> …

Who Are You Letting Into Your Head?

Have you ever been infuriated by someone's Facebook post?<p>You're not alone.<p>One minute you're mindlessly trolling pictures of your high school girlfriend's nephew's graduation, the next minute, someone's political post makes your head spin.<p>How could they possibly be so misinformed?<p>Wrong question.<p>The …

Closet Cleanout: The Only 10 Pieces of Clothing You Need

I have only good memories of walk-in closets, except for the time I was rummaging around in the back of one–and suddenly came across a high-top …

Clothing

3 Things Successful, Happy People Do Differently

I have a ringside seat to the success and failures of others. As an executive coach, I share in the triumphs and challenges of my clients.<p>One of things I'm really good at is spotting patterns. There are distinct differences between the ways successful happy people approach life versus those who …

7 Life-Changing Reasons to Dry Laundry Outdoors

On visiting the house of a gardening friend for the first time, I was ooh-ing and aah-ing over the planting around the terrace. There was no grass, …

Laundry Rooms

3 Weird Ways to Improve Your Memory

I think I've told you guys before that my memory is like a sieve (or maybe I didn't! see? memory!). So if you're anything like me and could use a brain helper every now and again, this latest research is for you.<p><b>Brain Booster #1: the Mediterranean Diet</b><p>New research has shown that the Mediterranean …

5 Steps to Detoxify Your Inner Self | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Have you ever felt like you were bloated with all the negative thoughts that you have created for yourself? Have you ever been under deep pressure …

A Better Way to Start Your Day: Two Secrets That Will Change Your Energy, Attitude and Outlook

Envision this: starting your day bounding out your door invigorated and excited to truly <i>enjoy</i> the day ahead and energized to conquer whatever you may encounter. Sound good? Sound realistic? Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a genetic trait, it's a learned behavior; you can train yourself to start …

Clean Out the Mental Clutter

This spring, when you begin hauling the garbage out of the garage, or cleaning out that closet -- you know, the one with the paper plates and the aspirin and the three-year-old coupons next to the nail polish and glitter glue (or maybe that's just me) -- also take a little time to clean out the …

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