Betterment

By Mia Quagliarello | articles for self 2.0

What Is Lectin? Dr. Steve Gundry Explains the Hidden Danger

When <i>The Plant Paradox</i> first came across my desk, I almost choked on my lunch. I was eating a Mexican bowl with pinto beans, salad, and tomato salsa. …

Nutrition

There's a New Way to Follow the Paleo Diet, and We're Into It

Lack of commitment, fear of denial or just confused? Following in the footsteps of the flexitarian movement (you know, the one where you can dip in …

Nutrition

Breathwork Is Trending (and It Could Change Your Whole Life)

We’ve been breathing since the day we were born. Why the heck would we need more practice at it? But the ancient technique of breathwork is having a …

How to Stick to Your Diet While on Vacation

We've compiled easy tips on how to stick to your diet while vacationing. From simple tasks to perform during flight delays to curbing the urge to …

Weight Loss

Most productive people: 6 things they do every day

Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?<p><b>Know how many days per week you’re actually productive?</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; …

Time Management

The healthiest way to improve your sleep: exercise

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're one of the third of all Americans who suffer from insomnia -- roughly 108 million of us -- put away your sleeping pills. Science has a much safer solution.<p>"There has been more and more research in the last decade showing exercise can reduce insomnia," Rush University clinical …

Sleep

Realistic Ways to Save Money

Saving money is easier said than done, especially when your savings plan includes cutting out your morning coffee or changing your lifestyle …

Want a Mentor? Here Are 5 Keys to Choosing and Approaching the Right One

You've heard plenty about the power of mentors, but lasering in on and landing the right one can be tricky. Here's how.<p>Bill Gates has his Warren Buffett. Luke Skywalker has his Yoda. Kanye West has his, uh, Kanye West.<p>You've read or heard much on the power and importance of mentors. But how do you …

Leadership

Sheryl Sandberg: 'I will never make another joke about growing old again, ever'

In May 2015, Sheryl Sandberg's husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly.<p>Her second book, "Option B," opens with his death. Along with research presented by coauthor Adam Grant, it goes on to share the Facebook executive and mom's experience working through her grief.<p>In an episode of Business Insider's …

Success

'26 Time Management Tricks I Wish I'd Known at 20'

Always know the one thing you really need to get done.<p>Most people learn time management the hard way: by trial and error.<p>Étienne Garbugli, a …

Time Management

Doubting Yourself Again? Nine Ways Women Can Grow The Confidence To Take Their Seat At The Table

I must tell you — I love being a woman! And I have long felt very fortunate to have been born in a time when women have so many opportunities and choices that even my own mother never had. Yet of all the barriers women still face, one of the biggest is a lack of confidence and belief in our own …

Self-improvement

Leave Distress Behind, And Embrace "Eustress"

Most people generally consider stress to be a bad thing—something that weighs on you when bills are piling up, friends are upset with you, or you …

Intention Has the Power to Change Your Life—Here's How

“The power of intention.” Ever heard of it? Probably. It’s a phrase that seems to be at the tip of the tongue for many spiritual teachers, life …

7 Ways to Improve Your Work and Life in Just a Week

In this frantic, plugged-in world, it's easy to forget the things that truly matter.<p>Before this 7-day personal-improvement plan becomes lifestyle, the greatest advice I can impart on you is to approach it with that side of your humanity that says, "This is not about me."<p>Sure, it will improve your …

Happiness

How To Write A Cover Letter That Doesn’t Just Recap Your Resume

This is what it takes to make your cover letter do what your resume can’t.<p>All too often, people feel that they’ve already mentioned everything worthy of note in their resume, and, unfortunately, their cover letters just become shortened, regurgitated versions of that same information. That’s a bad …

Employment

'The Joy of Less' is the best minimalism book I've read

<b>Francine Jay's detailed guide to decluttering is refreshingly practical, accessible, and free from idealistic philosophy.</b><p>Over the past year, I’ve …

This Energy Whisperer's Tips Will Make You Feel Amazing—Crazy, We Know

It’s hard work feeling energised and positive all the time. Some days we just want to slump in front of Netflix and ignore our emails, which is fine …

How to Read a Whole Damn Book Every Week

It may sound difficult, but the secret to reading a book every week is to not be precious about it.<p>Every year, I read over a hundred books. This means I polish off somewhere between two and three books a week. I'm not saying that to brag (okay, I am), but I really believe that anyone can make time …

Productivity

How The Most Successful People Start And End Their Workdays

What you do before your workday kicks off and after it winds down can have a big impact on how productive you are during the hours in between.<p>If you’ve ever tried adopting one, you know that no productivity hack, habit, or routine is universal. What works for one person doesn’t always work for …

Productivity

We Tried To Make The Cheapest Possible Salads At Whole Foods

When we think of overwhelming food scenarios that we generally like to avoid, a few anxiety-ridden situations come to mind: Trader Joe's grocery shopping at 6:00 p.m. on a Monday night, popping out to dinner <i>without</i> a reservation at 8 p.m. on a Saturday evening, and navigating the salad bar at Whole …

This Is What a Dietitian Actually Eats in 24 Hours to Get in Shape

Trying to make healthy food choices day in, day out can be exhausting. "With all the diet information available you just wish someone would tell you …

How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions

Wouldn't it be great if you knew exactly what a hiring manager would be asking you in your next interview?<p>While we unfortunately can't read minds, …

Five Ways Reading Fiction Makes You Better At Your Job

It’s not a distraction: Reading fiction can help you work through complex problems and be more empathic.<p>It’s no secret that successful people are readers. Reading helps you stay on top of new trends and learn techniques you can use in your career. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett each share their …

University of Toronto

It Took Sheryl Sandberg Exactly 2 Sentences to Give the Best Career Advice You'll Hear Today

It's one of the quickest ways to grow as a person.<p>I want you to ponder the following question for a moment, because it's one of the most important questions you'll ever answer.<p>How do you respond to feedback?<p>Sheryl Sandberg recently visited Airbnb to share lessons learned from her years at Facebook …

Sheryl Sandberg

How to Work 40 Hours in 16.7 (The Simple Technique That Gave Me My Life Back)

An Inspiring Discussion With Simon Sinek About Learning Your 'Why'

You will never figure out "how'' until you are clear on "why."<p>Asking ourselves "why" is generally a reactionary response after we have done something. Why did I do that? Or, why do I continue to do something?<p>In the business world, "why" cannot be an afterthought. It must be your forethoughts …

Leadership

To Be An Effective Leader Keep A Leadership Journal

Shutterstock<p>Teddy Roosevelt did it. Harry Truman did it. Want to be an outstanding leader? Keep a leadership journal. As part of my executive coaching work, one of the most effective tools I recommend that powers up the coaching process is a leadership journal. The exercise of leadership is not …

Self-awareness

The Once-a-Year Way to Keep Up With Your Home Design Goals

Each October, we celebrate our “house-iversary” by tackling a home improvement project. It serves two purposes: to acknowledge the big leap to homeownership we made a few years ago, and to keep up with our long-term design goals for our home.<p>We usually pair the planning or renovating with some …

Home Improvement

6 Best Brain-Boosting Podcasts to Listen to Over Your Lunch Break

Your brain needs food too.<p>Until a year ago, I belonged to the 80 percent of Americans who don't listen to podcasts. I couldn't find time in my day to dedicate to listening. Then, last March, during a weekly lunch meeting with fellow business designers, we got into a discussion about NPR's Planet …

Podcasting