Betterment

By Mia Quagliarello | articles for self 2.0

The biggest mistakes people make when choosing a life partner

<i>This post originally appeared at WaitButWhy.com.</i><p>To a frustrated single person, life can often feel like this:<p>And at first glance, research seems to back this up, suggesting that married people are on average happier than single people and much happier than divorced people. But a closer analysis …

Relationships

5 Ways To Naturally Boost Your Serotonin Levels If You're Down In The Dumps

Consider serotonin nature's happy pill.<p>Your boyfriend broke up with you. You’re ridiculously stressed at work. You feel like you’re in a total workout slump. Whatever the case may be, don’t you sometimes wish that you just had a magic mood-boosting supplement? Here’s the thing: You already do. …

Wellness

4 Japanese Wellness Tips, Inspired by the Modern-Day Geisha

1. Live with nature<p>As Tsai explains, geisha have a special and unique relationship with nature, placing a high value on the opportunity to spend time …

Wellness

This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Don't Exercise

When we skip our workouts, we typically feel guilty about the physical ramifications—the effect missing a class might have on our muscles the next …

Fitness

After interviewing 140 people at the top of their fields, Tim Ferriss realized almost all of them share the same habit

• <b>For his new book "Tribe of Mentors," bestselling author and star podcast host Tim Ferriss sent 11 questions to 140 people at the top of their fields.</b>• <b><br>He found that regardless of industry, the vast majority of respondents had a mindfulness or meditation practice.</b>• <b><br>He meditates every morning for 20</b> …

Meditation

9 Things to Cut Out of Your Life to Be Healthy

Many of you are here to improve your diet and overall well-being and to start cutting certain things out of your life. But that doesn't always mean junk food or sweets — we've got some habits that might be holding you back from your healthy goals that you should <i>definitely</i> consider eliminating for …

Fitness

Breathe Easy—This Is How to Stay Positive When Others Bring You Down

The holidays are drawing near, signaling time with family, which can often bring more stress than relief. This, along with the end of the year push …

Happiness

One Stretch Can Help You Fix Your Posture ASAP

Got a desk job? You might want to read this<p>We work on our biceps, chest, legs, and abs quite a bit, but we almost never pay attention to our spines. That's a shame, because maintaining a healthy spine may be the key to maintaining a healthy body in the long term. If you have an office job (or even …

Fitness

The ultimate guide to learning anything faster

<i>“If only I learned about investing when I was still in my early twenties…”</i><p>If only.<p>For many of us, there are more things we want to learn than we have time.<p>As information becomes more readily accesible online, the number of things we want to learn is only continuing to increase. And the only …

Lifehacks

How to save money by going meatless — and actually enjoy it

Vegetarian Awareness Month, which began on Oct. 1, is a good time to recall that being kind to mother nature pays off in multiple ways: From taking …

Your need for instant gratification is killing your productivity. Here’s how you can override it.

Every time your phone chirps with a text, an email or a Twitter alert, your brain gets a flood of the pleasure-seeking chemical dopamine — and that …

The Number One Secret to Superhuman Willpower

10 years ago, the scientific and journalistic world was telling you your self-esteem was the most important thing for your success and happiness. All …

Wellness

How to Be Better at Canceling Plans—Especially When You’re Dealing With Social Anxiety

Picture this: You’re relaxing at home relishing the bliss of alone time and a plush mattress. Suddenly, a ping from your phone grabs your attention, and, sure enough, it’s a text from a friend confirming your approaching plans. If you’re being extra honest with yourself, not only are you less than …

Introverts

How to Be Mindful When You Just Can't Get Into Meditation | The Thirty

As much as we'd all love to be more mindful, take time for ourselves, and quiet our busy brains from time to time, meditation simply isn't for …

Meditation

The Top 10 Foods That Cause Inflammation | The Thirty

Photo: Foodie Crush<p>While inflammation is a necessary function under circumstances like injury or infection, consistent inflammation can pose a major …

Nutrition

What I Wish I Knew at Every Age

When asked what we regret in our careers or life to date, it can be difficult to formulate a response. Not only is it tenuous at best to try to …

Happiness

Can't Get Yourself to Meditate? You're Probably Making These Mistakes

Why Intermittent Fasting Is the Ultimate Anti-Aging Diet

What do Jessica Alba, Molly Sims, and Chelsea Handler all have in common? A very low key, results driven diet thanks to holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque who created her system, the Fab Four, to help quell underlying anxiety about following a quote-unquote "healthy diet." LeVeque uses food to …

Nutrition

This Bedtime Story Is Putting Grown Adults to Sleep in Minutes

Having trouble nodding off at night? (Us, too.) Well, a new audio story may be just the thing to send you off into the land of Nod.<p>Narrated by the …

The 90-Second Trick That Kills My Anxiety—Stat

When I first felt the wave of tension sweep over my body, I thought I was coming down with something, but this was different from the typical common …

Tony Robbins

How to Deal With a Rude Seat Recliner on a Plane, According to an Etiquette Expert

Perhaps the only thing more frustrating than shrinking leg room on airplanes is when a passenger reclines their seat, further encroaching on already …

Airlines

7 Self-Discipline Habits of the Super Successful

Lack of self-discipline is one of the things that holds us back from accomplishing what we want in life<p>Do you know how much more you could accomplish with increased self-discipline? This is one of the most important virtues to have for success in any field. Unfortunately for most people, it is one …

Self-improvement

10 Ways to Get Out of a Funk—and Fast

I woke up the other morning in a <i>bad</i> mood. I wondered if I'd had a nightmare. Nope, I couldn’t recall any. I wasn’t hungover. I hadn’t even checked my …

How setting “anti-goals” can keep work from being miserable

If you’re lucky, you have a job you love. But even if you do—and particularly if you do not—there will be elements about it you hate. Be it awful bosses, obnoxious coworkers, or brutal commutes, almost everyone’s workday has elements they can do without.<p>One strategy for improving the work …

Charlie Munger

The 10 Commandments of Emotional Intelligence

These 10 rules will help you make emotions work for you, instead of against you.<p>Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify emotions (in both yourself and others), to recognize the powerful effects of those emotions, and to use that information to inform and guide behavior.<p>It begins with …

Emotional Intelligence

The Right Way to Eat Your Feelings, According to a Nutritionist

I’ve been on bit of a health-kick lately: In addition to weekly cardio sessions and exploring my phone’s built-in health app—which had previously …

Eating

Use these words at your next dinner party.

Do you remember how exciting it was when you learned to say <i>supercalifragilisticexpialidocious:</i> didn’t you feel smart? Just because you're older, …

Cheat

This $100-a-Year App Saved My Sanity

It's the best investment of my 20s.<p>As I was crying myself to sleep the night of my mom’s breast cancer diagnosis, I remember thinking, “tomorrow is a …

Meditation

How to Tune Out the Trump Drama and Reclaim Your Productivity

Expert advice for navigating the new news cycle.<p>Recently, it took me two days to complete a task at work that should have taken, realistically, no …

Productivity