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FreedomPop Now Offers Completely Free Mobile Phone Service

Free voice calls, free texts, free data. Yes, really. FreedomPop, which started out offering free mobile internet access, now is launching the first …

Happy or Sad, Good or Bad, Love It or Hate It, It's All in How You View It

As a business leader, one of the many lessons I learned was that employees often viewed the world around them in ways that were completely different from what was actually going on. I observed time and time again employees who interpreted something one way when the reality was actually totally …

14 Tricks To Better Conversations

Failure occurs everyday, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism.<p>While the thought of …

Motivation

Top 5 Foods to Help You Sleep Better and Stay Healthier | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Many adults today suffer insomnia. If not that, they rarely have a restful night’s sleep. They are usually restless, cannot seem to find a …

The 5-Minute Mental Exercise For Being A Smarter Leader And More Productive Employee

Former Buddhist monk and current leadership coach and best-selling author Christine Comaford reveals how anyone can learn to stop reacting–and start becoming their smartest selves.<p>You’ve probably had this feeling at some point: One minute you’re thinking logically and rationally, then when you’re …

9 Daily Habits That Will Change Your Life

These small, daily habits will make an immediate difference in your life. What are you waiting for exactly? Read. Now.

What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate

Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this practice. It always seemed so vague and …

Essential Life Skill #1: Focus and Self-Control

Chances are you personally know someone who has been prescribed Ritalin or another medication for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). …

How to Double (or Triple) Your Income by Investing in Yourself

Not too long ago, you believed that making money with a blog was impossible. But after seeing dozens of income reports from other bloggers, you …

How to Focus a Wandering Mind

We’ve all been there. You’re slouched in a meeting or a classroom, supposedly paying attention, but your mind has long since wandered off, churning …

How To Discover Your Inner Genius: Unthink

Part of my day job is reviewing books.<p>And while the publishing industry remains in a remarkable state of flux, one thing remains constant: If an idea becomes hot, you can be sure everyone will rush out to copy it. (That’s the reason you see all those <b>Fifty Shades of Grey</b> wannabes laying about your …

Getting Tough With Yourself | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is guest post from Marcus Brotherton. It originally ran on Men Who Lead Well (www.marcusbrotherton.com).</i><p><b>One harmful mindset that</b> …

10 Habits to Reduce the Stress in Your Daily Life

You’re talented, you have great ideas and you’re hard working, but you’re often unrecognized, misunderstood and taken for granted.<p>Whether it’s in …

Self-help

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Our personalities, thought patterns and emotional responses are wired into our brains, says Richard Davidson, Ph.D., author of <i>The Emotional Life of Your Brain</i>, but you can change your brain. Here are several exercises that will help rewire the neural pathways to help you think more positively, …

Positive Thinking: 7 Easy Ways to Improve a Bad Day

Don't let a bad morning ruin your entire day. Use these mental tricks to change your momentum.<p>Had a lousy morning? Things looking grim?<p>Not to worry. The rest of your day need not be a disaster. It can in fact become one of your best, providing you take these simple steps:<p><b>1. Remember that the past</b> …

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …

Want to Work at Home? Weed Out the Scams: 10 Legitimate Opportunties

You’ve got about three years in your current gig, and you love it. But you are reminded every now and then that there is greener grass somewhere. You …

Employment

Mindfulness Meditation and the Brain

<i>By Angela Wilson, MA, RYT</i><p>One of the most well-known and utilized tools in meditation and yoga is the practice of self-observation without judgment, or mindfulness. Swami Kripalu called self-observation without judgment "the highest form of spiritual practice." Likewise, if you go to any yoga or …

The Mind Blowing Power of Mantra Yoga

Mantra Affects All Sheaths of the Body and Mind<p>Christina Sarich, <i>Staff</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Mantra yoga goes hand in hand with the Vedic sciences as well as …

Four Things That Make You More Motivated, Happy, And Creative At Work

Then she reviewed their ups and downs and drew connections.<p>What she learned was extraordinary.<p>She described the study in her book The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work .<p>Here are four of the biggest things I learned.<p><b>1) Progress Motivates You More</b> …

Creativity

Understanding Intrinsic Motivation with RAMP

<b>A way to understand intrinsic motivation for gamification with RAMP</b><p>A lot of talk in gamification turns to the relative values of Extrinsic rewards vs …

Why I Write: George Orwell on an Author's 4 Main Motives

<i>Embrace the ego, revel in beauty, and write with a purpose</i>

The Basics of Music Production, Lesson 4: Mixing

You can have a lot of fun making music, but getting a good recording and arrangement of your song requires some work and knowledge. Last week we …