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7 challenges smart people choose to overcome

It’s truly fascinating how smart, successful people approach problems. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and …

Self-improvement

Dog with the saddest face wouldn't let anyone near him at the shelter

But someone saw those eyes and took a chance on him.<p>The odds of Baloo making it out of the animal shelter were slim to none. (And he may have already …

19 Great Truths My Grandmother Told Me on Her 90th Birthday

<i>“I have seen and touched and danced and sang and climbed and loved and meditated on a lifetime spent living honestly. Should it all end tonight, I</i> …

Legend of Zelda

The Beginner's Guide to Recognizing and Changing Negative Thoughts

This strategy will help you recognize and replace the negative thoughts that can hold you back in life.<p>A pessimistic, dismal outlook can take a toll on your life in more ways than you might think. Research consistently links negative thinking to increased risk of mental health problems, physical …

Self-help

15 things you should be doing after work instead of watching TV if you want to be happier

For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless — after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I'd seen hundreds of times before.<p>But …

Empowered Kids Have Parents Who Use These 3 Strategies

The principles are simple enough, but you can't quit, and you have to tell your reptilian brain to shut up.<p>By far the biggest irony of being a parent is that, while it's human nature to want to feel needed, if we're doing our job as a mother or father, we have to empower our kids, at least on a …

Parenting

If a woman has these 14 qualities never let her go, scientists say

People in long term relationships will someday get to the point where they need to ask themselves: Is this really the person I want to spend the rest …

13 things parents who raise mentally strong kids refuse to do

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks and it gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.<p>But raising a mentally …

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg Think This 1 Teaching Method Will Shake Up Education. Here's Why You Should Care

Personalized learning is the way forward in education and therefore our economy. Here's why.<p>We currently don't have the silver bullet to education. We're not quite sure what works and what doesn't. Maybe it's because we all learn differently. But whatever the reason, "personalized learning" is on …

Education

13 Foods That Could Be Affecting Your Sleep

Skip the cup of coffee or the nighttime sleep aid and try one of these foods instead for a natural way to wake up or settle down.<p>It’s a strange …

Sleep

Willpower Doesn't Work. Here's How to Actually Change Your Life

If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won't get you there.<p><i>"Many people think that what the addict needs is willpower, but nothing could be further from the truth."  -- </i>Arnold Washton, PhD<p>If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won't get you …

Self-improvement

10 Exercises Every Yogi Should Be Doing (but Probably Isn't)

Yoga is known to decrease stress and increase body awareness and flexibility. But despite its seeming superpowers, it falls a little short in one …

Yoga

13 Of The Best Summer Reads Of All Time

Filled with road trips, beachy weekends, and backyard barbecues, summer has always been one of my favorite times of year, (second only to autumn, if …

10 awesome health benefits of doing yoga for just 15 minutes a day

From weight loss to a boost of energy, yoga has many advantages<p>Many of us attend weekly yoga classes, which are good for our general health and …

Why weight training is ridiculously good for you

<i>This story originally appeared on Time.com.</i><p>For many, weight training calls to mind bodybuilders pumping iron in pursuit of beefy biceps and bulging …

Exercise

Diabetes Is Linked To This Invasive Gut Bacteria

While genetics and environmental factors such as diet both contribute to type 2 diabetes, the exact cause remains unknown. However, new research …

7 crucial lessons people often learn too late in life

However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than later.<p>1. If you want to 'do what you love,' you have to work three times as hard as …

Science: Running Is Better Than Every Other Exercise at Making You Live Longer

And a little bit goes a long way!<p>In what should come as welcome news to your high school gym teacher and a grim revelation to everyone who finds running to be dreadfully dull and monotonous, a new review published in <i>Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases</i>—easily my favorite peer-reviewed heart health …

52 Good Morning Meditations that Will Calm the Chaos in Your Life

<i>It’s not what you say to everyone else that determines your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the greatest power.</i>The happiness of your …

Meditation

Zen Philosophy Explains Why Attachments Lead to Suffering (and What You Can Do About It)

Attachment, clinging, desiring…I’m sure you’ve heard these words spoken about negatively by Zen masters before.<p>If you grew up in the west, most of us …

How Complaining Rewires Your Brain For Negativity (and How You Can Use Mindfulness to Help You Stop)

Are you a complainer? Do you sometimes feel like anything you do can be complained about? Complaining feels good, like how smoking and eating …

5 Buddhist Philosophies That Are Hard To Practice But Will Pay Off Forever

Buddhism is such a powerful philosophy that differs to much of what we’re taught in the west.<p>Today, as I was browsing the ideas on Ideapod, I came …

Meditation

11 Habits Of Mentally Strong People

Mental strength is a choice and a discipline, not an innate quality bestowed upon the lucky.<p>We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental strength is tested. It might be a difficult friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to be …

11 Habits of Remarkably Happy People

Being happy isn't just better for your emotional well-being--it also makes you more successful.<p>Despite how appealing turmoil, negativity, and pessimism can sometimes seem, being happy isn't just better for your emotional well-being--it also makes you more successful than those who are not.<p>Check out …

Happiness

10 ways smart people stay calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with …

New GPS website will help you find off-the-beaten-path trails in US national parks

More and more people are heading to America’s national parks to enjoy the incredible nature found around the US. But if you’re hoping to break from fellow travellers and get away from the crowds, a GPS company is aiming to help get hikers off-the-beaten-path.<p>TomTom – a GPS, traffic and navigation …

National Parks

Today in Science: Your Genes Determine Which Exercise Is Best for Your Body

Power exercises are those that use your own body weight—including push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, weight-lifting, and working with resistance bands. Any …

The Truth About Sugar

What’s good? What’s bad? How much sugar is too much? Here’s what the latest science says.<p>What’s good? What’s bad? How much sugar is too much? Here’s …

15 Profound Quotes From Lao Tzu That Will Open Your Mind Wide Open

Have you ever heard of Lao Tzu?<p>If not, then my word you’re in some wisdom today.<p>Lao Tzu was the founder Taoism, the highly influential philosophy …

Here’s Your Brain’s New User Manual For Uncertain Times

When we don’t know what’s going to happen, we tell ourselves stories about what might happen. And they often make us feel worse, not better.<p>Even if you’ve kept only one eye on the headlines lately and the other tightly clenched, you’re probably aware that these are, shall we say, some pretty …

Self-help