Monica Poulson

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Why I Created A Kindness Calendar

HuffPost UK<p>Every December advertisers try to convince me that my family and I would be happier if only we purchase their products. Certainly, the …

27 Enlightening Quotes From Thich Nhat Hanh That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

Ever heard of Thich Nhat Hanh? If you haven’t, he is master Buddhist teacher who is renowned for his amazing wisdom on self-compassion, mindfulness …

Meditation

The Serious Eats Guide to Beans

Sure, beans may be the stuff of crass rhymes and penny-pinching diets, but they're also one of our oldest, most reliable, and most diverse forms of sustenance. In part, that's because there are more than 18,000 species of legume plants, growing on every continent save Antarctica, a vast number of …

Start scrubbing and dusting! Spring clean with these room-by-room tips

Spring is here and that means one thing.... it's cleaning season. From the bathroom to the bedroom to the kitchen, it's time to get every room in your house glistening in time for warmer days.<p><b>Bedroom</b><p><b>1. How often you should clean your pillows — and the right way to do it</b><p>Yes, those things you sleep …

How to Make Yourself Mentally Strong This Year

These 15 habits will help you keep you at your sharpest, whatever comes your way<p>In business, there are times when you need to be mentally acute to make tough decisions.<p>In leadership, there are times when you need to be mentally tough to navigate through complex information.<p>In life, there are times …

Self-help

9 Toxic Behaviors Holding Good People Back

<i>The quality of your behavior drives the quality of your life.</i>When you spend a decade working with and coaching thousands of people from around the …

Self-help

8 Amazing Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Eating Processed Food

Sorry, snack aisle, we’re breaking up with you.

6 TED Talks You Should Watch To Up Your Mindset

Engaging your mind is the best way to keep it sharp, but in the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to fall into a slump. If you need a mental pick-me-up, check out these fascinating TED Talks. Get inspired. Get engaged. Give your brain a boost.<p><b>1. Daniel Levitin: How To Stay Calm When You</b> …

Happiness

Why Is It So Hard for Us to Admit Our Mistakes?

Advice for how to gracefully handle mistakes often emphasizes 1) taking responsibility for the error, 2) presenting a plan for the remedy, and then 3) fixing what was wrong. Although these directions sound simple, they can be extremely difficult to execute in real life. No one finds it easy to own …

All of the Nutrients Your Body Needs in One Bowl

<i>The following post was originally featured on Eating Bird Food and written by Brittany Mullins, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.</i><p>This flavorful roasted garlic lentil soup tastes like it's been cooking all day, but cooks up in less than an hour.<p>What happened to Spring? Last week I was ready to …

How to Fight Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural process that helps your body heal and defend itself from harm. Unfortunately, it can sometimes run wild and become …

Book Review: The Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life in a Distracted World

Mindfulness. It’s become a buzzword, permeating everything from Youtube to corporate retreats. Even if you have little sense of what it means to be …

Mindfulness

41 Ways to Give Back (That Don't Involve Writing a Check)

Crisp, cool temps and the return of pumpkin-spice everything mean one thing is for sure: The gifting season’s almost upon us. While that means lots …

30 Days of Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home

It's time to pull on your gloves and get to work.<p>Give all your home's trouble spots a quick refresh with these pro tips.

Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

I wish someone had told me when I first began my journey into a life of my own that where I needed to begin was sitting on the floor, with my eyes closed. I wish someone had told me that my first step, the first step anyone must take is inward.<p>I wish someone had told me when I felt I had nothing to …

Loneliness

The Two Tiers of Buddhist Loving-Kindness Practice

Spend some time in any Buddhist setting anywhere and you will quickly recognize a predictable cultural norm: Kindness. This kindness, a conscious inclination of the mind and heart, is the outer manifestation of a core inner ideal: Buddhism elevates loving-kindness (often called <i>metta</i>, from the Pali …

6 Simple Strategies for Being Happy Alone

Most American adults have spent a non-trivial amount of time being untethered to other people. Almost everyone has spent at least a few years being …

Zen and the art of getting things done

<b>(CNN) —</b> The new hot trend in Silicon Valley office culture is a Buddh-ish encouragement of workplace mindfulness. Guided meditation is the new free cafeteria meals.<p>But David Allen, the author of the international bestselling productivity bible, Getting Things Done, has been teaching people how to …

Meditation

Soul Keeping

• <b>Author:</b> John Ortberg<p>The soul is NOT "a theological and abstract subject."<p>The soul is the coolest, eeriest, most mysterious, evocative, crucial, sacred, eternal, life-directing, fragile, indestructible, controversial, expensive dimension of your existence.<p>Jesus said it’s worth more than the …

Spirituality

7 Yoga Tips for Better Sleep

Embed from Getty Images<p>Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness are the latest "next wave" therapies to encourage better sleep and treat insomnia. Over 55 percent of people who do yoga find that yoga helps them get better sleep.<p>Yoga, including physical poses, breathing techniques, and meditation, can help …

Best Money Tips: 12 Non-Money Things That Will Make You Richer

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found non-money related things that will make you richer, how to handle a financial …

Frugal Living

This Simple Morning Ritual Primes Your Brain for Success

Gratitude can make your dreams come true. Here's how.<p>Want this to be the year you finally achieve some of your biggest goals? It can be--if you get your subconscious mind on board. That advice comes from May McCarthy, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and author of <i>The Path to Wealth</i>.<p>"Good …

Self-improvement

Creamy Almond Milk Recipe

<i>There is something very satisfying about "building your own" anything.</i><p><b>Makes 2 1/4 cups</b><p>Ingredients<p>3 cups water<p>1 cup crunchy almonds (see separate …

Carl Jung And The Art Of Aging Well

The late afternoon has always been my favorite time of day. So when I recently found a certain quote by Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and founder of Analytical Psychology, it grabbed my attention. He said, "The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and …

Simple Garter Stitch Slippers pattern by Hanna Leväniemi

A simple garter stitch slipper pattern knitted flat and seamed with neat crocheted finishing. The pattern is written for women’s size large but the …

Yarn

20 Best-Ever Fat-Burning Soups

Theoretically, having more choices is a good thing.<p>But when ordering a coffee at Starbucks is like doing a mini dissertation in some vaguely Romantic …

Cooking

Let's Talk About Sin

Because it's been a while.<p>I have all but ousted the word "sin" from my Christian lexicon, referring instead to the more palatable-sounding, "brokenness," or the human "problem". As a bilingual, cross cultural worker, and a writer -- I believe as Christians we have much liberty to constantly …

Fall Homekeeping Tips

Leaves turning and falling signal important tasks for your home and garden. Make sure your spaces are ready for a long winter's nap. It's easy to do with these simple homekeeping reminders.<p>If you like cozy beds, change from light cotton sheets to all-cotton flannel and swap your lightweight …

DIY