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Self-Refinement Through the Wisdom of the Ages: New Year’s Resolutions from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

At the outset of each new year, humanity sets out to better itself as we resolve to eradicate our unhealthy habits and cultivate healthy ones. But while the most typical New Year’s resolutions tend to be about bodily health, the most meaningful ones aim at a deeper kind of health through the …

Literature

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner – the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time. Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym …

How to make yourself work when you’re not in the mood

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they’re tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, only to go home and …

Procrastination

How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed

You're not at your best when you're stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting …

How to Stop Other People's Emotions from Bringing You Down

Empathy is a terrific skill to have, but too much of it can leave you overwhelmed by others’ negative emotions. Here’s how to stop absorbing what …

Can Reading Make You Happier?

Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence. I have to admit that at first I didn’t really like the idea of …

The Surprising Power of Reading Fiction: 9 Ways it Make Us Happier and More Creative

“There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.” ― Doris LessingOne of the most inspiring perks we’re lucky enough to have at Buffer is a …

Non-fiction

If Your Job Sucks, It Might Be Your Fault; Let’s Fix That

It's inevitable. After enough time at any job, you have a day that really sucks. Then, eventually, maybe another. And another. Suddenly the job you …

How to Stop Being an Oversensitive Employee and Work with a Boss You Hate

Sometimes we have the pleasure of working with a manager we really like and respect, and who respects us too. Other times, the relationship isn't so …

Self-help

10 Habits Remarkable People Give Up Every Day

If you are experiencing any kind of setback or failure, you can get yourself back in the groove. Here's how many people do it daily.<p>We all have bad days--in our lives, our work, and our leadership. And sometimes we have really bad days, or a succession of them--enough to knock us far off track. …

Self-improvement

How to Avoid Turning Into a Jerk When You’re Surrounded by Jerks

Working in retail, I still remember one of my worst customers. He handed me a quarter and what looked like a single one dollar bill. I said, “Sorry, …

Forget Business School--Just Watch These 10 TED Talks

You can emerge as an effective trailblazer in your office by being true to yourself and constantly learning. Start by watching these short lectures and embodying their lessons.<p>In today's business world, leaders are emerging at all ranks. The role of the leader is not exclusive to executive-level …

Self-improvement

A One-Page Exercise to Get Stress Under Control

“I have so much to do that I live in constant fear of dropping the ball, failing to meet expectations, or worse.” This is a common refrain I hear from the executives and physicians I work with who are struggling to juggle the relentless demands of meeting professional, family, social and community …

15 Qualities You Need to Develop Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is a huge indicator of success. Here's how to know if you've got it.<p>We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be because of a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to …

Self-help

The obstacle is the answer: How to take control of every situation

Welcome to Victimland—a dystopian theme park we all spend too much time in.Hardly a day goes by that we don’t complain, criticize, blame, gossip or …

Self-improvement