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Stress changes the structure of your brain — but it can recover

Neural stem cells in the hippocampus—a structure important for learning and memory—typically develop into neurons. But under chronic stress, these stem cells instead become oligodendrocytes, which coat neurons with an insulating material called myelin.<p>The resulting excess of myelin perturbs the …

The Brain

3 Tools That Can Help You Calm Your Mind and Let Go of Anxiety

<b>“I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh</b><p>I've struggled with anxiety throughout my life. A …

To be resilient, start by avoiding the word “happiness”

Happiness isn’t a country. You don’t get there and stay. It’s a fleeting space, a feeling that comes and goes, so focusing on <i>being</i> happy is just a distraction, according to some psychologists. Better to develop resilience, which is a characteristic that you can cultivate to improve the quality of …

Elasticity

Leave the Past in the Past: What Matters Most Is Who You Are Now

<b>“Focus on what matters and let go of what doesn’t.” ~Unknown</b><p>When I was in rehab for alcohol addiction, one of the most difficult things for any of us …

Self-help

Want 8 Tips to Help You Become a More Self-Disciplined Person?

8 Ways to Build Self-Discipline in Your Life<p>Want 8 Tips to Help You Become a More Self-Disciplined Person?<p>Updated April 16, 2018<p>You may read about …

Text Messaging

3 Reasons You Are Gaining Weight Even While Exercising More

3 Reasons You Are Gaining Weight Even While Exercising More<p>Updated on December 7, 2017<p>Many of us feel obligated to exercise in order to indulge. I …

Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career

Business writer Tom Peters once said, “A career is a portfolio of projects that teach you new skills, gain you new expertise, develop new …

6 Key Principles of High-Impact Learning

Everyone knows what a quality learning experience feels like: exciting, energizing, satisfying, and entertaining. Conversely, everyone knows what a …

Learning

Using Technology To Help Students Lead Their Own Learning

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The Post

DIY Easy Shaker Cards

Damask Love started as a card-making blog. It was pretty paper stationery every single day. Even though, the blog has grown and evolved, I still have …

Expert Tips For Managing Stress Every Day, Everywhere

The bad news? There's no way to really "get rid of" stress. The good news? You <i>can</i> manage it, and one "stress expert," Dr. Pete Sulack, doctor of chiropractic, has a method for it.<p>"Stress isn't just drama or deadlines," said stress expert Dr. Sulack. "It's total toxic body burden, and it's a …

Learning to handle stress like a pro – techniques to avoid Professional Burnout

Last Tuesday we videoed a Mental Health Essentials Masterclass. One of the attendees asked, “How can we take care of ourselves when we seem to cop so …

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don't Follow Through On What We Set Out to Do And What To Do About It

By the summer of 1830, Victor Hugo was facing an impossible deadline. Twelve months earlier, the famous French author had made an agreement with his publisher that he would write a new book titled, <i>The Hunchback of Notre Dame</i>.<p>Instead of writing the book, Hugo spent the next year pursuing other …

The 365-Day Happiness Challenge Guaranteed to Change Your Life

The most important thing in life, without a doubt, is to be happy. With that being said, don't overthink your happiness — remaining content is actually incredibly simple. We created a 365-day challenge that will make you more cheerful than you've ever been. One year may seem like a long time, but …

New Albums

6 Simple Ways to Talk Your Brain Out of Negativity

Negativity is sticky. It's hard to make it go away. Here are a few tips to help positivity prevail.<p>It's easier to recall negative thoughts and memories than positive ones. And the more we recall those negative thoughts, the more they stick with us. Suppose you feel like an idiot because of a dumb …

After eliminating 75% of my wardrobe, I realized Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama are on to something big

The experience was liberating, economical, and a major space-saver — so much so that I'm selling my gratuitous clothing and sticking with the minimal wardrobe.<p>Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the project was how much time and energy it saved each morning.<p>Choosing what to wear to work became …

New test for ‘growth mindset’, the theory that anyone who tries can succeed

Researchers are going to examine the theory from American psychology that has taken UK schools by storm. Can it improve Sats results?<p>Can watching short films featuring actors impersonating Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein improve your brainpower? Researchers working in 100 British primary schools …

Pedagogy

6 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic

You're reading 6 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, …

Happiness

How to Grow a Thick Skin and Handle Criticism

Just living in the world opens you up to criticism, but doing anything in the public eye, from writing a blog to performing your stand-up comedy to coaching your kid's soccer team, will invite judgment and criticism. And doing anything truly innovative will guarantee it.<p>So how to brace yourself? …

A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama

When the Dalai Lama teams up with a top psychologist, who teams up a top data viz firm, you get the Atlas of Emotions.<p>The five circles slowly pulsing on my screen are meant to visualize the entire core of human emotion. Fear. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. Enjoyment.<p>Reductive? Yes. But that’s exactly the …

8 Activities To Do at Home That Relieve Stress

We all face stress on a day-to-day basis. But whether it’s an inconsiderate coworker, family responsibilities or a huge car repair bill that you …

6 research-backed secrets to permanently changing your habits

We all want to get to the gym, be more productive, be kinder to our loved ones… and then we don't do it. Why?<p>Well, building solid personal habits can be hard.<p>In fact, research shows it takes an average of 66 days to build a new good habit.<p>From Oliver Burkeman's Help! How to be slightly happier and …

7 Ways To Change Your Attitude When You (Really!) Don't Want to Exercise

We all know that exercise is a necessity for gaining health and losing weight. But sometimes it is just so hard to get up and actually do it! It can …

Exercise

20 Expert Dietary Guidelines

If you thought one pinch of salt was harmless, think again.<p>Hot bodies aside—sorry, flat abs and skinny jeans—health comes down to way more than just …

Nutrition

5 Ab Exercises That Are More Effective Than Crunches

You probably know by now that if you're doing crunches to work your abs, you're not getting the most out of your core routine. After all, crunches …

24 Gluten-Free Lunches (That Aren't All Salads)

These days it seems like every other person is declaring a personal war against wheat. And while it may seem like the latest in the ever-growing list …

Healthy Eating

7 Simple Chicken Recipes That Are Super Tasty

We spend a lot of time scouring the Web for tasty, trendy, and healthy recipes. It's one of the many perks of working at Greatist. In the process, we …

17 Science-Backed Ways to Totally Crush Cardio Workouts

Love it or hate it, cardio workouts, such as kickboxing or bodyweight routines, are essential to overall health and critical to athletic performance. …

21 Easy and Delicious Whole30 Dinner Recipes

If you missed our Whole30 breakfast recipe roundup, here’s a simple refresher of what the program is all about. Designed to be a monthlong reboot for …

Cooking

This Zumba Video Will Make You Feel Like One of Beyoncé's Back-Up Dancers

You might not know exactly how to whip or nae nae, but that doesn’t mean you can’t feel like a baller at a dance party. Sure, some people seem to be …