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One Country Is Making Sure All Employers Offer Equal Pay to Women

Bye, bye, pay gap.<p>Iceland is credited for being the first country in the world to legalize abortion and the first to elect a woman as head of state …

How to actually do breathing meditation properly to reduce stress and anxiety

You may have heard about taking deep breaths and counting to ten when you’re angry or stressed. You may also have been told “just breathe” when you …

Why we pretend to know things, explained by a cognitive scientist

New research explains why we pretend to know more than we do.<p>Why do people pretend to know things? Why does confidence so often scale with ignorance? Steven Sloman, a professor of cognitive science at Brown University, has some compelling answers to these questions.<p>“We're biased to preserve our …

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Being Happy Doesn't Mean That Everything Is Perfect

<b>“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ~Unknown</b><p>We are all on a mission to …

If You Are Serious About Achieving Success In Any Area of Your Life, Master Your Mindset

If you’ve ever failed at reaching any goal in life, the problem could all be in your mind. That’s how important your mindset is. Your mind is your …

The discovery of a giant neuron could help explain how the brain creates consciousness

Nobody yet understands how a collection of mushy cells in the brain gives rise to the brilliance of consciousness seen in higher-order animals, including humans. But two discoveries give scientists vital clues to how human consciousness works.<p>In 2014, a 54-year-old woman went to George Washington …

Conscious Breathing: A Simple Way to Work Through Emotional Pain and Be Present in Your Life

<b>“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh</b><p>I never gave much thought to my breath unless I …

How to Center Yourself Within 60 Seconds

Looking back on the past 24 hours, were you mainly calm or reactive?As you worked, were you focused or scattered?In the evening, did you feel …

A minimalist explains how a psychological trick called 'the beginner's mind' could make your life easier

A lot of joy could be found with the same practice.<p>And it is simple: practice seeing life with a beginner's mind.<p>I'm stealing this of course from Zen Buddhism's shoshin and Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind," and I've written about it numerous times. But it's more fundamental than most …

"What Should I Do About My F'd-Up Life?" - Lion's Roar

The question that Colin Beavan just <i>had</i> to ask his Zen teacher is one that’s on the tip of everybody’s tongues. Even the teacher’s!<p>Illustration by …

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56 Emotional Intelligence Quotes to Drive Your Success

Try this one: It isn't stress that makes us fall. It's how we respond to stressful events.<p>For decades, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has proven to be a leadership development powerhouse ever since Daniel Goleman published his <i>New York Times</i> best seller, <i>Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More</i> …

The Case Against Contemporary Feminism

It’s the same with feminism as it is with women in general: there are always, seemingly, infinite ways to fail. On the one hand, feminism has never been more widely proclaimed or marketable than it is now. On the other hand, its last ten years of mainstream prominence and acceptability culminated …

Society is creating a new crop of alpha women who are unable to love

<i>Editor's note: The following column is adapted from the new book "The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men & Marriage" Post Hill Press (February 14, 2017).</i><p>Like me, my mother was not a perfect wife. She was, however, a remarkable and compassionate woman. And she was fiercely devoted to my father, so much so …

Boost Your Confidence In Social Situations With the "60 Seconds" Game

Sometimes finding your confidence is as simple as breaking the ice. The next time you’re at a conference, party, or other social event, try this game …

Your easy 8-step guide to becoming an online influencer

When using this strategy, watch your analytics carefully to see which sites are most effective in terms of targeted traffic. It may be tempting to post to big-name sites, but if you’re not getting results, you’re wasting your time.<p>And don’t discount smaller, niche sites just because of their size! …

Professor Smith Goes to Washington

In response to the new president’s stances on a range of issues, more scientists are preparing to run for political office.<p><i>Updated on June 4, 2018</i><p>For American science, the next four years look to be challenging. The newly inaugurated President Trump, and many of his Cabinet picks, have repeatedly …

I trained myself to be less busy — and it dramatically improved my life

My overwhelming schedule left me exhausted and empty. Here’s how I fought back.<p>I am a robot, programmed to obliterate my to-do list. During the day, I direct a research laboratory, write papers, and teach classes as a professor of psychology at the University of Arizona. Come 4:30 pm, I run a kid …

Kintsugi: The Art of Embracing Damage

Understanding The Science Of Consciousness In Ancient India - Part 1

Snapshot<p>This is the first in a two-part series that presents a summary of the Vedic theory of consciousness within a framework of contemporary …

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