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4 brain exercises elite athletes use to build mental strength

As many viewers declared the game over, Brady led the Patriots in one of the best come-from-behind victories of all time.<p>So what's the secret to Brady's success? Although he undoubtedly puts in countless hours of practice on the field, he also reports doing brain exercises to sharpen his …

Mindfulness

5 Habits To Get Over Self-Limiting Beliefs

“Iceberg beliefs”–self-limiting, below-the-surface doubts–could be major obstacles to your success. Here’s how to overcome them.<p>Sometimes the biggest thing holding you back from greater success is something you might not even be aware of.<p>They’re called “iceberg beliefs,” and they could be major …

Self-improvement

10 Science-Backed Ways to Become a Happier Person

A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today.<p>Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier.<p>Thanks to the …

Happiness

10 Things You Won't Learn While Backpacking

Backpacking is the budgeting traveler's salvation: the freedom of the journey with no extraneous ties to hefty luggage or cemented itineraries. Now I do love a good night's rest in a fancy hotel or touring a high-ticket site, but I believe every trip can benefit from at least a little backpacking …

Hairstyling
Fire Fighting

I quit my investment banking job to travel the world for 2 years, and it was the best thing I could have done for my career

Sabina McBride.Sabina McBride<p>After 10 years in the world of investment banking, I decided to drop everything and travel the world for two years, both volunteering my time and backpacking as a tourist.<p>Traveling provided me with an invaluable global perspective, gave me insight into different …

Homebase

The 50 greatest adventures on Earth

Adventure: noun – an unusual and exciting experience; a daring enterprise; a hazardous activity.<p>That’s what the dictionary says. But what does it mean to you? To some, it might involve pushing yourself to the physical limits: summiting a great peak – Kilimanjaro, perhaps – or tackling extreme …

The Smartest Thing You Can Do for Yourself Today (You Won’t Regret It)

<i>Those who do not get up and move, do not notice their chains.</i>About a decade ago Angel and I started the blog that would ultimately become <i>Marc and</i> …

Writing

9 reasons why writing in a journal should be your only resolution in the new year.

Once upon a time in Texas, some computer engineers got fired.<p>After four months of unemployment, not a single one of them had found a new job. …

Mark Twain

How Non-Attachment Can Benefit Your Relationship

<b>“You only lose what you cling to.” ~Buddha</b><p>I remember one of my first mindfulness classes that pertained to impermanence. I went home in a bit of a …

Ordinary Men Hilariously Pose as Sexy Motorcycle Models

When Arun Sharma, the general manager of Portland, Oregon-based Ducati dealership MotoCorsa, got a lot of flak on his Facebook page for sharing images of a beautiful model draped sexily over a red Ducati, he decided he would do something different. A few weeks later, he asked the same photographer …

Motorcycles

Research-backed secrets to a great relationship

I've posted a lot about the science around love, including how to tell if your spouse is cheating and why high heels are sexy.<p>But what about the stuff we <i>need</i> to know to be happy. Platitudes don't cut it and though the poets are often right they're frequently vague.<p>Is there an expert who can give us …

Relationships

A List of Books that May Change your Life

I started off 2015 with a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course, one of the hardest things I’ve ever chosen to do. I wasn’t a meditator. I had …

Books

Resilience -- New Research Helps Us Bounce Back Quicker, Better From Life's Trials And Tragedies

How do we become more resilient leaders, executives, entrepreneurs, parents, people? Here’s a quick checklist, informed by new brain research:<p>Practice overcoming hurdles in everyday life<br>• Have a purpose<br>• Accept reality with a positive attitude<br>• Learn how to improvise<br>• Meditate (mindfulness …

Mindfulness

Use the Three P's to Defeat Your Inner Critic and Think Positively

How you talk to yourself inside your head can have a huge impact on how you act in real life. If you’re the type who struggles with an overly …

Self-help

How to Increase Mental Toughness: 4 Secrets From Navy SEALs and Olympians

Know what’s really interesting? Learning how Navy SEALs build mental toughness to handle deadly situations.<p>Know what else is really interesting? …

Osama Bin Laden

The Lazy Way to an Awesome Life: 3 Secrets Backed by Research

We all want an awesome life. And very often you know what you need to do to improve it… but you don’t do it.<p>I don’t blame you. Hey, some of that …

Happiness

5 Reasons We Don't Let Ourselves Be Happy

Source: Dubova/Shutterstock<p>When it comes to our own happiness, many of us are familiar with the pattern of taking two steps forward, one step back. …

Happiness

Some Thoughts on Privileges and Advantages

The other day, I received a note from a reader who informed me that the only reason that my story of financial recovery was even possible was due to …

Why Emotionally Intelligent People Are More Successful

Research shows that people with strong emotional intelligence are more likely to succeed than those with high IQs or relevant experience.<p>We’ve learned that emotional intelligence (EQ) is a crucial skill for both leaders and employees. But several studies point to just how important EQ can be to …

Emotional Intelligence

4 Mistakes We All Make When Trying to Cheer Someone Up

We’ve all been there: A friend seeks us out to open up about an issue in their life that’s causing them distress. Maybe we think what they’re going …

Self-help

12 Timeless Truths to Learn from Bruce Lee, Master of Self Mastery

<b>“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering”.</b> <b>– Bruce Lee</b><p>Bruce Lee, an influential martial artist, teacher, actor, film director, …

How To Improve Self-Esteem: A New Secret From Research

It seems we all want to know how to improve self-esteem these days.<p>Life can be hard. And who is usually hardest on you? Yourself. There’s that …

Self-help

7 reasons travel is the ultimate rite of passage

We have no initiation.<p>We are tossed out into the world like bag of unassembled parts and told to go to college, pay taxes, get a job and buy some …

When Living for the Moment Gets in the Way of Living

A few weeks ago, I was absolutely struck by this article from <i>The Atlantic</i>, which talks about Sarah Manguso’s recent book “Ongoingness: The End of a …

Happiness

A psychologist discovered the secret to never getting frustrated

The guy in front of you is driving like an idiot. Your boss is being a jerk. Your partner isn't listening.<p>And sometimes these all happen to you <i>on the same day</i>.<p>What's the fix for this? One guy came up with a solution that deals with all of these problems — and more.<p>Albert Ellis was quite a …

Self-help

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions<p>In her new book <i>No One Understands You and What To Do About It</i>, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …

Psychology

How to Control Your Temper Before You Lose It

We all get angry sometimes, but if you’re prone to rage bursts that rival The Hulk, it can really damage your relationships and even ruin your …

How to Discover Your "Authentic" Self and Live the Life You Really Want

Being yourself seems self-explanatory: just wake up and do what you want to do, without following the crowds, without fear of judgment. That’s not …