Saravanan Shanmugam

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How Should I Breathe When I Run?

<i>If you’re not focused on how you breathe while running, you should be.</i><p>When we head out for a run, there are plenty of things to think about: how our …

Two months without a job taught me what I really want from my career

Two months ago, I quit my job at Dropbox because something was very wrong. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew that I was broken and that I just needed to go. I already look back at that girl like she’s someone else–like I’m watching a movie of myself.<p><i>Linda sits awkwardly in a conference room</i> …

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Facebook addiction - and how to tackle it

Why do we drop stuff that we need to finish in order to start other things – even when we know that we shouldn’t be switching back and forth on our to-do list (or worse, between our to-do’s and Facebook?)<p>It’s one of the mysteries of modern office life. Since we at MeisterTask are building an app to …

Stoicism: Practical Philosophy You Can Actually Use

When most people think of “philosophy,” their eyes glaze over. It’s the last thing they want, let alone something they need.<p>But this, as you already …

Why We Should Read More (In Public)

By Alyssa Royce,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1bx9XZe<p>Last week, <i>The Atlantic</i> published an article called “The Decline of the American Book Lover.” …

11 Exercises That Build Muscle Without Bulk

A metabolism-boosting workout that builds strength and tones your abdominals, back, thighs, butt and arms.

How to Taper for Your First Half Marathon

What to do in the two weeks before a 13.1-miler.<p><b>Are you training</b> for a half marathon this fall? In the two weeks before the race, known as the taper, you will reduce the volume and intensity of workouts so you get to the starting line feeling ready to run. After so much training, some runners find …

6 Secrets of Highly Successful Runners

What really improves performance? Intense training sessions—as long as you do them right. So we asked elites who run hard several times a week to explain how you can get the most out of your quality workouts.<p>In the weeks leading up to the Boston Marathon last April, Ryan Hall logged hundreds of …

Master Your Running Form

Stick to the basics:<br>• Increase your cadence to roughly 170-180 steps per minute.<br>• Land with your foot underneath your body, as opposed to “reaching” …

Excerpts From The Runner's World Cookbook

Training for a marathon? Looking to lose a few pounds? Cutting out meat? Do it all with The Runner's World Cookbook, a collection of the best recipes we've ever published. Here's a taste, to get you started.<p><b>Runners love to eat.</b> In fact, it's the reason why many of us at Runner's World run in the …

The Happiness of Pursuit

If you're an American and you're not having fun, it just might be your own fault. Our long national expedition is entering its 238th year, and from …

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

<i>“Find something more important than you are,”</i> philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, <i>“and dedicate your life to it.”</i> But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of …

Your Guide to Running at Any Level

Running just might be the most convenient workout going. You don't need to be a skilled athlete, and there's no fancy equipment involved; just lace …

Viktor Frankl on the Human Search for Meaning

Celebrated Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor <b>Viktor Frankl</b> (March 26, 1905–September 2, 1997) remains best-known for his indispensable 1946 psychological memoir <b>Man’s Search for Meaning</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a meditation on what the gruesome experience of Auschwitz taught him about the …

3 Things You Must Do to Feel Joyful

Things that continue to surface when you think about living your best life, being happier, more fulfilled and joyful, those are the things you must be <i>must be doing</i> because your spirit is <i>calling for them.</i><p>If you're constantly saying you wish you painted more, wrote poetry or short stories, started …

Positive Thinking

Ambiverts, Problem-Finders, and the Surprising Psychology of Making Your Ideas Happen

Whether it’s “selling” your ideas, your writing, or yourself to a potential mate, the art of the sell is crucial to your fulfillment in life, both personal and professional. So argues Dan Pink in <b>To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others</b> (<i>public library</i>; <i>UK</i>) — a provocative anatomy …

10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America

By Mark Manson,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/ZQcH1q<p>Imagine you have a brother and he’s an alcoholic. He has his moments, but you keep your …

The 7 Questions That Tell You Who You Are

By Brianna Wiest,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/10hwFNX<p>Many of the answers we’re seeking are answers we already have. We just don’t know how to …

There Is More To Life

There is more to life than a job. Jobs are important – we need them to survive, to feel productive, to contribute to society. But far too often and …

The Unspoken Key To Finding Meaningful Work

You can’t land a job you love if you don’t know how to describe it.<p>Here’s an interesting question: Why are the nation’s highest-achieving undergrads flying to finance and consulting?<p>As Cal Newport observes, the majority of Dartmouth’s five valedictorians are choosing those two sectors, while 36% of …

Your Career Won’t Be Predictable, And That’s A Good Thing

By Mitch Joel4 minute Read<p>To be an effective business leader (and this is, without question, the goal for those of us who want to still be employable …

Success

China's 'Leftover Women' Desperate to Find Mr. Right

Joy Chen is a superstar in China, the champion of young women known as "leftovers" -- those who are still single in their mid-20s and scorned by …

Freaky Abs! The Monster Guide To A Shredded Six Pack

<i>Shredded six pack. Freaky abs</i>. Nearly everyone on the planet wants a flat stomach or ripped abs. At times this goal can seem impossible. But if you …

Charles Bukowski, Arthur C. Clarke, Annie Dillard, John Cage, and Others on the Meaning of Life

The quest to understand the meaning of life has haunted humanity since the dawn of existence. Modern history alone has given us a plethora of attempted answers, including ones from Steve Jobs, Stanley Kubrick, David Foster Wallace, Anais Nin, Ray Bradbury, and Jackson Pollock’s dad. In 1988, the …

Predator Riding an Alien? Star Wars Samurai? Now, This Is Cool.

Takayuki Takeya is one of Japan's most talented—and unusual figure sculptors. His work is sometimes dark and even disturbing, but it's always …

Timeless wisdom from Helen Keller, born 133 years ago today: http://j.mp/148T2Jh

How The Pope Does Mindfulness

Can a 500-year-old, 5-minute technique help you manage your day (Catholicism not required)?<p><i>Are tweets, statuses, pins, pokes, and pixels dominating your life? This week, as part of our #unplug series, we’re re-posting some of our favorite stories from the archives, with a special focus on the</i> …

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