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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 …

8 Types of Toxic People Who Will Rob You of Your Happiness

Science shows even small doses of toxic people can do outsize damage to your life.<p>Just how terribly destructive can spending time with toxic people be? Science offers a few clues (and they're all disturbing).<p>First, psychological research shows that criticism and insults are five times more powerful …

8 Mental Habits the Most Successful People Learn to Break

It's not what you learn, but what you unlearn that matters.<p>Sometimes, success comes not from what you learn to do but what you learn to stop doing.<p>That bit of wisdom comes from Sandja Brügmann, serial entrepreneur and founder of the Passion Institute, a recently launched online educational program …

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Compare Yourself to the "Old You" Instead of Others to Keep Positive

When you're working hard to change a habit, develop a skill, or achieve a personal goal, it's hard not to compare yourself to others. Doing so can …

Letting Go of Expectations and Letting Joy Find You

<b>“The best things in life are unexpected, because there were no expectations.” ~Eli Khamarov</b><p>Are there situations in your life where letting go of a …

Unbecoming Who You Are and Embracing Your True Self

<b>“View your life with kindsight. Stop beating yourself up about things from your past. Instead of slapping your forehead and asking, ‘What was I</b> …

Don't Try to Become the Best, Be Your Best Right Now

<b>“</b><b>Do the best you can, from where you are, with what you have</b><b>,</b> <b>now</b><b>.”</b> <b>~African-American proverb</b><p>When I first started on my spiritual path, I desperately …

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