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Six Steps Towards The Development Of A Super Focused Mind

by Amanda Wilks,<i><br>Guest writer, In5D.com</i><p>Staying focused in a world lost in materialistic pursuits can prove to be a tough mission. Your job and …

The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015

A year’s worth of highlights from an increasingly vibrant genre<p>More than 300,000 podcasts exist in the world as of the close of 2015. They range from products made by someone pressing record in their closet to million-dollar outfits with sterling sound engineering. Objectives span from shining a …

Behind the Lens: My Year on Instagram 2015

By Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer<p>Throughout the year, I post photographs of my White House work on a regular basis to my …

Why You Should Give Yourself A Year-End Review

Reflecting on your accomplishments and failures is a useful tool for personal growth. Here are six steps to help you set goals for 2016.<p>A growing number of companies, including GE, Accenture, and Deloitte, have done away with the annual review, opting instead for quicker feedback via monthly or …

How Music Stimulates the Unconscious Mind

Music plays with the brain in interesting ways. For instance, past studies have shown listening to a familiar, favorite song causes our brain to …

The Brain

Inexpensive Tech Gifts for Bookworms

All these gifts cost $50 or less<p><b>Q: I drew my niece in our family Christmas grab, and I’m looking for a gift for her that’s $50 or less. She’s kind of</b> …

Banksy uses Steve Jobs artwork to highlight refugee crisis

Graffiti on wall of ‘the Jungle’ camp in Calais depicts late Apple founder’s background as son of Syrian migrant<p>Banksy has revealed a new artwork, sprayed on a wall in the Calais refugee camp called “the Jungle”, intended to address negative attitudes towards the thousands of people living …

Banksy

4 Things the Most Creative Leaders Make Sure to Do Every Week

You need a constant supply of new ideas. Here's how to keep them flowing.<p>Creativity and innovation is essential to the success of any company, large or small, yours included. But how do you get more creative? How do you keep innovation coming, and new ideas flowing, especially when you feel like …

This Tiny Change to Your Morning Routine Will Supercharge Your Productivity All Day

Words of wisdom from Admiral William H. McRaven: "If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed."<p>Admiral William H. McRaven knows something about high-pressure, high-stakes situations. As head of United States Special Operations Command, he oversaw the raid that resulted in the …

Laziness and lack of sleep can shorten your life, especially when combined, study says

You already know that smoking is bad for you and that drinking too much alcohol may shorten your life. Now a new study says that spending too much time in a chair and depriving yourself of necessary sleep should join a short list of behaviors known to increase your risk of premature death.<p>Sedentary …

Why You Should Keep a Journal (and How to Start Yours)

Some of the most influential people in history kept detailed journals of their lives. Those journals served two purposes: a permanent record for …

What’s the Best Fitness Gear?

<i>A:</i><p>We all know the feeling that strikes midway through the first run of ski season. Our quads are killing us, our backs ache, and we wonder why we didn’t do more pre-shred training during the off-season. If that’s already happened to you, don’t fret. There’s still time to get your legs and core …

Wells Fargo Conversations

Across generations, retirement is the #1 reason why people are investing. Beyond that, priorities vary.<p>Continue adding to your retirement savings …

How to Master the Art of Being Happy in 6 Steps

<i>Happiness in life is the ultimate goal. There are many roads to achieving peak happiness and our friends at YourTango have listed just a few to inspire you.</i><p><b>Stop looking and start DOING!</b><p>Happiness seems to be the ultimate — yet most elusive — of goals.<p>We want to be happy with our family, work, …

How to Use Mind Maps to Unleash Your Brain's Creativity and Potential

Mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. Beyond just note-taking, though, mind maps can …

Do You Have What It Takes to Help Your Team Be Creative?

Competencies testing and training has proved invaluable in business ever since Harvard psychologist David C. McClelland got the ball rolling in the 1970s. Invariably, we have learned that murky human performance categories like sales ability and leadership can be broken down into skill sets that …

Oprah Winfrey: How I make it work

I function very well on five-and-a-half hours of sleep. Anything less than that, I notice a lack of focus, a listlessness, a waning energy. If I do two or three days of that in a row, I’m no good. I’m literally just sitting at my desk and I can’t remember where I put anything.<p>My body wakes up …

12 of the best coloring books for adults to unleash your inner artist

Coloring books for adults are huge right now: right now, 9 of the top 20 best sellers on Amazon are adult coloring books. We totally get it – …

How turkeys got from Mayan temples to your Thanksgiving dinner table

By Sarah Kaplan<p>Sarah Kaplan<p>Reporter for Speaking of Science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>It is an amusing (and apparently apocryphal) piece of Thanksgiving lore that Ben Franklin believed the turkey ought to adorn the presidential seal.<p>In reality, he was complaining in a letter to his daughter that the eagle …

Insects

Six Scientifically Supported Ways to Crush Procrastination

Procrastination is something that <i>everyone</i> deals with. It’s hard to place too much blame on ourselves though, as the internet offers an unlimited …

Procrastination

Never have the embarrassment of forgetting a name again

Forgetting names is one of our memory’s most common failures – but there are ways to make them stick, says psychologist Tom Stafford.<p>A reader, Dan, asks "Why do we forget people's names when we first meet them? I can remember all kinds of other details about a person but completely forget their …

A new health podcast from WNYC Studios tries to engage listeners beyond the usual call-ins

One avenue: Only Human partnered with a hearing-test iPhone app and encourages listeners to share their data with the show.<p>“You are a terrible listener. Has anyone ever told you that before?” host Mary Harris asked last week on WNYC’s new health-oriented podcast Only Human, one of the shows …

The Role of Dopamine in Motivation and Learning

<b>If you’ve ever felt lackadaisical to start a new project, focus on imagining the joy of completing it, say University of Michigan researchers.</b><p>Both …

Today’s Top 50 Leadership Innovators Changing How We Lead

Who made the list? Discover what makes these leadership innovators outstanding.<p>There are certain central truths of leadership that remain timeless. Yet, conventional wisdom doesn't always carry forward to modern times. In fact, the way we lead today is constantly changing; we're constantly learning …

The Dark Side of Creativity

Few psychological traits are as desirable as creativity — the ability to come up with ideas that are both novel and useful. Yet it is also true that creativity has been associated with a wide range of counterproductive, rarely discussed qualities. Being aware of these tendencies is important for …

Inside Ikea’s Innovation Lab For The Future Of Better Living

The open-source lab in Copenhagen will help Ikea come up with the catalog of 2026, not 2016.<p>Ikea usually keeps a close lid on what it is working on next. But with Space10, an innovation lab recently opened in Copenhagen’s hip meatpacking district, Ikea is looking to change all that. The Swedish …

This startup is betting you want to live on borrowed furniture

If that fabric sofa has hung around in your living room for too long, go for a plush leather alternative – for just US$7. Or why not re-furnish the …

Lessons in Creativity From Successful Webcomic Artists

'In the beginning, there were no webcomics'<p>“Webcomics are dead. Right? That’s not a bad thing,” Dorothy Gambrell, Cat and Girl‘s creator, told the …

Useful Creativity Tips From A Renowned Nintendo Game Designer

Image via My Video Game News<p><b>To commemorate</b> the birth of Shigeru Miyamoto, most notably known for his best-selling game designs for Nintendo, website …

How This Company Justifies Its 'No Working From Home' Policy

A sought after job perk is the ability to work from home, but is it always the right thing for the company? This ad agency says no.<p>Architect Buckminster Fuller said <i>"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model</i> …