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10 Ways Smart People Stay Calm

You can preempt much of your stress with these vital practices.<p>The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled …

Emotional Intelligence

A Zen Master Explains the True Meaning of Non-Attachment and Why Most People Get it Wrong

A lot of people tend to misunderstand the non-attachment concept inspired by Buddhism.<p>While some people think it’s negative, non-attachment actually …

11 Yoga Poses for Slim Thighs | Fitness for Men and Women

Who doesn’t want to look smokin’ in their flowy skirts and shorts? Your trusty yoga mat has got your butt back. Sculpt and lengthen your thighs and …

16 Simple Ways to Make Running Feel Easier

Let’s be honest, running isn’t known for being easy. Even professional athletes who run for a living admit that yeah, sometimes it can be really …

35 Things You'll Regret Doing in Life

"Life is too short" is so cliché, but also so true. Not to sound morbid, but our days are limited and we never know when our time will be up. We tend to think we're invincible, especially when we're young and don't often live to the fullest because we don't think of the bigger picture. We let …

The Elephant and the Rope: One Mental Trick to Unlock Your Growth

In business (not to mention in life), all sorts of invisible mental ropes may well be holding us back. The trick is learning to see them.<p>I'll come clean: For years, my company never had a customer service phone number on our website. When Hootsuite started, with just a few dozen employees, we were …

Elephants

17 Little Things You Can Do To Be A Better Person in 2017

Who doesn't want to be a better? We all aspire to be better tomorrow than what we are today. There are 17 little things you can do to be a better …

A Psychologist Reveals 5 Mindfulness Techniques That Literally Strengthen Your Mind

Do you practice mindfulness? Ever wondered how you’re actually improving mind?<p>The truth is, it can take weeks or months before you experience any of …

Deepak Chopra Reveals 7 Mindful Ways to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

With busy schedules and constant societal pressure, stress and anxiety are no strangers to most of us. It can be hard to unwind, relax and experience …

Regulate Your Hormones the Natural Way With These 6 Foods

Anyone who's ever experienced an imbalance can speak to hormones' pervasive role in influencing behavior. From determining fertility to shaping the …

Wellness

Sick Of The Gym? Science Says This 40-Second Workout Could Make You Fitter Than Manic Classes

This might lift many spirits. Especially those who don't like gyms.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Are you a grunter?<p>Perhaps you're just a groaner, with a little talking-to-yourself thrown in.<p><i>You can do it, Phelony! Three</i> …

Exercise

How to Boost Your (and Others’) Emotional Intelligence

Among the various core ingredients of talent and career success, few personal qualities have received more attention in the past decade than emotional intelligence (EQ), the ability to identify and manage your own and others’ emotions. Importantly, unlike most of the competencies that make it into …

23 Small Things You Can Do Every Day That Will Make You Happier

According to a happiness expert.<p>January. The month when you're practically ordered to feel depressed.<p>Well not on <i>Esquire</i>. Instead, we thought we'd ask a happiness expert for some easy ways to feel great that don't involve buying a fifty grand watch, going to the Maldives, or dating a supermodel.<p>Step …

Weight Loss: 10 Things You Should Do Every Weekend

Weight Loss: 10 Things You Should Do Every Weekend<p><b>Hit The Gym</b><br>Busy schedule during the week might take away all the time you need to hit the gym, …

Smoking Weed Was the Only Thing That Made 2016 Bearable

When the future seems bleak, it's important to count your blessings, however insignificant.<p>2016 was a year stalked by death—of musical legends, of athletes and astronauts, of whatever shred of decency our political system had left. Whatever way the world is heading, it seems like the wrong one. As …

Cannabis

William Faulkner's Hot Toddy Recipe Is the Secret to Surviving Winter

A cocktail lesson from the boozy Southern writer.<p>William Faulkner's affinity for alcohol was no closely guarded family secret. Should you find yourself at Faulkner's grave in Oxford, Mississippi, the only appropriate way to pay homage to the great Southern wordsmith is to take a swig of bourbon, …

I read 15 books this year on happiness, productivity, and success — here are the most meaningful insights I've taken away

The good thing about getting to read a lot of books for work is that I'm constantly challenged to rethink my conceptions of happiness, productivity, and success.<p>The bad thing is that one time a stack of said books collapsed on my desk neighbor.<p>Without a doubt, the books that moved me most this year …

Success

Coughing and Feeling Short Of Breath? It's Time To Detox Your Lungs

If you’re a non-smoker, yet still feel short of breath at times, it could be the pollutants that you breathe in daily that are causing you to suffer. …

Alternative Medicine

32 Important Life Lessons From 32 Years

Sometimes so many questions accumulate in your head that you just have to find a way to release them. Olesya Novikova, a writer, journalist, blogger, …

Zen of Busy: Continual Letting Go When You’re Overwhelmed

By Leo BabautaThese past two weeks have been hectic and exhausting for me. My wife’s father passed away, and I’ve been in non-stop planning, …

Mindfulness

How to Stop Your Bad Habits with Google Calendar

As we approach the start of 2017, we’ve all got the same questions on our minds. Did we accomplish everything we set out to do this year? What will we try next year? To get even more done in 2017, we found out about a brand new hack that will help you get a head start on your resolutions: Google …

Google Calendar

Mind Over Matter: How Thoughts Influence Physical Reality

“Mind Over Matter” is how thought processes can influence our physical reality. To understand how this works, we need to define what “Mind” is and …

Consciousness

Mental strength: how to improve your life by using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques

<i>When you hear the term ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapy’ you probably think that it is not for you. That is for people who are dealing with mental</i> …

An ancient Buddhist strategy for overcoming paralyzing fear

The first step in taming all-consuming dread of a Trump presidency is to get calm.<p>In the days since November 9, an oppressive cloak of fear and dread has descended upon a great many Americans.<p>The causes are endless: Our government is at risk of becoming “systemically corrupt” under President-elect …

Buddhism

24 Things You Need to Do to Heal Your Life From Anxiety

1. The opposite of addiction isn't sobriety, it's connection. The same is true for anxiety. Anxiety is being disconnected from the present moment, other people, or yourself. Usually all three. You must reconnect with your life.<p>2. You must give yourself permission to want what you really want. There …

Happiness

10 Gratitude Mantras that Will Make You Appreciate What You Have

As you sit here reading these words, pause for a moment and take a quick assessment of your life. Chances are, you have access to food, shelter, and …

Happiness

100 Things to Be Thankful For: Part II

All week I thought about postponing this post and writing instead about the election, an event that has deeply impacted America, the world, and me …

Happiness

100 Things to Be Thankful For: Part I

It's going to be a bit of a crazy week here in America, so I thought I'd direct my attention to what helps me most whenever I'm feeling anxious or …

Happiness

12 things successful people do in the last 10 minutes of the workday

Perhaps you spend the last 10 minutes of your workday staring at the clock, counting down the seconds until you're free. Or, maybe you bury yourself in your work until the very last minute — then you grab your stuff and go without saying goodbye to your colleagues.<p>If either of the above scenarios …

Productivity