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Points of Practice: Focus Within

Have you ever felt the meditative equivalent of “all dressed up with nowhere to go”—the feeling that you are showing up for meditation but nothing is …

Meditation

Get Horizontal: 20 More Minutes Sleep Boosts Your Brain Power

What if 20 more minutes of sleep could boost your work performance 2-3x?<p>Would you get it?<p>Everywhere I go people tell me they’re not getting enough sleep. As an executive coach it’s key that I help my clients perform at their peak—sleep deprived or not. Recently I met with Dr. Jessica Payne, …

Gaia

Gaia Staff<p>March 20, 2018<p>Samhain is a time-honored tradition followed by witches, Wiccans, druids and countless...<p>Gaia Staff<p>September 30, 2017<p>Is the …

Universe

The One Simple Technique to Keep Your Worries from Driving You Insane

As a psychiatrist, I’ve treated many people with very severe anxiety problems. There are many of us, though, without a clinical anxiety disorder who …

The Fastest Supergrain Recipes for Busy Cooks

We never knew quinoa or farro—plus three more healthy grains—could taste so good (or cook in 30 minutes or less!).<p>An Italian Main Course That Isn't …

A Definitive Guide To Making Better (And Better Informed) Decisions

Eggs or fruit for breakfast? Sell or stay independent? Pants or no pants? Decisions, decisions: They’re everywhere. Worry not, this guide’s here to help.<p>All day, every day, we are faced with an onslaught of decisions both small and large. It’s hard work. Naturally, we often seek help to quell the …

8 Ways to Extend Your Long Run

How to build endurance gradually and avoid injury when running long.

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The One Easy Daily Habit That Makes Life More Awesome

Life happens whether we are mindful of it or not. So start a journal, remember the moments that you never want to forget, and improve, well, just about everything in the process.<p>Twenty years ago, I picked up what turned out to be a stubborn habit.<p>During a particularly angsty time in seventh grade, …

The Procrastination-Killing Tactic To Try Now (Or In 10 Minutes)

How a task-avoidance strategy called “structured procrastination” can help you tackle your to-do list.<p>Procrastination is closely related to impatience. Their kinship is based on our bias toward the present over the future. Both are examples of the human tendency to overdiscount future events. In …

13 Refreshing and Fruity Sangria Recipes

What’s one of the best ways to celebrate summer? If you ask us, it’s with a glass of sangria in hand. First introduced to the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, the punch has been around for centuries. And with all that history (you can read more about it here), come hundreds of …

Therapy Tools for Faster Recovery

New instruments can offer hope and healing to sore and injured runners.<p>Sports massage has long been the go-to therapy for runners seeking relief from aches and pains. And for good reason: A rubdown can improve flexibility, boost bloodflow, and release tension, helping runners recover from or …

Work-Life Balance: 8 Ways to Eliminate Late Nights at Work | Inc.com

In a recent survey of more than 4,000 business executives conducted by Accenture, work-life balance was the key factor for more than half of men and women in determining a successful career. Work-life balance came out ahead of money, recognition, and autonomy.<p>Now, I firmly believe in breaking the …

Time Management

5 Things Happy People Do

Sages going back to Socrates have offered advice on how to be happy, but only now are scientists beginning to address this question with systematic, …

Letter To Working Mothers: Stop Feeling So Guilty

Dear Working Mother,<p>You are doing a great job. And your kids will turn out just fine despite the hours you spend away from them. Truly.<p>Of course you probably don’t always feel that way yourself. If you are like most working moms I know, you may feel like you’re forever coming up short when it comes …

Mindful Dishwashing

Recently, my partner Maitreya and I had a friend come to stay at our apartment, a very kind and light-hearted musician named Walter. A month or so earlier, we had been travelling with Walter, the three of us in a car, taking in the stunning beauty of the Connemara landscape -- we totally …

The 10 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2012

After the best science books, art books, and design books of 2012, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continue with the most stimulating philosophy, psychology, and creativity books published this year. (Catch up on last year’s roundup here.)<p>THIS WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER<p>Every …

How To Be An Optimist: 10 Habits That'll Help You Look On The Bright Side

It pays to have a sunny disposition.<p>Optimistic people have been shown to have healthier hearts, better stress-management tendencies and lower risk for stroke compared to their glass-half-empty-seeing counterparts.<p>Looking on the bright side is easier said than done, of course. Fortunately, there are …

60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life in the Next 100 Days

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of your life. At the same time, …

Productivity