Žiga Agostini

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What is Mindfulness? Nobody Really Knows, and That’s a Problem

You’ve probably heard of mindfulness. These days, it’s everywhere, like many ideas and practices drawn from Buddhist texts that have become part of …

Mindfulness
Meditation

Pick your practice wisely — meditation's benefits depend on its style

Focusing on your breath won’t make you nicer<p>Not all meditation is created equal, according to a new study. And if you’re looking to meditate to improve something specific, you should pick a practice that focuses on the thing you’d like to improve.<p>Many studies have been done to show the benefits of …

The Brain

Why Just 2 Minutes of Silence a Day Could Change Your Life

Hip meditation circles aside, it’s not always fashionable, or feasible, to live a quiet and contemplative life. For many, thriving in the modern world requires listening to NPR over the screech of subway rails while sending seven emails. But should it? A growing number of researchers argue that …

Introverts

How Transcendental Meditation Made My Life Less Stressful

It’s even Oprah-approved<p>Being a millennial, there are two things I’m interested in: ways to make my hectic and nonstop life a little less stressful, and the weird New Age-y thing to try that’ll help get me there. I’ve tried all sorts of things to help calm my mind, body, and soul and help me feel …

Data Visualization and Feelings

In a memorable talk at OpenVisConf earlier this year, data journalist Mona Chalabi posited that there is no such thing as an emotionless data …

30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable

A lot of people are good at what they do.<p>A lot of people are good at what they do. Some are even elite. A <i>select few</i> are completely unstoppable.<p>Those who are unstoppable are in their own world. They don't compete with anyone but themselves. You never know what they will do -- only that you will be …

Motivation

10 Free Online Courses That Will Make You Happier

Here’s something to smile about: these 10 quality free online courses are waiting to teach you how to create a happier, more fulfilling life. Learn …

Happiness