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Letter to an 18-year-old on the Career Path Less Traveled. By Leo Babauta Recently an 18-year-old who is finishing school wrote to me, asking for advice on choosing a career without enough life and work experience to make an intelligent decision.

Letter to an 18-year-old on the Career Path Less Traveled

He said, “Should I take the road less traveled, which may be risky and fearful, or choose a college course that interests me to some degree and see where that leads to. App for quizzing your way to being a mastermind - tech - 19 December 2012. Software that harnesses principles of cognitive science aims to turn you into a grade-A student YOU are walking down the street when your phone buzzes.

App for quizzing your way to being a mastermind - tech - 19 December 2012

"What is the capital of Maryland? " it asks you. You know the answer but you can't quite grasp it until all of a sudden you remember: "Annapolis". The question prompted your brain just in time. That is the scenario envisaged by the makers of software Cerego, which launched last week. Forget Networking. How to Be a Connector. 7 Lessons From 7 Great Minds. Have you ever wished you could go back in time and have a conversation with one of the greatest minds in history?

7 Lessons From 7 Great Minds

Well, you can’t sorry, they’re dead. Unless of course you’re clairaudient, be my guest. But for the rest of us, we can still refer to the words they left behind. Even though these great teachers have passed on, their words still live, and in them their wisdom. I’ve made a list of seven what I believe are some of the greatest teachings by the world’s greatest minds. 1. How Exercise Can Help You Master New Skills. Marilyn Nieves Can you improve your body’s ability to remember by making it move?

How Exercise Can Help You Master New Skills

That rather odd-seeming question stimulated researchers at the University of Copenhagen to undertake a reverberant new examination of just how the body creates specific muscle memories and what role, if any, exercise plays in the process. To do so, they first asked a group of young, healthy right-handed men to master a complicated tracking skill on a computer. Sitting before the screen with their right arm on an armrest and a controller similar to a joystick in their right hand, the men watched a red line squiggle across the screen and had to use the controller to trace the same line with a white cursor. Their aim was to remain as close to the red squiggle as possible, a task that required input from both the muscles and the mind. The men repeated the task multiple times, until the motion necessary to track the red line became ingrained, almost automatic.

After a week, though, things looked different. How to Be Happier at Work: 10 Tips. 10 Questions That Create Success. Think that success means making lots of money?

10 Questions That Create Success

Think again. Pictures of dead presidents have never made anybody happy. And how can you be successful if you're not happy? And buying things with that all money isn't much better. 12 Mind Tricks That Win People Over and Help You Get Ahead. Harvard Economist's Surprisingly Simple Productivity Secret. Guide to Stop Procrasinating. 9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier. Happiness is the only true measure of personal success.

9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier

Making other people happy is the highest expression of success, but it's almost impossible to make others happy if you're not happy yourself. 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy by Jen Angel. [Buy or print our poster version of this article below.]

10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy by Jen Angel

In the last few years, psychologists and researchers have been digging up hard data on a question previously left to philosophers: What makes us happy? Researchers like the father-son team Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener, Stanford psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, and ethicist Stephen Post have studied people all over the world to find out how things like money, attitude, culture, memory, health, altruism, and our day-to-day habits affect our well-being.

The emerging field of positive psychology is bursting with new findings that suggest your actions can have a significant effect on your happiness and satisfaction with life. Here are 10 scientifically proven strategies for getting happy. 1. Self help: try positive action, not positive thinking. For years self-help gurus have preached the same simple mantra: if you want to improve your life then you need to change how you think.

Self help: try positive action, not positive thinking

Force yourself to have positive thoughts and you will become happier. Visualise your dream self and you will enjoy increased success. Think like a millionaire and you will magically grow rich. In principle, this idea sounds perfectly reasonable. However, in practice it often proves ineffective. Take visualisation. In one study led by Lien Pham at the University of California, students were asked to spend a few moments each day visualising themselves getting a high grade in an upcoming exam.

Can 10,000 hours of practice make you an expert? 28 February 2014Last updated at 20:16 ET By Ben Carter BBC News A much-touted theory suggests that practising any skill for 10,000 hours is sufficient to make you an expert.

Can 10,000 hours of practice make you an expert?

No innate talent? Not a problem. You just practice. But is it true? One man who decided to test it is Dan McLaughlin, 34, a former commercial photographer from Portland, Oregon. "The idea came in 2009. Far from being discouraged by his apparent lack of any natural talent for golf, Dan and his brother started talking about what it would take to become a professional golfer. "When I announced I was going to quit my job, my co-workers started bringing books in and I read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, Geoff Colvin's Talent is Overrated and The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle," he says. Continue reading the main story Dan's plan. The 4 Scientific Ways to Become Luckier. Diagnose What's Making You Chronically Late. Letting Go of Judging People. By Leo Babauta One of the best changes I’ve made to help me be happier is learning to see judging other people as a red flag.

Letting Go of Judging People

Now, I’m not going to pretend I don’t ever judge other people — I think it’s either a built-in method all humans have, or something we develop because of built-in methods. We all judge people, and I’m not an exception. But I’ve gotten better at noticing when it happens. And recognizing that it’s a sign of something harmful. The judging itself isn’t bad. Heal thyself: Trust people. Read more: "Heal thyself: The power of mind over matter" Your attitude towards other people can have a big effect on your health.

Being lonely increases the risk of everything from heart attacks to dementia, depression and death, whereas people who are satisfied with their social lives sleep better, age more slowly and respond better to vaccines. The effect is so strong that curing loneliness is as good for your health as giving up smoking, according to John Cacioppo of the University of Chicago, Illinois, who has spent his career studying the effects of social isolation. "It's probably the single most powerful behavioural finding in the world," agrees Charles Raison of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, who studies mind-body interactions. "People who have rich social lives and warm, open relationships don't get sick and they live longer.

" If you feel satisfied with your social life, whether you have one or two close friends or quite a few, there is nothing to worry about.