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12 Core Books for Your Positive Psychology Reading List. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., defines the positive psychology movement he founded as “the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive.”

12 Core Books for Your Positive Psychology Reading List

The movement helps people cultivate the best in themselves so they can live more meaningful lives. Warren Buffett’s Best Investment. Our 2017 annual letter is addressed to our dear friend Warren Buffett, who in 2006 donated the bulk of his fortune to our foundation to fight disease and reduce inequity.

Warren Buffett’s Best Investment

A few months ago, Warren asked us to reflect on what impact his gift has had on the world. Dear Bill and Melinda, Two years ago, I hit the 50-year mark as CEO of Berkshire and used the occasion to write a special report to the company’s owners. 13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful. Unsung - #DenzelWashington takes home the Image Award for... Famous Failures. 10 Insanely Awesome Inspirational Manifestos.

There are certain messages that serve to get you “back to one” when you find you’re going off course.

10 Insanely Awesome Inspirational Manifestos

Whether you use tools such as a manifesto, a personal mission statement, a vision board or a list similar to Benjamin Franklin’s “13 Virtues”, taking the time to identify with one and then keeping it handy is worthwhile – and perhaps even imperative. 7 Things Extremely Happy People Do Every Single Day. How do you achieve sustainable happiness?

7 Things Extremely Happy People Do Every Single Day

16 Goals To Set For Next Year That Are More About Enjoying What You Have Than... Milestones are markers that you’re evolving – they do not create emotional fulfillment in the way we think they will.

16 Goals To Set For Next Year That Are More About Enjoying What You Have Than...

This confusion is why with the dawn of each new year, our resolutions are to change our lives, rather than to change ourselves. But what if we made goals that were more about loving what we have rather than chasing what we don’t? What if we realized that it’s what we were seeking in the first place? It’s something to consider – if not even try just a little. Fifteen Things for When the World is Shitty and Terrifying. Laquan MacDonald was seventeen and murdered by a Chicago police officer in cold blood.

Fifteen Things for When the World is Shitty and Terrifying.

I watched a video of his murder, along with most of America, right in between reading about how Americans are terrified of letting refugees from war-torn Syria into the country, and reading about how a man with a rifle opened fire at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado yesterday. ThinkParallax: Journey through 2015.

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Commencement Speeches. Positive Psychology. Google CFO retires with a candid memo about work/life balance. Sheryl Sandberg - Today is the end of sheloshim for my... Two Steps to Designing. Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. 2015 Gates Annual Letter. But we think the next 15 years will see major breakthroughs for most people in poor countries.

2015 Gates Annual Letter

They will be living longer and in better health. They will have unprecedented opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food, and benefit from mobile banking. Dan Gilbert: The psychology of your future self. Dalai Lama: Meaning of Life. Buffett & Munger: How To Get Smarter. How Olympians Stay Motivated - Olga Khazan. Mindfulness, self-talk, and an obscure chunk of the brain help elite athletes get through the training grind.

How Olympians Stay Motivated - Olga Khazan

Until the 1990s, Olympic figure skating included a segment called “compulsory figures,” in which athletes would slowly trace precise, intricate shapes into the ice, and judges would inspect the resulting swirls and loops to determine much of the skater’s overall score. These “figures” gave the sport its name, but they were gradually phased out because not even the most ardent skating fans would watch the tedious process on TV.

Today's competitive figure skaters only do what their predecessors called the “free skating” portion—fast-paced programs set to music, packed with jumps and dance moves. When American figure skater Dorothy Hamill won gold in the ladies’ single competition in 1976, compulsory figures were the first event. They played a decisive role in whether the skater would medal. "Don't wait for perfect." Brandon Stanton HONY. Brandon Stanton has talked with 10,000 strangers and shared their stories with millions of people across the Internet.

"Don't wait for perfect." Brandon Stanton HONY

The 29-year-old photographer and creator of Humans of New York didn't hesitate to follow an idea and turn it into something meaningful. Stanton has photographed New Yorkers and visitors of the city since November 2010, developing one of the most dedicated online communities. Humans of New York (HONY) has nearly 1.5 million fans on Facebook, more than 33,000 followers on Twitter and regularly receives several thousand notes for each Tumblr post. Talks to watch when every conceivable bad thing has just happened to you. Dance in a Year. 15 Quotes To Inspire You To Greatness in 2014. Top Five Regrets of the Dying - Death, How to Live Life, Advice.

Who are some successful people who failed at their first try? 10 Steps to Achieving Success in Life. Famous Failures. 15 Astonishing Little-Known Destinations Worth Traveling To - The Fairy Pools. Thirty Things I’ve Learned — Nick Crocker. Oprah Winfrey: "Align Your Personality With Your Purpose and No One Can Touch You." Oprah Winfrey was so young when she started working as the late-night anchor on WLAC-TV in Nashville, Tenn., she still had an 11 p.m. curfew at home.

Oprah Winfrey: "Align Your Personality With Your Purpose and No One Can Touch You."

Yet she was so successful at reciting the news on camera at age 19 that she quickly received an offer from a television station in Atlanta that would have quadrupled her salary, bumping it to $40,000. Top 10 Infographics - Fast Co. Photographers have created many iconic images, but Biostatistics professor Roger Peng recently asked “What are the iconic data graphs of the past 10 years?” FastCoLabs called in Andy Kirk of Visualising Data, Robert Kosara of Eager Eyes, and Matt Stiles, the data editor of NPR, to help answer that question.

Infographic Tools - Many technologies and forms of communication experience a painful, necessary moment. Synthesizers endured A Flock of Seagulls. The internet had its GeoCities moment. 101 Shocking Helpful Quotes for Online Marketing. How to Build a New Habit: This is Your Strategy Guide. According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day. [1] Understanding how to build new habits (and how your current ones work) is essential for making progress in your health, your happiness, and your life in general. But there can be a lot of information out there and most of it isn’t very simple to digest. To solve this problem and break things down in a very simple manner, I have created this strategy guide for building new habits that actually stick.

Even more detailed information is available in my Habits Workshop and in my free guide, Transform Your Habits. But the basic principles mentioned in this article will be more than enough to get you going.