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How to Stop Playing Life on Hard Mode. Despite what you’ve been tricked to believe, the highest achievers don’t play life on hard mode.

How to Stop Playing Life on Hard Mode

They make achieving what they want inevitable through the removal of obstacles. They make things easier, not harder. They focus on choosing the right path, so realizing their goals is inevitable. How do you move from maybe to inevitable? How to Find Fulfilling Work. By Maria Popova “If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment,” wrote Dostoevsky, “all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.”

How to Find Fulfilling Work

Indeed, the quest to avoid work and make a living of doing what you love is a constant conundrum of modern life. The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking - The New Yorker. Since publishing “The Secret,” in 2006, the Australian author Rhonda Byrne has been writing self-help manifestos based on the idea that people who think positive thoughts are rewarded with happiness, wealth, influence, wisdom, and success.

The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking - The New Yorker

In November, 2013, she published “Hero,” the fourth book in the series. The book showcases the wisdom of twelve heroes—businesspeople, sports stars, writers, and philanthropists. How To Discover The Message You're Meant To Share With The World. You have a message.

How To Discover The Message You're Meant To Share With The World

Yes, I'm talking to you. Maybe you know what your message is, or maybe you don't. Either way, you have one. And sharing it with the world will make you feel incredibly fulfilled from the inside out. Expressing your message doesn't have to be a big production. Youtube. Matthieu Ricard on Happiness - part 1. Matthieu Ricard: Habits of happiness. How to Stop Limiting Yourself and Feel Fully Alive.

“You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”

How to Stop Limiting Yourself and Feel Fully Alive

Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share. 7 Body Language Tricks To Make Anyone Instantly Like You. There’s no question that body language is important.

7 Body Language Tricks To Make Anyone Instantly Like You

And, according to Leil Lowndes in her book “How To Talk To Anyone,” you can capture — and hold — anyone’s attention without even saying a word. We’ve selected the best body language techniques from the book and shared them below: How Mindfulness Helps You See What's Missing (And Why You'd Want To) In Basic Mindfulness (the system of Mindfulness I teach) there’s a term called “Gone.”

How Mindfulness Helps You See What's Missing (And Why You'd Want To)

Gone refers to any moment of partial or complete disappearance that you happen to notice. It’s as simple as that. If you notice a bird stop chirping, if you notice an itch become less itchy, if you notice a car pass by and disappear from view, you could call these events “Gone.” The technique sensitizes you to a fundamental truth: everything is always disappearing. Impermanence is something you can understand intellectually, as in “this too shall pass.” What I find tragically fascinating about this technique is how frequently students think they’re doing it wrong or don’t believe they can do it at all. Something happened to me the other day that gave me insight into this dilemma, and illuminated the trap our minds so easily get caught in. A Layman’s Guide to Mindful Meditation. “Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.

A Layman’s Guide to Mindful Meditation

If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.” ~ Rumi Here’s the thing: we all know we should meditate, right? Even conventional doctors are informing us about the huge benefits of meditation. Meditation, mindfulness and mind-emptiness. Ever been unable to sleep because you can’t switch off that stream of thoughts that seems to flow incessantly, mercilessly through your head?

Meditation, mindfulness and mind-emptiness

When your mental noise distracts you from the task at hand, makes you forget why you walked into a room, or keeps you awake at night, you’re a victim of what is known in the East as “the monkey mind”. It is this thought stream that, according to Eastern tradition, is the source of much of our modern day stress and mental dysfunction. This Video Shows How to Start Teaching Your Kids to Meditate. Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal. Psychology researchers aren’t necessarily Thanksgiving experts—they may not know how to make fluffy stuffing, say, or beat the traffic to your in-laws’ house—but they have become a fount of wisdom on thanksgiving (with a small “t”).

Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal

Over the past decade, they’ve not only identified the great social, psychological, and physical health benefits that come from giving thanks; they’ve zeroed in on some concrete practices that help us reap those benefits. And perhaps the most popular practice is to keep a “gratitude journal.” As we’ve reported many times over the years, studies have traced a range of impressive benefits to the simple act of writing down the things for which we’re grateful—benefits including better sleep, fewer symptoms of illness, and more happiness among adults and kids alike. We’ve even launched our own digital gratitude journal,, here on Greater Good. The basic practice is straightforward. 30 traits of an Empath (How to know if you're an Empath) The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are. By Maria Popova The cause of and cure for the illusion of separateness that keeps us from embracing the richness of life.

During the 1950s and 1960s, British philosopher and writer Alan Watts began popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, offering a wholly different perspective on inner wholeness in the age of anxiety and what it really means to live a life of purpose. Writing in your Journal. Do Not Despise Your Inner World: Advice on a Full Life from Philosopher Martha Nussbaum. Why you really should keep a journal, no matter how cheesy that sounds. If you've spent any significant time reading books or articles on the "science of happiness", you'll have encountered what I've long thought of as the Cheesiness Problem.

It's an inescapable fact that some of the most thoroughly evidence-backed techniques for enhancing one's mood are also the most excruciatingly embarrassing – the sorts of things that those of us who imagine ourselves to be rational, sceptical types would never dream of confessing to. This is awkward, since (as I've written before) it means having to choose between maintaining a pose of sardonic detachment or doing what actually works. For me, the most vivid example is keeping a gratitude journal. On the one hand, it really helps. On the other hand – well, come on. Anyway, this problem just got worse. Researchers led by Elizabeth Broadbent, a senior lecturer in health psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, studied 49 healthy senior citizens, aged 64 to 97.

On Being a Sensitive Soul. {Poem} On Being a Sensitive Soul… Sensitive souls, We feel the pain of those around us, The Confidence Gap. For years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would be recognized and rewarded. We’ve made undeniable progress. In the United States, women now earn more college and graduate degrees than men do. We make up half the workforce, and we are closing the gap in middle management. Half a dozen global studies, conducted by the likes of Goldman Sachs and Columbia University, have found that companies employing women in large numbers outperform their competitors on every measure of profitability. And yet, as we’ve worked, ever diligent, the men around us have continued to get promoted faster and be paid more.

Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself. Evolutionary Origins of Depression. 24 MARCH, 2014By: Maria Popova What language and symbolism have to do with mood and how light exposure and sleep shape our mental health. Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Compassion. How Much Do You Value Yourself? 100 Ways To Develop Your Mind BY STEVEN AITCHISON. The video that changed everything I thought I know about non-attachement. {Video} The Heart of Non-Attachment True non-attachment is an intimacy with life. Buddhist teacher and yogi Michael Stone shares his perspective on how to live an engaged life. Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives.

By Maria Popova. I Don't Love You Anymore - JustMyTypeMag. A year ago today, the hardest words I think a woman will ever hear were said to me. How to Pick Yourself Up After a Breakup - JustMyTypeMag. The Art of Interests and Lifestyle. Not Everyone Is Beautiful. Every two or three days, I see an article or blog post or forwarded inspirational quote about beauty. Self Esteem Archives - JustMyTypeMag.