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7 Keys To A Happy, Healthy Brain. 11 Signs You Have the Grit You Need to Succeed. There are a ton of qualities that can help you succeed, and the more carefully a quality has been studied, the more you know it's worth your time and energy.

11 Signs You Have the Grit You Need to Succeed

Angela Lee Duckworth was teaching seventh grade when she noticed that the material wasn't too advanced for any of her students. They all had the ability to grasp the material if they put in the time and effort. Her highest performing students weren't those who had the most natural talent; they were the students who had that extra something that motivated them to work harder than everyone else. Angela grew fascinated by this "extra something" in her students and, since she had a fair amount of it herself, she quit her teaching job so that she could study the concept while obtaining a graduate degree in psychology at UPenn.

Her study, which is ongoing, has already yielded some interesting findings. Grit is that "extra something" that separates the most successful people from the rest. You have to fight when you already feel defeated. How To Start Getting Through The Worst Thing That Has Ever Happened To You  I got an email today asking me how to get through the worst thing that has ever happened in your life.

How To Start Getting Through The Worst Thing That Has Ever Happened To You 

I thought I'd share my thoughts on this with you all. Feel A Depressive Episode Coming On? Here Are 10 Things You Can Do To Help Yourself. The reality of depression is that, rather than being a constant, it typically ebbs and flows.

Feel A Depressive Episode Coming On? Here Are 10 Things You Can Do To Help Yourself

The patches of time where you feel seriously down are known as "depressive episodes. " That's when depression really gets on top of you — when you can't get out of bed and the sadness, blackness, and lack of hope seem inescapable. The good news is that they often pass relatively quickly, and with a little experience, it's actually pretty easy to feel them coming on. If you're starting to feel negative thoughts encroach on your brain and stop being able to enjoy things, then you know that Bad Times Are A-Comin'. But this early warning phase can actually present opportunities to help yourself prepare for your forthcoming depression. From Surviving to Thriving  Days after my tsunami divorce, my mom turned to me and told me I would survive.

From Surviving to Thriving 

I actually got angry and responded rather strongly, "No, I will not survive. I will thrive. To do anything less is to remain his victim. " I saw surviving as the bare minimum, the mere intake of breath and food in order to go through the motions of life. The 5 Ways Resilient People Get Over Failure. 5 Ways to Bounce Back From Any Setback. Weathering the Storm. In September of 2008, Philip Schultz, a humble and plainspoken fellow, crossed the hardwood floor and slid in behind a temporary lectern in the Center for Well-Being at The Ross School in East Hampton.

Weathering the Storm

It was commencement day for the eighth-grade class. Some students recognized Schultz, who was giving the address, as the father of eighth-grader Eli. He was a local poet. Schultz told the students he hadn't learned to read until he was 11. Why Understanding Obstacles is Essential to Achieving Goals. There is no shortage of pithy quotes encouraging positive thinking: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Why Understanding Obstacles is Essential to Achieving Goals

“Reach for the stars!” “Look on the bright side.” “See the glass as half full.” While inspiring words might provide a moment of motivation, it turns out they can have an adverse effect on achieving those goals. For 20 years, psychology professor Gabriele Oettingen of New York University and the University of Hamburg has been examining positive thinking and her conclusion is clear. I'm a Recovering Burnout  My name is Carrie, and I'm a recovering burnout.

I'm a Recovering Burnout 

It's been 15 months since I stopped running. I love my job, so there's a little bit of me that feels bad I couldn't keep up the lighting fast pace. I'm the CEO and president of an empowerment organization headquartered in Scottsdale called Severson Sisters. We inspire girls to live authentically as their super selves. Want to Be Happier? It's as Easy as 2, 5, 11, 15, 20, 43. The 7 Biggest Myths About Mentally Strong People  Although we spend a lot of time talking about physical strength, we devote a lot less attention to mental strength.

The 7 Biggest Myths About Mentally Strong People 

As a result, there are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be mentally strong. Here are the seven biggest myths about mentally strong people. 1. Mentally strong people were born strong. Just like babies aren't born with hulk-like physical strength, no one comes out of the womb possessing incredible mental strength. 2. Mentally strong people experience emotions just like everyone else. 3. Mentally strong people don't worry about pleasing everyone -- but they also don't try to control others in a bossy or aggressive manner. The 7 Habits of Socially Connected People. Three Strategies For Bringing More Kindness Into Your Life. Want to Be Happier? It's as Easy as 2, 5, 11, 15, 20, 43. 8 things the world's most extraordinary survivors can teach you about resilience.