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How to Get Employees Excited to Do Their Work. 22 Habits That Will Make Your Life a Little More Peaceful Each Day  1.

22 Habits That Will Make Your Life a Little More Peaceful Each Day 

Throw out, sell or donate everything you don't need. Use this guide to minimalism to help you decide what you're keeping in excess. If there's anything that will immediately release your anxiety and put you at ease, it's making the choice only to keep the physical things that either serve a purpose or hold a positive meaning for you. 2. Organize everything you do. 3. 4. TED Talks to Help You Kick Ass at Work (and in Life) A Completely Non-Intimidating Guide to Writing (Infographic) The One Thing Everyone — Yes Everyone! — Really Wants. People may be very different, but there’s one thing everyone wants from friends and peers, research shows.

The One Thing Everyone — Yes Everyone! — Really Wants

(Photo: Getty Images/Portra Images) You may not have a deep desire for a cushy job, designer duds, or a luxury car. But according to a new research review, everyone — yes, everyone — has the need for a high level of social status. Stand Out in Your Interview. How to Trick Yourself into Doing Tasks You Dread. For some of us, checking off each item on our to-do lists provides the endorphin rush we need to make task completion an intrinsic joy.

How to Trick Yourself into Doing Tasks You Dread

But most of us need a little extra motivation, especially for boring work like recording billable hours, uncomfortable tasks like facing awkward conversations with dissatisfied clients, or major projects like writing a complex case study. Setting up a compelling reward system can help you power through your to-dos. Here are four types of rewards to consider: Regenerative By rewarding yourself in a way that recharges your body and brain, you’ll give yourself more energy to tackle your next task or project. Examples of regenerative rewards include: Productive. Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain. The business world is abuzz with mindfulness.

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working in today’s complex business environment, and certainly every leader, should know about. We contributed to this research in 2011 with a study on participants who completed an eight-week mindfulness program. We observed significant increases in the density of their gray matter. In the years since, other neuroscience laboratories from around the world have also investigated ways in which meditation, one key way to practice mindfulness, changes the brain. Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence. Uk.businessinsider. GettyAlbert Einstein.


How to Handle 3 Types of Difficult Conversations. Many of us find ourselves in professional situations where we believe someone has wronged us, treated us badly, or just plain made us mad.

How to Handle 3 Types of Difficult Conversations

The expert advice often is to have the courage to have an honest conversation, air the grievance. No one can help you solve a problem if she doesn’t know you have it. But that’s easier said than done, right? It helps to have guiding principles to call on when you need to work through something difficult with a colleague. But the context of your discussion also matters. Develop a Better Kind of Mental Toughness by Living like a Hydra. The First Step to Being Powerful. “I am such a big failure.

The First Step to Being Powerful

I can’t believe that I’ve made this mistake and it’s cost me months and months of time. How to Spend the Last 10 Minutes of Your Day. How much sleep did you get last night?

How to Spend the Last 10 Minutes of Your Day

If the answer is “not enough” you’re hardly alone. According to Gallup’s estimates, almost half the people you’ll run into today are suffering from some level of sleep deprivation. We often dismiss a little morning fatigue as an inconvenience, but here’s the reality. Missing sleep worsens your mood, weakens your memory, and harms your decision-making all day long. Who’s Doing Common-Sense Reasoning And Why It Matters. Editor’s note: Catherine Havasi is CEO and co-founder of Luminoso, an artificial intelligence-based text analytics company in Cambridge.

Who’s Doing Common-Sense Reasoning And Why It Matters

Luminoso was founded on nearly a decade of research at the MIT Media Lab on how NLP and machine learning could be applied to text analytics. Catherine also directs the Open Mind Common Sense Project, one of the largest common sense knowledge bases in the world, which she co-founded alongside Marvin Minsky and Push Singh in 1999. How Turning My To-Dos into a Story Boosted My Memory and Solved My Procrastination Problem. Very interesting, Thorin.

How Turning My To-Dos into a Story Boosted My Memory and Solved My Procrastination Problem

I've been playing with the idea of transforming todos into stories, to give them some meaning and context, but I write notes about each todo. Sometimes I've tried to write stories about the todos, but it usually derives to the form of a diary, which is mostly boring, and not very useful, since it happens afterwards. Your approach has interesting differences: - third person point of view (you write as though you are not you) How to be fitter, happier and more successful: stop dreaming and start getting real. In 2011, the New York University psychologist Gabriele Oettingen published the results of an elegant study, conducted with her colleague Heather Kappes, in which participants were deprived of water. Some of these parched volunteers were then taken through a guided visualisation exercise, in which they were asked to picture an icy glass of water, the very thing they presumably craved.

Afterwards, by measuring everyone’s blood pressure, Oettingen discovered that the exercise had drained people’s energy levels, and made them relax. 6 Tricks To Becoming A More Positive Thinker. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. " -- William Shakespeare When something goes horribly wrong, our emotions hardly feel like a choice. It's logical to feel upset, angry or guilty about a negative situation, so it only makes sense to react accordingly, right? How Top Business Leaders Spend The Day. How To Be The Most Positive Person In The Room. How To Be The Most Positive Person In The Room. No one wants to be -- or be around -- a Negative Nancy. Positive people encourage others to be happier and more comfortable with themselves because their energy is contagious. 7696768c-2c3d-11e4-b021-22000a919507-large.jpeg (JPEG Image, 960 × 735 pixels) The Most Productive People Know Who to Ignore - Ed Batista.

9 Things Successful People Won't Do. How To Be More Productive: 15 Lesser-Known Ways To Boost Your Productivity. Smartphones, eating at your desk, cute cat videos, plants, and even more cat videos can make a person more productive. Science knows it. Your boss with a view of your computer screen knows it. How Successful People Reach Their Goals. Simple Ways To Reinvent Yourself At Work. The 9 Types of Intelligence By Howard Gardner... Life Advice From Jim Whittaker. Be Kind to Yourself. Brain function 'boosted for days after reading a novel' - Science - News.

Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said. Lonely? Or Lots Of Friends? Brain Structure Varies With Social Connectivity, Scientists Find. People who have extensive social networks have more connections in some parts of the brain, according to a new study. But researchers don't know yet what comes first - the brain structure or the social connections. (Photo: Petr Kratochvil / Rhonda J. Miller) Having a wide circle of friends and thriving in social situations might mean you have more white-matter pathways in your brain. Maybe those white-matter pathways — the nerve fibers that connect the different regions of the brain — are one factor that makes it easier to function in social settings, or maybe spending lots of time in social situations creates more of those pathways.

Either way, a new study has found that certain regions of the brain are bigger and better connected in people with a large network of friends and good social skills than in people with fewer friends, according to research presented at Neuroscience 2013, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.. How to Support Your Child's Emotional Intelligence.

There's so much talk about emotional intelligence these days, in fact, I just read an article in The New York Times about teaching it in schools.