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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives. By Maria Popova How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success. Play Power: How to Turn Around Our Creativity Crisis. The division between work and play is a myth.

Play Power: How to Turn Around Our Creativity Crisis

If America is going to teach its youth to innovate, we need to unite the two. Nearly a decade ago, John Howkins wrote a book called The Creative Economy: How People Make Money From Ideas. Similarly, Richard Florida identified the "creative class" and suggested that innovation would come from a "super creative core. " But somehow, even with this knowledge, we have fallen further behind. According to Newsweek, the United States is in a creativity crisis. Innovation companies today don't ask and don't care about basic skills, grades, or SAT scores—instead, they want to know if you can brainstorm all the possible uses of bubble wrap. Eighty-five percent of today's companies searching for creative talent can't find it.

During my keynote speech at MIT's Sandbox Summit last year, I suggested that "Play is the greatest natural resource in a creative economy. " How Negative Energy Affects Your Life and How to Clear It. The 'Busy' Trap. Shut Up and Listen. People are talking about empathy more than ever.

Shut Up and Listen

A search of New York Times archives reveals that while the paper mentioned the term in only 18 articles in 1960, the count had risen to 241 by 2000. And in 2013, empathy was referenced 563 times. Last week’s Sunday Review section of The Times even included a piece on empathy and its connection to social status. 9 reasons not having kids is the best decision I ever made.

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9 reasons not having kids is the best decision I ever made

“What’s your greatest achievement?” Does No Kids Equal No Life? Is Sitting a Lethal Activity? Basics - Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop. » When Being Who You Are Challenges the Norms. 7 Negative People You Need to Ignore. Email You can’t live a positive life around negative people.

7 Negative People You Need to Ignore

Sadly, some people are so entrenched in seeing the negative side of things that they leave zero room for positive things to grow. People like this inhabit our families, work environments and social circles. Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed. Well I’m in the working world again.

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed

I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months of traveling. Books - One Injury, 10 Countries - A Journey in Health Care - Review. How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love. Kurt Michael Friese: How to Handle (or Avoid) a Hangover. Chances are you've experienced it at least once -- studies say 75 percent of adults have.

Kurt Michael Friese: How to Handle (or Avoid) a Hangover

One for the Ages: A Prescription That May Extend Life. There's More to Life Than Being Happy - Emily Esfahani Smith. "It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.

There's More to Life Than Being Happy - Emily Esfahani Smith

" Kacper Pempel/Reuters In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished -- but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived. In his bestselling 1946 book, Man's Search for Meaning, which he wrote in nine days about his experiences in the camps, Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had lived and those who had died came down to one thing: Meaning, an insight he came to early in life. Why Is Flu Common in Winter? The Power of Negative Thinking. Lab-Grown Disks May Cure That Aching Back. Basics - Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop. Keli Goff: Why Women Shouldn't Want to Have it All.

Bruce Feiler: A Father's 10 Lessons for His Daughters. One of the secrets of parenting is that it's often a very lonely sport.

Bruce Feiler: A Father's 10 Lessons for His Daughters

Especially for dads. Our children expect us to be the Answer Man, Mr. Fix It, the Know-it-All. And the truth is we often expect this of ourselves. Maybe our dads played this role for us. Compass Of Pleasure': Why Some Things Feel So Good. The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So GoodBy David J.

Compass Of Pleasure': Why Some Things Feel So Good

9 Things You Should Stop Doing Right Now. If you want to start living a happy and healthy life, here are nine things that you should stop doing right now: 1. Stop feeling pity or sympathy for yourself because life has become so challenging. 2. Stop allowing yourself to play the “victim” when life doesn’t turn out like you imagined. The 7 vices of highly creative people - Writers and Writing. Newsletter - DO - Back Pain. “As we go about our busy lives we unknowingly put our muscles, joints and bones under strain. This stress can mount up incrementally and result in a serious impact on the body such as a sudden fall or a misalignment of the spine. As a holistic Osteopath, I look for and treat these imbalances before they develop into something serious, and re-establish harmony between the body’s structure and its function.

Acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, massage and cupping can be effectively combined to restore the body’s natural balance and health so that it can begin healing itself. Years of experience have also taught me that often lurking behind physical pain is emotional tension stored, knowingly or unknowingly, in various parts of the body. Learn to Cope: Even Moderate Stress Can Have Lethal Effects - Alice G. Walton - Life. New research has found that men who have undergone moderate or high levels of stressful life events are at much greater risk of death Most adults have experienced the reality that stressful life events can take a serious toll on health. Not only mental, but physical health can suffer in the wake of major upsets like the death of a spouse, the loss of a job, or divorce. Now, a new study finds that the more stressful life events men weather in middle age or older, the greater the risk of death. Unwind this Weekend! How to (Really!) Recharge. 10 Reasons Why You Should Take A Vacation As Soon As Possible.

Are You Living the Life of Your Dreams? An Interview with Author Marilyn Tam. Joe Robinson: The Secret to a Life of No Regrets: Live Before You Die. Consider a place where people feel guilty if they enjoyed themselves -- because they aren't getting anything done.