The 8 Most Unexpected Advantages of Anxiety Anxiety can be crippling, but psychology studies find it does have some unexpected upsides. Anxiety can be crippling, but sometimes it is a crucial part of getting the best out of yourself. Artists, comedians, athletes and other performers often talk about the right amount of anxiety and how it can improve creativity and performance. But anxiety also has a number of lesser known upsides… 12 Tough Truths that Help You Grow As you look back on your life, you will often realize that many of the times you thought you were being rejected from something good, you were in fact being redirected to something better. You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.
The 90 Best Lifehacks of 2009: The Year in Review Another year is winding down, and that means it’s time to take a look back at what we’ve done here at Lifehack over the last 12 months. 2009 was a scary year for a lot of people – corporate layoffs, a shaky global economy, stunningly vicious politics, old wars grinding on and new ones flaring up. In the midst of all this, though, many saw opportunities; with the myth of life-long corporate employment shattered as some of the world’s biggest companies teetered on the brink of collapse, entrepreneurship enjoyed a major resurgence. This rise in self-reliance extends beyond our work life, too – people are embracing a do-it-yourself, person-to-person lifestyle where status and the display of wealth matter much less than authenticity and social interaction.
4 Surprising Advantages of Being Depressed Why being depressed can sometimes be necessary, even beneficial. Depression can be an adaptive way of dealing with certain problems in life, such as relationship breakdown and illness, say the authors of a new study. While clinical depression is a serious mental health issue, the researchers argue that by examining how depression might have originally arisen, we can better understand how to treat it. Dr. Paul Andrews, who led the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, said: “Depression has long been seen as nothing but a problem.We are asking whether it may actually be a natural adaptation that the brain uses to tackle certain problems.We are seeing more evidence that depression can be a necessary and beneficial adaptation to dealing with major, complex issues that defy easy understanding.”
100 Best Quotes About Life - StumbleUpon A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. –Charles Darwin All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. –Ralph Waldo Emerson The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010: The Year in Review Happy New Year everyone! It’s the first week of 2011 and many of us are getting ready to kick off the brand new year with a big bang. As we start off 2011 with our new resolutions and goals, let us now look back at the best posts at Lifehack in the past year. In this review post, I have gathered 100 of the best LifeHack articles in 2010. These articles have been selected based on your votes and how much YOU have talked about them in social media (Facebook and Twitter).
How To Turn Character Flaws Into Strengths With One Easy Mental Trick An easy mental trick to turn poor personality traits to your advantage. Believing that a negative personality trait has a positive ‘silver lining’ is enough to boost performance in that area, a new study finds. For example, a person who is very pessimistic might believe that one positive side of this ‘negative’ personality trait is that it makes them more realistic. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, found that those who mentally endorsed the idea that being impulsive was linked to greater creativity, were actually more creative on a subsequent test (Wesnousky et al., 2014). Alexandra Wesnousky, the study’s lead author, said: “People know that a weakness can also be a strength, but these results show that if we actually believe it, we can use these beliefs to our advantage.”
10 Ways To Snap Yourself Out Of A Slump www Ah, yes. Feeling blue. The doldrums. Sad & listless. Start Every Day as a Producer, Not a Consumer I have to agree that my most productive days are those where I don't allow myself to read the news, check e-mail, facebook, etc., right after I get up. However, that happens because I've got a ton of stuff to get done, and the outside world takes a back seat until my workload is under control. However, there are certain biological necessities that have to happen before I can be productive. The dog gets let out, I go to the bathroom, I eat/drink something, and *then* I sit down to be productive. I also *have* to check my e-mail, because if something blew up overnight or there's something that needs to be dealt with ASAP, I need to know as early as possible.
A Brief Guide to Overcoming Instant Gratification By Leo Babauta It’s no secret that we live in the Age of Instant gratification. That’s not news. But Paul Roberts has written an excellent essay at The American Scholar looking at the breadth of this phenomena on our society — it’s a must read. A sample quote from Roberts’ essay: 30 True Things You Need to Know Now You can bend it and twist it. You can misuse and abuse it. But even God cannot change the Truth. – Michael Levy It is never too late to bring about lasting change for your life. No matter your present circumstances, not matter what has happened in your past; no matter your age, gender, or socioeconomic status, you are the creator of the life you want to live. Dr.
Developing Character, Courage & College Readiness Leaders often cut their own path. That is certainly the case for Dan Scoggin, perhaps the most countercultural guy in K-12. The Phoenix school network leader has an unusual “reverence for western tradition.” Back-to-basics doesn’t come close to describing Great Hearts Academies, a K-12 charter network offering “classical education, revolutionary schools.” The elementary schools follow the Core Knowledge curriculum. There are no electives in high school (other than the latin/greek track). How to Be Great By Leo Babauta Start by admitting that greatness doesn’t come from the distraction and busywork that often fills up our lives. It comes from making a difference in the world. Now consider how you can make a difference in the lives of others. Consider your current work, which perhaps already makes a difference — how can you refocus yourself on this work?
10 Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home Our homes are an extension of who we are: what we do within the walls of our abodes shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. Scientific studies have shown that we can have an impact on our happiness by adjusting the tiny little habits and routines that constitute our daily lives — we are, in fact, in control of our outlook on life. It's amazing how a few tweaks to our daily habits can become a catalyst for meaningful, positive change. Here are a few simple things you can do every day to feel happier at home. 1. Make your bed.