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How Vatsal Used Therapy To Infuse Positivity Into His Life – Self Improvement Article

Have you ever thought about how our childhood experiences tend to shape us in a certain way? From the time I was a kid, my entire academic life revolved around the thought that I need to get good marks from which I’ll get recognition from people and that this would make me feel good about myself. That’s Vatsal Dattani, 24, a BTech student at IIT Madras. Since he was a kid, he struggled to make friends. He developed social anxiety…

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How Kunal Used Therapy To Get The Better Of His Anxiety – Self Improvement Article

According to the WHO – 38 million Indians suffer from anxiety disorders. What does that mean? Well, when a person experiences heightened feelings like fear, worry, suppressed rage, etc., along with increased physical responses – palpitations, restlessness, sweating, etc.- it is called anxiety. When this anxiety is so pronounced that it becomes a handicap, it becomes an anxiety disorder. Kunal, 43 has struggled with the most common of these disorders, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, or GAD. GAD is characterized by long…

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How Vanraj Upgraded Himself To Vanraj 2.0 – Self Improvement Article

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly” For millions of people, this quote is a perfect description of their lives. Vanraj is one of them. Vanraj, 22, is a final year engineering student at Parul University, Vadodara, one of Gujarat’s top private universities. In fact the day we caught up with him, he had just written the last exam of his programme. Confident, wise, and fluent are some terms that come to mind when…

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How Millenials Are Dealing With COVID-19 Stress – Self Improvement Article

As a part of its COVID-19 related activities, YourDOST conducted a survey on “COVID-19 related stress”. Our findings were very interesting. When analysed specifically for responses from our community members who belong to the millennial generation, here’s what we found: 55% Of Indian Millennials report experiencing moderate to no stress from the COVID-19 pandemic With the majority not experiencing high stress, this number is a testament to the resilience of Indian millennials. After all, we’re in the middle of a pandemic.…

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40 free + fun things to do at home – Positivity Article

  Another list featuring things to do during stay-at-home time? I don’t blame you if you’re rolling your eyes. But, after doing some research, I’ve found that a lot of these curated lists rely heavily on two things: having someone else in your home with you and having the money to purchase all kinds of stuff to keep you entertained. Having neither a companion nor discretionary funds, I thought I’d come up with my own list of things that (most)…

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Psychological Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Self Improvement Article

A pandemic and an ensuing lockdown, never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined that we would experience these outside of movies. Yet, here we are, confined to our homes, for the sake of our safety and good health. This, of course, brings with it, it’s own set of challenges.  There’s a lot of talk out there about the business aspects, the economic aspects, or the financial aspects of this strange-strange situation. But a topic that isn’t getting sufficient…

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How To Deal With Coronavirus Blues – Self Improvement Article

The Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting safety measures have completely taken over our lives. The uncertainty of it is unsettling, and as was discussed in our earlier article, adverse effects on our mental health are real.  We’ve all read about the precautions to take to avoid contracting the virus – washing hands, social isolation, etc. But are there any must-take precautions to cope with the mental toll this situation might have? Let’s have a look: 1. Fear and Anxiety Fear…

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Take Care of Your Mental and Emotional Wellbeing during Isolation or Quarantine – Positivity Article

Coronavirus fear –  How do you manage it? And how can you take care of your mental and emotional wellbeing if you are in isolation or quarantine or have COVID-19? You may be worried about coronavirus or not (yet). You might be affected by it or not (yet). I say ‘yet’, because the story of the coronavirus seems to change and expand on a daily basis. And so may be the way we feel about it, and the way in which…

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A Quick Guide – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Everyone wants to live a happy life. But how can we achieve it? How can we be happy in life? Well, I believe we can find a solution by using a theory in psychology called Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In essence, the theory states that every human being has six needs that should be fulfilled starting from the basic ones. From the bottom to the top, here are the needs: Physiological: hunger, thirst, bodily comfort Safety: protection, security, stability Belonging:…

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How Mukul Decided to “Kick the Butt” & Quit Smoking for Good – Self Improvement Article

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could be a page in someone else’s survival guide” This is precisely what our friend Mukul Sharma believes. Hence he shares his own inspirational story of the mountain he climbed. Mukul, 25, a resident of Bangalore, is employed with logistics startup, BlackBuck. In June 2019, he approached YourDOST to help him quit his smoking habit. A business graduate, Mukul had started smoking about 3 years back. I started out purely…

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How I Used Therapy to Realise My Worth – Self Improvement Article

Ban, delete, shred, obliterate the words, “I am not good enough” If there’s anyone whose inspirational story is an epitome of this quote by bestselling author, Karen Salmansohn, it would be Sukriti. Sukriti Taneja, 20, is a B.Com Honours student at the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. But her story starts much earlier. Sukriti had been a victim of terrible bullying in school. Now if you’re thinking if this is a rarity, think again. According to a…

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How I Conquered Self-Doubt & Set Myself Up For Success – Self Improvement Article

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed.  Your words could be a page in someone else’s survival guide” -Unknown Ankita Markan’s story is bound to add more than a few pages to your survival guide. Ankita, 20, from Chandigarh is a very pleasant, personable and smiling individual, who also happens to be a star basketball athlete. She’s a 3rd year B.Com Honours student at the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. She’s a part of the college’s…

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Let’s Make This the Year of Trying… – Positivity Article

Much as I hate to admit it, I’ve never really been a try-er. If something comes easily to me or I only have to put in a moderate, not-totally-unenjoyable work, I’ll do it. When I encounter anything I’m not immediately decent at doing (or something that is out of my control in some way, I find myself putting in a minimal amount of effort, doing what’s needed to get things done (if I even do it at all). During a…

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How I Used Therapy to Become the Best Version of Myself – Self Improvement Article

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could be a page in someone else’s survival guide” -Unknown This is precisely what our friend Vineet Daniel M believes. Hence he shares his own inspirational story of the “life mountain” he climbed. Vineet, 22 is a medical student. He studies in the city of Chicago, USA, as an international student. He first approached YourDOST in September 2019. His issue? None that he could pinpoint really. But he did have…

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My Best Self Improvement Articles from 2019 – Self Improvement Article

This was a monumental year for The Emotion Machine, which officially turned over 10 years old this year! That’s a whole decade of writing and sharing information about psychology and self-improvement. It’s now time to recap the best article published in 2019. As always, it’s a nice combination of articles covering a wide-range of topics including positive psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, mindfulness meditation, and emotional intelligence. Please take a look through and see if there are any interesting articles…

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9 Tips for Battling the Winter Blues – Positivity Article

  As winter arrives, I’m taken back in my mind to last year… Last winter, I was really down and out at the start of 2019. I spent so much time in bed, engaging in unhealthy coping methods, and generally just feeling rotten about myself and my life. While I don’t know for sure if this was general depression or Season Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) — I should have sought professional help, but I didn’t — I do know that it…

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5 Simple Tips – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

A while back, I read Personal Finance for Dummies. I found statements in the book that intrigued me: “Many people toil away at work, dreaming about a future in which they can … do what they want, when they want. People often assume that this magical day will arrive when they retire…” “Many of the people I speak to say that they do want to retire, and most say the sooner, the better.” I don’t know whether these statements are…

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Three Lessons From History – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Do you want to be your best self? Do you want to become the best that you can be? I just finished Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. It’s an insightful book that contains many lessons from history. While the lessons are mostly related to nations and cultures, I believe we can apply some of them to our lives as individuals as well. In particular, I’d like to take the lessons from how European empires came…

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17 Factors That Make Up a Mood – Positivity Article

I’m in the midst of working on a very exciting project (can’t wait to tell you about it soon!), and I’ve been listening to makeup videos while I work. I rarely even wear makeup, but there’s something about these videos that just works so well as background noise! All that makeup talk in the background has had me dying to draw makeup things so I was thrilled when I thought of the mood makeup idea the other day. Once I started thinking…

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Living the HSP Life: Tips for Highly Sensitive People – Positivity Article

  Note: A lot of what I learned about Highly Sensitive People (aside from my own personal experience), came from Elaine N. Aron’s book, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You. If you want to learn more about the info that’s not personal-experience-based, I highly recommend you check it out or visit her site here!    WHAT IS A HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON (HSP)?  Basically, Highly Sensitive People (HSP) is a term developed in the 1990s…

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6 Ways to Shake Things Up – Positivity Article

  For months and months, it felt like a dark cloud was hanging over my head. I don’t know if it was seasonal depression or regular depression or just part of my biological mental ups and downs, but, man, was it rough. I didn’t feel like doing anything, and I didn’t feel like I’d ever get out of that dark fog of what felt like nothingness. But, over the past few weeks, there’s been a shift. I’ve felt something start…

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7 Truths about Our Emotional Needs – Positivity Article

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Regard Yourself as a Cloud – Positivity Article

  Regard yourself as a cloud.  Clouds never make mistakes.  Did you ever see a cloud that was misshapen? Did you ever see a badly designed wave? No, they always do the right thing.  And if you will treat yourself for a while as a cloud or wave, you’ll realize that you can’t make a mistake whatever you do.  Because even if you do something that appears totally bizarre, it will all come out in the wash somehow or…

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Thought-Tinters: 8 Things That Impact Your Thinking – Positivity Article

Get the print here!    Whenever I do interviews, one of the questions I get asked most frequently is, “If you could give out one piece of advice, what would it be?” It’s a tough one to answer, but my instinct is almost always to say, “Pay attention to your thoughts.” It sounds like simple (or perhaps even strange) advice — after all, aren’t we always paying attention to our thoughts if we’re thinking them? But, if you think about it (ha!),…

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Focus on Sharing More Good News With People – Self Improvement Article

When you talk with people, do you usually share good news or bad news? The answer to this question could make a big difference in how people perceive you overall. While we often say “don’t shoot the messenger” when delivering bad news, the truth is that most people have a hard time separating the message vs. the messenger. In one interesting study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, researchers conducted 11 different experiments (real and imagined) and discovered that…

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Are You Willing to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone? – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

I read the book summary of Hit Refresh recently. It’s an autobiography of Satya Nadella, the third CEO of Microsoft. It tells the story of how the young Nadella was obsessed with cricket and wanted to become a professional player. On the side, he also developed an interest in personal computing. He enrolled in an institute in India and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Realizing that being a professional cricket player was not for him, he then decided…

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Your Key to a Better Future – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Do you want to have a better future? One thing you should do for that is investing. That means making some sacrifice now (e.g. setting aside a portion of your income) for a greater reward in the future (e.g. your retirement fund). The best investment, however, is not a financial instrument. The best investment is yourself. Many people invest financially but forget to invest in themselves. As a result, they don’t reach their full potential. That’s why it’s important that…

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How We Learn From Our Parents How to Respond to Stress and Anxiety – Self Improvement Article

A lot of what we learn in life – including how we regulate our stress and emotions – is picked up by what we observe from others when we are developing at a young age. Our parents and upbringing can play one of the biggest roles in what habits persist later in our lives. This is why paying attention to family patterns is so essential for learning how to improve yourself and changing unhelpful behaviors. If you’re an easily stressed-out…

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A Proven Key to Turning Your Life Around – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

When your life is in a mess, what is the key to turning it around? I thought about it when I read the story of Jon Shafer. Shafer is the lead designer of Civilization V, a video game that was released in 2010. The game was a huge success. But after the game was released, he decided to quit and start his own company. He started working on a game called At the Gates. Unfortunately, things didn’t go well for…

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Here’s Why People Change and How You Can Too – Self Improvement Article

Image Credit: Unsplash I was recently participating in a family event. As I was walking by I heard someone saying: “well what can you do about it… That’s her character, and people can’t change.” The fact that people believe that character and attitude can’t be changed always surprises me. I keep hearing this from people who are considered educated yet with all those university degrees, it feels like some very basic truths are missed. Everything is either growing or disintegrating…

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