7 habits to cultivate during the lockdown – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

The world is terrified with coronavirus/COVID-19 disease and there is nothing enough we can do to condemn it. We at national and world levels have already heard a lot many things and are to some extent feed up now with the daily intake of negativity and sorrow. While it is a fact that the world is facing a hazardous situation but it is also true that there is always some good even in the worst situation.Then there is good too…

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The Way of Nourishment: The Art of Healing From The Inside Out – Meditation Article

“The Awakening” Tending to my nourishment and pleasure isn’t something I was taught when I was younger. If anything, I was surrounded by those who would suffer for their nourishment and pleasure. I grew up in a society and culture that revered productivity and perseverance, driven to achieve the American dream at the expense of health and wellbeing. I can say, with certainty, that the vast majority of us were never taught the skills and resources needed to best care…

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Alex Soojung-Kim Pang on his new book, “Shorter” – Productivity Article

With his new book Shorter: Work Better, Smarter, and Less—Here’s How hot off the press this week, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang generously sat down with us to answer some questions about the book. We’re big fans of Alex, and his brilliant Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less was on our reading list in 2017. Alex previously shared some sage words about rest and morning routines here on Freedom Matters.Alex, thank you for your very interesting book, Shorter.…

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3 Tiny Mental Habits I Practice Every Morning – In Less Than 5 Minutes – Self Improvement Article

When it comes to self-improvement, it’s not just about changing our physical habits but also our mental habits. In what direction does your mind naturally tend to go? Do you focus more on the “positive” or “negative” in any given situation? Do you pay more attention to your “strengths” or your “weaknesses?” Happy and successful people tend to share similar beliefs and attitudes that help fuel their happiness and success. Some may have picked up these beliefs naturally (through their…

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The Most Important Questions You Need to Ask Before Moving in Together – Wit & Delight – Lifestyle Article

The first morning in our new apartment, Joe went out for bagels. We had been out late the night before and I had removed my contacts around 3 a.m. and thrown them on the bedroom floor. Groggily, I slumped out of bed and into the living room, fully knowing a bagel with a very heavy hand of cream cheese smear would make last night settle in my stomach and fade into a distant memory. Inside the bag, I found a…

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“I Thought I’d Wake Up One Day and Be an Adult Who Knew What Made Her Happy.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Lydia Denworth. Lydia Denworth is a science journalist who’s a contributing editor for Scientific American, and writes the ‘Brain Waves’ blog for Psychology Today. Her work has also appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, and many other publications. Her new book is Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond. I couldn’t wait to talk to Lydia about happiness, habits, and relationships. Friendship is so important to happiness!…

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An Essential Insight for Maximizing Happiness – Self Improvement Article

The “hedonic treadmill” is an essential concept to understand if you want to maximize the happiness in your life. The basic idea behind the “hedonic treadmill” is that our happiness set-point often changes and adapts with ourselves and our environment. Basically, we develop a tolerance toward the pleasure and pain in our lives. So the more you increase pleasure, the more you will need to increase it in the future to feel the same level of happiness and satisfaction. Many…

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Patience – The Positive Psychology People – Positivity Article

What’s the hurry? There are many lessons to be learnt in life. Some take longer than others to master. For me, one of the hardest is patience. Patience is a nemesis that I still have to conquer. You could say that I am impatient to become the King of patience. The question is why am I like it? Woodwork Class I can vividly remember a time at school during a woodwork class. I was about seven years old and we…

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“Life. Nothing Goes As Planned. Distractions, Misfortunes…All Have To Be Factored In.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Twyla Tharp. Twyla Tharp is a dancer, director, and choreographer who is famous for her innovative and often humorous work. She has choreographed more than hundred thirty-five dances, five Hollywood movies, directed and choreographed three Broadway shows, received a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen honorary doctorates, the National Medal of the Arts, and many grants including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (also known as the “Genius Grant”). She’s a member of the American Academy of…

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Tired of Making New Year’s Resolutions? Try Making a “20 for 2020” List Instead. – Self Improvement Article

Elizabeth and I love the exercise of making a “20 for 20” list. This is the third year we’ve tried this approach. In episode 149, we talk about our “18 for 2018” lists and in episode 203, we discussed our “19 for 2019” lists.  Now, why make a “20 for 2020” list at all? Research shows that people who construct their goals in concrete terms are 50 percent more likely to feel confident they will attain their goals and 32…

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4 New Year Tips for a Fresh Start and Infinite Possibilities – Meditation Article

  The beginning of the year is a special time that is worthy of your attention. It is one of the best times to connect with yourself and evaluate the different areas of your life. Ask yourself, “What do I really, really want?” Be open and listen to your heart’s deepest desires. The truth is that in any given moment you have the ability to blink your eyes open and step into the life of your dreams. You can choose to see life through the lens of love rather than fear. Feel peaceful…

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How to Avoid Slipping Back into Bad Habits – Happiness Article

You might already be aware that about 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions end in failure. Maybe you’ve taken steps to avoid that fate, like finding an accountability buddy, penciling your goal into your schedule, or downloading a habit-tracking app. But there’s another pitfall to watch out for: success. What if you attain your goal—learn the language, lose the weight, go to bed earlier—and then, in the excitement of checking it off, fail to maintain it? A new study published…

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The Universal Key to Setting and Achieving Goals – Productivity Theory – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook It’s almost the end of 2019, which means you could be thinking about what you’ll accomplish in 2020. You might have a career change coming up or a big move to a new state. Whatever you have in mind for the new year, you probably have a few goals you’d like to accomplish too.Everyone’s experienced the start of a new year where they have resolutions and goals that never come to fruition. It’s frustrating and discouraging,…

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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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How to Become a More Positive PersonPick the Brain – Personal Development Article

The vast majority of our behavior is habitual. As much as we feel like we are thinking throughout the day, and making conscious decisions, much of our activity is driven by deeply ingrained habits. The question is, how did these habits form? The answer lies in our subconscious mind. This is the non-thinking mind. It faithfully carries out mental commands just like a computer obediently follows digital code. The subconscious mind is largely programmed before the age of 6 or…

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The Two Things Everyone Needs to Be Happy (Yes, everyone!) – Self Improvement Article

I often talk about how there’s no magic, one-size-fits-all answer for boosting happiness, creativity, and maintaining healthy habits. And it’s true—except that there are two things that everyone needs to be happy. After spending years studying and thinking about happiness, I really do believe that most of us can take simple steps that will boost our happiness. We can be happier now, within the course of our ordinary days. You need two things to be happy: 1) Relationships. Anything we can do…

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If You Can Change Your Mind, You Can Change Anything – Positivity Article

Adopting habits with a positive return is one of the most effective self-improvement strategies. That’s why so much advice revolves around changing one’s mind and habits. However, there’s a downside that gets ignored by every habits-expert. The 17th century English poet, John Dryden said it best: “We first make our habits, then our habits make us.”  The beauty of this quote is the duality it expresses. You can read that quote and find confirmation that habits are good for you.…

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How to Break Free of Emotional Eating – Happiness Article

Do you have struggles around eating? If you do, you’re not alone. In the United States, millions of people will fit the diagnosis for binge eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Many more have less severe eating issues—such as obsessing over calorie counting or feeling shame when they eat “bad” foods—that wreak havoc on their health and happiness. Often, people with problematic eating patterns are worried about their weight and attempt to lose weight by cycling through dieting…

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7 Ways Successful Creatives Think Differently than Unsuccessful Ones – Personal Development Article

As a publishing executive, I worked with authors for more than three decades. I’ve also worked with speakers, recording artists, designers, and other creatives. I have had the privilege of working with the best—and the challenge of enduring the worst. What separates the two? That question is of greater importance now than ever before because creative work plays a bigger role in business today than at any previous time. Ask any entrepreneur. The easy answer is the wrong one. It’s…

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5 Steps to Let Love Flow – Meditation Article

  Even though we are wired for love, being in love may be the scariest thing one can experience. We desperately want that one fulfilling relationship, yet we go to great lengths to avoid rejection and heartbreak. Love and fear don’t mix. Reflecting on my own life, I noticed how often I closed in an attempt to protect myself. I shut people out. I isolated under stress. I didn’t want people to see I was having a hard time. Or worse, try to fix it. Deep below the surface, I felt unworthy. I thought I had to…

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What Happens When You Take a Facebook Break – Happiness Article

For a healthier and happier life, you might try to quit something: sugar, gossiping, hitting the snooze button. These days, many people have directed their self-improvement energy at trying to quit social media, at least temporarily. I decided to join them. On Monday, November 18, at 1 p.m., I embarked on my own Facebook and Instagram sabbatical—for research purposes, of course. Admittedly, I was curious how I’d spend the extra time—and whether all the curly hair gurus I follow were…

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Time Blocking: A Guide for Consistently Productive Days – Productivity Article

Most people use their calendars reactively, meaning that they put things on their calendars as they come up. Someone wants to grab coffee? On the calendar. The boss calls a meeting? On the calendar. A conference call with the publishing team? On the calendar. The problem with this approach is that it can lead to the day getting very chopped up, which then makes it difficult to get things done which require in-depth thinking. If you’re constantly interrupted by meetings, phone…

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7 Tips for Having a Happy Thanksgiving with Your Difficult Relatives. – Self Improvement Article

In the United States, Thanksgiving is approaching. For many people, Thanksgiving is a joyous holiday; for many people, Thanksgiving is a dreaded holiday. One factor that can make it tough is spending time with difficult relatives. Here are some strategies for keeping Thanksgiving dinner — or any holiday gathering, at any time of the year — pleasant: 1. Before you join the group, spend a few minutes thinking about how you want to behave. Don’t just react in the moment;…

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How to Make Your Own MotivationPick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

It’s that time of year when the days get shorter and people need a BOOST: to get to the gym, to put down that cookie, to stick to their plan! How do you get up in the dark, when it’s cold? Sure you don’t WANT TO. Gotta be honest, NO ONE WANTS TO at first. Action precedes motivation! One of my Favorite quotes of all time. What does it mean? It means that we don’t MOVE out of the motivation…

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“Happiness Usually Comes from a Place of Stillness, from Feeling Like You Have Enough in the Moment.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Ryan Holiday. Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying; Conspiracy; and many other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as multiplatinum musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He’s written three books that explore ancient…

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5 Mistakes You’re Making When You’re Planning Your Workday – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook When you walk into work every day, you probably have a general idea of what your routine is. You clock in, take care of your morning responsibilities, enjoy a lunch break and finish the day with more work.Even though you may experience the same routine every week, the fine details are easy to change. That may affect your productivity, depending on how you plan your workday.If you feel like your productivity could use a boost, check…

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Your Mindset Makes a Difference – Positive Psychology News – Positivity Article

Marie-Josée (MJ) Salvas Shaar, MAPP ’07, CPT, has studied, tested, coached, and taught smart health habits for over 13 years. Combining positive psychology with fitness and nutrition, she created a coaching method that builds better sleep, food, mood, and exercise habits, as described in her book, Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance, which includes 50 practical health-building activities. Today MJ gives keynotes for corporate wellness programs and offers continuing education for wellness professionals, who…

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“Now I Don’t Think of a Quick Hike or Hour in the Gym as Torture But as a Reward.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Laurie Santos Laurie Santos is a professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University, and the Director of Yale’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory and Director of Yale’s Canine Cognition Lab. She’s also the Head of Yale’s residential college Silliman College—which is my Yale college! At Yale, the “colleges” are like the Houses of Hogwarts, so it’s as if she’s my Professor McGonagall. Laurie Santos made headlines in 2018 when her class “Psychology and the Good Life” became the most…

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“Sitting Under a Tree in a Pine Forest Is Happy Medicine.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: John Jantsch. John Jantsch is from Kansas City (just like me!—I used to see his office sign on my drive home from the airport) and is a marketing consultant, speaker, and author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, SEO for Growth, and The Referral Engine. His latest book, The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur: 366 Daily Meditations to Feed Your Soul and Grow Your Business, is a collection of daily meditations for entrepreneurs; by making ourselves better people,…

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“Having a Non-Verbal Activity Feels Essential, and As, These Days, Do Non-Digital Activities.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Amy Waldman. Through mutual friends, I’ve known Amy Waldman for years. When I first met her, she was a reporter with the New York Times (which she did for eight years, including three years as co-chief of the South Asia bureau). Then she changed her writing path to become a novelist, and her first novel, The Submission, was a national bestseller. Now Amy has a new novel that has received a huge amount of buzz: A Door in the…

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