Habits

10 Positive Thinking Tips (That Actually Work) – Happiness Article

One of the most powerful habits that I’ve picked up in the past 10+ years is to stop being pessimistic and to think in a more optimistic and constructive way instead.It makes life feel lighter and not so burdensome.It opens up new paths towards where you want to go and it helps you to more easily overcome setbacks (and often get something good out of them).You’ll feel less worried and sorry for yourself and more motivated to keep taking action.So…

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Hector Hughes – Enjoying The Small Things is More Than Enough – Productivity Article

The founder of Unplugged Retreats on why simplicity is the key to wellbeing during times of stressHave you viewed your screen time stats lately? If you’ve been brave enough to check in on your digital habits in the era of #StayAtHome, it’s probable that (much like the half of humanity on lockdown) your online hours have been soaring. None of us predicted this 6 months ago while making our New Year’s resolutions. Some of us vowed to improve our digital…

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Celebrate National Meditation Month – About Meditation – Meditation Article

May marks the start of National Meditation Month 2018. Every day I hear someone say, “I should meditate.” Usually followed by a but (insert your but here). The buts are basically the same. I should meditate, but: It’s too difficult. I don’t have time. I can’t stop my thoughts. As a mentor and meditation teacher, I listen and usually share insights as to why these particular buts aren’t true. For example: Meditation is easy and effortless. The less you do…

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Build Self-Discipline by Forming These Habits – Positivity Article

Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do things even if you don’t want to do them. That’s one of the most important qualities in life. Especially in 2020, since we’re all forced to work and spend more time at home. There’s not much we can do outside of the house. That requires self-discipline. A lot of discipline. We can’t travel, eat out, shop comfortably, watch movies at the cinema, go to concerts, and so forth. And yet, we’re expected to behave like good people. We’re expected…

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How to make journaling a ritual (video)

How to make journaling a ritual (video) – Asian Efficiency Free Training: How to Achieve Superhuman Productivity and Achieve a Year’s Worth of Work in the Next 30 Days. Revealed: The Morning Routines of Highly Successful CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities!Get it Now By Thanh Pham | 4 comments We love journaling. It’s a ritual for writing about, tracking and recording your life down in paper or in digital form.It is not about teenagers keeping a secret diary, but a methodical and mindful practice…

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Zooming In and Out to See Where You Want to Go in Life – Self Improvement Article

If you want to get a more “complete picture” of where you are in life and where you want to go, it’s important you know how to zoom in and zoom out your perspective. By “zooming in,” I mean narrowing your focus to a small scale. Focusing on what you are thinking or feeling in the present moment is one way of zooming in. For example, what are you thinking and feeling right now? How do you feel about the…

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5 Small Tips for a Happy Life Starting Today – Self Improvement Article

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”Lionel Hampton“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”Marcel ProustMaybe the simplest and most effortless habit for living a happier life is to take one or a few minutes every day to focus on what is already here and that you can be grateful for in your life.It can help you to…Lift your mood…

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Jen Hatmaker: “Connection and Belonging Matter Almost More than Anything Else We Put Our Hands To.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Jen Hatmaker. Jen Hatmaker is a New York Times bestselling author, blogger, and sought-after speaker. She has written many books and hosts the podcast For the Love. (If you want to listen to the two of us in conversation, she interviewed me on For the Love here.) Jen and her husband, Brandon, are founders of the Legacy Collective, a giving community that granted more than a million dollars in its first year. The couple also pastors Austin New Church and lives on…

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Screenwriter Paul Guyot: Reaching a Flow State in the Age of Distraction – Productivity Article

Do you find it hard to focus? Do you often find yourself frustrated after diving down an internet loophole only to find that hours have passed with nothing to show? You’re not alone. Don’t believe me? Here’s a Google Trends graph showing the number of people searching “can’t focus” and “phone addiction” on Google from 2004 to 2020.  Over the last few years, digitization has drastically shaped our world and the way we live. The way we work is no…

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Jen Gotch: “I Think the Connection of Success to Busyness Is Dangerous.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Jen Gotch. I couldn’t wait to talk to Jen about happiness, habits, and creativity. Gretchen: What’s a simple activity or habit that consistently makes you happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative? Jen: Dancing—usually by myself. I’m not incredibly good at it, but when I’m dancing, it sure feels like I am and that’s enough to make me happy. I dance when I am feeling bad, I dance when I am feeling good. Even if only for a minute.…

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Praying the Ignatian Examen: Video Guided Prayer Exercise – Spiritual Article

Cultivating a relationship with God can be hard in the midst of our busy lives, and that’s why Ignatius of Loyola came up with the Examen in the 16th Century. His monks tired of all the different prayers they had to do every day, so the brilliant Ignatius came up with one prayer they could practice just three times a day. The Examen is a contemplative prayer with a somewhat scientific approach: it’s a practice repeated at least once daily…

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5-step Formula to (Finally) Creating a Regular Meditation Habit – Meditation Article

Meditation is a desirable habit to cultivate. There are hundreds of scientific benefits associated with regular meditation, and it is a key life habit that also sparks a chain reaction for other good habits to take hold, such as: Quality sleep Enhanced mood Better relationships Increased self-awareness If you’ve been wanting to start a regular meditation practice that will create very visible, real and positive changes in your life, follow this 5-step formula. 5-Step Formula 1) Identify The best way to…

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How to Keep Coronavirus Worries from Disrupting Your… – Happiness Article

Many people I know have been complaining lately about losing sleep. It’s no surprise why. All of us are feeling increased stress and worry, and experiencing changes in our work and family life. The novel coronavirus can keep us up at night. What can we do to protect our sleep during this time? For answers, I turned to Shelby Harris, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Montefiore Medical Center, an associate professor at the Albert Einstein College of…

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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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