“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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4 Mindfulness Tips To Reclaim Your Center & Ground Your Being – Meditation Article

“Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Do you have days when you feel a little out of control? Maybe even a little crazy? I sure do. Sometimes events spiral out of my control (surprise surprise!), my emotional center veers off balance, and it’s like someone turned the world upside down. I actually think that’s pretty common for a lot of us. Not everyone has the inner tools to…

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“Distraction Starts from Within; It is Our Never-ending Search for an Escape from Psychological Discomfort.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Nir Eyal I’ve know Nir for years now. How do we know each other? I don’t even remember! I’m a huge fan of his first book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, which I found very useful when I was working on my book Better Than Before, all about habit change. I also attended his first conference, Habit Summit, which is where I met the brilliant folks at Aperio Insights who designed my quiz for the Four Tendencies framework.…

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“Why is it Easy to Make That Initial Decision to Change, and Even to Start, But Difficult to Persist?” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Wendy Wood. From my time researching and writing Better Than Before, my book about habit change, I know the fascinating work of Wendy Wood. Wendy Wood is a social psychologist whose research addresses the ways that habits guide behavior—and why they are so difficult to break—as well as evolutionary accounts of gender differences in behavior. She is Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California, where she also served as Vice Dean of Social Sciences.…

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A Great Tool for Habit Change and Motivation – Self Improvement Article

Gamification is the process of using “gaming elements” in non-gaming situations. The basic idea is that by making an activity seem more like a “game,” individuals will be more motivated and focused to continue that activity and stay committed to it. One of the most common examples of this is when businesses use rewards and badges for customers who have been loyal to their company. The more products you buy, the more you work your way to different “reward tiers,”…

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What Are Your Superpowers? Create Unique Names for Your Strengths – Self Improvement Article

Do you have superpowers? When it comes to self improvement, we often focus more on our weaknesses and what we want to fix about ourselves rather than our strengths and what we are already good at. The main reason for this is that we tend to have a “negativity bias.” Our minds are designed to solve problems and fix things. And as a result, we take our strengths for granted and instead we spend most of our time thinking about…

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“The Animal Version of Happy Boils Down to Two Things: Safety and Discovery.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Kathryn Bowers I got to know Kathryn because we’re both in a writers’ group, the Invisible Institute. I love this group because although we’re all non-fiction writers, we cover an extremely wide range of subjects. When else would I hang out in a professional group with someone like Kathryn—who’s an applied animal behaviorist and science writer? Her first book, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health, was a New York Times bestseller and was recently featured at…

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Multi-Stage Meditation: A 15-Minute Routine – Self Improvement Article

Meditation is becoming one of those habits that we all know is good for us, but we have trouble actually doing it on a consistent basis. When I first learned about meditation and tried it out, it was about 10 years ago. Since then my practice has been very sporadic. I enjoyed it and could see its benefits afterwards, but I could never transform it into a steady habit. However, meditation is slowly become as essential to my daily routine…

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How to Use Quick, Easy Habits to Create and Maintain Outer Order. – Self Improvement Article

In my study of happiness, I’ve realized that for most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm. Easy, quick, regular habits make it possible to manage possessions before they accumulate into clutter. My new book Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness offers tips and strategies for tackling clutter. One simple concept from the book that seems to really resonate with people is this: it’s far easier to keep up than to catch up,…

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Don’t Compare Your Life to Someone’s Highlight Reel – Positivity Article

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”Lao Tzu Today I’d like to focus on a negative habit that creates insecurity within, erodes self-esteem and can make you feel quite unhappy with your own life. It’s something that has sprung up as we have moved a part of our lives on to the internet and social media. And that habit is to compare yourself and your life to other people’s highlight reels.…

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7 Truths about Our Emotional Needs – Positivity Article

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How Your Personality Shapes What Types of Exercise Work Best For You – Self Improvement Article

Everyone knows exercise is good for you, but many have trouble transforming that belief into action and making exercise a consistent habit in their lives. One reason may be lack of motivation or discipline, but another reason could be that you just haven’t yet found the type of exercise that works best for you and resonates with you. The more we know ourselves, the easier it is to create new habits that work for us. So the first step toward…

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4 Ways YOU Can Create Powerful Habits – Self Improvement Article

Author and habits expert James Clear says if you want to make big changes, first you have to think small. His new book, “Atomic Habits,” zeroes in on the idea that small adjustments add up to larger changes over time. Checkout his new book Atomic Habits on Amazon now! What Are Habits? Let’s define habits. Habits are the small decisions you make and actions you perform every day. According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of…

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“The Stories We Tell Ourselves Are What Make Our Dreams Come True.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Sheri Salata Sheri Salata has had a remarkable career. She served as co-president of Oprah Winfrey Network and president of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions. In various roles, she worked with Oprah for twenty-one years. Then she decided to go out on her own, and reinvent her career and her life. Along with her longtime best friend Nancy Hala, she has launched The Pillar Life as a way to create more happiness, success, and abundance. The eight “Pillars” they explore…

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“When I Feel Anxious, I Make Lists: ‘What’s Going Well Right Now?’ and “What Bothers Me?’” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Chris Guillebeau Chris Guillebeau and I have been friends and colleagues for a long time—so long that I don’t remember how or when we met. I’ve attended his terrific conference, World Domination Summit; we’ve done book events together; and his excellent daily podcast Side Hustle School is part of the Onward Project, the family of podcasts headed up by me, all about making your life better (along with Do the Thing with Whole30’s Melissa Hartwig Urban, Happier in Hollywood,…

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Building Character with a 30-Day Practice (Book Review) – Positive Psychology News – Positivity Article

Rosalinda Ballestero Valdés, MAPP 2015 is the director of Institute for Wellbeing and Happiness at Universidad Tecmilenio, a higher education private institution in Mexico with 28 locations in 22 cities, a total of 47,500 students including 16,000 high school students. Rosalinda’s articles are here. Jane Strunk Anderson’s book, 30 Days of Character Strengths: A Guided Practice to Ignite Your Best lays out a month-long series of practices to help people intentionally develop their own character strengths. It can also be…

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The Three Pillars of Meditation – Meditation Article

Meditation is a wonderful practice, full of proven benefits. We know it is good for our health, emotional well-being, and performance. We know it reduces stress, helps us deal with anxiety, boosts positive moods, and gives us better sleep. We know it decreases the risk of several heart and brain diseases, helps with pain management, and strengthens self-esteem. Yes, meditation can help you relax, calm down, and get more clarity and contentment. Yes, meditation helps you develop Four Superpowers, and…

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Earn More When You Adopt These 7 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs – Self Improvement Article

As an entrepreneur, you’re always on the lookout for the next big moneymaker. But what if I told you that the wealth that you strive for is already at your fingertips? You are your own best asset because by learning how to become your most effective self, you will maximize your earning potential and realize your dreams of entrepreneurship. In fact, you can earn more if you adopt the 7 habits of successful online entrepreneurs I have listed below: 1.…

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Embrace the Power of the Pause – Self Improvement Article

  I’m honored to host a guest post by Courtney Carver from Be More With Less.  She’s been an inspiration to me in my personal and professional life, online and off. This week she’s releasing her new book, Soulful Simplicity: How Living With Less Can Lead to So Much More, which I highly recommend.  In this book, she shows us how to simplify to create more with less—more space, more time, and even more love. She invites us to look at…

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Types Of Goals (14 of the most essential goals to set and achieve in life) – Self Improvement Article

0 What types of goals do you need to set in order to keep your life moving in the right direction? We’re not talking about S.M.A.R.T. goals here since that’s more an approach to goal-setting than a specific goal type. The goals listed in this article target different areas of your life or fit different time-frames. Some goals you’ll have for years, while others you’ll slay in a matter of months or weeks — or even days. But all the…

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A Happiness Question: What Should We Do if We Feel Like We’ve Fallen Behind or Fallen Off the Wagon? – Self Improvement Article

When we’re trying to make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative, we often find ourselves in a frustrating situation: we fall behind or we fall off the wagon. What to do? Here are some useful points to consider: 1. Don’t beat yourself up. Although some people assume that strong feelings of guilt or shame act as safeguards to help people stick to good habits, the opposite is true. People who feel less guilt and who show compassion…

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How to Calm and Overcome Anxiety: 12 Powerful Self-Help Tips – Self Improvement Article

Today I want to share 12 tips that have been really useful for me to calm my anxiety in everyday life. Because if you’re anything like me you have been there many times. You’re sitting in a waiting room. Or just waiting somewhere. Soon it will begin. Your leg is starting to shake nervously. Your hands are starting to sweat and maybe your mouth feels a bit dry. Your thoughts are becoming jumbled, it is hard to focus and to…

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What Type of Meditator Are You? – Self Improvement Article

  There are so many types of meditation out there, it can be hard to figure out which ones are right for you.  Guided, Zazen, mindfulness, Transcendental, Vipassana, loving kindness, mantra, Taoist – the list goes on.  While the focus here at Simple Mindfulness is on a mindfulness meditation, it’s not a one size fits all. Meditation isn’t complicated, and it doesn’t have to take up a big chunk of your day.  Even five minutes can make a real difference…

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How to Reduce Your Social Nervousness: 3 Simple Steps – Self Improvement Article

“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”Benjamin Franklin One very common question I’ve gotten over the years goes something like this: “I always get nervous before a date/meeting/social gathering and that holds me back from being my true and best self and from doing and getting what I want. What can I do to overcome this?” This is an issue that used to hold me back in the past and I’ve more…

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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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7 Simple Habits That Will Make You More Successful – Self Improvement Article

One of the first rules of success is to have good habits. Do you want to live your life to its fullest? It won’t happen if you just write and rewrite your goals. You have to develop new habits. Start today! Here are 7 simple habits that will make you more successful: 1. The habit of asking for help No one succeeds alone. So, make a habit to pay other people to accomplish your goals faster. Do it as often…

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Gratitude List Ideas (How to make a gratitude list to write daily) – Self Improvement Article

0 Do you want to be a happier person? Do you want to make others happier, too? And are you looking for ways to grow more quickly into the person you want to be? Make a daily gratitude list. According to Amy Morin’s article in Psychology Today, science has linked a daily gratitude habit with the following seven benefits: Improved relationships and greater ease in forming new ones Better physical health Improved psychological (mental/emotional) health Enhanced empathy and reduced aggression…

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101 Things To Be Grateful For (Live happier with a daily gratitude list) – Self Improvement Article

0 If you’re looking to create a habit that will make you a happier person, choose the habit of thinking about what you’re grateful for – every day. Gratitude makes you happier. This is not news, but it’s easy to forget when you’re faced with a stack of responsibilities that seems impossible to meet – or when you’re looking at the day’s news headlines. But it’s true. Just making a short list of things to be grateful for today can…

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6 Ways to Impact the World With Your Business – Self Improvement Article

Image Credit: Twenty20.com It’s common to think that starting a business is a means to making money. While you can start a business to make money, strive for more than that. If the sole reason for your business is to make money, you will be more apt to give up when your business isn’t making money. Yet, if you tie a reason to why you’re starting your business, now you’re giving yourself a little extra push. There are thousands of…

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12 Habits that Turn Dreams into Reality – Self Improvement Article

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”Napoleon Hill What makes dreams into reality? I believe that perhaps the most important – and an often ignored – thing is simply taking action. I used to be really bad at it when I was younger. Back then I usually got stuck. I got stuck in my dreams about what I wanted to do.…

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