An Open Letter to Those Who Want to Make a Bigger Difference Right Now – Happiness Article

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”—Mahatma Gandhi This short article was inspired by an email we received this morning from a new course student: Dear Marc and Angel, I’m a single mom to two wonderful teenagers, and I’m also a (rather passionate) domestic violence attorney. Although I’ve been told I do a great job on both fronts, I wish to make an even bigger difference. With all that’s going on in society right now, there’s so much…

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5 Essential Tips for Dealing With Uncertainty – Self Improvement Article

Change is hard. Some of us are devoted creatures of habit, adhering to routines and avoiding anything that feels uncomfortable. On the opposite end are adventure enthusiasts, always seeking a new challenge. But, no matter where you fall on that spectrum, everyone has a limit when change is forced upon them.We’re currently finding our way through a season of forced change. We’re dealing with the fallout of a deadly virus, and many of us have felt completely unprepared at one…

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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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What You Can Learn From the Marvel Cinematic Universe About Taking Risks – Personal Development Article

Growing up, Marvel’s comic books and cartoons were special to me. The characters are — and continue to be — the heroes and protectors of their worlds. They dream big, fight against incredible odds, and always persevere. When I was younger, the journeys and missions of these heroes resonated with me. That fandom has endured as I’ve seen these larger-than-life stories transition to the big screen and other properties.That shift connects with me on a professional level, along with the…

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One Lesson We Forget in Hard Times – Self Improvement Article

We waste our time waiting for a path to appear. But it never does. Because we forget that paths are made by walking, not waiting. And we forget that there’s absolutely nothing about our present circumstances that prevents us from making progress again, one tiny step at a time. So, let’s cut to the chase today: What we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding. This is a harsh reality, even in our present times.…

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12 Lies We Tell Ourselves to Justify Our Misery — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

With the lies we tell ourselves we are hurting, not only ourselves but all those we love. Through our lack of honesty, courage, and integrity, we set an example for those we love, communicating to them and to the whole world that it’s okay to betray yourself. It’s okay to give up on all you once believed to be right and true for you just so you can continue to believe a lie. ~ Luminița D. Saviuc The Lies We…

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How to Practice Metta for a Troubled Time – Meditation Article

Mushim Patricia Ikeda teaches us how to generate loving-kindness and good will as an antidote to hatred and fear. Illustrations by Tomi Um. Metta meditation is not a magical spell you can cast on the population of the U.S. in order to produce a state of utopian bliss. It is not a cure-all for oppression and the unequal distribution of power and privilege. Metta meditation doesn’t work like that. It’s about being determined, courageous, and patient in purifying your own…

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I Am Black. My Life Matters. And This Is What I Need From You. – Self Improvement Article

It’s taken me a while to process the events of the last few days. Much like the black experience in America, these events are complex and difficult to unpack. I have greatly struggled to conceptualize my emotions and I have to admit that I am not okay. On one hand, I have watched scenes of immeasurable strength across the nation that have united people of all races and creeds; it lifts my heart to see so many infuriated by the…

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11 Things You Should Start Doing for Yourself Today — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Enjoy everything that happens in your life, but never make your happiness or success dependent on an attachment to any person, place or thing.~  Wayne Dyer Today, not tomorrow, nor the day after tomorrow is where your life is, where your life starts. And today’s post is meant to help you focus more of your attention on yourself by doing those things that are meant to help you create a more balanced and happier life. 11 Things You Should Start Doing for…

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Staying Down Is a Choice — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Someone once wrote to me a little note: “Life may put you down, but staying down is a choice”. I happened to find that small note one morning when depression was pinning me down in my bed. It was the perfect moment to read it because this time I was able to understand it. Life can give us some hard lessons from time to time. The common reaction is to feel like a victim: “things happened to you”, “somebody hurt…

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How to Practice Shamatha Meditation – Meditation Article

Shamatha meditation—mindfulness or concentration—is the foundation of Buddhist practice. Lama Rod Owens teaches us a version from the Vajrayana tradition. Illustration by Carole Henaff. Shamatha means “peaceful abiding” or “tranquility.” Also called mindfulness or concentration meditation, shamatha is an important introductory practice that leads to the practice of vipashyana, or insight meditation. The purpose of shamatha meditation is to stabilize the mind by cultivating a steady awareness of the object of meditation. The traditional practice of shamatha uses different kinds…

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Zoom Happy Hours Make Me Want To Convert Into An Introvert – Personal Development Article

The New York Times recently ran an article about how group video calls are frying peoples’ brains. Author Kate Murphy wrote, “The way the video images are digitally encoded and decoded, altered and adjusted, patched and synthesized introduces all kinds of artifacts: blocking, freezing, blurring, jerkiness and out-of-sync audio. These disruptions, some below our conscious awareness, confound perception and scramble subtle social cues. Our brains strain to fill in the gaps and make sense of the disorder.” I felt seen.…

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1 Sign it’s Finally Time to Take a Step Forward Again (and How to Get Started) – Happiness Article

If it entertains you now but will actually hurt you someday, it’s a distraction. Don’t settle. Don’t exchange what you need in the long run for what you kinda want at the moment. Study your habits. Determine where your time goes. Delete the toxic distractions. Taking small steps can make a big difference, especially in tough times, but there’s no getting around the fact that taking these steps is often incredibly uncomfortable. That’s why so many people often don’t do…

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The Blessings of Having a Daily Spiritual Practice — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

When you commit to a daily spiritual practice, you create a life for yourself that feels Right and True to you. In fact, having a daily spiritual practice frees you from the many bonds and attachments to fear. And it gives you permission to just be – to create and live your life freely and joyfully. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc The days of thinking that spirituality is only for the mystics, the saints, the gurus, the monks, the religious people, and…

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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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The First Step to Living Life by Your Design – Personal Development Article

If you’d like to learn how to live a purposeful life so you can experience the success you dream of, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown.Too many of us are living someone else’s life. We are living out what someone else wanted for us, or what someone else expected of us. It may not even be ‘someone,’ because it can be the culture we grew up in that defines us,…

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How to Practice Letting Go (When You Catch Yourself Holding On) – Happiness Article

If you worry too much about what might be, or what might have been, you will ignore and overlook what is. Remember this. Happiness is letting go of what you assume life is supposed to be like right now and sincerely appreciating it for everything it is. Over the past decade, as Angel and I have gradually worked with hundreds of our course students, coaching clients, and live event attendees, we’ve come to understand that the root cause of most…

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5 Ways to Fight Worry and Grow Stronger – Self Improvement Article

I can’t believe I’m writing about a pandemic in 2020. At the time of this writing, millions of people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and hundreds of thousands of others have died of it. We’re all grateful for government officials, scientists, doctors, and nurses all around the globe working around the clock to save lives and bringing the world back on track.Practical measures such as face-covering, social distancing, stay-at-home orders, hand sanitizing are to be respected. They can help…

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3 Reasonable Responses to Steady Us When Life Feels Unstable – Personal Development Article

by Rachel Macy Stafford, author of Live Love Now Because I wrote a book called LIVE LOVE NOW, you might think I am going to tell you how you can live in a constant state of love and positivity now and forevermore. That is not the case, nor is it realistic. As we live life, we inevitably encounter distressing situations and tough periods which can bring forth unloving responses. But when we begin practicing living love, we learn over time…

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Even Here, Even Now — You Are Still Exactly Where You Are Meant To Be – Self Improvement Article

Your growth as a person is not contingent upon everything unfolding perfectly. Your growth as a person is not dependent on how seamlessly you can manage all the moving parts around you. It is not going to be the result of whether or not the entire world bends to your will at all times. It will not be born out of your sheer desire to move what’s unmovable, change what’s already been done, or control what’s distinctly out of your…

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1 Secret to Getting Through Tough Situations (and Truly Bad Days) – Personal Development Article

The sharpest weapon we have against anxiety, negativity and stress is our ability to choose one present thought over another. Recently, so much has been postponed, closed or canceled. But not everything. Love has not been postponed, closed or canceled. Hope has not been postponed, closed or canceled. Self-care has not been postponed, closed or canceled. Right now is an opportunity to invest… in the little things that matter most. The human experience is filled with love, passion, creativity, joy,…

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On Surrendering Yourself to Love — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

The art of surrendering comes from a place of Love. It comes from a deep trust in the invisible Field that gives Life to all of life. When you trust, you find it easy to relax, let go, and let the God within you lead the way… In love, we trust. In fear, we doubt. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc There are moments in life when we have to step away from the world in order to know how to live in…

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Here’s Why Personal Development Should Be the Ultimate Inspiration in Your Life – Personal Development Article

If you’d like to learn more about personal development so you can have the confidence to achieve the goals you set for yourself, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown.A lot of us live a major portion of our lives running the rat race, where all we’re doing is fiercely and blindly competing with our peers and associates. While having a sense of competition allows you to push your limits, having…

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Why You Need to Love Yourself First Before Loving Another — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Before you love another, love yourself first. Before you marry another, marry yourself first. This article is in service of the divine, for it is not me that serves, it is the soul within.  If only someone would have told me all those years ago when I was just 22 that a man doesn’t save you but rather you save yourself, then I wouldn’t have wound up getting a divorce at the age of 27. But you know what they…

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3 Tough Things We Need to Do to Be Happy in Tough Times – Personal Development Article

You are not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or even yesterday. You are always growing… stronger! Sometimes life slams us in the gut, dealing us such a devastating blow it literally takes our breath away. A pandemic hits, a loved one gets ill, we lose a breadwinning job, someone we know dies, money gets tight, feelings of depression and despondency overwhelm our better judgment… everything just seems to be going wrong. So, what can…

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The Power of Self-Reflection & How It Can Change Your Life – Personal Development Article

If you’d like to learn how to cast your vision so you can live the life you’ve been dreaming of, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown.We as people often neglect the power of self-reflection, yet, in the hardest times we need it more than ever. Like millions of people across the globe, I lost my job as a result of the catastrophic impact of COVID-19. But as I sit here…

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When Grief Changes Us | Thought Catalog – Personal Development Article

As you wake up, for just one split second, your mind jumbles your dreams with reality, leaving you unable to distinguish between what is “real” and what occurred only in dreamland. For just a moment, you’re back in an alternate universe, a universe in which your loved one was still alive. They were eating cereal with you at the kitchen table. They were wearing the familiar yellow dress that you remember with such clarity. They hugged you and kissed you…

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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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When You Feel Confused About Life – Self Improvement Article

I often receive emails that go something like this:“Henri, I’m confused about my direction in life. I don’t know where to start, or what my passion is.”If there’s anything I’ve noticed in my life, it’s that confusion is a given.Even though I’m doing what I love, I experience confusion. And sometimes I feel lost.The good news is that confusion is normal.The bad news is that our mind’s want to get rid of the confusion, which only makes it worse.There’s nothing…

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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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