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…

Read More

Why Emotional Validation is More Important Than Giving Advice – Self Improvement Article

When someone comes to you talking about their problems or struggles in life, it’s tempting to want to give advice, support, and try to help them in some way. Most people don’t enjoy seeing others hurting or in pain. However, new research is showing that often the best response to comfort others is simply to validate their feelings without trying to change them or their behavior. Most of the time when people talk about their problems, they aren’t looking for…

Read More

6 Positive Ways to Maintain Your Mental Health During Covid-19 – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” ~ Tom Hiddleston As we try and adapt to a new normal in this world which is completely different from what we expected it to be, emotional & mental health is drastically affected. And not in the most positive way. There is magnanimous stress on us as we try to adapt to new relationship dynamics with partners, family,…

Read More

20 Organizational Tasks You Can Tackle in 5 Minutes or Less – – Lifestyle Article

You know that sense of deep satisfaction that you get after tackling a big organizational task, like cleaning out the garage or organizing the linen closet? Suddenly, everything in life feels a bit more tidy and manageable, even if it’s just in our imagination. As much as I love the feeling, those bigger jobs are usually relegated to a Sunday afternoon when I have time to spend a couple of hours. But I have found quite a few ways to inject a bit…

Read More

6 Positive Ways To Calm Coronavirus Anxiety – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. We live in uncertain times. Our world has been put into a sudden shock because of the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping almost every continent on this planet. Regular life already brings…

Read More

Why Plain Language Is Better Than Complex Jargon – Self Improvement Article

“If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.” Daniel Kahneman Simple communication is often better than using complex language, especially if you are trying to reach out to the biggest audience possible. A new study published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology discovered that the use of complex jargon can often turn people off from learning topics like science and politics, even when specialized words are defined.…

Read More

Unsubscribing From Your Thoughts – Melli O’Brien – Meditation Article

The human mind is a double-edged sword. On the upside, it enables us to plan, solve problems, create goals and work towards our dreams… But the dark side of the human mind is that it also tends to haunt our inner world with unhelpful and painful thoughts. We experience self-criticism, rumination and worry. For many of us, that inner voice can become our own worst enemy, crushing our self-esteem or driving us to feel constantly stressed, negative or anxious. Why…

Read More

6 Positively Simple Ways to Heal From Emotional Trauma – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“If you are to free your heart, you must embrace your painful feelings, have faith that your thoughts will arise and cease of their accord. They will pass if you can face them head on, with kind eyes. Your thoughts and feelings will dissolve if you don’t try to hold on to them or push them away. Thinking will dissipate. Trust in this universal law of change.” ~ Valerie Mason-John from her book “Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Healing Emotional…

Read More

Find Your Passion With This One Simple Change in Your Perspective – Lifestyle Article

On my drive to work the other day, I listened to a podcast interview with author and life coach Gabrielle Bernstein, and she said something that struck me so deeply that I had to pull over and write it down. “The secret to finding your passion is bringing passion to everything you do.” Whoa. It was a simple idea that floored me. We all have a longing in our hearts to spend our lives doing something we’re passionate about, but…

Read More

How To Make Peace With Your Noisy Mind—7 Tips From An Ex-Monk – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Leave your front door and your back door open. Let thoughts come and go. Just don’t serve them tea.” ~Shunryu Suzuki There are few things more exasperating in life than having a noisy chatterbox in residence between your ears—a busy mind that never stops and won’t leave you in peace for a moment. You are sitting by the pool on your long-awaited vacation. The weather is perfect. Your diary is clear. You settle down on your deckchair with an ice-cold drink and your…

Read More

How to Believe in Yourself & Positively Change Your life – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale  Most people will spend their entire life being told that their dreams are something that they can’t do. I was told many such things -> “You can’t play football with the boys!”(I was the only girl in an all boys team for so long), or “How can you become a psychologist?” etc. We all face this…

Read More

I Tried 5 of the Most Popular Online Personality Tests. Here’s What I Learned. – Lifestyle Article

Many of us set a few New Year’s resolutions this month, and let’s be honest that the majority of them probably fall under a few standard buckets: Workout more, eat better, sleep more, cut back on alcohol and spending, etc. Of course none of these intentions are bad and I definitely have a few of them on my personal list. That being said, this year I thought it would be interesting to dive deeper into understanding my motivations, strengths, and weaknesses by trying…

Read More

5 Positive Promises for a Truly Happy 2020 – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“I feel keeping a promise to yourself is a direct reflection of the love you have for yourself. I used to make promises to myself and find them easy to break. Today, I love myself enough to not only make a promise to myself, but I love myself enough to keep that promise” ~ Steve Maraboli As 2020 inches closer and closer, we all get into the introspecting mode. We will think about the year ending in terms of achievements,…

Read More

5 Gratitude Practices to Raise Your Vibration PLUS 50 Inspiring Gratitude Quotes – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“May the gratitude in my heart kiss all the universe.” ~ Hafiz Gratitude can mean many things to many people, but in its simplistic essence it means “being thankful”. It’s developing the attitude of gratitude for everything in our life. Big or small. Good or bad. All great spiritual masters, thought leaders, successful entrepreneur etc. have emphasised the need to live in gratitude for true success. For when we can’t appreciate what we have, how can we appriciate what is…

Read More

The Wisdom of Uncertainty – Meditation Article

Contrary to popular opinion, we, as human beings, don’t really know much at all. I’m aware that might cause the mind to bristle a little, perhaps even bring out a little righteous indignation in some of you, but it’s impossible to deny when you look a little deeper. In uncertain times, it is only natural for us to search for certainty. It provides a feeling of comfort, of safety, perhaps even a sense of belonging. In a world where everything…

Read More

The Health Benefits of Spending Time with People – Lifestyle Article

When we think about the different ways to live healthier lives, lifestyle changes like diet and exercise come to mind. For most of us, spending time with friends probably doesn’t beat out squeezing in a gym session or making sure you eat your leafy greens on your list of health priorities. But, consider this: Even the most introverted among us (this writer included!) knows that spending time with the people we love actually makes us physically better. That’s because socializing is…

Read More

Contemplation Exercise: Here I Am Prayer – Spiritual Article

Contemplation is the stillness we need to be aware of God’s presence. Jesuit theologian Walter Burghart calls it “the long, loving look at the Real.” It is long because our relationship with God (like our relationships with people) takes time. We must devote ample time to this Person we love. It is loving because we need to shed our judgments and fears and open ourselves to love just as we are. It is a look because we must face it.…

Read More

Prayer of the Heart: An Excerpt From ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

Let’s sit down and listen to our heart. Western culture tends to reward quick-thinking, fast, type-A people — but the constant distractions in our environment can make it hard to hear that one small voice we associate with God. Hearing that voice requires setting aside some time to focus, which helps us build our relationship with the Spirit, quiet our minds, shed our judgments and fears, and open ourselves to love just the way we are. We are constantly being…

Read More

6 Ways to Stop Taking Things Personally – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi At the core, we are social beings. We tend to define ourselves by the relationships we nurture around us. On a daily basis, we interact with a so many different people. Some are close and intimate, some are strangers. While all our interactions need to be mindful, the level of depth of the relationship directly affects the intensity of our interaction with that person. Some people we get along with…

Read More

Why You Can’t Logically Figure Out Your Passion – Self Improvement Article

I’ve been helping people find and follow their passion since 2009.And I’ve been on this path myself for my whole adult life.What has become clear is that you can’t logically force your passion to reveal itself.It’s a process of experimenting, discovering, and letting go.We’re all born with a specific set of strengths.Everyone perceives the world differently, which means we all have a unique contribution to make.But we grow up around people that tell us what we can do, and what we…

Read More

The Secret Formula For Having Energy Every Day – Lifestyle Article

The formula for Lethargy = Hatred + Failure Hatred of what you’re doing and failure to progress at it.  This is why so many people lack energy, they hate their job and there is no room to progress, it’s just a straight, shit-tier salary for life for doing the same thing every day.  The formula for Energy is the exact opposite.  The formula for Energy = Passion + Progress. Passion for what you’re doing and progress towards your goal. This…

Read More

Being More Mindful of the Types of Information We Consume – Self Improvement Article

If you consume a lot of junk food, your body is going to feel like crap and not function at its best. And if you consume a lot of junk information, your mind is going to feel like crap and not function at its best. In other words… we have to be just as mindful of what we consume with our minds as we are of what we consume with our bodies. The information that you consume on a daily…

Read More

5 Positive Affirmations to Beat Anxiety – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety and fear.” ~ Steve Maraboli Beating anxiety is an uphill climb. Anxiety can feel like its taking over your life and not allowing you to really live freely. It makes doubt and fear your constant companion. As I discussed in a previous article on the 5 Step Plan to Positively Reduce Anxiety, there is hope. It…

Read More

What’s the Most Charming Thing Someone’s Ever Done for You? – Lifestyle Article

According to Webster, charm is to “delight greatly,” and I love that the meaning of this month’s editorial theme can apply to relationships, friendships, kind gestures to strangers or colleagues, and so much more. Show of hands for anyone that’s taken the 5 Love Languages Quiz? This is such a great way to keep relationship expectations open and clear. Plus, it feels good to know how your partner likes to give and receive love. For instance, I don’t love to…

Read More

The Difference Between Theory, Beliefs And Knowledge (Deep Insight) – Lifestyle Article

1) Theory The dictionary definition of theory is: “a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained.” Ultimately a theory is only useful in it’s ability to understand, predict or manipulate reality Reality for all intents and purposes is physical, the people, places and things in the physical universe is what most people agree is reality The only reason people take scientist and engineers seriously…

Read More

Headspace run streaks: building a meditation practice – Meditation Article

No matter how we feel about the run streak — the figure in the Headspace app that acknowledges how many days in a row we’ve meditated — that number has something important to teach us. Some people love this feature, viewing it as a source of motivation, a record of accountability, and a badge of honor that reflects their commitment in building a meditation practice. Others can’t stand it, viewing it as a source of anxiety, a reminder of days…

Read More

Why You Struggle With Bad Habits (It’s Not Self Sabotage) – Lifestyle Article

SUBSCRIBE NOW AND GET 1. THE RLD RESOURCES PDF: A 22 page pdf with my recommendations for the books, articles, supplements, clothes, tech, and products you need to live your best life. 2. FREE CHAPTERS: A pdf with free chapters from all four of my books. 3. INSTANT ACCESS: Instant access to my latest articles and videos This is only a snippet of a Lifestyle article written by Will Freemen Read Full Article

Read More

The Power of Proving Yourself Wrong – Self Improvement Article

One important attitude behind self-growth in any area of life is: always be open to the possibility that you are wrong about something. Because only by admitting you’re wrong can you truly learn, grow, and change yourself. My favorite way to prove myself wrong is to play “devil’s advocate” toward my current beliefs. I assume the opposite of what I believe is true, and I begin to search for facts and evidence that support this opposing view. Often when I…

Read More

Your October Playlist Has Landed – Lifestyle Article

What do the most charismatic people have in common with music? Quite a lot, actually. Think of the most charming people you know. These people seem to universally possess the magical ability to brighten any room, uplift any mood and take on the world with ease. Being around these people just feels so good when you’re with them, and their energy is infectious. Similarly, music also has vast therapeutic potential. The idea of music for healing is not new. The Ancient…

Read More

what we’ve learned … so far – Meditation Article

This post by sleep scientist Dr. Jason C. Ong is part of our Sleep Health course. You can experience the full 14-day course with a subscription to the Headspace app. Well done on making it all the way to the end of the Headspace Sleep Health course. I really hope that it’s helped you to reframe your approach to sleep. Let’s take a moment just to recap all that we have learned: Awareness is everything Looking for that sleepy feeling,…

Read More