Psychology

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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How to be Self-Aware in a Troubled World – Personal Development Article

You’re reading How to be Self-Aware in a Troubled World, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Right now, it’s a challenging thing to stay connected, listening, and loving. To have a tender heart and an alive intelligence. From global to personal, so many issues press in from all sides. Admitting to yourself that sometimes no matter what you do, it all feels impotent.…

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Anne Gilchrist on Inner Wholeness, Our Greatest Obstacle to Happiness, and the Body as the Seedbed of a Flourishing Soul – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

“So few grains of happiness measured against all the dark and still the scales balance,” Jane Hirshfield wrote in her stunning poem “The Weighing.” In how we chip from the monolithic weight of the world those osmian grains of happiness lies the promise of an answer to the abiding question: How, in this blink of existence bookended by nothingness, do we attain completeness of being? That is what Anne Gilchrist (February 25, 1828–November 29, 1885) — a woman Walt Whitman…

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The ‘How To Get Sh*t Done’ Weekend Seminar!Pick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

I am so thrilled to invite you to my first How To Get Sh*T Done: A Modern Look at Feminine Productivity Seminar at the prestigious 1440 Multiversity! (Past hosts include Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed!) This is a weekend program Feb 21-Feb23, 2020 in the stunning Santa Cruz County. Program Description There is a fundamental (unexamined) assumption that productivity means getting more stuff done. Blind acceptance of this idea has led to burn out, frustration, exhaustion and a lack of…

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Michael Pollan on How the Transcendent Power of Music Allays the Loneliness of Being and the Ache of Regret – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

Some of humanity’s greatest writers have extolled the singular enchantment of music. Walt Whitman considered it the profoundest expression of nature. Maurice Sendak found in its fusion of fantasy and feeling the key to great storytelling. “Without music life would be a mistake,” Nietzsche proclaimed with his characteristic drama of finality. Music can save a life, allay the shock of death, and permeate the living flesh of memory. “After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music,”…

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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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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…

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How to Develop a Growth Mindset From an Early AgePick the Brain – Personal Development Article

One of the most important parental roles is to help your child develop a growth mindset at an early age. Knowing the techniques to employ and the right steps to take is all you need to ensure your child develops a powerful growth mindset early and fast. In this post, we will look into certain techniques that can help your child develop a growth mindset early and how to expose your kids to them. 1. Teach Them How The Brain…

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Mary Shelley’s Father on Parenting and How an Early Love of Books Paves the Way for Lifelong Happiness – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

In the final years of the eighteenth century, the radical political philosopher and novelist William Godwin (March 3, 1756–April 7, 1836) entered into a pioneering marriage of equals with another radical political philosopher and novelist: Mary Wollstonecraft, founding mother of what later ages termed feminism. While Wollstonecraft was pregnant with their daughter — future Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, a Romantic radical in her own unexampled right — Godwin began channeling their nightly conversations about how to raise happy, intelligent, and…

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Why We Are All Psychic and How We Can Awaken, Access and Utilize Our Greatest GiftsPick the Brain – Self Improvement Article

What if you could easily and effectively tap into your intuitive gifts, talents and abilities, have a direct connection to The Universal Source of information and energy, and use it to serve yourself and others in the highest and best and most benevolent ways possible? What if you could also use this wisdom, information and energy to get answers, guidance and support regarding all of your most important questions in life? What if you could honestly, wholly and completely trust…

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How to Beat Your Social Anxiety in 2020Pick the Brain – Personal Development Article

Bidding farewell to the past year and welcoming the next can be incredibly exciting and promising. If the thought of attending a New Year’s Eve bash leaves you with sweaty palms and heart palpitations, however, you’re not alone. About 15 million people in America, including myself, struggle with social anxiety. This disorder can make the new year an extremely stressful event.  Luckily, if you’ve resolved to beat your social anxiety in 2020, there is hope! Discover a few ways you…

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“When Children Feel Safe, Seen, and Soothed (Most of the Time), They Develop Security.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. Dan is also a New York Times bestselling author, neuropsychiatrist, and interpersonal neurobiologist. Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is a psychotherapist and the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and of The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of…

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Kahlil Gibran on Befriending Time – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

I have been thinking about time lately, as I watch the seasons turn and wait for a seemingly endless season of the heart to set; I have been thinking about Ursula K. Le Guin’s lovely “Hymn to Time” and its kaleidoscopic view of time as stardust scattered in “the radiance of each bright galaxy” and the “eyes beholding radiance,” time as a portal that “makes room for going and coming home,” time as a womb in which “begins all ending”;…

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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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What are the differences and which is better for whom? – Spiritual Article

Psychotherapy is one of the best treatment methods available for addiction, mental illness and self-destructive disorders. Cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy are two forms of psychotherapy that encourage patients to talk about their struggles and learn how to cope and recover. With both, you gain a deeper understanding of personal challenges and develop skills to help you manage them on your own.As with many other forms of talk therapy, CBT and DBT require time, effort and willing participation…

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11 Things People Don’t Realize They’re Doing Because Of Toxic Perfectionism – Self Improvement Article

By Chrissy Stockton Updated December 23, 2019 Processed with VSCO with a8 preset Toxic perfectionism doesn’t mean you’re always perfect. It doesn’t mean you only got As in school. Toxic perfectionism means that you’ve got a little voice in your head that says nothing less than perfect is acceptable. You judge yourself harshly when you fall short of your (very high) standards. You’ve lost the ability to have empathy for yourself or go with the flow, you’re focused solely on…

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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,…

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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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Favorite Books of 2019 – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

Long ago, when the present and the living appealed to me more, I endeavored to compile “best of” reading lists at the close of each year. Even then, those were inherently incomplete and subjective reflections of one person’s particular tastes, but at least my scope of contemporary reading was wide enough to narrow down such a selection. In recent years, these subjective tastes have taken me further and further into the past, deeper and deeper into the common record of…

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Calm Yourself Down Using a “Safety Signal” to Combat Stress and Anxiety – Self Improvement Article

When it comes to anxiety and fear, psychology shows us that we have many tools available to use. I’ve written extensively about many of these tools over the past decade, including reframing, acceptance, questioning, and writing exercises. One of my main philosophies behind self-improvement is that the more tools we have available to us, the more options we have when we find ourselves extremely stressed, anxious, or afraid… or just going through a very rough patch in life. In a…

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How I Battle Stress Over The HolidaysPick the Brain – Personal Development Article

It’s that time of year again! Mostly holiday cheer…but for me that can also mean quite a lot of stress. Wrapping up all of my end-of-year to-dos, spending more money than I probably should and being pulled in a a million holiday party directions. It can be fun, but it can also be a lot. Factor in the stress of seeing family, for some, this can be added stress, anxiety and a flood of emotions.  Earlier this year, I talked…

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7 ADHD Mindfulness Exercises for Kids, Teens and Adults – Spiritual Article

Living with ADHD can be a journey of learning to practice mindfulness in order to make the world slow down. It can feel like you’re always moving too fast in comparison to others.Sometimes, you may have difficulty making other people understand the condition, whether you have ADHD yourself or a loved one does. Fortunately, if you do, medications and therapy can help with the most intense symptoms and bring you to a clarity level that enables you to enjoy life. As…

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5 Things To Be Proud Of When Fighting DepressionPick the Brain – Self Improvement Article

I have heard depression described as an angry black shadow that follows you wherever you go — and this is a description I agree with wholeheartedly. I mean, if you take a second to think about it, it just makes sense.  You are forever in its presence, constantly aware of it, but not often within its dark embrace. You feel it creeping away at the edge of your consciousness, but every time you turn to look at it, it disappears…

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Poet and Gardener Ross Gay’s Yearlong Experiment in Willful Gladness – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

“The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy,” Hermann Hesse wrote at the dawn of the twentieth century in trying to course-correct the budding consumerist conscience toward the small triumphs of attentive presence that make life worth living, adding: “My advice to the person suffering from lack of time and from apathy is this: Seek out each day as many…

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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…

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Defining True Self-CarePick the Brain – Personal Development Article

Once upon a time, the idea of self-care was a foreign concept. Then, it came into our consciousness and quickly pervaded our waking thoughts. Now, people point to everything they do for themselves as self-care. Doing so might be one incredibly broad way of looking at it, but it doesn’t define what true self-care is. What Is Self-Care? In very general terms, self-care is an activity in which we take part to soothe our mental, physical and emotional health. Proper…

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Alain de Botton on Existential Maturity and What Emotional Intelligence Really Means – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

“Maturity is the ability to live fully and equally in multiple contexts,” poet and philosopher David Whyte wrote in one of his most beautiful meditations. A generation before him, Anaïs Nin took up the subject in her diary, which is itself a work of philosophy: “If you intensify and complete your subjective emotions, visions, you see their relation to others’ emotions. It is not a question of choosing between them, one at the cost of another, but a matter of…

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What to do if your depression is worse in the a.m. – Spiritual Article

Your alarm goes off—again. You know you should get out of bed, but instead, you hit the snooze button. The thought of facing the day can wait for another nine minutes. Or hours. Nearly everyone experiences the occasional morning when the siren song of the comforter sings more sweetly than any obligations. Plus, let’s face it—few of us awaken to stretch languidly like Snow White, while flocks of birds make our beds for us—those slacker chickadees!However, if you find it challenging…

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The Power of a Competitive Expression – Self Improvement Article

Can putting on your “game face” actually motivate you, inspire you, and boost your confidence and grit? According to a new study published in the scientific journal Stress and Health, there may be a real benefit to putting on a “game face.” In one experiment, they had two groups of participants try to complete a 100 piece black-and-white mandala puzzle. The group that was asked to display a “game face” performed over 20% better on the task, and showed better…

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A Poetic Illustrated Meditation on the Meaning of Happiness and Its Quiet Everyday Sources – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

“What is your idea of perfect happiness?” asks the famous Proust Questionnaire. Posed to David Bowie, he answered simply: “Reading.” Jane Goodall answered: “Sitting by myself in the forest in Gombe National Park watching one of the chimpanzee mothers with her family.” Proust himself answered: “To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music, and to have, within easy distance, a French theater.” The touching specificity of these answers…

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