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21 Benefits of Deep Breathing Backed by Scientific Studies

“Just take a deep breath.” We all know the mantra. It’s been adopted by everyone from parents to friends to high school sports coaches, all the way to medical doctors and new age gurus. And for good reason, the scientific benefits of deep breathing are overwhelming. In the 1970’s, Dr. Herbert Benson, a cardiologist and founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute considered the impact of relaxation techniques, particularly breathing techniques, on the natural release of neurochemicals for physiological health. He coined the term the “Relaxation ... Read more

How to Explain Depression to Someone who Doesn’t Have it

  Why is it so difficult? You’ve taken the most important step. You’ve sat down with someone you trust. Looking them in the eyes, you think carefully about what to say, and…..nothing. Worse, maybe you’ve even mustered some sort of an explanation (though you know it doesn't even come close), and they’ve just looked back at you puzzled. How can you explain this to them?! Depression isn’t even something that makes sense to you. How the hell are you going to make it make sense to someone else? This post ... Read more

How to Achieve Laser-Sharp Focus (Interview with Best-selling author Joanna Jast)

Joanna Jast knows a little bit about Focus. So much so that her first book Laser-Sharp Focus: A No-Fluff Guide to Improved Concentration, Maximised Productivity and Fast-Track to Success, quickly became an Amazon bestseller. But as with a lot of success stories, the effort behind them is often born out of a frustration. Joanna wasn’t satisfied with the way she was working, and she was becoming increasingly tired of the same old productivity advice. This led her on a journey that took ... Read more

What is the Monkey Mind? (Animated Video)

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How NOT to Meditate: 11 Beginner Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

About a year ago, I finally decided to try and put the small amount I’d learned about meditation into practice and start sitting for 20 minutes a day. I downloaded one of the popular apps, found a quiet and comfortable spot where no one or thing could bother me, put on some loose clothing, and started the timer. Then the floodgates opened. Am I doing it right? Should I focus on my stomach or my nose? Should I feel happy feelings? This doesn’t feel so ... Read more

The Psychology of Fear: 6 Powerful Pre-programmed Human Fears and How to Overcome Them

There’s a big question we all need to consider. It’s not easy — in fact, it’s pretty confronting…. but it needs to be asked. The question is: Are we letting fear run our culture? With the recent shock election result, recently we’ve seen a lot of fear and confusion dominate the mainstream narrative. But the reality is the news often profits from the perpetuation of distressing emotions, and all the time at the expense of our collective mental health. Fear doesn’t make for good decision-making. In order ... Read more

A Ph.D. in Happiness: What 10,000 Hours of Meditation Actually Does to Your Brain

Gary Weber is an interesting guy. Over 15 years ago he was the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, with a thousand or so employees under his leadership. Everything was going normally, except on one morning when something very strange happened to Gary. He lost his mind. Gary was doing his morning Yoga ritual and went up into a pose that he had done thousands of times. He was practicing a simple self-inquiry meditation, and when he came down, his mind was gone. When I say ... Read more

The Psychology of Confidence at Work: 5 Simple Tactics to Guarantee Long-Lasting Self Belief

Let me start off with a little bit of honesty. You may not know why you are reading this. But I’m pretty sure I do. And let’s be clear. It’s not because you lack a skill. Nor is it because you lack time. It’s not because your co-workers are difficult, or you need a quick boost of motivation from the Internet. And it’s definitely not because of that sneaky little lie your ego is harboring. You know the one. The one that waits gutlessly until your body ... Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Having Unlimited Energy at Work

Tell me you haven’t had this feeling. It’s the end of the day, and you’re sitting on the couch at home, exhausted. Your back feels stiff, and your brain is tired and fuzzy. You’re trying to take a break, but even in your moment of rest, the idea that tomorrow you’ve got to get up and continue to work on a million and one things is still floating around in the back of your mind. And the worst part about this? It’s that throughout all ... Read more

Why Following Your Passion is Terrible Advice and What You Should do Instead

Do you ever feel like your work life could be more rewarding? I mean, it’s paying the bills, and you’re grateful to have it. And it’s certainly not the worst job in the world. Like many of us, you probably have good days and bad days, but when all is said and done, there is still something missing. The truth is the problem isn’t with the job. And it’s not even with the type of work. The problem is where you've been looking for rewards. American novelist ... Read more