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Harvard conducted one of the longest studies ever to find out what makes people happy. And it’s neither money nor fame.

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In 1938, Harvard researchers asked themselves some intriguing questions:

What if we could follow people from childhood to life’s end?

If we could watch entire lives unfold through time, could we see what really keeps people happy and healthy?

Would it bring a new view on happiness to the surface?

That year, Harvard started one of the longest studies ever in history, tracking the lives of 724 men over a period of 80 years. And it’s still going on until today.

We are repeatedly told to focus on work, make a career, and achieve more. It’s part of our education…

I tested a research-backed method for better sleep and productivity. It worked fabulously.

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A good day always starts the night before.

Quality sleep is essential to our physical and mental well-being. But what exactly is high-quality sleep?

Before I come to the eye-opening results of my little self-experiment, let’s dig into science a little.

It’s not all about quantity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state an adult between 18 and 60 should aim for seven or more hours of sleep per night. Some need more, some need less, but the question of quantity seems to be answered relatively easy.

To understand sleep quality, we have to take a look at the human sleep cycle. There are…

If you improve by 1% each day, you will be 37 times better one year from now. The Relentless-Minute-Rule.

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People are fundamentally lazy, and it’s easy for us to stay in our comfort zone. That’s why the first step is always the hardest if we want to learn a new skill or take on a new habit.

It’s hard to plant a seed now, undertake the effort of caring for it every day, but to accept that we will only harvest the fruits in the far away future.

We want success, and we want it instantly.

But to hardwire something in our brains and make it easy for us to do it effortlessly, impatient ambition is not the key…

#2 — Leaving your bed unmade.

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Successful people own the morning, they say. And even though it might not be the only path towards success, I had my most successful times when I regularly woke up at 5 a.m.

Now, I’m joining the club again. Managing to get up that early to be productive needs preparation the night before.

But if you want to make it worth the effort of stumbling out of bed before the world around you wakes up, there are some things you should never do in the morning, too.

Here are 10 science-backed things you should never do if you want your…

I should have prepared better before entering the tunnel.

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Have you ever been stuck in a job that makes you unhappy? You feel like you don’t belong. You feel like you are wasting not only your time but also your potential.

It’s a terrible feeling, and it’s how I felt for the past 3 years. I probably felt like that all my life. Always hunting for job opportunities and salaries, not for the things I really want to do, I slowly became unhappy.

I needed to become 31 years old and a pandemic to realize something I’ve known all along.

If you don’t do what you love and think…

Your future self is a lot wiser than you.

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Sometimes life sucks. It doesn’t matter what kind of gal or guy you are, how positive your mindset is.

Sometimes. Life. Just. Sucks.

Sometimes you don’t get the job you wanted so badly. Or the boy. Or the girl. Sometimes you embarrass yourself. Sometimes you have to do something you hate. More often than not, your dreams don’t come true.

And often, it feels absolutely fantastic to give in, rolling over in self-pity, asking the universe the “Why me?” feeling like the poorest dog (or cat if you’re team cat) in the world. Negativity and self-pity need a valve.


Do your part to support your community during COVID-19

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It breaks my heart to see so many local small businesses struggling to survive, many of them failing. COVID-19 is still around and has the economy in its firm grip.

Streets once thriving with businesses and a local community are now empty. For many, it’s not just about money — it’s about survival.

The absence of customers results in a lack of revenue. Without revenue, there’s no paying rent, bills, or salaries. Our favorite bars, restaurants, gyms, or coffee shops might be closed for good.

We all must do our part.

Here are 5 things we can do to support…

Business Productivity

Meetings should be the last resort, not the first option.

Lion hunting an antelope — a metaphor for meetings killing a company
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Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, and Jeff Bezos know it: Meetings are a waste of time and kill productivity.

In my ten years of professional career, most meetings felt like a frustrating waste of valuable time. Maybe 6 out of 10 sessions. Maybe even more.

You should reduce meetings to the absolute minimum. They are the last resort, not the first option.

Here is why Musk, Cuban, and Bezos are right.

It all starts with a poor invitation.

Most invitations are useless and don’t provide you with any helpful information. They lack an informative headline, and you don’t get a real idea of what the meeting is about…

A South African philosophy that can be applied to more than just sports.

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While the fans in the arena erupted and confetti rained down from the ceiling, superstar Kevin Garnett stood on the court, jumping around with his teammates to celebrate his first NBA championship.

He raised his head, eyes closed, screaming into the night. The emotions poured out of him so hard that he almost fell backward.

Almost — if it wasn’t for Leon Powe. What happened next was the blueprint for the whole Boston Celtics season.

Powe caught his teammate by the shoulders, preventing him from falling over, repeating, “I got you! I got you!” over and over.

The strong bond…

Productivity Essentials

You don’t need thousands of apps or tricks. Get the basics right first to set yourself up for peak productivity.

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There are thousands of productivity hacks out there. Trying them all is so time-consuming it keeps you from your ultimate goal to produce more output.

I try to juggle a full-time job, my writing ambitions, and the setup of an eCommerce business.

Combine that with an incredibly short attention span, and you might see why I am in desperate need of productivity tricks that work.

It doesn’t need a thousand fancy apps, systems, or philosophies. …

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