What sleep habits do you have down, and which are problematic for you? You might be surprised! Take our free Sleep Habits Assessment here—it only takes a couple of minutes. You can go take it now and come back before reading on if you like.
The highest possible score on the assessment is an 18—and that high score is totally achievable based on very reasonable expectations. …
Virtually all of us have unknowingly irritated other people with some type of irksome behavior at various points in our lives.
On the extreme end, there are narcissists and egomaniacs who irritate the hell out of everyone around them with absolutely no regard for other peoples’ feelings or needs. But most irritating behaviors are committed by good human beings with good intentions. The unwelcome behaviors are oftentimes blind spots, which are things we do that are obvious to almost everyone — except us.
Many of the things we do unconsciously that irritate others result from not using enough emotional intelligence…
Yes, there is tremendous enjoyment and value to be found in visiting a faraway destination and checking out the main tourist attractions, relaxing on a beautiful beach with an exotic cocktail in hand, or doing a long road trip trying to cover as much ground as possible.
But often the best kind of travel happens at a more relaxed pace — and it doesn’t even have to be far.
It’s not an escape from the daily grind and work, but something that weaves directly into our everyday life and lets us truly explore a place — as well as our…
Dr. Cameron Sepah, assistant clinical professor at UCSF medical school, had no idea of the media attention his idea would attract when he chose the catchy name “dopamine fasting”.
He published an article aimed at helping people kick bad habits using principles from cognitive behavioral therapy. He proposed that “fasting” from rewarding but problematic behaviors, such as overeating, smartphone use, or playing video games, may help us get a handle on them. The “fasting” schedule could be a day a month, an evening a week, or whatever works for you.
By “dopamine fasting” regularly, he argued, we might learn to…
On April 17, 2021, I won a public speaking contest at Toastmasters. 10 years before that, my goal in life had been simply to find a job where I could work from home so I didn’t have to talk to anybody. At that time, public speaking was the last thing on my list of priorities.
I joined Toastmasters in September 2016 because my social anxiety was starting to affect my professional life. I felt that the best way to deal with my anxiety was to confront it, and that’s what Toastmasters is all about.
I used to be very shy…
You’ve heard of the term before, and you’ve probably even inferred that someone doesn’t have it. Oh, but you definitely have plenty of it. That’s right — it’s a little thing we like to call Emotional Intelligence.
Believe it or not, Emotional Intelligence is a term that seems to have been in our vocabulary forever, but the concept was actually forged 30-odd years ago. The correlation between high Emotional Intelligence and effective leadership has been brought into the spotlight for more than 15 years.
Want to lead more effectively? Your level of Emotional Intelligence has a big part to play…
I come from a community where less than 10% of a generation makes it to university. Within the female population, this number drops under 5%.
Yet, I was able to pursue higher education in very selective programs in Africa and Europe before starting a career that would have been unimaginable to me when I was a teen.
With the exposure my job, social media presence, and non-profit activities grant me, I am lucky enough to be in contact with young people daily. I receive many questions about my academic and professional background and how I manage to work around the…
A few years ago, I had a closet full of “nothing to wear.” Back then I shopped more than I do now. That wasn’t the only reason though. I also kept everything, even items that were too small or too big, worn-out, completely hideous, or absolutely uncomfortable. Now I know what I own. Precisely. Let me explain!
It started with a nifty little video about minimalism by Matt D’Avella a few years back. Until then, I had already applied minimalism to a few areas in my life, without knowing the term. I had kept my digital space clutter-free, simple, and…
“When we do not expect anything, we can be ourselves.”
— Shunryu Suzuki
Making meditation a daily habit was one of my goals for 2014. But a few months in, I still hadn’t managed to do it for more than two days in a row.
I was sitting in the middle of my room, eyes closed, trying to meditate. But my mind was racing, and my head hurt. I hated the silence. I tried this over and over again, but it never worked. I felt like a failure. In June 2014, I stopped forcing myself and ditched the goal altogether.
The times that I’ve been in this situation, I felt very much like, “I can make it better. It’s somehow my fault. I just need to do these things differently.”
And you know what? None of that works.
If you spend enough — or even very little — time in the working world, then you’re bound to end up in the clutches of a toxic boss. You know, the kind of manager who only ever adds to your stress and dissatisfaction, and seems to enjoy doing so.
Chris Sowers found himself in this scenario a few times over. Despite years…
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