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7 Questions and Tips for Building Relationships

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Most of us know how important relationships are to health, happiness, and success. That’s why we invest so much energy into creating, sustaining, and mending them. But until I was thirty years old, I didn’t realize that there is a specific type of conversation for building relationships, and that some questions work much better in […]

The Importance of Optimism: How to Think Positive Thoughts

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“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t…either way, you are right.” ~Henry Ford Would you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist? Many would like to say optimist—after all, it’s much nicer to be known as the one who sees the world with rose-colored glasses. People like to hang out […]

5 Ways to Increase Your Willpower

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Everyone’s seen those ads by Nike telling you to go out and “just do it.” But that’s not so easy for everyone. If you have low willpower, it can be hard to get yourself to just go workout or get that project done. But what is willpower? The American Psychological Association (APA) defines willpower as […]

This Best-Selling Author Was Once a No-Name Writer

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  If you’re a book lover, you undoubtedly have a few of John Grisham’s masterpieces lining your shelves. His fame and success was clearly due to his natural-born talent as a writer. But did you know that Grisham didn’t always want to be a writer? In fact, his dream was to become a baseball player–a […]

4 Reasons Why You Should Stop Trying To Change People

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We’ve all been there. Our significant other is too shy. Or too outgoing. Or not ambitious. And your child is lazy. Or too social. Or not social enough. Or has no interest in anything that makes any sense to you. What do many people do in these situations? You guessed it – try to change […]

The Science of Happiness

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Happiness is always within reach. However, this info graphic from our friends at Happify demonstrates that sometimes, we need to consider the science of it. Happiness may seem like just the thing that puts a smile on your face, but there’s a bit of a formula. According to Happify, happiness is a combination of your satisfaction […]

Sleeping on the Subway: The Kindness of Strangers

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Imagine that you’re sitting on the subway, and the stranger next to you dozes off. His head slumps, and slowly falls onto your shoulder. What would you do? This video was made after a photo posted by Reddit user Braffination went viral. The user had noticed that a passenger had let another passenger sleep on […]

How to Motivate Yourself to Do Anything

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You know exactly what you need to do. You’re focused on all the positive outcomes that will result once you’ve finished that looming task. You’ve cleared your calendar so you can focus on completing this one thing. And then nothing happens. Why? Because you think you need motivation. You’re waiting on a spark, on inspiration […]

5 Steps to Break Through Self-Sabotage

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Self-sabotage and self-defeating behaviors can happen to anyone. Depending on your situation, they can lead to procrastination, indecision, anger, lack of focus, chemical dependency, self-pity, self-doubt and more. Whether you’re coping with too much pressure or too little motivation, you may need to take time to adjust your priorities and expectations. Stop demanding perfection and […]

The Power of Forgiveness

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Recently, a friend (let’s call her Sue) did me wrong. Really, that’s not even a fair statement. It was one of those situations where everyone was angry for different reasons. It was all a matter of perspective: I did something that I thought was fine, Sue got upset about it, and I apologized to Sue […]

5 Foods That Are Great For Your Brain

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Your brain needs energy to work and certain foods can either boost your brain power, or slow it down. Here’s a list of 5 healthy, natural foods that can give your brain the boost it needs. Top 5 Brain Boosting Foods 1.  Dark Chocolate Yes, chocolate is actually good for your brain, as long as […]

7 Tips to Achieve Your Dreams

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What is your dream? Everyone has that one dream that they’ve always held close to their heart. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to open your own restaurant, or you’ve wanted to start a new business. But have you taken any steps to achieve your dream? And if so, how many steps have you taken? Most people haven’t […]

Chivalry Isn’t Dead! 3 Ways To Become a Gentleman

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Several decades ago, being a gentleman was more about social status than behavior. For instance, level of education, financial and social status of family, and source of income were the characteristics that distinguished gentlemen from the déclassé. In other words, heritage and birthright trumped actions and behaviors. Today, the definition of a gentleman could not […]

Introducing the Birth Control Pill…For Men!

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It has been 50 years since the oral birth control pill, widely known as “The Pill”, made its first appearance in the United States. Since its inception, the pill has caused a tremendous amount of controversy that hasn’t seemed to simmer, ranging from religious opposition to the belief that birth control promotes sexual promiscuity. Regardless, […]

A Day Without Laughter is a Day Wasted

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Charlie Chaplin is incredibly famous for many things: acting, filmmaking, and composing, all within the silent film industry. And his stuff was funny. However, his life wasn’t always full of laughs. Chaplin was thrown on his own resources before he reached the age of ten, as the early death of his father and the subsequent […]

How to Gain Credibility by Avoiding These 7 Bad Behaviors

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Beware your credibility blind spots. These bad behaviors may be unintentional, but they derail your professional image. They are off-putting to everyone … but you. The good news is that once you uncover your blind spots, you can undo them. And in today’s highly competitive workplace, where even small stuff can make a big difference, […]

11 Tips To Interview Like a Pro

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You can never be too prepared for an interview. Here are some job interview tips you can use to ensure you make the best possible impression and get the job you want. Interview Preparation 1. Do Your Research The more you prepare for an interview the easier it will be. Take advantage of the Internet […]

Leadership Lessons From General Schwarzkopf

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General Normal Schwarzkopf, most famously known for leading the American-led international coalition that drove Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, has passed away due to complications from pneumonia at the age of 78. Throughout his career he was known for his incredible leadership skills and devotion to the military. From his early education at West […]

5 Steps to Personal Growth and Development

5 Steps to Personal Growth and Development

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~Ernest Hemingway Setting out on a journey of personal growth and development can seem overwhelming at first. If you browse the self-improvement or personal development sections of any bookstore, you’re likely to find hundreds if […]

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