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Masters of Habit: Rituals, Lessons, and Quotes from Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. Known as the last of the “Five Good Emperors,” Aurelius was not born into power, but rather was adopted (his biological father died when he was...

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Treat Everyday Like a Work of Art

I believe in treating everyday like a work of art. Does this mean I walk around with paintbrushes and spray cans and make a colorful mess over everything I come in close proximity with like a...

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How to Overcome Perfectionism: Life Lessons from Kubrick to Picasso

Learn creative lessons from Picasso, Kubrick, Spielberg, Woody Allen, and leading psychologists to overcome perfectionism and improve your productivity and wellbeing.

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God and His Shadow

For the last few thousand years our existence has been explained by metaphysical constructs, truths that lie hidden behind the appearances, everlasting ideas beyond what our senses can see and hear. The philosopher Plato, with his famous allegory of the cave, stated that appearances are intrinsically false, things aren't as they appear to be, and the only way to get to truth was to venture deep in the rational realm, far away from anything living and breathing...

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A Short and Sweet Insight About Human Nature

For some reason or another, I found myself in a funk over the last few days. I was lacking passion and drive. The world wasn't quite as vibrant as it usually appears. Little things were going wrong here and there. I just wasn't happy.To make matters worse, my go-to activities for realigning myself were failing miserably. I went for walks, meditated, stated affirmations, exercised, watched inspirational videos, read books, activated my chakras...I did everything. But it all felt fake. I couldn't truly get behind any of those activities because it felt like my core had been depleted...

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Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours!

Most people only think that there is one way to sleep: Go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat. Actually, that is called a monophasic...

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25 Psychological Life Hacks that Will Help You Gain the Advantage in Social Situations

Social situations are among the most important in our lives. Yet, there is a huge chance that you are oblivious to the plethora of unwritten social rules that structure everybody’s behaviour....

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The More We Worry About Time, The More Time Is Lost To Worrying

“Don’t worry about the time, my friend, just be here now.” “Relax, baby, it’s good enough.” “Just dwell in the moment, no need to rush.” I’ve...

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Declare Your Radicalness

**The following is an article posted on the Harvard Business Review, written by Umair Haque. I don’t normally re-post articles from external sites, but this one is a must-read. ** Consider what...

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The Alchemy of Suffering: How to Avoid the Temptation of Fear

I am in my sixth decade of facing fear and (as the Irish say) I have been around a few corners: this is what I have learned so far, this is what I know.

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Altru-Hedonism: A New Perspective on Pleasure & Helping Others

Altru-Hedonism is a mash-up of the terms altruism (selfless concern for the welfare of others) and hedonism (the pursuit of pleasure). Normally these terms are considered antonyms, which would make my...

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This Will Revolutionize Your Work Day: The 7P Productivity System

I've experimented with dozens of sleep schedules, efficiency tricks and life hacks over the last 6 years in search of the perfect productivity system. This is the result.

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We are star stuff contemplating the stars.

Carl Sagan is one of those few rare wonderful specimens our human race has produced. He combined his warm, loving and spiritual heart with his skeptic mind fine-tuned to science. He was a true visionary in the widest sense of the word. He wrote over 600 science papers and 20 books, pioneered exobiology and actively searched for extra-terrestrial life. He still inspires thousands upon thousands of people through his amazing twelve-hour documentary 'Cosmos' (must watch!) and the movie 'Contact'. He advocated legalizing marijuana for its beneficial effects on creativity and well-being. He was a true HEthen.

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Dominator vs. Partnership Cultures: A Profound Re-Telling of Human History

In this essay you'll learn the troubling history of society's evolving culture — how we ditched our empathetic "partnership" system for one founded on domination, and what hope there is looking forward.

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The Amazing Ways Science Inspires Empathy

Einstein famously said that science in our time is like “a razor blade in the hands of a three year old.” Science has unleashed the power of technology, but we ourselves haven’t developed...

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How to Be A Modern Alchemist

Common knowledge: The alchemists of old sought to transmute lead and other lesser metals into gold.Scientific knowledge: Scientists have actually found ways to do this, but only on a microscopic level.Useful knowledge: You can learn a transmutation much more useful than turning lead to gold.It's not coal to diamonds or fat to muscle. Nor is it $1 to $1000 or anything truly magical. The change I'm talking about is...

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The Human Capacity for Boredom & Its Implications on Happiness

We humans have this great evolutionary trait that allows us to quickly adapt and become accustomed to new environments and scenarios. For prehistoric man, I’m sure this helped a lot. For...

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The Age of Revolution: 10 Lessons for Leaders of the Change Generation

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams 1) Follow Your Internal Compass and Empower Others to Do The Same Deep down...

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TEDs Controversy – 3 Threatening Talks They Tried to Censor

Nobody can ignore TED, a powerhouse of fast, mind-blowing and paradigm breaking talks that last around 20 minutes. Experts in diverse fields such as anthropology, entrepreneurship, cosmology or brain...

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50 Life Secrets and Tips Pt. 2

Exaggerate your compliments If you're going to say something nice, why not make it a bit nicer? Only you will know the difference and the target of the compliment will feel that much better.Forget about insults entirely (even in jest) We can all agree that nothing good comes of insults. If they are serious, then someone comes out of the exchange feeling cut down. Even if you insult someone jokingly, their subconscious mind still takes your words in as a serious statement and imprints the insult on the person. This is akin to a commercial: it can seem stupid, but you are still building up respect for the product on a subconscious level. This is why companies pay top dollar just to have their logo visible in public places.Investigate what is known about death What do you know about death? You certainly have beliefs around it, but what do you know about the science of death, or of those who have died and been brought back to life? Death is not as big of a mystery as it is made out to be. Do your research before you fear or misconstrue this most universal human experience.