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The Secret to Staying Motivated

By Heather Stringer

Have you ever started off well on a new goal such as losing weight or saving more money, only to find that motivation fizzles after a period of time?

Researchers from the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba have discovered one possible explanation: Our source of motivation changes as we make progress toward a goal. Their findings are available online in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Read more

Becoming Grittier: Mindset Changes to Achieve Long-Term Goals

By Nacho Caballero

Grit is the willingness to do whatever is needed to achieve long-term goals. Angela Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania has been researching how grit correlates with activities like reaching the final rounds of the U.S. National Spelling Bee, or surviving the grueling first summer of training at West Point. She has found that being gritty is a better predictor of success than high IQ or SAT scores.

So, how do we become grittier? Is it even possible? Yes, it’s possible. How do I know this? I don’t, but I’m putting my money on the two techniques that I have used in my grittiest moments: outsourcing the decision to get started, and crafting an epic narrative. Read more

8 Habits That Will Upgrade Your Life

By Frances Bridges

Confidence and sense of self are based on accomplishments, and are built on a foundation of good habits. As Maya Angelou said, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and and liking how you do it.” You like who you are by knowing who you are, living by your values and practicing habits that help fulfill your potential, and make you a better family member and friend. But how do you get to that place? By building good habits, and having the discipline to practice them every day.

Here are eight habits that will help improve your life: Read more

The 7 Most Influential Self-Help Books of All Time


By Amy Reilly

Each year, publishers inundate us with new self-help books promising to teach us how to be better: better parents, better spouses, better workers, better organizers, better everything! It’s enough to make the head spin. However, every so often a self-help book rises to the top and morphs into something of a cultural phenomenon. These winners often spawn a school of wannabes and lookalikes (bookalikes?), but the originals retain something special. Here are seven self-help books that were groundbreakers in their day, and have stood the test of time. Make sure you also don’t forget to read these iconic books.
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The 3 Best Ways to Find Joy in Everything You Do

By Lidiya K

Daily life doesn’t need to be boring, your work shouldn’t be dreadful, life is not meant to be lived in the future where ‘the next big thing’ or your holiday (escape from reality) is.

It’s the little things that matter.

It’s every single action you take in the day, every small talk, every song you hear and picture you see, every cup of coffee you drink and free minute you have, that is the essence of life.

And your job is to find great pleasure in such activities. Read more

5 Ways You Can Make Yourself Even More Attractive

By Jill Weber, Ph.D

Feeling good about yourself makes you more attractive to others. And as you love yourself, your life becomes less burdensome and relationships become easier and more spontaneous. You don’t spend your time second-guessing what others are thinking about you or where you stand in your various relationships. When you have an internal sturdiness deep within your core, you’re able to adapt easily to the inevitable ups and downs that come with relationships.

Here are five ways you can feel better about yourself—and make yourself more attractive to others: Read more

10 Simple Habits To Grow A Positive Attitude

By Megan Wycklendt

The Challenge: Having a negative attitude keeps us from being happy and impacts the people we interact with.
The Science: Science tells us that having a positive attitude has a direct connection with happiness and success.
The Solution: Make positivity a habit by making these small adjustments to your daily life and mindset!

Our life is a reflection of our attitude. Without even noticing it, it can be easy to become negative and cynical towards the world as we are continuously exposed to  tragedy and injustice in the media and as we experience our own heartache and distress.

Not only is a negative attitude preventing you from fully enjoying your life, it can have a significant impact on your environment. The energy a person brings with them is contagious. One of the best things you can offer your family, organization or community is your positive attitude.

In the wise words of Michael Jackson, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” As creatures of habit, by making small adjustments to your daily life and mindset, positive habits can be formed to make yourself and everyone you interact with happier.  Here is a list of 10 habits that can turn a gloomy outlook into an effortlessly optimistic attitude.  Read more

Practice Patience to Achieve Your Goals

By Anne Witkavitch

“I am learning the art of patience…it has taken me 49 years to figure out that things don’t always happen on the one year plan.”

I am amazed at how a simple reflection, realized only in the past couple of weeks but emerging in my consciousness over the past few years, has become one of the most significant aha moments of my life. The power of patience, I’ve come to understand, is part of transition, a significant by-product of what we do to transform our lives and ourselves when we know we are on the threshold of change.

This is quite a realization for someone who’s been a less-than-patient type-A since birth. Read more

Building Your Success Muscles with Discipline

By Steven K. Cload

If you are like most people, one of the biggest reasons you haven’t yet achieved the success you desire is because you are not disciplined. In this age of instant gratification, we are accustomed to getting what we want right NOW. The thought of working diligently on a goal for weeks, months, or even years is a little depressing. Read more

The Research-Backed Strategy That Keeps You on the Path to Your Goals

By Samantha Boardman, M.D.

Before his voyage home, Ulysses is warned about the irresistible and deadly call of the Sirens. Countless sailors before him had fallen prey to their seductive song and drowned as a result. Recognizing he won’t be able to control himself in the face of such temptation, Ulysses instructs his men to bind him to the mast of the ship. Read more

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