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“Making One’s Bed In My Mind Is the Most Direct Road to a Happier Life.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Isabel Gillies Now, how do I know Isabel Gillies? The answer is lost in the sands of time. We have several mutual friends, perhaps that’s how. She has had a very interesting, varied career. She is an actor who appeared, among other places, on the TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and in the movie Metropolitan. She’s also a highly successful writer. Her bestselling memoir Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story recounts the story of how her first…

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The Problem Is Not Your Website Or Your Product. – Self Improvement Article

The good cause factor. Your business may do something simple like mow lawns. That may not sound like a life-changing business that can take this lead advice I’m giving onboard. “My business is simple,” you say to me. Well, I’d challenge that. Any business can have what I call the ‘Good Cause Factor.” Let be give you an example. The local butcher down the road from me has a BBQ every Saturday afternoon where they invite the community to come and eat some food for…

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How to Find the Perfect Man (or Woman) – Self Improvement Article

This morning, over coffee, one of my good friends spilled her guts to me about all of her failed attempts to find the perfect man.  Although her story is about her unique personal experiences, I couldn’t help but feel like I had heard the same story told by others in completely different circumstances a hundred times before. It’s a heartbreaking tale about the endless quest for perfection that so many of us are on… The Perfect Woman Once upon a…

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Do You Feel Connected With Your Partner and Others?- Self Improvement Article

Do you have a problem feeling connected with others? It might be because you are living in your head rather than in your heart.   When you were growing up, did you learn to protect against the pain of not being loved, by disconnecting from your body and living from your head? You may have learned to not be present in your body with your feelings as a way to avoid feeling unbearably lonely, helpless and heartbroken. This survival mechanism…

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Exchange Love Letters With Friends & 4 Other Ways To Practice Self-Love – Self Improvement Article

The queen of self-love, the late author and publisher Louise Hay, believed strongly in mirror work. Try this self-help titan’s technique: The next time you are alone in the bathroom, look in the mirror and tell yourself out loud, “I love you.” It might feel awkward the first time you do it, but with practice this is a powerful ritual. Make eye contact with yourself, and give yourself a mischievous wink or knowing smile! If you have body issues, you…

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Let’s Put the Heart Back Into Valentine’s Day – Self Improvement Article

The Self Improvement Blog | Self Esteem | Self Confidence It’s Valentine’s Day. It is a lovely little holiday that’s been around since the Middle Ages or before.  But, in my opinion, it’s another holiday run amuck. A day designed to express love has turned in to another commercial frenzy. The stores, even the grocery stores, are full of cards, candy, and flowers to give to your child, your spouse, your lover, your friend and—and who else? Casual acquaintances? Mother…

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The Definitive 4-Step Guide to Happiness at Work – Self Improvement Article

We all want to make careers out of the things we love. As kids, we idolized people who were pros in the things we loved to do, whether it was celebrity chefs, race car drivers, singers, astronauts or teachers. Not everyone gets the opportunity to have their childhood dream career, but nevertheless, we should all strive to find a job that we are happy doing. Unfortunately, after years doing the same thing, the joy can fade, and you’re left feeling dissatisfied with…

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10 Relationship Milestones That Mean More Than Your First Kiss Or Engagement – Self Improvement Article

1. The first time you cry in front of him. You’ve ran into bathrooms when you were on the edge of tears in the past. You’ve cleaned up your makeup and walked back outside, pretending you were perfectly fine. When you are actually comfortable enough with someone to be vulnerable in front of them, to let down your guard and show them your truth instead of pretending you are unbreakable, it is a big deal. It means you trust each…

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New Study Shows Kids With Mental Health Issues Aren’t Getting Treatment – Self Improvement Article

If you’re a parent, your No. 1 priority is raising a healthy, happy kid. But how often do you really think about your child’s mental health? A new analysis, published in JAMA Pediatrics, suggests that we should all be paying more attention to mental health issues in children since many of them aren’t getting proper care—or any care at all—for their conditions. For this study, researchers surveyed more than 50,000 parents. The results showed that more than 16 percent of…

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What We’ve Been Told About Passion is BullshitPick the Brain- Self Improvement Article

I have an unbelievable respect for talented artists. When I see life like portraits that an artist has drawn using only three different shades of colored pencils I often don’t believe that what I’m looking at isn’t a photo. Like the one above. Or someone who paints landscapes of mountain ranges and rivers that look as real and as wild as if they were right in front of you. The fact that sculpters that can take a chisel and hammer…

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5 Romantic Date Night Ideas For Going Out This Valentine’s Day – Self Improvement Article

If you’re lucky enough to be all loved-up this February 14th, don’t be a cynic and ignore it altogether. Head out and spend a nice evening to remember with your better half. You might roll your eyes at the thought of slow-motion embraces and drooping bouquets, but planning a unique date experience your partner will actually treasure — that’s romance. Though there are many romantic ideas for couples that would rather stay in the comfort of their own home this…

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On Learning to Let Go of Who You Were — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“Nostalgia is an illness for those who haven’t realized that today is tomorrow’s nostalgia.” ― Zeena Schreck We went to New York for some festive shopping…and took a trip down memory lane. We lived in New York for a few years and with as many years away, the City was still as familiar as ever. NYC is my favorite city in the world actually.  It has an energy like nowhere else somehow.   But New York has personal significance for…

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13 Productivity Tools I Can’t Live Without – Self Improvement Article

I’m a sucker for all the online tools that promise to help you be more productive or creative and that can make you feel like you’ve got your s*it together. Tell me about the latest ‘can’t live without it’ app and I will try it. Sure, often it turns out that they create more distraction than focus (happened to me with Todoist for example) but some has been real game changers. So, without further ado, here are the 13 productivity/creativity…

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Doing Things Badly – Blisspot, the online personal development community- Self Improvement Article

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly. ~ Martha Beck I am learning to play the ukulele. At least, that’s what I hope I’m doing. Right now things don’t sound all that great – it will be a long time before I’ve developed the muscle memory and finger dexterity to actually play a song the way I want to.  Still, I plug away at it almost every day, trusting that eventually I’ll get there! I’m also studying Spanish, with similar results. Both are a…

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4 Questions That Will Transform Your Leadership – Self Improvement Article

In this episode, you will — Learn why it’s vital to adopt the posture of a learner. Understand how curiosity can unleash greater results. Realize why vulnerability is essential for asking powerful questions. Learn how to sequence and time questions for greatest effect. Gain four simple, powerful questions that can unlock the answers you need. This is only a snippet of a self Improvement article written by Michael Hyatt Read Full Article

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Herman Melville’s Passionate, Beautiful, Heartbreaking Love Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

The summer when nineteen-year-old Emily Dickinson met the love of her life — the orphaned mathematician-in-training Susan Gilbert, who would come to be the poet’s greatest muse, her mentor, her primary reader and editor, her fiercest lifelong attachment, her “Only Woman in the World” — another intense, label-defying love was igniting in the heart of another literary titan-to-be some fifty miles westward. That other love unfolds alongside Dickinson’s in Figuring — a book I wrote to explore, among other existential…

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How to Prevent a Negative Environment From Affecting You – Self Improvement Article

The surrounding conditions of a home exert powerful influence over all its inhabitants and should never be underestimated. Even if your natal chart shows luck in a certain department of life, the environment can deny its manifestation because of the lack of available facilities for that luck to express itself. The greatest care should be selected, therefore, where one lives. Usually higher and dryer places are better than lower and damp places; according to Feng Shui, one should not live…

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Eating a Plant-Based Diet: Safely Going Vegan – Self Improvement Article

So you’re interested in eating only plants, eh? Well, you’ve come to the right place to learn all about it. I’ve seen many people over the years have success with a Plant-Based Diet. Truth be told though, I’ve seen many people also struggle with it too. (After all, donuts are “plant-based” and pizza just got declared “a vegetable”). There is definitely a right way and a wrong way to embark on eliminating animal products from your diet. Today, I’ll share…

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How to Believe in Divine Love and Deal With Loneliness – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~ RUMI And just like that my darlings, we are in February 2019 the Month of Valentine and all things Love. While Love is our default setting, I like how atleast in one month of the year, its SO in your face its hard to miss 🙂 But yet, when it comes to understanding love,…

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Should You Target the Minimum? – Self Improvement Article

Whenever you set a goal, create a new habit or make some plan for your life, there’s a few different ways you can go about it The first way is to target the minimum output. The idea here is that you focus on always doing at least a little bit, so that overall, you’ll end up doing enough to make it count. Examples: meditating for ten minutes a day, taking the stairs at work to get in shape, learning a…

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5 Steps to Ensure a Stress-Free Moving Day – Self Improvement Article

The terms “stress-free” and “moving” don’t usually go hand-in-hand. That’s because relocating is filled with small and big reasons to worry: What if you break or lose something important? What if the place you are moving into is wrong for you in some way? What if your life is plunged into chaos? It’s common for the stresses of moving to give people severe anxiety and mental anguish for weeks or months. However, this doesn’t have to happen. You can avoid…

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7 Simple Habits That Will Make You More Successful – Self Improvement Article

One of the first rules of success is to have good habits. Do you want to live your life to its fullest? It won’t happen if you just write and rewrite your goals. You have to develop new habits. Start today! Here are 7 simple habits that will make you more successful: 1. The habit of asking for help No one succeeds alone. So, make a habit to pay other people to accomplish your goals faster. Do it as often…

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How Sleep Fights Inflammation & Disease, According To New Science – Self Improvement Article

It’s often thought that getting adequate sleep is the most important thing we can do for our health. And it makes sense, as skimping on zzz’s is linked to an increased risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and decreased cognitive functioning. But the question is: Why?  A new study, led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, gives us an answer to this very question. According to the study, which was published in the journal Nature, adequate sleep protects against health…

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How to Start a Successful Blog (a New and Free 7-day Course) – Self Improvement Article

by Henrik Edberg on February 13, 2019 A couple of the most common questions I get via email are not about self-esteem or procrastination. They’re about starting a blog, how to grow your readership and how I make an income from my blog. For the past few weeks I’ve worked on a project that’s been on my own to-do list for too long and I’ve put together a focused 7-day course that answers those questions. Click here to learn more…

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Setting Boundaries and what to do if You Feel Guilty About Saying No – Self Improvement Article

Why does setting boundaries and protecting what we need most for ourselves sometimes make us feel guilty? If you feel guilty about setting boundaries, instead of dismissing the practice altogether, explore the guilt. When I feel bad or guilty about something, I write it down. I write all my thoughts and feelings on paper so I can really examine what’s going on instead of letting my mind get carried away. In other words, I don’t believe every thought that crosses…

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Hangxiety = Social Anxiety + Alcohol – Self Improvement Article

Social anxiety and alcohol are a common combination, but they can lead to some destructive patterns that ultimately hurt us in the long-term. For many with social anxiety, alcohol can be an effective way to diminish their nervousness and inhibitions, making it easier to socialize with others. There’s an obvious reason alcohol is called a “social lubricant.” At the same time, using alcohol to overcome your social anxiety is a bad idea from many different angles. To start, using alcohol…

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Spilling The Tea About Why Shane Dawson Has Blown Up On YouTube – Self Improvement Article

Shane Dawson has always wanted to be a movie director, which is fitting, since he has been creating high-quality, movie-length content for YouTube. Every one of his latest videos, from conspiracies to documentaries, are rewarded with millions of views. In the last few months, Shane Dawson has blown up across YouTube — and he deserves every click, every view, every congratulation. He succeeds because he takes his time uploading content. As a creator, it’s easy to fall into the habit of quantity…

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Rachel Carson’s Birdsong Notation, Set to Music – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

A melodic homage to the patron saint of the modern environmental conscience. By Maria Popova One of the loveliest discoveries in my research for Figuring came at Yale’s magical Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, where Rachel Carson’s papers are housed: Among her ample letters, manuscripts, and field notebooks I found a piece of railway stationery from the now-defunct Portland Rose train line, onto which Carson had counted bird calls and scribbled the notation of a birdsong melody — that…

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5 Ways Couples Can Deepen Their Connection – Self Improvement Article

My parents are getting ready to celebrate their 49th anniversary. Each year I always ask them, “What is the secret to lasting love?” Every year the advice is the same: They tell me that the No. 1 way to stay connected is to allow yourself to grow with each other. They suggest letting each person be their unique self; respect and love them as they are, not as who you think they should be. It seems we put so much…

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