Self-Improvement

5 Ways Playing Chess Can Boost Your Mind and Your Life

Want to transform your brain and make better decisions? Learn chess, a game synonymous with intelligence and brain power. It's been proven by numerous studies to help a variety of mind skills and has been growing in popularity around the world. According to a World-Chess-Federation-sanctioned YouGov polling study from 2012, 70% of adults have played...

5 Wonderful Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

We all have been enticed by the urge to compare ourselves to others from time to time; after all, we like to feel like we’re contributing positively to the world as a species, and want to see how we measure up to others. However, this can become a potentially toxic, harmful practice if you...

5 Tips for Introverts to Thrive in An Extroverted World

Oftentimes, introverts feel that their disposition is something they must correct, rather than something to embrace. Let’s face it; we live in a highly extroverted world, where jobs, politics, and how quickly we make friends largely depends on how well we can communicate with others. More charismatic, extroverted people usually have more friends because of...

Researchers Have Just Figured Out Why Deep Breaths Can Change Your Brain

While we associate the term ‘breath’ with an autonomic function of our body—how often do you consciously tell yourself to breath?—our ancestors afforded respiration a certain gravity. The act of breathing has been linked to “life force” and “spirit,” the latter implying an invisible and necessary force in our lives. If we’re breathing we’re...

How Metacognition, Thinking About How You Think, Can Change Your Life Forever

Metacognition, thinking about how you think, has been shown to help students improve their grades. Stanford University researchers published a new study that outlines a 15-minute thinking hack that led to an average improvement of one third of a letter grade for the participants.  The research stems from the insight that while many resources are...

A Zen Master Explains Why “Positive Thinking” Is Terrible Advice

Have you ever been told to just “think positive” and your problems will go away? Or that to achieve your goals in life, all you have to do is visualize it with positive intent? It’s a philosophy that’s been popular for decades thanks to books like How to win Friends and Influence People and Think and...

How the Ancient ‘Method of Loci’ Can Improve Your Long-Term Memory

Life would be a lot sweeter if you were a memory athlete. From the small details like where you put your keys, to the more important matters like PIN codes, trivia nights, and work-specific information recall, you would be set for success. Most of us however, are not wired that way. But don't be...

The Big Five Personality Traits and What They Mean to Psychologists

At the topmost level, there are two types of people in the world: Those who think personality types can be categorized and those who can't. Among those in the first group are psychologists who began developing a system for classifying personality traits based on an analysis of language way back in the 1880s. With the...

This Brain Exercise Is The Most Powerful One You’ll Ever Do

If you could create the most perfect day imaginable, what would it look like? Many people go about their days on autopilot, without making intentions or planning ahead for what they desire more of. In life, we all must make choices. Sometimes, the vast options available can make it quite overwhelming to forge ahead in...

15 Quotes That Will Make You Feel Grateful Again Instantly

Often in life, we get so caught up in the rat race that we forget to slow down, breathe, and express our thanks for everything we’ve been blessed with. No matter if your life looks a little bleak at times, remember that the culmination of events during your existence on this planet led you...

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