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Productivity Why You Can Focus in a Coffee Shop but Not in Your Open Office Executive Summary Surveys have shown that workers’ primary complaint with open or cubicle-filled offices is the unwanted noise. However, recent research suggests it’s not the noise itself that’s the problem. Two recent studies have found that the right level of ambient noise triggers our minds to think more creatively. And one of those studies found no difference between people working in a very noisy environment (the equivalent of a motorcycle engine revving) and people…Continue Reading “Why You Can Focus in a Coffee Shop but Not in Your Open Office”

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  Gratitude – the wonderful feeling of appreciation we get when we admire and value something, just because it exists. A feeling so hard to describe and “quantify” that experts are only now beginning to understand its real potential. Martin Seligman, a pioneer of Positive Psychology and the author of Flourish, believes that: “Gratitude can make your life happier and more satisfying. When we feel gratitude, we benefit from the pleasant memory of a positive event in our life. Also, when we express our gratitude…Continue Reading “Three Ways Gratitude Makes Life Awesome, According to Researchers”

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A workplace is much more than just a random desk full of paper clips, sticky notes, and pens, all scattered around a computer. Whether you’re a work-from-home entrepreneur or a busy corporate manager, this is where you spend most of our day. From what you choose to put next to your laptop to how bright or dim your lights are, turning your workplace into an oasis of “Zen” and comfort is all about making small adjustments to your environment. Let’s see how we can turn…Continue Reading ““Zen Up” Your Workplace with These Six Practical Tricks”

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We live in a fast-paced world where time is highly valuable and a good first impression is our ticket to new opportunities. People rarely have the patience to invest precious time in relationships that could lead nowhere. Nowadays, we often find ourselves in situations where we either impress someone at first sight or forever remain in anonymity. No one’s to blame for this; it’s just how the world has evolved. A killer first impression can win you the girl or boy of your dreams, help…Continue Reading “Make an Awesome First Impression with These Three Tips”

  What’s the secret to happiness? That can differ according to the person involved. But we do know that happy people have different habits and think differently than those who are miserable. So, the good news is, if you’re trying to be one of those happy people, recognize that that desired emotion comes from within and that you have the power to literally turn that frown upside down by mastering some simple habits. Here’s what happy people do and don’t do . . . 1….Continue Reading “25 Habits of Successful and Extremely Happy People”

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Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be stuck in a lifeless routine, while others move from one opportunity to another without ever giving up in the face of adversity? It’s all about the mindset! We each have a set of beliefs about success (and failure), intelligence and talent, that will shape our every decision. Your career path, your attitude towards failure, even the reason why you’re reading this article right now have something to do with your mindset. Let’s take a quick…Continue Reading “Three Benefits of a Growth Mindset and How to Unlock Them”

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Motivation – a cornerstone of success. An invisible hand, pushing (or pulling) us closer to our goals. Motivation “flows” through everything. Personal goals, health, success; even talent can be hacked through motivation. Take for instance our career. Studies suggest that motivation and optimism define one’s career. In other words, first we get optimistic about a particular career path, then we use motivation to “make things happen.” But it’s not just about our career choice. Every decision we’ve ever made was prompted by some form of…Continue Reading “Motivation Hacks: 3 Tricks to Skyrocket Your Results”

Have you ever wondered how some people manage to achieve extraordinary results in relatively short periods of time? It’s like time doesn’t even exist for them. They sit at their computer, completely immersed in work and by the time you finish your coffee, they’ve already done half the work. Not even an earthquake could distract them from doing what they do. But what’s striking is that they don’t show any signs of fatigue or boredom. Moreover, they are passionately in love with their work and…Continue Reading “The Power of Flow. 4 Tried-and-True Techniques for Insane Productivity and Success”

What does it take to forge and maintain a lasting relationship with your life partner? Is passion the secret to fulfilling long-term relationship or maybe constant communication? Since we’re just as clueless as you, we turned to John M. Gottman, a ‘heavyweight’ in the field of Couples Psychology and the author of several books on relationship healing. This guy spent almost 50 years looking at the “nuts and bolts” of happy couples. Let’s see what half a decade of studies can teach us about relationships….Continue Reading “Relationship Hacks: 2 Insights From John Gottman”

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When was the last time you had a god night’s sleep? I know, me neither! It seems that today, sleep has become more of a mark on our to-do list, rather than a basic need. Although many of us might be getting those 6-8 hours of sleep recommended by experts, we also have to aim for quality, not just quantity. A poor sleep routine is known to affect us on all levels. One example is the relationship between sleep and eating habits which a group…Continue Reading “Three Tips for That Good Night’s Sleep You’ve Always Wanted”