Manage Your Mood

Have you ever experienced a negative spiral, where it felt like your bad mood made everything worse? Just as negativity can be a self-perpetuating cycle, positivity can lead to even more positivity. To feel happier, you can cultivate an optimistic outlook simply by spending more time thinking about good things, affirming yourself, and associating with […]

Vulnerability Is Not A Weakness

Brené Brown describes vulnerability as a measure of strength, not weakness. Expressing feelings of self-doubt and uncertainty, discussing uncertain situations, and sharing encounters with failure and hardship are all ways that we can practice vulnerability. Many Westerners have been raised to think of vulnerability as a weakness or a flaw. In fact, vulnerability is a tool […]

Stop Worrying, Start Living

If you’re plagued by worry—and who isn’t these days—one way to neutralize your fear is to accept the worst-case scenario and plan from there. Most of our worst fears will never come true. But if you accept the possibility that bad things can happen, your most persistent worries will likely loosen their grip. Planning for […]

Feeling Anxious? Here’s How to Reframe.

Giving a presentation can be nerve-wracking. But if you think about it, nervousness and enthusiasm are quite similar emotional states. The primary difference is that anxiety has negative associations, whereas excitement seems more positive. As a negative emotional state, anxiety can quickly escalate and spiral out of control. The brain begins to imagine different scenarios […]

The Upside to Upending Your Routine

Distraction and change can be beneficial, even under difficult circumstances. Amid the global upheaval caused by the novel coronavirus, many of us are dealing with more distraction and change than usual. A small silver lining: the disruption might help develop your capacity for creative thinking and innovation. Changing plans, working in different environments, and negotiating general […]

Make the Leap

It’s better to jump than to be pushed. At some point in life, everyone experiences a nagging feeling that something in their life needs to change. Maybe it’s a job. Maybe it’s a relationship. Steve Harvey, the comedian and television personality, says that if you aren’t proactive in making that change, the universe is likely to […]

Creating the Right Incentives

Sometimes competitive compensation isn’t enough. Motivation isn’t just a matter of money. Everyone wants to feel as though their work has meaning that goes beyond their compensation. When your daily grind feels meaningful, you’ll usually be more productive—especially when you take pleasure in the work. But when the work feels meaningless and empty, your productivity […]

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