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Self Awareness

Being Intelligent About Intelligence

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.22.2013 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

Tetsuro Matsuzawa, a researcher at Kyoto University, showed that a chimpanzee named Ayumu clearly out-performed humans on some working memory tests, a category of short-term recall. What is surprising is that anybody finds this surprising.

How To Actually Have Influence

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

If you want to become good at influencing others, then you simply need to learn how. It's not magic, and it's certainly not innate. It may sometimes feel innate, but that's because people are often able to pick up on effective strategies implicitly, through experience and observation.

Soul Foods: 5 Soul-Nourishing Principles

Dr. Cynthia Thaik | Posted 04.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cynthia Thaik

Nurture your soul with healthy foods that inspire you and build you up. Avoid those that create ugly feelings inside. By doing this, you will be able to keep your inner garden oasis beautiful and flourishing.

4 Ways To Shape Your Thoughts Through Mindfulness

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 04.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

Our lives are shaped by our minds. We really do become what we think. The good news is that it is never too late to begin carving out a new concept of ourselves if we don't care for the shape our life is taking -- you are a thought sculptor and your creation starts with your next thought.

Whats Your 'Guiding Word'?

Rupa Mehta | Posted 04.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

Being led by my one word makes me feel hopeful and free and allows me to drop the weight of life. My one word is a compass that allows my spirit to manifest into anything I want it to.

Live From the Inside Out

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Sue Shanahan

"Live from the inside out." That's my motto for 2013. I have put the kibosh on following social convention and fulfilling other's expectations. Living in a box of someone else's making leaves little room for sharing your gifts with the world.

How Fear Is Controlling Your Life (And What To Do About It)

Douglas LaBier | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

You can alter the power of fear through life experiences. Fears can lessen or take different form over time, from subsequent life events, experiences, and -- especially -- self-examination.

Emotional Eating to Emotional Connection

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Emotional eating only becomes a problem when it's overused to cope with or avoid feelings. If you feel that your emotional connections to food are causing problems for you, the following suggestions will help bring emotional eating back into balance.

What You Think Is What You Get: Seeing Our True Beauty

Sydney Craig | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Sydney Craig

Recently I had a day where I went from being unhappy with what I saw in the mirror to loving what I was seeing within hours. Obvi­ously I don't think that my body actually phys­i­cally changed in such a short time frame, but it sure felt like it.

Brain Push-Ups? A 5 Minute Mental Workout

Rupa Mehta | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

This five-minute routine is like doing a set of push-ups for your brain -- no props necessary except pen and paper, Blackberry or your writing utensil of choice. Results will be guaranteed if you're honest in your answers, diligent with your form and you practice in the right setting.

When 'Going With The Flow' Feels Impossible

Daniel Scott | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Daniel Scott

Going with the flow is easy, especially when that current feels great. The challenge is learning how to drop into a positive flow when half-swept away in a riptide of epic misfortune. No, life, I'm not waving. I'm drowning.

A Formula For Trusting Your Inuition

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Orloff MD

Intuition offers a direct line to your life force, and also, as I experience it, to a divine intelligence. We can't afford to remain deaf to intuition's messages. Its expertise is energy; its job is to know every nuance of what makes you tick.

Be in Love With the Way You Eat

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

The jig is up. There is no one specific eating plan or program that will work for everyone. There's no diet or exercise program that will save us all. We all look, feel and live differently, so what makes us think that we can get healthy using the same template?

Is It Possible to Have Empathy Without Being Patronizing?

Michael Hobbes | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Hobbes

I do this all the time, explain away a person's appearance and actions. I try really hard to give people the benefit of the doubt when they snap at their kids in public, cut me off in traffic, refuse to give up their seat to an old person on the train.

Becoming Sensitive to Life

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Arthur Rosenfeld

What we detect of the world outside -- not to mention all our interior processes, phases, and workings -- is only a tiny fraction of what is there.

Do You Want to Loosen the Grip of Fear?

Helene Lerner | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Lerner

If you suppress a goal you really want to achieve out of fear, it can create added stress. I have learned through much trial and error to take the risk. Here are some of the ways I have learned to move forward -- despite my fears.

Making Sense of Scent

Renata Helfman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Renata Helfman

My nose became more sophisticated as I learned and experimented with different oils and notes, and now I have a few favorites that call to me depending on how I am feeling on any given day.

10 'Beliefs' That Are Holding You Back

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

If you are stuck "doing the right thing" while sacrificing what you want, your beliefs about how you "should" act may be holding you back.

The Life Whisperer

Lisa Arends | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Arends

I started watching The Dog Whisperer about a year after my sudden divorce. Much to my surprise, I learned even more about myself from Cesar Millan than I did about my dog.

On Embracing Change: Openness vs. Vulnerability

J. Kate Franklin | Posted 04.05.2013 | Healthy Living
J. Kate Franklin

In October of last year, I was no longer able to deny a long-developing internal shift, and promptly left my rather high-powered career to figure out what my next passion was. Walking out of the office that day with no real plan, I'd never been more scared. Now, I've never been more liberated.

Why the 'Right' One Comes at the 'Wrong' Time

Pamela Dussault | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Pamela Dussault

A soulmate walks in. At the worst possible time -- or so you may think. Your soul knows it's exactly the right time. Your soul knows it's time for a change, which sooner or later you won't be able to deny.

The Upside Of Rejection

Maddisen K. Krown | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Maddisen K. Krown

Rejection tends to turn us inward in a negative way -- causing us to feel unworthy, flawed, not good enough, unlovable, frustrated, confused, angry, sad, etc. -- which can get us painfully bogged down in paralyzing self criticism.

On Letting Go: 'Nothing Changes Until You Do'

Mike Robbins | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

As the saying goes, "The roots create the fruits." This means that it's our job to focus on our own growth, development, and internal transformation -- and in so doing, we put ourselves in the best possible position to create the kind of change we truly want.

To Love Yourself: What Does that Mean?

Steve McSwain | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

When there isn't much love in my world, I've learned to take a look within myself. For, when I love me, then you become my neighbor... and the world becomes a neighborhood.

How Two Minutes of 'Power Posing' Can Make You More Confident

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

There are two techniques to help you quiet mental clutter and become more powerful. Before a high-stakes interaction, go into the bathroom and spend two minutes in front of the mirror doing the following.