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Personal Development

This personal development guide is chock full of articles that will help you cultivate happiness, ease, and balance in your life. Whether you’re looking to increase your productivity, build self-confidence, communicate more effectively, or create a positive change or healthy habit in your life, explore these articles to learn and grow.

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Infographic: 10 Mind Hacks to Make You a Better Learner

By Melissa Eisler

Want to find ways to learn faster and smarter? There are several mind hacks you can use to make yourself a better learner; this infographic outlines 10 of the most popular.

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Springtime Mindfulness: 6 Ways to Invigorate Your Practice

By Melissa Eisler

Take advantage of the extra hours of daylight, vibrant colors, and excitement of the spring season with a springtime mindfulness practice.

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How to Say No with Grace and Diplomacy

By Melissa Eisler

Saying no is an important skill to learn to make sure you’re focused on your priorities in life. Here are four steps on how to say no that won’t offend the person who’s requesting your time or attention.

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Video: Mindfulness and Self-Inquiry with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Byron Katie

By Melissa Eisler

Watch Jon Kabat-Zinn and Byron Katie discuss the different, yet similar worlds of mindfulness and self-inquiry. How do the worlds overlap and support each other? Listen to expert perspectives in this 30-minute video.

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How to Boost Your Productivity with EQ

By Melissa Eisler

It may seem like a stretch to say you can boost your productivity with emotional intelligence. On the surface, emotions don’t seem relevant to productivity. But research will tell you otherwise—EQ plays a significant role getting stuff done.

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Emotional Intelligence: The Role of Emotions in Our Health, Happiness and Productivity

By Melissa Eisler

Research has found that emotional intelligence level can predict everything from leadership skills, academic performance, job satisfaction, and overall health and well-being. Find out how it is that emotions matter that much.

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Say No

Why You Should Add the Word "NO" to Your Vocabulary

By Melissa Eisler

No one has enough time to do all of the things they love to do, so life becomes about prioritizing the most important to-dos. If you end up saying YES to everything, you won’t have time for the things that you most value.

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Mindfulness Skeptics: Dealing with Nay-Sayers, Negative Nancys, and Poo-Poo'ers

By Melissa Eisler

You know the type—you bring up meditation and they roll their eyes. Next time you encounter someone bashing meditation or mindfulness, here are some ideas on how to respond.

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Snap Into Focus with This 3-Minute Trick

By Melissa Eisler

The routine for finding focus looks different for everyone; it’s important to know what works for you to find that state of centered attention. Make sure to cover these main points the next time you need to concentrate.

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7 Steps to Banish Self-Doubt and Summon Success, Instead

By Melissa Eisler

When you challenge yourself to an important goal—self-doubt and insecurity usually show up uninvited. Here are seven steps to help you enjoy the presence of accomplishment, instead of fearing it’s evil twin, failure.

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16 Ways to Make Your 2016 More Mindful

By Melissa Eisler

Want to set a 2016 goal that will have a lasting impact on your life? Add a dose of mindfulness to your every day. Here are 16 easy ways to get started. 

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5 Steps to Mindful Goal Setting

By Melissa Eisler

What happens if you set resolutions and goals when your mind isn’t settled? Follow these steps to find focus and make sure your New Year’s goals lead to a productive and happy New Year. 

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Video: All It Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

By Melissa Eisler

Meditation is the simple, scientifically proven technique that can make your mind healthier and less distracted. In this video, mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe explains how it only takes 10 minutes a day to positively impact our entire life.

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Jungle Lessons

7 Things I Learned From a Week in the Jungle

By Melissa Eisler

I just got back from our second annual yoga and mindfulness retreat deep in the jungle of Costa Rica. I’m returning back to life in California, but I’ll take with me these lessons.

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5 Ways to Squeeze in a Dose of Gratitude

By Melissa Eisler

Gratitude practices are well known for their ability to fight a case of the blues. Choose one of these five ways to get your daily dose of gratitude.

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