Psychology

There are countless psychological and emotional benefits to the practices of mindfulness and meditation. And when you learn to apply the principles of mindfulness and conscious awareness to your life as a whole, possibilities open that were not there before. These articles explore the psychology and sociology behind why we behave the way we do, and how to use mindfulness and conscious awareness to better drive our actions.

This guide is all about bringing awareness to our habits, attitudes, moods, and emotions, so that we can use these things to our advantage instead of having them run our lives. Often, we don’t realize issues like perfectionism, burnout, insomnia, memory, and expectations are running in the background and having a negative impact on our mental state. Bringing awareness to your state of mind and raising your emotional intelligence, or EQ, will improve your productivity, relationships, and happiness levels overall. Browse these articles for wisdom on how to apply the filter of mindfulness to your emotional and psychological domain.

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6 Behaviors That Stress You Out, and What to Do Instead

By Melissa Eisler

Once you’ve identified your unhealthy habits, how do you disconnect from them? Behavior change can be tricky. Learn about six of the most common behaviors that cause stress, and find out what to do when you catch yourself in the act.

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Fool-Proof Plan to Break a Bad Habit

By Melissa Eisler

It can feel daunting to attempt to break a bad habit that’s been a part of you for years. Try this seven-step plan to nip it in the bud – once and for all.

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Embracing Curiosity

By Melissa Eisler

Developing your curiosity muscles builds excellent problem-solving skills, stronger outcomes – and can be really fun. Here are three exercises to practice embracing curiosity in your life.

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Insomniacs: How to Calm Your Racing Mind and Get Some Sleep

By Melissa Eisler

If your racing mind is keeping you up at night, check out this advice from a certified medical hypnotist, on how to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

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Quiz: How Burned Out Are You?

By Melissa Eisler

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, but don’t know how to end the cycle of stress, you may be burned out. Take this mini quiz to find out where you are on the burnout scale – and get some ideas for what you can do about it to help you find more balance.

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Choose Your Mood Wisely

By Melissa Eisler

Whether you have a large or small reason for being in a funk, you have the power to shift your attitude. Follow these four steps to choose your mood so it’s helpful to you and accomplishing your goals.

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Lessons in Happiness

By Melissa Eisler

If you could pinpoint one thing that makes you happy, what would it be? Find out what the research team at Harvard discovered after sifting through data from a 75-year study on happiness.

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15 Memory-Boosting Tricks to Help You Succeed and Stay Present

By Melissa Eisler

It’s easier to forget things when you are multi-tasking, and easier to commit things to memory when you are fully present. Because our modern world is full of distractions, it is increasingly important to keep your mind in tip-top shape. Here are 15 ways to improve your memory skills and keep your mind present.

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11 Steps to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

By Melissa Eisler

The voice inside your head claims you’re not good enough, not qualified, and don’t deserve your achievements. You just don’t understand how you’re so successful; Everyone will figure you out as a fraud sooner or later. Does this inner dialogue sound familiar? If so, you may have imposter syndrome. Here’s how to deal with it.

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Video: Why You Shouldn’t Tell Anyone Your New Year’s Goals

By Melissa Eisler

In this three-minute TED talk, Derek Sivers gives you a window into the research that suggests you keep your goals to yourself if you want to make any progress.

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A Meditation to Overcome Perfectionism

By Melissa Eisler

It’s healthy to strive for excellence, but perfectionism can set you back in more ways than one. And learning that less-than-perfect and excellence can coincide harmoniously is a useful lesson. Whether you’re a full-on perfectionist or just have some tendencies, this meditation will help you loosen up and let it go.

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Video: How Does Your Body Language Shape You?

By Melissa Eisler

In this Ted Talk, Amy Cuddy reveals that simple changes to body language can not only change how other people think and feel about us, but also how we feel about ourselves. Find out how to gain confidence and lower stress with just two minutes in a power pose.

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Language Overhaul: Transform Your Shoulds Into Wants

By Melissa Eisler

Shoulds feels heavy, like an obligation. They imply something that you look forward to being over. Here’s how to use more positive language to infuse some positivity and motivation into your to-dos.

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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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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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