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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How to Take a Technology Break

By Melissa Eisler

One of the biggest roadblocks to feeling focused and relaxed is technology. Learn how to set boundaries with technology and manage distractions with these tips on how to take a technology break.

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Respond Vs. React: How to Keep Your Cool in Times of Stress

By Melissa Eisler

Would you rather be the type of person who creates ease or stress around you? Follow this trick to help you respond vs. react in stressful situations and in moments where you’re triggered – so you can invite a healthier outcome for everyone involved.

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Video: The 3 Components of Building Trust

By Melissa Eisler

When trust is broken – internally in the workplace, with customers, or in relationships – it is far more difficult to get results and build deeper connections. You end up in an ineffective loop that leads nowhere. And sometimes – you don’t even know why trust was broken in the…

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The Negative Consequences of Mind-Wandering

By Melissa Eisler

With technology being more woven into the fabric of our lives, mindlessness – and its implications – is only increasing. What are the risks and what can you do about finding more presence?

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10 Lessons From My First Silent Retreat

By Melissa Eisler

Curious what all the hype is about silent retreats? Read on to find out some of the insights I took home from my first silent retreat.

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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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Burned out

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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Memory Boosting

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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