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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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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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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Era of Mass Distraction

By Melissa Eisler

We are living in a world that doesn’t really support mindfulness, with technology that doesn’t support us staying present. What can we do to change this?

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You Are Not the Voice in Your Mind

By Melissa Eisler

Humans have a new thought every 1.2 seconds. We all suffer from the monkey mind and its nature to bounce around. The question is: What do you do about it?

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Video: How to Make Stress Your Friend

By Melissa Eisler

Can you actually learn to be better at stress? Health psychologist, Kelly McGonigal, discusses how to transform your relationship with stress.

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Video: How to Achieve More By Doing Less

By Melissa Eisler

Watch this 15-minute video filled with practical advice on how to dial back the overwhelm and busyness, to dial up the creativity, joy, and productivity.

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Video: Perspectives From Neuroscientist, Richard Davidson

By Melissa Eisler

Watch this 25-minute video to find out what neuroscientist Richard Davidson did to place mindfulness and compassion into the world of mainstream science.

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Mind Over Nerves: 5 Tips for Public Speaking

By Melissa Eisler

Even with practice as a performer and presenter, public-speaking nerves are common. Try these tips to settle your nerves before taking the spotlight.

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The Art of Mindful Listening

By Melissa Eisler

There is a distinct difference between hearing and listening. Learn the difference, and follow these steps to turn mindful listening into a practice.

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The Freedom to Choose

By Melissa Eisler

Sometimes we don’t realize we are making decisions. It can happen mindlessly—before you know it, something’s been decided without you being aware, even though you’re the one who made the decision.

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