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Leave Stress in Your Inbox

Why is it that so many stress reduction strategies are stressing people out? Who has time to meditate for 40 minutes a day, sleep eight hours a night and exercise 7 days a week? In theory they all sound great, but for many they are not practical and telling people to do something they cannot [...]

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The Art and Science of Getting What You Want

If you need a favor, is there a tool to help convince someone to do it for you? The short answer is yes. It turns out that all you need to do is provide a “reason” and the reason need not even be valid. Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer conducted an experiment demonstrating this principle in [...]

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How Losing Helps You Win

The misguided self-esteem movement began with the best intentions. In the 1990s, a group of California based psychologists recognized a link between self-esteem and successful students. They erroneously came to the conclusion that high self-esteem led to success. The self-esteem movement was born and transformed the way adults interact with children. To increase self-esteem, teachers [...]

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3 Ways to Get Better at Getting Better

Practice makes perfect, right? Well, not exactly. Consider typing. Odds are you spend an hour or two typing each day. That’s 730 hours of practice in the past year. Has your typing significantly improved as a result? Probably not. This is because of how we learn. When acquiring a new skill, as soon as we [...]

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