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The 3 Phases of Rising Strong After Failure with Brené Brown

It’s not easy or comfortable, but grappling with setbacks in life is inevitable. It’s natural to stumble and fall when you put ourselves out there. There is no shame in making mistakes. And, no matter how much it might feel like it is, failure is not the end of the world. The fact that you had the courage to show up and be vulnerable is…

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Using Triggers to Shape Your Behavior and Change Your Life

Take a look at your immediate surroundings right now. What do you see? Are you in an open office, surrounded by people and distractions? Are you in your bedroom, going between staring at this screen and staring at another one? Do you ever find it hard to focus on things you want to do in places full of distractions? You may not be consciously aware…

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Becoming Better Than Before with Gretchen Rubin’s Habit-Forming Techniques

Take a minute to think about what you did to get ready this morning. Maybe you jumped right out of bed, brushed your teeth, and had a healthy breakfast. Maybe you hit the snooze button once or twice. Whatever your morning routine looks like, ask yourself this: How much of it did you consciously think about while you were doing it? Chances are, you didn’t…

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Man’s Search for Meaning in the Darkest of Places

Viktor Frankl was a world-renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist. He was also a Holocaust survivor, having suffered through four different Nazi concentration camps. During those unfathomably dark years, Frankl learned that finding meaning in one’s life is humanity’s deepest desire. He also learned that it’s possible to find meaning in life anywhere, even in the darkest of places. Upon being freed from Türkheim, he would dedicate…

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3 Things We Learned About Grief From The Year of Magical Thinking

Just before the Christmas of 2003, Joan Didion’s daughter Quintana was admitted to the hospital for the flu. Her condition quickly worsened, leaving her in a temporary coma. Returning home from visiting her daughter, Didion and her husband John sat down to dinner, where her husband suddenly collapsed and died of a massive heart attack. This maelstrom of tragedy marks the beginning of Didion’s memoir…

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Knowing This Will Help You Set Goals You’ll Actually Accomplish

In 2015, Gretchen Rubin, lawyer-turned-researcher, published a book called Better Than Before. In it, she outlined four personality types that arise when asked the question, “How do I react to expectations?” These four types, or tendencies as she called them, would become so popular that Rubin would expand upon them in another book two years later, The Four Tendencies. According to Rubin, we all face…

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12 Things You Should Do Every Day to Stay Alive

Important note: Always consult a medical professional before undergoing any new diet or exercise plan. When was the last time your doctor asked about your eating habits? Chances are, unless you brought it up yourself, it’s likely never happened. Despite the widely-accepted notion that our lifestyle habits–such as diet and exercise–have a tremendous impact on our health, medical professionals rarely discuss it with their patients…

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Building Emotional Agility with Dr. Susan David

Positive psychology is described as the study of what makes life worth living. It focuses on what brings people joy and how to inject that joy into our everyday lives. Many of the Fabulous habits you learn to incorporate into your life, like expressing gratitude and developing your sense of purpose, are rooted in positive psychology. An important part of positive psychology is discovering what…

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How Atomic Habits Drive Long-Term Behavior Change

James Clear has dedicated much of his life to studying the psychology of habits. In his book Atomic Habits, he explains that the secret to changing your behavior for the long-term is not about sudden, sweeping changes. It’s instead about making small, incremental changes to your lifestyle. Not only is it easier to do, you’re more likely to stick with those changes for life. Fabulous…

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Robert Cialdini’s 6 Weapons of Influence

It’s been a long day. You’ve just gotten off work but you need to pick up some groceries on your way home. You’re approaching the store when you see it: A Girl Scout cookie table. Before you know it, those charming and business-savvy young girls have persuaded you out of your grocery money before you can even open your mouth. Psychology professor Robert Cialdini has…

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