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How to Train Your Mind to Be Happy

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When we were younger, playing make-believe was our full-time job. We imagined cardboard boxes into cars, rocks and sand into currency, dirt and water into flour and milk. As we got older and society taught us the only things worth investing time in were projects that could be seen, measured, achieved and shown off to others, we ceased our careless exploration. But what if playing make-believe is exactly what we need to be doing in our adult lives to be content, as some experts are suggesting?

What Instagram Teaches Us About Idealized Love

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There was once a distinct difference between the act of consuming art and the act of living everyday life. Of course, creatives who have lived their entire lives as if life itself is a canvas would disagree, but largely, if one wanted to consume depictions of romantic love, for example, there was a deliberate act in walking into a gallery, picking up a poetry book, reading a romance novel or watching a film. The predisposition was clear from the outset: what you are about to consume is a dramatized, romanticized, poeticized depiction of love, intended to be enjoyed as a form of entertainment, not replicated or sought after.

Do You Pay Regular Visits to Your Soul’s Mirror?

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Post, share, stare, repeat. A millennial’s rhythm in everyday life includes rendering moments from the day, perspectives, interests, statements, missions, even #goals. Who we are can be known instantly through a few seconds of scrolling. It’s the easiest way to proclaim what we’re about and even to remind ourselves of our own personal proclamations.

Transcending the Mundane: The First Step in Finding Purpose

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Courage is not only needed when you’re 14,000 feet in the air rethinking whether or not you should have signed up to skydive, but slowly making your way off the helicopter in hopes that it will be the fastest minute of your life. Bravery is not just necessary in those fleeting moments when, unsure of what to do, you move forward hoping the challenge will end soon.

What’s Right With the World: Uplifting Stories and Hope for the Soul

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In a time of political turmoil, it is especially important that we remind ourselves of the extraordinary achievements humans have made. We aim to offer a restoration of faith in humanity with this month’s compilation of uplifting stories, and every month thereafter. We hope they instill in you hope for a brighter future, or at most, bring a smile to your face today.

Yes, No or Maybe So? How to Stop Leading on Empty

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There are three crucial factors to keep in mind when nourishing our core values: keeping balance is harder than finding it, saying yes is easier (and oftentimes more dangerous) than saying no and dodging becoming burnt out is the key to preserving your sanity. Understanding the complexities of each of these scenarios, and connecting to core values, will create space for introspection and allow us to recharge.

The Urgency of Playfulness

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“But if you observe children who are two or three years old, if you see how they behave, they are playing all the time. You see them laughing all the time. Their imagination is so powerful, and the way dream is an adventure of exploration. When something is wrong they react and defend themselves, but then they just let go and turn their attention to the moment again, to play again, to explore and have fun again. They are living in the moment. They are not ashamed of the past; they are not worried about the future…

When Water Gives Life as Told by the Water Princess

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Water is the essence of all life and yet not all lives have access to clean and safe water. It is no secret that quality of life varies across our vast, blue world. However, many might not know that in parts of this world we share—this planet we have adopted as our home—over 40 billion hours, in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, are lost to the search for safe drinking water.

How Humans of New York Inspired an Artistic Movement

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Who has influenced you the most in your life? A few months ago, I learned about a story in a popular photo blog called Humans of New York. HONY won my heart a little over a year ago just by the simple yet compelling portraits of people and the hearty fragments of their story. The honest questions and raw answers magnetized me. I’d scroll through and read story after story, each one bringing me a little bit closer to my own humanity.

Shame Resilience: A Vulnerability Hangover Cure

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“I love being horribly straightforward. I love sending reckless text messages (because how reckless can a form of digitized communication be?) and telling people I love them and telling people they are absolutely magical humans and I cannot believe they really exist. I love saying, “Kiss me harder,” and “You’re a good person,” and, “You brighten my day.” 

Move Slow, We’re in a Hurry – Tips to Increase Productivity

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Each day we’re given a clean slate to begin anew — at any moment we can take a deep breath and start over. Instead of being consumed and overwhelmed with our daily tasks, we have the power to intentionally create our reality, and in turn, form our lives into a true masterpiece by working on perfecting each detail day by day. Below are some tips to maximize productivity levels and to help us remember to slow down especially when we are in a hurry.

The Beauty Breakdown: How to be Beautiful

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We know the question; but do we have the answer? What is beauty and what does it mean to be a truly beautiful woman? Who decides what is aesthetically pleasing? Aside from the media’s attempt to fill in the blanks and the cultural stereotypes surrounding us, what does ‘being beautiful’ look like to you? Is it purely physical? Can it be emotional, even spiritual? Could beauty be what touches the soul or perhaps what stirs the heart? Or is it merely what catches the eye?

The Practice of Gratitude in 5 Steps

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Cultivating a spirit of gratitude helps shift your life perspective by discovering a sense of harmony within your surroundings. It carries the rare power to slow down the speed of time, allowing you to fully connect with the present moment, and turns what you have into enough, while simultaneously providing you with even more — more energy, more patience, more compassion and all-around more happiness.

Turning Water into Wine: The True Work of an Artist

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Who has influenced you the most in your life? A while back I learned about a story in a popular photo blog called Humans of New York (HONY). The website won my heart a little over a year ago. The simple yet compelling portraits of people and the hearty fragments of their story. The honest questions and raw answers magnetized me. I’d scroll through and read story after story, each one bringing me a little bit closer to my own humanity.

Life-Changing Discoveries of Positivity: Live Better Daily

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Pessimists and optimists are sure to agree: within each of us, there is an insatiable hunger for happiness. We want progress. We want fulfillment. We want contentment. We want to thrive. Though our outward individual expressions of positivity are different, the process of attaining a broader perspective is quite alike. While there is contrast in our contentful countenances, our humanistic bond strengthens when we put into practice the following ways that have been scientifically proven to increase a positive life. Let’s be partakers in the experiment, shall we?

Distracted Living: 5 Ways to Unplug and Revitalize

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I was out having lunch with a friend last weekend, when mid-story I did something very wrong – I looked down at my phone. I not only looked down at my phone, I proceeded to text (it was a group text between my sister and my dad about something semi-important). I experienced two feelings: upset over being guilt tripped for answering my phone, and guilt for looking at my phone in the first place and being rude.

Child-Free and Happy

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I’m married with three kids. The only difference is that my kids are the four legged kind. Not so unusual I suppose, until people find out that my four legged kids are the only kids we plan to have. Oh sure, I want more pets. If I had the time and space, I would have a whole house full of dogs. Babies? No thank you.