In Defense of Self-Help: Get the 4 Methods That Actually Work

We forget that self-help means just that – that we have the inner ability to heal and help ourselves.

The term “self-help” today is often viewed through a negative lens — a lens of false promises made by clever marketers for instant happiness, wealth, transformation, or miracle cures. Seminars, workshops, books, DVDs, YouTube and audios that offer to fix our problems and change us from “who we are” into “who we want to be” […]

Summer Wellness Horoscopes for 2018

Summer astrological forecasts for each of the 12 zodiac signs.

If you think astrology has a lot to say about you based on your sun sign, you should see the rest of your chart. Budding astrologers and the simply astro-curious are in for a treat with Carolyne Faulkner’s new book The Signs. In plain language that anyone can understand, Faulkner lays bare the secrets of […]

25 Dos and Don’ts for Creating a Healthy and Happy Morning Routine

Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Learn how to start it off right with these tips on building good early morning habits.

In an ideal world, we would all pop up out of bed refreshed and ready to go — no snooze button necessary. Then we would ease into a yoga flow, maybe take our four-legged companion out for a run and still have time to sip on some freshly brewed coffee on our patio. But the […]

Resting Bliss Face: Rewire your Brain for Happiness with a Smile

Want more positivity, peace and happiness in your life? It’s as simple as striking a pose and rocking a smile.

Six years ago Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor, propelled the mind-body connection into the mainstream with her TED Talk on body language. Among many of her findings, one stood out. The work of Cuddy and her colleagues showed that adopting more expansive poses for just two minutes changed the way […]

10 Little Pleasures to Help You De-Stress

True happiness is about savoring the little things in life.

At this moment in time, people across the globe are more connected than ever before. However, this connectivity comes at a price. Studies have linked heavy technology usage with fatigue, depression, and anxiety. Anyone who owns a smartphone can attest to this. Thankfully, life itself has provided us with everything we need to slow down […]

Luck: Not as Random As It Seems. Tips On How to Recognize, Capture and Capitalize on Those Lucky Moments

Life is better lucky. Make your own luck with insight from the Institute of Advanced Study's ‘Luck Lab.’

We love stories of long odds—those lucky, defining moments that inspire and amaze you. These moments are the foundation for some of our most popular stories, real or fictional. It’s the young go-getter landing the dream job after unwittingly helping out the CEO’s cousin; the guy meeting the perfect girl after a chance encounter; or […]

15 Ways to Spread Kindness

Extend a hand by extending some love.

With instant access to the world at our fingertips, it’s far too easy to be left feeling hopeless. Disheartening news about our world’s unstable political climate continuously bombards us. Social media leads us to compare ourselves to filtered versions of others. Emails and calendar notifications never stop pinging us, even when we’re not at our […]

Pondering Powerful Life Lessons with Poet and Philosopher, Mark Nepo

Inspirational quotes from Nepo's latest book, Things That Join the Sea and the Sky, help us navigate life with a deeper appreciation and a lighter step.

When life is getting sticky and the thought of, “why me?” appears and lingers, and conversely when life just feels a little too comfortable, and I catch myself smugly believing that “Oh, I totally got this,” I seek out the words of philosopher Mark Nepo. In the fast pace of life that can sweep us […]

Why Things Are What You Make of Them

You don’t have to be a creative professional or hobbyist to benefit from the "take control of your life" advice in Adam J. Kurtz’s new book.

In his latest book of down-to-earth professional wisdom, author and designer Adam Kurtz deals out some sage, and often funny, life advice for creatives. I gobbled up the pocket-sized book, not only because it gave my creative self-esteem a much-needed boost, but because much of his advice felt applicable to life in general.