The Swedish 6-Hour Workday Experiment: A Brilliant Idea or Not?

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Huffington Post reports of an unusual experiment going on in Sweden at the moment. A test group of government workers will scale back to work 6 hours per day, while a another group of participants will continue to work 8 hours per day. Continue reading

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others: Find Inner Peace With 3 Principles

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Sometimes, I would like my mind to look like this beach. It truly is peaceful.

We like to compare ourselves to others (self-comparison). Are we good enough or are we falling behind? We constantly judge ourselves and our own worth. Objective evaluations, like grades in school, force us to be compared to others. But we should not judge ourselves from the grades we get or from the accomplishments we achieve. We are more than that. Continue reading

Study: Being in Love is Associated With Reduced Cognitive Control

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Everyone who has been in love knows how it feels Continue reading

20 Important Life Lessons I Learned From Running

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My personal record on the half-marathon distance was set this day, April 2014 (1 hour and 26 min).

I like to believe that my running “career” has made me a better person. Until now, I have run five marathons (42,2 k), completed a half Ironman, and I have run so many half-marathons that I no longer count the numbers. I have run on a regular basis, typically longer distances, since I was a 15-year old boy. Continue reading

12 Common Irrational Beliefs

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Dr. Albert Ellis was a practitioner of rational emotive behavior therapy. During his time as a therapist, he identified 12 irrational beliefs that many people have. Continue reading

Are You Mind Full or Mindful?

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We are often mind full instead of mindful. Good news is we can increase our present-centered awareness and become more mindful.

Thoughts are just products of our minds. They are a part of ourselves, but they do not define us. Our thoughts influence our behavior, but they do not control it. This idea is central to mindfulness. Continue reading

How Do People Deal With Too Many Options? (A Look at The Choice Overload Hypothesis)

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It can be difficult to make a choice, especially when there are many options.

We face many options each day and we make many choices, but how effectively do we deal with all these options? On one side, psychologists stress the importance of having many options to choose from as it is associated with a number of positive aspects of human functioning Continue reading

4 Reasons Why Some People Are Afraid of Happiness (Why Happiness Isn’t an Universal Ideal)

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What does happiness mean to you?

Most people want to be happy, and personal happiness is considered to be one of the most important values in life in contemporary Western cultures. However, some people are afraid of happiness. Why isn’t happiness an universal ideal? Continue reading