Five Ways Our Need to Fit In Controls Us

As a society, we Westerners exalt individualism and self-reliance, and yet our biology moves us in other directions. Humans evolved as social animals, and we posses a number of behaviors that motivate us towards group conformity. The feeling of wanting friends, of desiring a peer group and of needing to feel like… » 3/05/14 8:51pm 3/05/14 8:51pm

Never Waste Time Again

Life often asks us to wait, and a lot of this waiting can feel crushingly pointless. We cool our heels in lines at the supermarket, the bank, or at a restaurant. We spend hours stuck in traffic, held up in airports, or sitting at a desk. I find wasted time to be an unpleasant experience. Life is too short to be… » 2/27/14 1:30pm 2/27/14 1:30pm

Five Proven Ways to Get Your Meditation Practice Back on Track

We all know by now that mindfulness meditation can create positive changes in your life. It works, but you pretty much have to practice it everyday to really reap the benefits. Establishing and maintaining that kind of steady, daily practice presents a challenge, even for people with a strong motivation to sit. » 10/15/13 10:45am 10/15/13 10:45am

Five Easy Ways of Undoing Distraction

If you cannot focus on one thing at a time, or cannot maintain attention on one thing for as long as you want to, that is distraction. Distraction dilutes brain power, frazzles the nerves, and results in non-optimum outcomes. You end up stressed out and spun around, and don’t even have the satisfaction of a job well… » 10/06/13 9:41pm 10/06/13 9:41pm

Multitasking Fail

You’re working on a paper, and the kids need dinner. Music is playing in one room, and the tv is on in the other. You don’t want to miss tonight’s episode of Futurama, so you peek at that while you type in your notes, getting up every once in a while to stir the pasta. Maybe you're checking your email, keeping an eye… » 10/01/13 9:16pm 10/01/13 9:16pm

Five Amazingly Powerful Secrets of Concentration

Are you having trouble staying focused on your tax return? Is texting so fascinating that you can’t keep your eyes on the road? Concentration can be difficult for all of us, but it doesn’t actually have to be so hard. With just a few simple tricks and hacks, you can drastically improve your concentration. Here are… » 9/09/13 11:16am 9/09/13 11:16am