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Each section is separated into categories by: happiness, emotions, thinking, habits, goals, relationships, creativity, meditation, and society.


Happiness

  • 3 Sources of Happiness that Aren’t Tied to People or Stuff
  • Why It’s Worth It to Pay the Costs of Being Yourself
  • How Perfectionism Destroys Happiness
  • Reframing Your Dark Side: Embracing Your Shadow Is Key to Genuine Mental Health
  • 5 Attitudes Wired in Happy and Successful Brains
  • Radical Acceptance of Life’s Never-Ending Bullshit
  • Happy With Less: Trying Living With One Less Desire
  • Unconscious Positivity: 5 Ways to Ingrain Happiness Into Your Way of Life


  • Emotions

  • The 4 Fundamental Pillars of Emotional Intelligence
  • How to Communicate Your Feelings Without Becoming an Emotional Manipulator
  • The Complete Guide to Stress
  • How to Create Psychological Distance Between You and Your Past
  • How to Completely Forgive Yourself
  • 5 Signs You’re a Slave to Your Emotions
  • Question Your Feelings
  • 7 Ways to Connect More With Your Emotional Self
  • How We Use Music to Manage Our Stress and Emotions


  • Thinking

  • Accepting Your Bias
  • How to Be a Skeptical Thinker About Facts and Statistics You Find on the Internet
  • Be Careful of What You Let Enter Your Mind
  • The Healthy Challenge of Explaining Your Beliefs
  • 3 Types of Exaggerated Thinking That Create Unnecessary Drama
  • Rewriting the Story of Your Life: A Process of Self-Exploration Through Writing
  • Metaphors We Live By: How Metaphors Frame Our Experiences in Different Ways
  • The 20 Most Common Logical Fallacies We Fall Victim to Everyday
  • The Pragmatic Thinker: Keeping Our Beliefs Grounded in What Matters
  • The “Five Whys” Exercise: How to Recalibrate Yourself During Periods of Turbulence


  • Habits

  • Identify Your Habit Loops
  • The Power of Nudges: Insights on How to Influence Human Behavior
  • Creating Boundaries Between You and Your Bad Habits
  • The Power of a Checklist: How to Stay Disciplined and Avoid Stupid Mistakes
  • Organized Home, Organized Mind: Why a Tidying Marathon Can Change Your Life
  • Make a Complete List of Your Daily Routine
  • How to Maximize Your Willpower
  • Why You Should Believe in Hard Work Over Genes
  • The “Everything Counts” Mindset for Exercise
  • 7 Simple Principles Behind a Good Night’s Sleep


  • Relationships

  • How to Become a Master of Nonverbal Communication
  • How to Defuse Heated Arguments Before They Spiral Out of Control
  • 3 Reasons to Give People the Benefit of the Doubt
  • 5 Improvisation Exercises for Improving Your Communication Skills
  • Good Manners in the 21st Century (And Why It’s So Hard to Be Nice in Today’s World)
  • 9 Tips on How to Be Honest With Someone Without Being Negative
  • Body Language Is More Revealing Than Words: How to Read People More Clearly
  • How to Learn From Guilt and Improve Your Relationships
  • The “Over-Sharing” Epidemic: How the Internet Makes Us Devalue Our Private Lives
  • How to Build Thick Skin and Stop Being So Sensitive


  • Goals

  • Start Living More as Your Future Self
  • What Stands in the Way Becomes the Way
  • How to Overcome Your Fear of Success
  • How to Overcome Awkward Phases of Self Improvement
  • What Do You Live For? A 5 Minute Exercise to Discover Your Most Important Values
  • How to Stop Being Jealous of Other People’s Success
  • Systems vs. Goals: Why Sustainability Is More Important Than Temporary Success
  • Grit and the Need for Achievement


  • Creativity

  • How to Build a Creative Mind That Will Never Run Out of New Ideas
  • 3 Paths Revolutionary Thinkers Take Before They Arrive at Insights
  • The Psychology Behind What Makes Ideas Popular
  • The 5 Key Stages of the Creative Process
  • How to Improve Your Intuition
  • Mnemonics: The Forgotten Art of Memory
  • Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker
  • How to Develop Your Own Creativity in a World of Conformity
  • Curiosity and the Advantages of a Hungry Mind


  • Meditation

  • Breathing Meditation
  • 3 Common Problems When First Starting Meditation
  • Urge Surfing: How to Overcome Addictive Behaviors
  • Open Mind Meditation
  • The Wisdom of Body Awareness
  • Beginner’s Mind: How to Look at Old Problems in New Ways
  • STOP Meditation: Daily Injections of Mindfulness
  • Naked Meditation


  • Society and Culture

  • How Culture Influences Our Minds in Profound Ways We Don’t Even Realize
  • Effective Altruism vs. Feel Good Altruism: How to Make a Bigger Difference in the World
  • The Origin of Us: Campfires As The Bedrock of Human Civilization
  • The “Taste Buds” That Shape Our Morality: Why We Have Different Beliefs in Politics, Religion, and Morality
  • Circles of Empathy: Why We Care About People To Different Degrees
  • What Great Apes Teach Us About Emotions, Morality, and Civilization

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