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Goodbye Apathy: Combat Symptoms of Languishing

Mental health is a spectrum and languishing, the peculiar state between depression and wellbeing, is a serious risk factor. After reading this article you'll be well equipped with solid strategies to combat your feelings of emptiness.

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The Power of Daydreaming

Traditionally, having your head in the clouds was far from a compliment, but today the positive, constructive benefits of being a dreamer are becoming more prevalent. Find out more about the power of daydreaming and how to use your imagination to your advantage.

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Coping with Nostalgia to Rediscover the Joy of Now

At times, we can get so deeply entangled in nostalgia that we start denying the present. We can become attached to the beauty of the past with such intensity that we feel like that kind of happiness will never happen to us again. Here's how to let go of the past

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Stop Chasing Happiness and Start Enjoying Your Life

In this article, we’ll cover some of the common misconceptions about happiness and explain the difference between chasing happiness and enjoying your life.

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The Effects of Perfectionism on Happiness and Success

Perfection is the absence of flaws. Perfection is a myth. Nobody and nothing can ever be truly perfect and yet so many of us fall victim to the pursuit of the impossible every chance we get.

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Expansive vs. Contracted: How Our Body Makes Decisions

The process of making a decision might take anything from a split second to infinity, yet, conscious or unconscious, it’s a complex occurrence in the mind and body. 

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5 Ways to Start Being More Sustainable

If you’d like to put your daily choices under control, it’s time to get informed and take more sustainable and conscious actions that lead to positive changes.

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Make Your Own Power Space

Just like having a dedicated workspace can help reduce distractions and make you feel empowered for a productive day in your home office, a power space is a spot at your home that’s filled with good energy, joy and items that inspire you.

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How to Become a Responsible Consumer

In this article, we’ll guide you through some of the basic principles of sustainable thinking and briefly remind you of some responsible and conscious shopping practices you can implement in your everyday life.

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What Is Social Intelligence and Why Should I Develop It?

Understanding social roles, reading emotions, comprehending relationships, or effective listening. These are some of the social intelligence skills. Continue reading to discover what social intelligence is and how you can reap its benefits.

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The Five Languages of (Self) Love

The quality of our relationships with other people and ourselves is a direct result of the quality of work we invest in building and developing them. In this article, we analyze five love languages to help you understand the inner mechanisms of your relationships.

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Filtering Through the Noise: Useless Vs. Useful Criticism

The sooner we learn how to distinguish negative from constructive criticism, the richer our lives will become. In this article, we explain how you can do that.

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10 Habits for Inner Peace

In this article, we’ll describe several behaviors designed to bring you closer to achieving inner balance and calmness–habits for peace.

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Learning to Identify Who You Are

How to create our identity statement and adopt a set of values that no matter what will always guide us and help us decide which road to take? We answer some of these questions in this article.

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Guiding Lights: How to Choose Your Mentors Wisely

Finding a mentor has the life-altering potential to open up a whole new chapter in your journey. Here's how you can choose your mentor.

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The One-Size-Fits-All Approach To Motivation

Action creates motivation. Start simple and focus on the process rather than the goal. It will give you a sense of accomplishment that fuels motivation. With the destination in sight, it’s still all about the journey.

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Align Your Own Stars: Everyday Ideas for Positive Affirmations

Life is what you make it. If you recognize the power of affirmations as a force that can build you and your reality up, you might become unstoppable. In today’s article we give you examples of different affirmations you can use to attract abundance into your life.

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How to Prevent Burnout and How to Heal From It

The best way to prevent burnout is to implement a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Although you can’t always prevent stress from happening, you can choose how you prepare for it and how you react to it.

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Learning to Say "No"

With blurred boundaries, we often find it hard to determine whether it’s okay to reject an offer. Is there a way to say “no” without hurting other people’s feelings? What can “no” mean in a broader sense? Let’s explore that topic further.

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Free Yourself From Old Narratives and Write a New One

We live by creating stories – from our past, altered memories, false self-beliefs, or someone's expectations. How do we change our narrative? Here's how to start from a clean slate. 

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How to Hold Yourself Accountable

You can accomplish your goals through consistency, persistence, and motivation. That means staying in the game even when things get rough. Here's how.

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The Metamorphosis: How to Get Tougher than the Tough Times

Can we prepare for anything that life throws at us? Not really. However, there are certain grounding mechanisms and strength practices that we want to share with you today to help you navigate challenging times in your life.

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How to Make Stress Your Friend

It’s time to make a positive change and befriend your stress. In this article, we explain how to acquire certain skills, change your habits, and take control of how you feel about stress.

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How to Draw the Line Between What You Do and Who You Are

Today the ‘border’ between our work life and our personal life is barely visible. It's time to set clear boundaries, redraw the line between who we are and what we do, and redefine our approach to our career. 

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In Celebration and Appreciation of Women

Today we celebrate women in all their might and glory. We see you, we love you, and we thank you.

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Inspiration Time: New Ideas for Things to Be Grateful for

We’ve prepared a list of different categories and things you can be grateful for to assist you on your journaling experience and to guide you on your journey to appreciation, mindful living and self-growth. 

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6 Ways to Deal With Daily Challenges and Obstacles

This article is a framework for dealing with tough and challenging moments in life. We’ll share some useful tips and additional reading resources that will guide you towards living a happier life and having a lighter approach to daily challenges and obstacles.

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The Gift of a Day Off: How to Properly Enjoy It

A single day off has the power to rebuild you, recenter you, and reconnect you with your purpose. Here’s how to spend your free time to regain mental and physical stamina you need in order to become the best version of yourself.

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Emotion Management to Help You Deal with Procrastination

Procrastination is an emotional issue that needs resolution by using logic, reason, and emotional investment. In this article, we explain how.

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How to Cultivate Gratitude Within a Team

We've prepared this short and straightforward team gratitude guide for all the leaders out there who’d like to make a positive change among their team.

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Twilight Rituals: The Power Of A Nighttime Routine

Our evening routine is as important for our success and wellbeing as what we do with our time in the morning. In today’s article we go over the twilight rituals and self-care practices that will prepare you for a good night’s sleep.

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Redefining Success

Let’s redefine success. Let’s discover various viewpoints on this universally important phenomenon, gain insights, explore different perspectives, and engage in personal growth.

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How to Be Happy

How do we become happy? Where does happiness come from? What is happiness? This is the ultimate guide on how to be happy and find your source of inner balance, joy, and life satisfaction.

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You Do You: How to Be Yourself and Own Your Space in the Universe

The moment you discover and accept your most authentic self, you transcend the material world. You become liberated, stripped away of the inessential, and free to fully own your life. In this article, we discuss how you can own your space in the universe.

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Minimalist House Tour: Why Less Is More Than Enough

To help you make room for minimalism in your life, we’ve created a structured representation of its most important assumptions. Welcome to our minimalist house tour.

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Proaction vs Reaction: The Art of Taking Control

How often do you feel like your mood and actions depend on external circumstances? In this article, we discuss two terms – 'proaction' and 'reaction' – that influence our behaviour.

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How to Find Balance in Your Life

Achieving balance begins with setting up a positive mindset and progresses to better organization and life satisfaction. In this article, we’ll share with you everything we know about finding balance in life.

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Why We Sabotage Our Own Happiness

Self-sabotage is engaging in actions that ultimately get in the way of our primary intention and final goal. Continue reading to discover what are the best antidotes for stopping yourself from taking risks and living the life of your dreams.

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Flaws And All: Self-Compassion For Beginners

In the event of misfortune, how do we calm our inner critic and at the same time take full responsibility for our lives? Through self-compassion.

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The Power of NOW

The truest path to living a conscious and fulfilled life is to be present in the now. How does one achieve the state of presence? How to live your life to the fullest, right here, right now? Continue reading and discover how to embrace the current moment.

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How to Stop Making Excuses, Complaining and Judging

Complaining, judging, and making excuses. At a glance, these seem unrelated, apart from the fact that they have destructive potential. In this article, we’re going to tackle all three of them, analyze them, explain, and see what can be done to overcome these behaviours.

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12 Pathways To Getting Better At Being Good

As the best-selling author Sheryl Strayed explains, goodness is an act of being and doing. Yet, as challenging and complicated as being good might feel, simple acts of kindness have the power to guide us in the right direction. In this article, we explore different paths to getting better at being good. 

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Self-Growth Books: 15 Best Personal Development and Self- Improvement Books

In this article, you’ll have a chance to read a short synopsis of our favorite self-growth books on how to improve your lifestyle, find purpose and unleash your full potential.

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Outdoor Therapy: Benefits of Reconnecting with Nature

Nature is crucial to our mental and physical wellbeing, and it has healing powers. We are born from the earth and we will one day turn back into it, which makes our relationship with Mother Nature of vital importance. In this article, we explore how we can care for this bond and continue to rely on it.

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What Is a Fixed Mindset: How Having a Fixed Mindset Could Be Holding You Back?

In this article, we’ll focus on the opposite concept on growth mindset, the fixed mindset, and give you a new perspective on why and how this way of thinking can restrain you in life, and what are first steps to change.

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How to Become More Conscious in Everyday Life

Full presence gives us more control over our lives and makes us more efficient in everyday activities. If you’re looking for ways to be more conscious and present in everyday life, here are 9 habits you can implement into your day-to-day life to live more mindfully.

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The Art of Life According to Ancient Stoic Philosophers

The school of thought that is both closest to our hearts at Intelligent Change and has the most practical application of its principles is stoicism. Let's explore bits of stoic wisdom together.

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13 Habits of Successful People

The road towards success is a challenging one. We talked to the successful people we know and discovered their routines and habits. Instilling some of these habits of successful people might help you remain in balance while moving closer to achieving your goals and living the life of your dreams

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To The Moon And Back: Self-love For Beginners

Self-love is prioritizing your happiness and well-being in a healthy and self-compassionate manner while consciously working towards maximizing your potential to live out your dreams and lead the life of purpose. In this article, you will discover how to practice self-love.

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Finding Your Purpose in Life

Do you struggle with finding your purpose in life? Here are some tips on what you can do to find or enhance your sense of purpose in life.

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How to Have Your Best Year Ever: Annual Planning Practice

Reviewing your past year and creating a vision for the following year is important if you want to live the life of your dreams. In this article, we share with you tips on how you can plan your next 12 months with purpose and mindfulness.

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Home Sweet Home: How to Create an Atmosphere of Gratitude

Transforming your space into a sanctuary of gratitude is not that hard of a job, although it does require an open mind and a bit of time and dedication. In this article, we share how to create an atmosphere of gratitude at your home.

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10 Simple and Powerful Lessons From Famous Thought Leaders

We’ve prepared an inspirational article with simple but powerful stories and productivity quotes from famous entrepreneurs, artists and thought leaders.

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How to Plan Your Day, Your Week, Your Year

Learning how to plan your day, plan your week, as well as plan your year can truly change the way you see the world. In this article, we share some best tips on how to do that.

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How to Feel Grateful When Life Gets Hard

Practicing gratitude when life is hard should be both about acknowledging the suffering and taking action towards a positive change. In this article, we share five tips for feeling more grateful when going through a rough patch.

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The 1% Changes To Create Successful Habits

A step by step system for using tiny changes to create long term successful habits.

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How to Embrace Change in Your Life

Although change is a normal and necessary part of human life, accepting it can be a real challenge. Still wondering how to embrace change? Here is how.

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The Five Key Relationships That Will Help You Become the Best You

Relationships we have with others directly influences the level of our happiness and success. In this article, we uncover the five key relationships that will help you become the best you.

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Reflective Journal: How to Write One and Prompts

Keeping a reflective journal is one of the most common ways of keeping a diary. Many people use it to write about their experiences, impressions, feelings, or doubts to gain an insight into their inner life. In this article, we give you some tips on how you can keep a reflective journal.

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How You Can Spread Joy This Holiday

This holiday season may differ from last year’s, yet we believe it can be even more empowering, meaningful and mindful. Here are some ideas how you can spread joy.

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5 Tips for Mindful Gift Giving

In this article, we want to share with you five tips that will help you embrace mindfulness during the holiday season and discover joy of meaningful gift giving from the heart.

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20 Types of Journals to Keep

In this article, we discover why it's important to be a journaler; analyze 20 types of journals that are out there; and explain how you can benefit from keeping each of them.

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Four Tips on How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Getting off social networks can be beneficial temporarily, but it won’t prevent you from feeling bad when you fall into the social comparison trap. So, what do you do then? Here are 4 steps.

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Good News of the Week

Cow hugging is a new Dutch way of boosting mental health; Boston Hospital grows "food medicine" in organic farm on its roof; new sustainable initiative from Ikea, and other positive news.

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How to Make Yourself and Your Mental Well-Being a Priority

To show up for your career and community, you have to show up for yourself first. In this article, we explain why emotional health is important and share some steps you can take to prioritize self-care and put mental well-being on your to-do list.

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What Is Growth Mindset and How to Achieve It

A growth mindset is an approach to life in which people believe that their talents, intelligence, and abilities can be developed further. Learn how to switch from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset and achieve your goals in every area of your life.

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Present Day – How Social Media Detox Helps Restore Your Energy

Mimi Ikonn, partner at Intelligent Change, talks about why it is so important to practice weekly social media breaks; how screen time detox helps restore your energy and declutter your mind; and shares the first steps to take in order to connect with your inner self.

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How to Create a Positive Mindset and Attitude in Life

A positive mindset is a game-changer, as it will further elevate and improve your attitude and behavior, and make you a happier person in the process.This article is all about showing you what, how, and why of achieving a positive mindset and attitude in life, so let’s get started.

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The Power of List-Making

Lists go beyond the tasks to accomplish or things you need to buy. Lists are an easy and effective way to reconnect with how you feel about what’s going on in your life, understand what truly matters, determine where you’d like to go next. Here are some ideas for list-making.

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The Power of Affirmations

The goal of this article is to teach you about positive affirmations and help you turn those self-doubts and negative thoughts into inspiring daily affirmations.

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Your Mess Is Your Message

Cathy Heller is the author of Don't Keep Your Day Job sharing wisdom, anecdotes, and practical suggestions from successful creative entrepreneurs and experts. In this post, she details heartbreaking losses and failures of her and others, and yet, still finding success.

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How to Navigate Change

Here is an excerpt from Neil Pasricha's new book: You Are Awesome. It's a heartfelt book on cultivating resilience, spending your time more wisely, and becoming a happier human.

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Best of 2018 Intelligent Tuesday

The best of 2018 Intelligent Tuesday happiness, productivity, and mindfulness tips from the year.

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Intelligent Change's 2018 Self-Improvement Gift Guide

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Elimination Planning: 5 Questions To Improve Your Productivity

The 5-Step Process to helping you become more productive by eliminating what makes you unproductive.

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9 Conventional (and Not So Conventional) Mindfulness Techniques of Top Performers

9 conventional and unconventional mindfulness techniques used by top performers in their field from CEOs, authors, artists, and more with descriptions of each.

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Best of 2017 Intelligent Tuesday

The best of 2017 Intelligent Tuesday resources on happiness, productivity, fulfillment and more as decided by our 100,000 readers and personal favorites.

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6 Findings After Researching 1,000 Self-Help Articles the Last 6 Months

After researching 1,000s of self-help resources, here are 6 key findings.

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Intelligent Tuesday: Best of 2019

The best resources on joy, productivity, and self-fulfillment that has enhanced our lives in 2019. 

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How to set more effective personal goals

Use the habit building buffer zone to set more effective personal goals. Here's how.

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It’s Not About Passion, It’s About Your Purpose in Life

Enter Ryan Holiday, best-selling author of the Obstacle is the Way and former marketing director for American Apparel, to talk about why following your purpose in life is much better than passion

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Two Awesome Hours by Josh Davis Book Notes

Book notes from the book, "Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done" by Josh Davis