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.
It's easy to fall into habits that don't serve us, especially if they seem normal given that most people around us do them too. It can require strength to focus on what's best for you, so you ensure your energy is continually lifted. Knowing what those pernicious habits are is the first step.
Rules can be either useful or restrictive, yet if you choose the ones that work best for you, magic will happen. Incredibly effective, the two-day rule will surprise you with its simplicity. Opt for this one.
It’s one thing to know who you are, and another to keep knowing. What if while wearing many hats, we also put on many masks? What if the challenges and demands of life derail our truth? It’s way too easy to get lost. If you feel like your inner compass is confused right now, you need to recalibrate. Here’s how.
What does feeling at home really mean? In this piece, we search for the true meaning of home and find ways of recreating that feeling of safety and familiarity a home inspires both in our physical spaces and in spirit.
We all know that feeling when we come to a home filled with good energy. There is something joyful and bright in this experience of pure, positive energy. But how can we bring this kind of energy to our life? Through appreciation. Here is how to embrace the energy of gratitude as a way of being.
One thing that life has taught me in my 37 years is how impactful a small shift in behavior or perspective can be. My demeanor and mood can instantly change the moment I think differently. Here are some unconventional perspectives that can change your life.
Time might be a relative concept, but change and progress are tangible. Sometimes, we literally pack our suitcases and travel, other times we sit down to work through an emotional problem in our journals. In both instances we arrive either at a location or at a conclusion. Here, we look at the spiritual aspect of the journey. Onwards.
Capturing pictures is an invaluable way to hold onto special memories and remember the daily magic we experience in our lives, from a clear blue sky to once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Here, we look at how to get creative with snapping photo memories and use the images we capture as a fast track to gratitude and positivity.
One of the catalysts for progress and growth is gratitude. It expands and enriches our perspective by ensuring what we already have makes us feel safe enough to reach for even more. But if gratitude keeps things moving, when we move with it, can we generate even more of the good stuff?
The more you allow your subconscious to scan your reality for moments of serenity and beauty, the more finely tuned to happiness you’ll become. Put gratitude on the infinity loop, is what we’re saying. Here is how.
Taking time off and slowing down during the summer holidays creates opportunities to take a distance from the daily running of our lives, reflect and gain new perspectives about how to improve and enrich life when the holidays come to an inevitable end. Here are five key questions to kickstart your self-reflection process.
When we talk about growth, many of us think: marketing, business, exponential growth, data. However, today we want to trace the concept of development and evolution back to its roots (literally). What does it mean to grow? How do we expand our minds and improve our bodies? How do we go beyond who we currently are to reach new heights?
At Intelligent Change, gratitude is always top of the charts. So we want to help you make it the smash hit on your own playlist to turn this summer into one you’ll remember – literally. Because gratitude is mindfulness, and mindfulness means stronger memories and prolonged happiness.
We are bringing you a big summer re-set with Intelligent Change. This season, we are launching the Summer of Gratitude challenge. With guidance from our team and community, we want to help you start building a life-changing habit of gratitude or keep up with your existing gratitude and self-awareness rituals.
Loving yourself means being able to rely on yourself and it requires trust and belief in yourself. From this stems self-determination and self-empathy, which gear us towards self-improvement and self-compassion. But how do we learn to love ourselves better? How do we build these self-love pillars?
Sleep and rest are fundamental to our mental health. A plethora of research unequivocally shows that both play an important role in mediating stress and dealing with challenges. Here's how you can boost your productivity, creativity, and happiness in the long run.
Stress is this fickle thing that, when you think about it, doesn’t really exist, does it? It’s our subjective perception of a situation that makes it stressful in our heads. And this means we could actually control our nerves with the right mindset. Here's how.
Being authentic is all about recognizing and accepting how we feel about ourselves and the world without letting outside judgments detach us from our own truth. It’s the process of understanding who we are and what we need from life to live more vibrantly.
Here, we look into concrete pillars that will support our well-being and emotional health. And did you know that well-being is a skill? Read our tips on how you can balance your life, take action, and be well.
Knowing when and how to ask for a mental health day off can play a crucial role in maintaining your emotional well-being and preventing a drop in your personal and business relationships, overall health, and happiness. Here's how.
Mental health is about living a fulfilling life and unleashing your full potential. In this article, our goal is to shed light on what mental hygiene is, explain why it’s important, and give some advice on its maintenance.
From film photography to baking, research has shown that having an enjoyable hobby can reduce our stress levels, improve our mood, and help us combat depression. It also gives us an increased sense of purpose and belonging, both of which are essential to inner peace.
Have you noticed that some of your most brilliant moments happen while you are in the shower? You are not alone there. Many of us experience this strange phenomenon. Read more in our article to find out what idea showers are and why they work.
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.
Stillness is a state of steadiness and inner quietude that allows you to act without frenzy regardless of what’s happening around you. Filtering through the noise, it creates room for an ever-expanding sense of inner peace. Here’s how to embrace stillness every minute of every day.
The three main elements that actually construct our entire mental system are also the elements involved in building mental strength––feelings, thoughts, and behaviour. In this article, we explore how to build your resilience and become mentally strong.
Everything we read and consume leaves an emotional footprint. By employing the simple mindful strategies, you can counterbalance news that are heavy on your heart and mind and resist the negativity bias.
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.
Cultivating good habits will pave the way for you to become who you want to be and reach the heights you’ve always dreamed of. In this guide, we share what are habits, how they are built, and how you can make positive, life-changing habits stick.
Learning self-control is crucial for achieving your goals, as it keeps you on track for a longer period of time. It can also help you improve your well-being and take ownership over your emotional health.
Self-love is the beginning of every other love. It’s so multidimensional that it escapes explanations and definitions, but here’s our attempt at putting everything we know about this heart-shaped feeling into words.
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.
Beyond the indulgence of holiday parties, sumptuous meals, and material gifts, we question what the winter holidays are really for and how we can create more mindful experiences––all about deeper connections and enriching conversations.
As we open our minds, prioritize well-being, and embark on a journey of intelligent living, we look deep into ourselves and find other––more mindful and genuine––ways to express our love and appreciation.
Do you feel like you could spend more time with your family? Are you looking for new ways to improve relationships with your friends? Would you like to establish new meaningful connections? The prompt card and board games may be the answer. Here's why.
Vision boards offer a blank canvas from which to consciously design your life on your own terms. Here, we look at tips on how to use vision boards, alongside other mindfulness tools, to turn abstract dreams into a 3D reality.
It’s impossible to step into the same river twice. Thus, with the constant flow of life, the perfect moment to reinvent ourselves is whenever we want it to be. And the new you can be born in a matter of minutes.
Vitality is the process of self-growth, creativity, awakening, and well-being. In this article, we share how you can cultivate vitality and stay present on your journey to unlocking the fullness of life.
Noticing lack of energy throughout the day? Having sudden cravings for comfort food? Experiencing seemingly inexplicable feelings of sadness? Most probably, you are dealing with SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here's how to deal with winter blues.
Even if you’re short of time or facing a high-pressure period at work, there are quick and easy tools to help you feel revitalized and in tune with yourself. Here we look at some of our favorite, short-and-sweet mood boosters.
With the change of seasons outside our window come all sorts of inner adjustments parallel to meteorological swings. Feeling low in energy? We might know a few tricks that should boost your vitality in no time.
It is of immeasurable importance to acknowledge cultural differences in values and happiness. However, while there are some cultural universalities, there are also individual differences we need to rely on in shaping our happiness.
Meditation is a great way to combat stress, become more grounded in the now, and achieve mindfulness and happiness. Here, we offer some simple steps and basic techniques to help you make meditation a part of your routine.
In search of valuable lessons in life, we ask for wisdom, experience, knowledge, and intuition. And who’s been around in this world longer than mother nature? Here are 8 takeaways and insights we can learn from it.
Here’s a beginners’ guide on how to cope with mental illness, overcome the stigma that surrounds it, provide support to those coping in your environment, and shed some positive light on this difficult topic.
Rest may be effective and ineffective in equal measure. Hence, it’s important to correctly determine and interpret the undertow of our tiredness to be able to rest accordingly. Seven types of rest should do it.
Routines, structure, and mindful breaks can help you create healthy balance and essentially avoid burnout in the long run. In this article, we will explain how you can prioritize your well-being and prevent burnout with minimal effort.
While digging for the underlying reasons for why we’re so stressed out is useful and highly recommended, sometimes all we need is to get through the day. Try some of these 8 techniques for quick distressing, keep calm, and carry on.
Mastering negotiations requires grit, resilience, and an array of softer skills like empathy, mindfulness, and gratitude. Here we look at how you can bring those qualities into your negotiations and come up with the most value-adding, win-win solutions.
Communicating positively is about being intentional. As a leader, a parent, a partner, or a friend, we can all choose to use our words to do a little good. Here we look at the differences between positive and negative language, and offer immediate solutions.
Taking control of your financial future is a big part of leading an intelligent, conscious lifestyle. Here we look at both practical tips and mindset shifts you need to adopt to bring in financial abundance into your life.
Imagination is not only for escaping reality, it’s for creating it. You can never have a dream come true unless you have a dream and whatever you want to create, you need to first imagine. Your future lives in the projections of your mind.
Forgiveness is a journey—one of acceptance, of loving yourself, of knowing you are enough and worthy. Forgiving ourselves is one of the most extraordinary acts of compassion we can extend to ourselves, and here’s how you can do this.
Getting unstuck from a certain pattern of thoughts, beliefs, or emotions requires inner work, mindset change, and determination. Here, we guide you through the process of letting go and replacing negative beliefs.
Autumn resets our inner clocks, inspiring us to reevaluate our dreams, goals, intentions, plans, habits, and every other element on which we build our realities. Change is the only constant and fall carries it with style. Let it transform you, too.
Look at your gratitude practice as a self-development tool that helps you unleash your full potential and unlock the fullness of life. In order to help you commit to this habit, we have prepared these 9 tips to successful gratitude journaling.
The more inessential information is cluttering our mind, the more we fail to stay present, connected to our inner self, and focused on our well-being. Here is how you can improve your creative thinking by practicing mind-calming activities.
We've prepared 10 happiness-boosting habits that seem to be universal for all people who generally feel content and passionate about their lives; people who follow their purpose, live their dream life, and have a positive attitude.
As creators of the 5 Minute Journal app that thousands of our customers have downloaded, we’re happy to share a few tips on what to look for in a mindfulness app for a thoughtful and rewarding experience.
Mindfulness takes hard work and there are numerous obstacles. Knowing about those barriers make you less self-judgemental and more prepared to tackle them head-on. Here, we collect 10 most common obstacles to mindfulness and offer our suggestions on how to overcome them.
Tracking is a brilliant method of monitoring your evolution. Being able to see the nuances of the process makes you more aware of how much work you still need to put in to obtain your preferred results. Mood enhancement is no exception.
What does it truly mean to have high self esteem and to respect yourself? In this article, we identify what self-worth really means and look at all the different ways you can learn to love yourself and your life.
Alone time is a gift to yourself from yourself. The magic of intentional solitude gives us access to social life without forcing us into it, yet while loneliness is you craving connection with other people, aloneness is you craving connection with you. Still getting jitters? Read this article.
Everyone has an inner critic instilling doubt and fear, so how do we learn to silence that voice and take back control of our inner dialogue? We look at easy but highly effective tips by mental health experts to help you improve the way you talk to yourself—and consequently your quality of life.
We’ve all heard about sustainability by now, but what is it really about? Here we break down the key terminology and values you need to understand to live sustainably and feel empowered to join in the global discussion.
Anytime you leap, you extend the limits of your life by choosing to sacrifice one incarnation of yourself for another. You take a risk to gain eye-opening and horizon-broadening wisdom reserved for the brave ones. With the right attitude, it’s a priceless experience that can never be replicated.
It’s not just world leaders and people of power who can change the world. Small consistent habits and individual actions can have just as much, if not more of, an impact. Here’s how you can start making a difference today.
If you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to instill a new habit, 30-day challenges can be a good start. While one month is not enough for a new habit or behavior to stick, it is a great way to get inspired and make a positive change in your life.
The summer season–and the extra downtime it usually comes with–is the perfect opportunity to take a break from the screen, be more present, and engage in more productive activities. Here’s some practical advice on how to get started.
We’ve prepared these practical tips and tricks on how to pack light for your vacation to prevent you from feeling weighed down by too much stuff and allow you to focus your energy on what matters most––the experience you’re having.
It’s time to let go of expectations and control when it comes to vacations. Discover some practical tips on how to enjoy every moment as it comes, appreciate the unexpected, and enhance your holiday experience.
The endless news cycle we consume takes its toll on our mental and physical health. Binging online negativity – doomscrolling – may be the most harmful way to stay informed. Choose news abstinence to live a longer and happier life.
For anyone looking to live a mindful and intelligent lifestyle, sleep is a fundamental part of the success recipe. Here we look at simple, practical ways to prime your body for sleep and improve your wellbeing.
Love and cherish your body, you only have one. Respect it for dealing so well with everything you put it through on a daily basis and appreciate it for keeping you alive. Your anatomy is so much more than its appearance.
Your speech is a gift to your audience. With the right approach and enough preparation, it can sweep your listeners off their feet. Whether it’s a wedding toast, commencement speech, or eulogy, keep our guidelines in mind and you will never again lose sleep over the stress of a live performance.
Even though crying is a natural human reaction, it makes people uncomfortable. Despite the high levels of stress, anxiety, and pressure that accompany us in a typical work environment, crying remains a frowned-upon reaction, yet it is the quickest attempt to defuse the tension.
After a big personal or collective shift, coming back into life is both daunting and equally full of opportunity. Here, we look at how to start a new chapter with better habits, more mental strength, and brighter perspectives.
Every act of decision-making is a crossroad. The most common paths laid before us are should and must ― two very different energies, one tinted with a sense of duty, the other loaded with pure potential. Make sure you choose what is right, not what is easy.
Living life on your own terms means being able to tap into your intuition, often referred to as your "gut feeling." Here, we look at what some of the greatest modern-day thinkers have to say about tapping into your inner wisdom and living authentically.
Since we only have one life, we might as well live it to the fullest. Create a vision for yourself. Use your freedom, dare to dream, devise a plan with utmost specificity, and keep going. Clarity comes from engagement.
Reality can be successfully influenced, designed, and shaped to our liking with decisions, actions, and their consequences. Asking questions, five of them to be precise, provides guidance on the way to greatness.
Squeezing the juice out of your current reality can generate the kind of fulfillment that can fortify your mental wellbeing against the monotony of the daily grind. Take a break, focus on what’s essential to you, and believe in the magic of the here and now.
Emotional diversity is the spice of life. The emotional depth that each and every one of us carries inside is what allows us to keep improving the reality we live in. Are you ready to dive deeper into the ocean of emotions enchanted within you?
Focusing on mental health at the workplace has immense benefits for both the employee and the employer. That’s why we’d like to share several tips with you on how to support your mental health at work.
Emotions are energy in motion. Adding depth to who we are, they enable us to taste life in all its flavors. Yet, to understand them properly and harness their power we need tools. Enter the Plutchik's wheel.
The wiring in our brains is not fixed, it’s adaptable. We can harness the power of neuroplasticity and take responsibility for our brains by transforming our minds. It is not easy but it is worth it. Wellbeing is a skill.
Craig Stanland is a reinvention architect. After being sentenced to 2 years of Federal Prison and hitting his absolute rock bottom, he’s spent the past several years rebuilding himself through gratitude practice, journaling, and meditation.
The deep understanding of emotions, sensitivity to signals of emotional shifts, total engagement in a relationship, and emotional stability and life satisfaction are the main benefits of developing emotional intelligence skills.
Intentional solitude is nothing to be fearful of. Au contraire, it’s bursting with potential and possibilities. The freedom in it may provide you with insights you’d never experience in the presence of others and enhance your relationship with yourself in more ways than one.
The purpose of life is to enjoy it. What better way to do that if not by indulging in more fun. Do more of what makes you happy and whistle your way through what brings you less joy but needs to be done. It’s all about your attitude.
In this article, we’d like to talk about “being not okay”, with the goal of normalizing this state. We are so deeply conditioned into striving for okayness that we don’t realize we’re missing out on a lot by avoiding the state of un-okayness.
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.
There are certain things we can do as individuals to overcome impostor syndrom stigma and live a rather fulfilling life. But first, let’s get acquainted with the phenomenon, as it’s the first step towards overcoming it.
Toxic positivity is forced happiness. It’s the assumption that despite your difficulties and challenges you should be cheerful. But life is a package deal, it comes with both light and darkness and we need an array of emotions to accept and deal with both.
Not every failure leads to success, yet success is hardly possible without failure. The more we fail, the more likely we are to succeed. We’ve chosen 7 success stories to prove that defeat can lead to victory.
Flourishing is a state of sincere positivity and deep fulfillment in which our meaning is bigger than ourselves and our resilience stronger than adversity. Read on to find out how to create flourishing in your own reality.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.