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7 Ways You Can Lead a Simple, Happy Life

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Image credit:Shutterstock I recently came back from a fantastic vacation with my husband and two children.  Headed home, I reflected on what made this trip so fulfilling, and it became clear that vacation was wonderful because it was SIMPLE.  We didn’t have a host of external commitments — work dinners, soccer games or plans with friends — we just had each other. Since coming home, I've been on a quest…

6 Ways Embracing Mindfulness Helps You Thrive at Work

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Image credit:myshkovsky | Getty Images Following a near-death experience, Mark Bertolini, the CEO of Aetna, raised eyebrows by offering free yoga and meditation classes to employees. As The New York Times wrote, “these moves have transformed a stodgy insurance company into one of the most progressive actors in corporate America.” Bertolini has said, “we offer free mindfulness-based wellness programs to our employees. Because if we can make it easier for our employees to…

Quitting My $97K Job Saved My Life

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Image credit:?smail Çiydem | Getty Images Ever feel like you're destined for something greater? Like you're not reaching your full potential? Like you're making a living but not a life?  That's how I felt. I had a cushy job as a senior digital content strategist for a large health care company. Good salary, benefits, job security — on the surface everything was great. But I was miserable. The 75-minute (one-way) commute, the…

Even Entrepreneurs Have 5 Minutes a Day to Become Happier

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Image credit:Hero Images | Getty Images Happiness is rarely touched upon in entrepreneurship. Everyone may assume that entrepreneurs are always happy, but when we are under pressure that can make or break our business, can we still maintain this mythical level of bliss? As an entrepreneur, we learn to always show excitement whenever we pitch our business and tend to always be an optimist. With the highs and lows of…

5 Lessons on Being Successful and Happy

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Image credit:Martin Barraud | Getty Images Throughout my life I have learned a great deal. I have learned a lot about being an entrepreneur, about making money and about spending money. However, above all things I have learned that two of the most important elements to life are being successful and being happy. I spend my life sharing information with others and trying to teach people how to change their…

These Are the Most Pessimistic Employees in the U.S.

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Image credit:Portra Images | Getty Images Every office has one — the office pessimist. These are the people who believe the world is ending and the sky is falling. They feel every project is too risky and they’re one closed door away from being let go. While pessimism can impact everything from health to wealth, negative thinkers aren’t always wrong. Studies show that pessimism is a far more efficient motivator…

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Workday Calmer and More Productive

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Image credit:Shutterstock We have become a culture of multi-taskers. Information is coming at us in all directions, and we have become accustomed to moving through life at a pace that is not natural to the human body. You can learn to slow down the pace — and even heighten your productivity — if you approach life from a more conscious perspective. By becoming more cognizant of what is going on…

4 Ways to Avoid Letting Emotional Baggage Weigh You Down at Work

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Image credit:Thomas Barwick | Getty Images Sometimes life doesn’t go the way you plan it. No matter the circumstances, though, you can’t let life’s downs drag you down, too. Take it from me. Earlier this summer, I divorced my wife of less than a year. Was it unexpected? Absolutely. (Who gets married thinking they’ll get divorced?) Was it devastating? Yes, of course. But also it wasn’t. Let me explain. No,…