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7 signs you’re highly intelligent – even if it doesn’t feel like it

Ever wondered if you’re intelligent? It’s a question we’ve all pondered at some point. But as it turns out, people who are highly intelligent tend to have similar habits and traits. If any of the below 7 signs relate to you, you could secretly be highly intelligent. 1) You are curious about everything Are you …

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The astonishing science of what trees feel and how they communicate

“A tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it.” Trees have been the silent companions of human beings right from the beginning of evolution. Trees – from time immemorial – have been spreading humankind’s enduring tales. They are the eternal muse of cosmogonies. According to Hermann Hesse, trees are the most …

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Anders Ericsson: There’s only one way to become the best in your field

Anders Ericsson, a professor of psychology, grew up as a regular teenager in Sweden. He played chess with one particular classmate, who happened to be the worse chess player. He made the most of this opportunity and won at every game. However, one day he experienced defeat at the hands of his weak opponent. Ericsson’s …

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Before You Scroll, Try These 9 Mindful Social Media Practices

You’ve probably heard of ‘mindfulness’. It’s pretty popular these days and for good reason. Countless research studies have shown that it offers enormous health and mental benefits. If you haven’t heard of it, mindfulness is simply focusing on the present moment in a non-judgmental and grateful manner. But when it comes to social media, how …

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A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you

As humans, we naturally judge each other within seconds, but what exactly are we judging? Some people might say that we analyze how attractive someone is. While others believe that we evaluate their dress sense and what it means about their personality. But both of these are wrong, according to psychology professor Amy Cuddy. In …

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7 things you don’t know you’re doing because you’re highly authentic

Those who live truly authentic lifestyles are few and far between. With the influence of society and pressure from those around us, life can be a constant battle between living how we want to live and living how others feel we should live. Highly authentic people throw society’s expectations out the window. They are genuinely …

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7 Mindfulness Practices That Rewire Your Brain to Let Go of Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety is a big problem for many people in America. According to recent statistics, more than 3.3 million people in the US suffer from an anxiety disorder. It can be difficult to overcome, but next time you have an anxious or worried mind, try these 7 techniques. 1) Slow down. Have you noticed that everything …

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12 brutal truths about being alone that only introverts will understand

Here’s the thing: We live in an “extroverted culture.” The ideal is to be outgoing, friendly, spontaneous, bold. If you’re none of that, you’re called anti-social. This is what society would like you to believe about introverts. By definition, an introvert is someone “characterized by a preference for subdued and solitary experiences.” Which, quite honestly, is only slightly true. …

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7 ways to develop mental strength and increase resilience (when you’re a chronic worrier)

I can’t believe it’s happened again! Just when I thought I had reached a level of peace with some major life decisions. Yet it’s all backfired. You see, I finally summoned the courage to walk away from a successful and secure career to embark on a completely new adventure. What is it about this messy, …

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Is there a movement emerging in New Zealand challenging the global capitalist system?

Last week I facilitated a fascinating salon conversation with a group of New Zealand entrepreneurs and change makers. We explored the emergence of a movement in New Zealand where entrepreneurs are creating products and services that give back to the community. We situated this in the context of a global capitalist system where transnational corporates …

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