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The best investment decision I have ever made

While budgeting, saving and investing in stocks and shares are great ways to build financial wealth, the best investment you can make is investment in yourself. Most people think of investment as being solely about money, yet it's also about how you spend your time and what you put your greatest effort into. And there's no better investment than creating a happier, more successful and more fulfilling life for yourself. Investing in yourself always pays dividends and here Darius Foroux shares how...
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Why random acts of kindness are a smart strategy to succeed as an entrepreneur

Kindness is an excellent trait to have as a human being—and it's a good for business too. A random act of kindness not only directly benefits the person you're being kind to; it often inspires them to do the same for others. And—whether you're giving back or paying it forward—random acts of kindness can boost your health and well-being. Here, growth strategist Eddie Yoon explores some of the science behind the benefits of kindness and shares why random acts of kindness in particular may be one o...
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How to use mindfulness to manage your money better

Although 'mindfulness' and 'meditation' go hand-in-hand, they're not the same thing. Mindfulness meditation is one of several forms of mediation and although meditation is the most direct way to cultivate mindfulness, you can bring mindfulness to your daily activities without the meditation. Mindfulness means bringing your full awareness in a non-judgmental way to whatever you're experiencing, to be fully present in the moment. And, according to mindfulness coaches, regular practice offers numer...
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4 tips to detach from your phone

Mobile technology has made our work and day-to-day lives easier in many ways. Having 24/7 access to the internet not only puts a wealth of information and resources at our fingertips, it helps us run online businesses, stay connected with remote teams, and expand our networks through social media. Nevertheless, while being able to constantly check and send emails might feel productive, being too attached to your smartphone diverts your focus, detracts from your performance and derails your progr...
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Doing something creative can boost your well-being

 New research is shedding more light on the link between positive emotions and creativity. Although previous studies have shown that being creative is associated with a positive mood, they haven't been able to establish which one causes the other. The latest research however, provides strong evidence to suggest creativity boosts positive emotions rather than the other way round. The researchers also conclude that engaging in everyday creative activities may have a lasting effect on our over...
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7 ways to embrace hygge at work

The Danish concept of hygge could explain why Denmark is consistently ranked among the world’s top three happiest countries—despite the long, dark winters. Although the word itself defies literal translation, hygge evokes the feelings associated with moments such as sharing a cosy meal with family, enjoying a convivial evening with friends, or curling up with a good book,  Hygge isn’t just for the weekend, however. With these simple tweaks to your workday routine, you can also experience a ...
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How to release negative emotions before they affect your health

There is growing evidence that our emotions can affect our physical health as well as our mental wellbeing. Studies have shown how sustained stress, anxiety, or chronic anger, cause changes in our biological systems that lead to illness. Research also shows that positive emotions may have a protective effect. In this article, Joseph Summers explores some of the evidence and offers his top tips for identifying and releasing your negative emotions to “keep your body in a healthy, balanced state.” ...
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14 science-backed reasons to disconnect over the weekend

Apart from spending a large part of our working hours sat in front of a computer screen, many of us also spend much of our leisure time using our laptops or smartphones. Whether we’re putting in extra hours for work or catching up on social media, according to research there are important health reasons for us to switch off. This article offers 14 science-backed reasons for disconnecting at the weekend, together with 10 top tips for setting boundaries between work and leisure. [Read the full art...
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John C. Maxwell: 4 steps to create balance in your life

“Balancing work and family […] requires intentional focus and concentration. Deep down, we all know that. But it’s easy to forget and approach it casually, which can set us up for a fall and damage what’s most important to us,” writes leadership expert, speaker, and best-selling author John C. Maxwell. In this article he reveals how to maintain your work-life balance by redefining success, determining your priorities, recognizing work-life tides and creating your legacy. Follow these four steps ...
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