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  • Behavioural science mixed with case-studies from history
  • Tips for optimal human functioning from positive psychology
  • No nonsense nutritional advice to get in the best shape of your life
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Designing the perfect daily routine with aTime LoggerHarvard’s Positive Psychology Professor, Tal Ben-Shahar, believes happiness is the result of balancing meaning with pleasure.

But understanding what gives us meaning and what gives us pleasure is not as easy as it sounds.

Work, for example, is thought of by most people as boring and tedious but psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Judith LeFevre show otherwise.

In their article Optimal Experience in Work and Leisure [PDF], they show that while people say they prefer work over leisure, actually, they have more ‘flow’ and ‘peak experiences’ at work. This has since come to be known as the work paradox.

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How to be more attractive in 3 simple steps (really)

To be happy should never be our end goal. Striving to be happier, however, is not only healthier but more attainable. Attractiveness is much the same.

It is best viewed as a continuum, not an either/or. The desire to be more attractive, or at least fend off unattractiveness, is normal and a healthy component of high self-esteem.

“Nature to be commanded must be obeyed.” – Francis Bacon

Now before we begin I want to make a few disclaimers: I’m not going to give you fashion advice, tell you what face wash to use or how to apply invisible concealer. There’s plenty of advice on those topics already on the internet.

I’m also not going to tell you to act confident, speak clearly and hold eye contact. I’m not saying your behaviour doesn’t massively affect your attractiveness, it does, but it’s already been covered elsewhere.

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benefits of meditationI have a confession to make…

I know meditation is meant to be good for you but I don’t meditate every day.

I go through cycles of meditating 20 minutes a day and then slowly ‘forget’ and slide into not meditating until I feel I need to — until I feel like crap.

Sound familiar?

But recently things have been different.

For the last 30 days I’ve meditated for 25 minutes in the morning, 25 minutes in the evening and taken multiple 5 minute mindfulness breaks throughout the day.

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maslow's hierarchy of needsAbraham Maslow is the grandfather of positive psychology. He was one of the first authors to urge us to look to the best in society and learn from them.

Maslow’s most famous contribution to the field of positive psychology is his ‘hierarchy of needs.’ It’s a diagram illustrating the hierarchy of a meaningful live.

He built each criteria on top of one another in a pyramid to show the individual needs that must be met before ascending to the next level. Physiological needs and safety are at the bottom, self-esteem and self-actualisation are at the top.

Reading books on spiritual growth isn’t going to have its intended effect if you’re sleeping on the streets with no money and children to feed. You need your basic needs like shelter, food and water met before you can concern yourself with enlightenment.

But this article isn’t about Maslow’s hierarchy — as valuable as it is, it’s limited. I believe every skill, goal and pursuit has a hierarchy, and when discovered can yield the secret for success. Let me explain…

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