So I found this cool infographic that basically sums up everything that I’ve talked about here on this blog. Essentially, getting the right hours of sleep is important, but the quality of your sleep is also important, if not more important. This infographic sums up nicely what you can do to optimize your sleep. Essentiallly, you need to get 7-8 hours of sleep in a dark room, and without electronics to bother you.
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Often undervalued, breathing is one of the most important things you can do to control your anxiety and stress. The Navy SEALS are considered by many to be the most elite military unit in the United States, if not the world. I have previously wrote about their mental resilience. But now I want to focus more on a breathing method they employ to calm down and reduce anxiety—because being in an elite military unit is more stressful than just about anything in civilian life.  [click to continue…]

10 Ways to Get Rid of Back Pain

1. Get a standing desk

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Sitting is the new smoking.  Sitting has been shown to be a lot more harmful than previously thought because it contributes a plethora of metabolic diseases.  But the most imminently annoying thing about sitting at a desk all day is the back pain.  Why does sitting cause back pain?  That is because prolonged sitting puts extra pressure and stress on the low back.  Additionally, most of us do not sit with straight posture; instead we slouch forward with our ears in front of our shoulders causing low back, upper back, and neck pain.  A standing desk solves both problems; it alleviates the pressure added  to the lower back and it corrects your posture.  You will find that standing up intermittently throughout the day will alleviate a lot of back pain. [click to continue…]

How to Be “In The Zone”

Being “in the zone” is important for anyone who wants to excel at what they do, whether it is sports, school, or work. However, the ubiquitous “zone” that many people want to get into is always fleeting.  Mihaly Csiszentmihalyi uses the word “flow” to describe the state of being in the zone.  However, some of examples of flow are rather extreme, like a painter not sleeping or eating for three days because they are in the state of flow.

We aren’t talking about anything that extreme.  Being in the zone can simply mean being in the state of relaxation and having almost-complete concentration on the task at hand.  I have read many books on being in the zone.  And it seems like there are three important prerequisites to being in the zone.  So how exactly do you get in the zone?  You do so by being present, being prepared, and having a routine.

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Infographic: Gut Bacteria and Brain Health

The science is becoming increasingly clear that gut bacteria has a whole lot to do with our health, and more specifically, our brain health. The infographic below illustrates the strong connection between our gut (often called our second brain) and our brain. Check it out:
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Easiest (and Hardest) Languages to Learn

The following infographic depicts the easiest and hardest languages to learn (for a native English speaker).  Personally, I think English is the hardest language to learn out of all the languages I’ve learned but this infographic doesn’t feature English as one of the languages.  It is interesting to note that some of the hardest languages to learn are Asian languages on this infographic.  Yes, Asian languages are vastly different than English and the many languages it borrows from.  But objectively, Japanese and especially Chinese is much easier to learn than English in my opinion.  Anyway, take a look at the infographic and let us know what you think.

Suggested reading: Benefits of learning a foreign language

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Advances in medial technology has done wonders for people who were previously held back by disabilities they were either born with or acquired.  Case in point, take a look at this video below.  This guy has been colorblind his whole life.  But due to new medical technology, he is able to see color for the first time in his life via medical sunglasses.  Take a look below.  It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. [click to continue…]

This isn’t the usual content that is published on this site.  But I couldn’t resist.  While I usually snark at people who try to find hidden meaning in movies that are not there, I am pretty impressed with this analysis of The Karate Kid.  In this analysis, the video claims that Daniel-san is the real antagonist of the movie, and not Johnny.  Here take a look at this video and let me know what you think: [click to continue…]

This guy is the epitome of turning a negative into a positive.  He developed a stutter after developing a brain injury after a sports injury.  But that didn’t stop him from pursuing his dreams.  Being a comedian is hard enough, but having a stutter as a comedian?  For most, that’s game over for most comedians.  But Drew is not most comedians.  Anyway, just watch his performance.  You will be touch, inspired, and amused at this video. Check it out! [click to continue…]

Although self-esteem and self-confidence are sometimes used interchangeably or synonymous, they do not mean the same thing.  Someone that has low self-esteem can have low self-confidence and vice versa, but not always.

The difference between self-esteem and self-confidence is that self-esteem is talking about the degree in which you value yourself.  Self-confidence is the degree in which we value our ability or abilities.

So if you see someone making this error, correct them :).


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