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DumbLittleMan’s Wellness and Productivity Gift Guide 2018

Buying gifts this Christmas season isn’t as easy as you might think. With all the choices, you can easily end up spending hours and hours thinking about the perfect gift. And who has such free time? To save you from the hard work of coming up with the right gifts for your friends, family, and […]
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Ancestry DNA Tests Don’t Always Find What We Expect

You’re reading Ancestry DNA Tests Don’t Always Find What We Expect, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Advances in DNA testing in recent years has made tracing your family tree accessible to the masses, prompting millions to go down the route of discovering their lineage.
But what people find is not always welcome. The results of genetic tests are life-changing, but in some cases people are left wishing they’d remained in blissful ignorance.
Ancestry DNA tests help people to discover their genealogy by taking just a small amount of the subject’s DNA, with some of the best ancestry dna test sites claiming that they can reveal a person’s family tree and ancestral homeland for a fee.
The most popular is the aptly-named AncestryDNA itself, from whom you can currently order a kit online for $79. All you have to do is spit into…

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Why is Consciousness The Key to Happiness?

You’re reading Why is Consciousness The Key to Happiness?, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Consciousness… just a word for many but for some people familiar with its experience, it is a means to create a beautiful world.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of consciousness is “the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself.”
I’m sure you want to unlock this experience…
In case you don’t know, both Thinking and Feeling are the basis of an individual’s existence.
There are situations, a majority in the materialistic world when thinking creates wonders.
Similarly, there are situations when the feeling component gives you the best of experiences, the best testimony being the holiday-breaks.
Here’s the problem…
You are thinking more and feeling less
OR
You are feeling more and thinking less.
There is a deficiency or an overdose of one component over other. Sorry, but you are losing…

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A Wee Wiggle in my Journey to Family

You’re reading A Wee Wiggle in my Journey to Family, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Many of us have faced depression, struggled with low self-esteem, and other debilitating mental health challenges. My own journey with depression was a result of growing up with a rare blood disorder and being told I could never have children of my own. This completely changed my dreams of what family and life meant. Years later I suffered with a rare soft tissue sarcoma, yet, baffling the best of doctors, I survived. I’m a tough nut to crack!
My book, Falling into Faith, A Journey to Freedom, is a candid and honest account of my journey. I detail the struggles of living with constant pain and disease, and the power associated with learning to forgive and break free from the heavy chains that encumber and…

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Unconsciously Chasing a Dream

You’re reading Unconsciously Chasing a Dream, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Our unconscious routines are making us or breaking us.
As I woke up before the sunrise I walked over to the couch and turned on a small lamp, then started my coffee and grabbed my phone. After mindlessly scrolling Facebook and Twitter which seemed like five minutes, my son woke up and came out to join me on the couch. How was the morning gone already? How did an hour and a half go by?
As I was reflecting on my life, I was reminded of a recent trip on an old back road. This unmaintained road had heavy tire ruts where you could literally take your hands off the wheel because years of the same travel with no deviation had formed these pathways for a vehicle. There is no…

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Ten Tips to Help You Feel Happier

You’re reading Ten Tips to Help You Feel Happier, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Happiness is an elusive concept, we all want it but not many of us can define what it actually is and even fewer how to get it.
Unfortunately, a lot of us fall into the trap of the ‘I will be happy when’ mentality. It’s an easy fix supported by our own psychology and propagated by the modern world. You end up thinking; ‘I will be happy when I have lost 10kg’s’, ‘I will be happy when I find a partner’, ‘I will be happy when I get that new car’ and so on. The difficulty is that you will be happy briefly, or at least you think you will. But this feeling won’t last long and then you will be onto the next thing that…

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Is Writing Your Passion? Really?

You’re reading Is Writing Your Passion? Really?, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

I’m going to ask you this one question.
Is writing really your passion?
Understanding what’s a passion
Long back, I was in doubt, that is writing actually my dream? Is it what I really love and relish doing?
Or is it just something else? The fame, the money, the approval. Are these things luring me towards writing or is writing luring me?
What is it? Still a hidden truth.
Till now, I’ve come to the conclusion that I love writing. More than that, I love to express.
I like talking to people, interacting with them and sharing my thoughts. And I’ve found writing as a good medium for me to do that.
But I’ve seen many people writing because of it’s peripheral benefits.
The topmost reason for people to write is appreciation and approval. It is in the…

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4 Key Ingredients to Avoid in Cosmetics

You’re reading 4 Key Ingredients to Avoid in Cosmetics, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

As you walk down a store’s beauty aisle, it’s easy to choose the most popular brands and products that line the shelves. After all, they are on sale and the labels claim to be organic or all natural. Despite these perks, what consumers fail to realize is that these labels can deceive consumers into believing their items are safe and toxin-free.
The truth is the beauty market across the United States has lacked regulation compared to other areas around the world. While Europe has an official ban on well over 1,000 toxic ingredients, our nation has only banned 30 chemicals. This unsettling reality should be enough to inspire consumers to take a long hard look into the products they are applying to their hair, skin, and…

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How Being Busy All the Time is Hurting You – plus 3 ways to stop

You’re reading How Being Busy All the Time is Hurting You – plus 3 ways to stop, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

When you catch up with a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile, what’s one of the first things out of your mouth when they ask you how you are? Is it something along the lines of “good, but SO busy”?
What if the most interesting thing about us wasn’t how busy we are?
We live in a culture of more. So many people want to make more money, buy more things, and get more done. I often write and speak about productivity, and the question I get asked the most is “how do I do more?” Clients and audience members aren’t asking how to get more done in less time, they want to know how to fill in…

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Hypnosis – what’s fact and what’s fiction?

You’re reading Hypnosis – what’s fact and what’s fiction?, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Hypnosis is a technique that is both widely used and controversial. Many see it as a form of stage entertainment. True hypnosis, however, is very different and has valuable medical and therapeutic benefits, providing effective treatment to a variety of ailments – from anxiety and depression to chronic pain. To help you gain a deeper understanding of hypnosis, let’s look at how it works and unpick some of its misconceptions.
What is hypnosis?
The British Psychological Society (BPS) defines hypnosis as an interaction between a ‘hypnotist’ and a ‘subject’. Your therapist (hypnotist) will attempt to influence you (subject) by means of suggestions. By giving you instructions, the end goal is to change your feelings, behaviour, thinking or perception. You can also perform self-hypnosis, that is after you…

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5 Exercises To Get The Creative Juices Flowing

You’re reading 5 Exercises To Get The Creative Juices Flowing, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Most people think that it is impossible to make yourself into a more creative person. After all, the creative geniuses we know about all seemed to show great promise from a young age. Plus, we all have those friends who are just ‘naturally’ good at drawing, or music, or coding.
But the idea that creativity is something we’re born with is just plain wrong. Sure, some people find it easier than others to make new connections between concepts or to visualize a finished painting. However, that is almost always the result of hard work and deliberate practice, not an accident of birth.
Now, if you’re an advertising executive, you probably aren’t interested in trying to become the next Beethoven. But you are definitely interested in finding…

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3 Effective Ways to Beat Morning Depression

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Do You Dread Having to Wake Up in the Mornings and Face the Day? 3 Ways to Beat Morning Depression
Do you experience feelings of fatigue, extreme sadness or hopelessness first thing every morning? Perhaps these feelings fade as the day goes on, but they’re back again next morning.
You could be experiencing a symptom of depression known as diurnal variation of mood, commonly referred to as morning depression. People experiencing diurnal mood variation feel worse in the morning but gradually improve as the day goes on. Hence the name morning depression.
A specific cause of morning depression has not been clearly identified but there are thought to be a number of contributing factors. Some research suggests that morning depression may be a consequence of disturbed sleep-cycles or…

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The Incredible Benefits of Switching Off Your Phone and Going Outside

You’re reading The Incredible Benefits of Switching Off Your Phone and Going Outside, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

In today’s digital age, it’s increasingly difficult to get away from technology. Many of us are hopelessly addicted to our phones, with research showing that the average person touches their phone 2600 times in a single day. But if you want to be your best and most motivated self, this habit could be more of a problem than you think.
The Problem with Excessive Screen Time
All this staring at screens is not doing our mental health, productivity, or focus levels any good. In fact, 73% of people believe that their smartphones increase their stress levels.  It’s also pretty obvious that phones are incredibly distracting – it’s all too tempting to stop what you’re doing to get the instant gratification of scrolling through…

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Why Passion is Overrated (instead, here’s what you should do)

You’re reading Why Passion is Overrated (instead, here’s what you should do), originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

I often hear people say if they only had a real passion, they would be able to follow it, break free from their mundane job and create their dream life.
But what to do when you don’t have a passion? Are you just supposed to wait until it one day magically drops from the sky to rescue you?
I feel there’s this mistaken belief, that some people ‘have a passion’ for something, which enables them to live a fabulous, meaningful life, whereas others don’t and thus are stuck in the hamster wheel.
When I look back at my last business, an innovative health product, it all started because I was desperate to get out of my first business, which at the time was a luxury…

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6 Extraordinary Habits of Highly Self-Aware People

You’re reading 6 Extraordinary Habits of Highly Self-Aware People, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

If you take a survey of most people who are considered “highly successful” in our society, you’ll see that they have many different traits, but they also have many similarities. One of the biggest similarities is their capacity for self-awareness.
Some people have a greater tendency to develop self-awareness than others but it isn’t something that’s given out for free.
You are not born with self-awareness, it’s something that needs to be developed, then honed and refined like a skill.
There’s no shortcut, but here’s a quick primer on becoming more self-aware. First, why is self-awareness crucial?
Why Self-Awareness Is Essential
We live in a world with a ton of information.
Money-making opportunities, career paths, entertainment options, the list goes on and on. It would take several lifetimes to experience it…

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Can You Change How You Age?

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Anybody that knows me, knows that I am beyond obsessed with facial serums and potions, forever in the pursuit of the perfect anti-aging combination. While at first, I was interested in professional opinions and reviews by friends and colleagues, over the last few years my fascination has led me into a place that I never saw coming. I have gone from the obvious — How do I make my skin/face look younger? — to a conversation about actually creating a longer, healthier life, from the inside out.
In other words, what if I had significantly more control over my entire aging process in general?
As I began to dig deeper into this idea, I discovered a surprising amount of research and data that is going on right…

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Death is a Tragedy that Keeps Us Going: How it feels to experience loss for the first time

You’re reading Death is a Tragedy that Keeps Us Going: How it feels to experience loss for the first time, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever; you just have to live.” –Natalie Babbitt.
Summer 2018 was supposed to be thrilling. Summer 2018 was supposed to be the summer of freedom. But I was wrong.
I had recently graduated college and was excited to move back home to begin my next chapter. I was finally free, free from school. No more homework, no more stress, time to enter the real world and have some time to enjoy myself.
Early June, my friends went to the beach. All but one returned home. My friend was missing. 24 hours later, they found him at the bottom of a canal,…

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Mantras To Help You Get Through Hellish Times

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This post is for those who would rather eat raw chicken than meditate. I used to be one of those people. Whenever someone told me that I need to meditate I resisted it with all my might. Now, my new mantra is my favorite Star Trek quote, “Resistance is futile”.
So, I have given in. I am starting to meditate. And I am doing it without kicking and screaming. I am also eating kale. Maybe it’s buried in a garlic yogurt dip but it’s there.
I realized why I was unwilling to meditate. Because I didn’t want to sit alone with my thoughts without my pacifiers! That alone is a clear sign that one needs to meditate. If you are afraid of being alone with your…

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The Power of a Growth Mindset

You’re reading The Power of a Growth Mindset, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Have you ever heard this saying?
Leaders are made, not born.
I’ve always found this quote comforting—it shows that not all of our gifts are assigned at birth. Our talents can be developed and shaped through practice and passion.
However, I know some may disagree and believe that we are simply born with certain talents. Those who follow this belief likely follow a fixed mindset. That means that if you are a bad public speaker or a mediocre pianist, no amount of nurturance or development will help you.
The opposite of a fixed mindset is a growth mindset. People with this mentality believe in personal development through concentrated efforts to grow and learn. Although you might not be the greatest starting out, you still have the ability to improve.
I strongly…

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Why Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work – And What Does

You’re reading Why Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work – And What Does, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

You might be anxiously wondering where this article is going to go, so just in case you’re about to judge me as some negative Nancy that’s going to bash positive thinking, I’d like to clear that up because that’s not what I’m about to do.
I’m going to use a deep dive into The Three Principles understanding of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought to awaken you to the fact that we don’t need to try to think positive in order to enjoy a joyous and fulfilling life. All we need is an understanding, and to not take our thoughts so damn seriously.
What I’m going to touch on is:

Positive and negative emotions don’t exist, you just think they do
Judging vs understanding
A fear-based mentality
How the mind really…

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3 Easy Tips to a Good Night Sleep

You’re reading 3 Easy Tips to a Good Night Sleep, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Good night sleep. The best thing in the world (Second to a nice Cheeseburger on a rainy morning).
According to a 2010 survey, 30 percent of Australians reported experiencing a severe sleeping disorder. Whereas in America, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that one of every four Americans reports not getting enough night sleep. This corresponds with another survey saying that around 60 million Americans are affected by sleep disorder each year.
So, how to sleep better in a high-paced life like the one we`re living today? By following these three simple tips:
Night Sleep Tip #1: Aim to be as relaxed as possible (Seriously)
Keeping a “relaxed” bedtime routine is the core to great night sleep, studies say. According to the National Sleep Foundation, you…

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Align Your Life With Your Passion

You’re reading Align Your Life With Your Passion, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Remember in grade school when everybody would ask you this?
A firefighter? Astronaut? How about president?
For me, it was a writer. I remember the weekends when my mom would take me to the library. I was a very active child and the only way to settle me down was with a book in my hand. When I wasn’t devouring tales of adventure and mystery, I would weave my own stories and share them with my classmates.
Now fast forward to your high school graduation.
You finally accept your diploma and the whole world opens up to you. After a decade of weeks structured into courses and periods, you now have the freedom to choose to do what you want. To be who you want.
Until reality kicks in.
You quickly learn that life isn’t very accommodating…

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The Complete Checklist For Strong Mental Health

You’re reading The Complete Checklist For Strong Mental Health, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Feelings and thoughts, both pleasant and unpleasant, have one thing in common – a mind which experiences them. And this is an obvious truism that seasoned meditators pick up early in their practice. But what does it take, for a westerner, or someone who is unfamiliar with the mind, to develop strong mental health? To resist impulses, to build up fortitude, and to remain calm in the face of restlessness, anxiety, and fear?
Behavioral psychology will tell you to practice a certain set of habits. To lead a well-rounded live, which in the face of adulthood is often an act of balance.
Trying, therefore, to maintain balance, I’ve decided to create a simple checklist. With the help of my wife, who is a psychologist and Gestalt therapist,…

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7 Golden Rules for Self-Education in the Internet Age

You’re reading 7 Golden Rules for Self-Education in the Internet Age, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
-Benjamin Franklin
The concept of education and learning has witnessed a paradigm shift since the internet came into the picture. Today, knowledge is no longer confined into the four walls of a classroom and can be gained or imparted from anywhere in the world. Now, as the wave of transformation is washing over the sphere of education, more and more learners are opting for the self-directed education process.
At a time when knowledge is literally concentrated within the palms of our hands, let’s explore some useful insights on pursuing self-education and learn the tips to study smarter.

Learn to control what’s beyond you

It isn’t unusual for students to cower under pressure while dealing with an apparently intricate concept. This…

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Stop Pushing – Start Trusting!

You’re reading Stop Pushing – Start Trusting!, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

“Write a book,” they told me.
“It’s easy,” they said.
Ha!
Not when you are bearing your soul in 200 pages, and detailing your business failures, and you want to make a book that’s worth reading!
Not when you are blending in a controversial subject of BDSM and your past as a Dominatrix and turning that into advice for business owners.
No, that is a very different story altogether.
There were many times I would go back and read my own chapter on ‘Digging In’ so that I would lean into the discomfort of writing one more chapter or taking it through one more edit.
The stories from the Dungeon were fun and lit me up to write and edit, but the ones about my business failures would sting. I would rotate between soothing…

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