Christmas Books: 14 Books to Read This Holiday Season
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by Marelisa
6M ago
It’s time to decide what Christmas books to read this holiday season! The holiday season is upon us once again. I like to theme my reading, so every year I pick a Christmas book to read for the month of December. This year, as I was contemplating which Christmas book to read for 2023, I decided to create a list of possibilities and to share the list with my readers, Here, then, is a list of 14 Christmas books to choose from for this holiday season. 1. “A Boy Called Christmas” (2016) by Matt Haig “A Boy Called Christmas” is the first book in a three-part series by the same name. Although it’s a ..read more
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The WOOP Method – A Scientifically Proven Method to Achieve Your Goals
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by Marelisa
6M ago
WOOP is a research-based method you can start applying right away to achieve your goals. WOOP is an acronym that stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan. It’s a method for achieving goals, setting preferences, and changing habits that is based on 20 years of sccientific research in the science of motivation. The WOOP method was created by Gabriele Oettingen, a psychology professor  at New York University and the University of Hamburg who has been researching self-regulation and future-oriented thinking for many years. She’s author of the book, “Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the Ne ..read more
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5 Scientific Ways to Be Happier – Tips from Yale University
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by Marelisa
6M ago
You can increase your happiness by applying practices from the science of happiness. I came across an online course from Yale University–an Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut–on “The Science of Well-Being“. It’s taught by Professor Laurie Santos, and it became the most popular class ever taught at Yale. I took the course online and, in this post, I’m going to share with you 5 of the scientific ways to be happier which I learned in the course. Keep in mind that the idea isn’t simply to gain knowledge about how to be happier, but to apply the research-based methods or pract ..read more
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3 Must-Read Books by Ancient Roman Philosophers
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by Marelisa
3y ago
Although often overshadowed by the Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Romans also had a rich culture and produced many must-read books. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, one of my goals in life is to be well-read. I’m making a list of the books I feel that I need to read to achieve that goal, and the ancient Greeks and Romans are definitely on that list. A while back I wrote a post titled, “17 Must-Read Books by the Ancient Greeks”, and now in this post I enumerate the must-read books by Ancient Romans. Specifically, the ancient Roman philosophers. I find ancient Roman history fascinating, and ..read more
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9 Ways to Cure Wanderlust When You Can’t Travel
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by Marelisa
4y ago
What do you do when you want to travel, but can’t? People love to travel for many reasons. Here are some of them: We crave knew experiences. We may have read, or heard, of a place that sounds like it would be fantastic to visit. We want to discover new ways of doing things and expand our perspective. We want to meet people who are different from us. Sometimes we just need to escape our everyday reality. However, for any number of reasons, travel may be something you just can’t do at the moment. But, like I’ve said before on this blog, it’s not a good idea to focus on what you can’t do. Inst ..read more
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How to Increase Your Goal Commitment to Achieve Anything You Want
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by Marelisa
4y ago
You need unwavering commitment to achieve your goals. A while back I wrote a post on Ten Must-Watch TED Talks for lifelong learners. One of the talks that I highlighted in that post was by Connor Grooms. Grooms is a young man who learned to speak Spanish in a month. In his talk, Grooms explains that he had tried to learn Spanish a few times before and had failed. What finally led him to succeed in achieving his goal of learning Spanish was commitment. As Grooms explains: “No learning methodology or strategy in the world will work for you, unless learning the skill that you’ve decided to acq ..read more
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How to Cope When Things Are Tough: Coping During COVID-19
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by Marelisa
4y ago
Being able to cope during hard times, such as these, is an invaluable skill. Life moves in cycles. Sometimes we’re up, and sometimes we’re down. The upcycles are great, but the downcycles can be difficult to deal with. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, humanity is currently going through a downcycle. This makes the question, “What’s the best response when life takes a downturn?”, extremely relevant. Most of us were caught off guard by the coronavirus, and I know that a lot of people are scared and filled with anxiety right now. I wrote this article to share some coping mechanisms with you which ..read more
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12 Fun Things to Do At Home
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by Marelisa
4y ago
There are plenty of ways to have fun even if you have to stay at home. It’s mid-March, and the world finds itself in the throes of a pandemic. If there’s one thing that most experts agree on when it comes to the best way to stay safe from the COVID-19 virus, it’s that we should all try to stay home as much as possible. Although having to stay home may sound awfully boring, it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of ways to entertain yourself without having to leave your dwelling. Below you’ll find 12 ways to have fun at home. 1. Play Board Games, With a Twist As I explain in my post, 12 Board G ..read more
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How You Sabotage Your Ability to Learn (and How to Stop)
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by Marelisa
4y ago
Stop self-sabotaging your learning efforts. I’m a weightlifter. One of the most difficult weightlifting exercises to perform properly—if not the most difficult—is the barbell back squat. This is for several physical reasons, including the following: In order to squat properly you must have good flexibility and mobility. This includes ankle mobility, hamstring mobility, hip mobility, and thoracic mobility. You also need glute strength to squat properly. If your glutes aren’t strong enough, or if they’re not firing properly, the hip flexors take over to pull you deeper into the squat, causing yo ..read more
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How to Pick Yourself (Instead of Waiting for Others to Pick You)
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by Marelisa
4y ago
Stop waiting to be picked. Pick yourself. Author, marketing expert, and entrepreneur Seth Godin explains that we’re taught since we were kids to wait to be picked. When we want something, we wait to get permission from those who are in a position of authority: the Human Resources Director, the publisher, the record label manager, and so on. Look at the following: In school you stand around during Physical Education (PE) class waiting for one of the team captains to choose you to play on their team (I remember the agony of this vividly). As a senior in high school you apply to several colleges ..read more
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