psychology

What To Do When You Feel Too Embarrassed To Exercise

Walking into a gym for the first time can be an embarrassing experience. You might be self-conscious that you’re too out of shape while everyone else seems fit, or that you’re wearing the wrong clothes, or you might simply feel out of place. But it’s important to get through the paranoia and start exercising.


This Video Explains The Difference Between Confidence And Arrogance

Confidence can take you a long way, but don’t mistake it for arrogance — one seeks to lift others up from a place of satisfaction with yourself, and the other seeks to diminish others because of insecurity. In this video, Aaron from I Am Alpha M describes the difference beautifully.


Materialism May Not Be All Bad, If You Purchase 'Experiential' Items

Conventional wisdom says that materialism — that is, using your money to simply buy more stuff — is a quick way to become unsatisfied and broke. However, spending on stuff instead of experiences may still be beneficial if those things are experiences themselves.


If You Still Can't Justify A Purchase Three Days Later, Return It

We all know what it’s like to have buyer’s remorse. The moments leading up to a purchase are filled with justifications, biases, and rationalisations. If you’re still wrestling with the decision a few days later, take back whatever it is you bought.


The Biggest Pitfalls Of Long-Term Goals (And How To Beat Them)

If you set your mind to it, you can achieve most short-term goals, such as losing weight in a few months. Future targets are much more difficult to wrap your head around, such as where you see yourself three years down the line. Before you establish these long-term goals, it’s good to know what pitfalls you can expect and mentally prepare for them.


Resolve Conflicts Quickly By Deciding If They're Hot Or Cold First

Conflict resolution isn’t an exact science. However, over on Harvard Business Review, author Mark Gerzon suggests that if you can differentiate between a hot and cold conflict, you can resolve them a lot quicker.


Boost Happiness By Remembering All Good Things Must End

Practising gratitude is one of the surefire ways to increase your happiness. But just thinking grateful thoughts might not be enough. One study suggests we should focus on the imminent end of the things we’re grateful for — to boost our happiness and enhance our gratitude.


How To Stop Overthinking Everything And Find Peace Of Mind

We all overthink aspects of our lives. Whether it’s decisions, regrets, self-worth or general worries about the future, we’re so often stuck inside our own heads that it feels like there’s no way out. Here’s how to quit overthinking everything and move on.


Maria Popova's Advice On The Hardest Part Of Succeeding

Money, reach, size and other statistics tell you a lot about your job, but that’s not where the real work lies, says blogger Maria Popova. The real effort is in not equating those with your own sense of success or achievement.


Three Tricks For Dealing With Anxiety In The Moment

You may have prepared for a stressful situation like a job interview, an important meeting, or a presentation, but you’re still likely to have some anxiety while you’re in the situation. That’s normal! Here are some things you can try to ease your anxiety.