The Mental Rehearsal

Ready to prepare for the worst? We’re told again and again how bad worrying is – but what if you could put that anxiety to positive use? Whatever you’re feeling anxious about facing, the Mental Rehearsal is a sure-fire technique to calm your nerves and help you succeed.

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“Mental rehearsal” is a technique athletes, musicians, doctors, soldiers, and astronauts use to prepare for the worst—and perform at their best. Read more: Lifehacker.

Long Term Love

Almost half of marriage end in divorce these days – the odds aren’t stacked in favour of long term relationships, let’s face it. And yet a lasting relationship seems to be what we all yearn for – so what’s the secret to making it work?

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Science says lasting relationships come down to – you guessed it – kindness and generosity. Read more. The Atlantic.

Taking Notes

How does it feel to be you at different times in your life? Of course you’ll remember, won’t you? Keeping a notebook doesn’t have to mean writing a diary, but jotting down thoughts and feelings will help you to get to know yourself a little better.

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List the things you think you’ll never forget. List the things you say often. Get to know yourself better. Read more: Psych Central.

Emotional Intelligence 101

Gaining an understanding of emotional intelligence is an often overlooked aspect of career success. Here, nine short steps give you the tools to master emotional intelligence in the workplace.

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What makes a great leader? Knowledge, smarts and vision, to be sure. To that, Daniel Goleman, author of “Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence,” would add the ability to identify and monitor emotions — your own and others’ — and to manage relationships. Read more: The New York Times.

What’s Good Enough?

We’re taught to aim for the best and with thanks to our current obsession with FOMO, the idea of going for ‘just good enough’ probably doesn’t really appeal. But how about if opting for good enough would actually lead to a happier, more positive existence?

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How settling can make people happier and more satisfied than gunning for “the best”. Read more: The Atlantic.

Ten Inspirational Feminists

Ten best feminists? Sounds suspiciously like clickbait content – even if it was published to celebrate International Women’s Day. Cynicism aside, this list will make you feel inspired and empowered, seriously! From the Star Trek cast member to the woman who travelled round the world in under 80 days with just handbag for luggage – we say YES to finding out more about brilliant, game-changing women. 

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On Sunday 8 March, it’s International Women’s Day. Helen Lewis pays tribute to 10 inspirational feminists. Read more: The Guardian

Career Satisfaction

How do you feel about your job? Fulfilled, positive and optimistic? Or maybe you’re wondering what your skills and strengths are – and questioning why you’re there at all… How can you maximise your career satisfaction?

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Stuck in a rut? Here are five ways to get the most out of your job whether you’re looking to stay put or move on to pastures new. Read more: Get The Gloss.

Do Something

We’ve all been there – there’s something you know you need to do (revising for an exam, applying for a job, taking clothes to the dry cleaners) and yet somehow you just can’t find the motivation to do it. In fact you’ll do anything – anything at all – rather than committing to the task you know you need to do. The solution? Try Mark Manson’s Do Something principle.

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A cool little mental hack to get you over procrastination and inspire motivation. Read more here: The “Do Something” Principle.

Maybe, Baby?

Sometimes we’re that painfully honest best friend who narrows her gaze and replies that no, maybe those jeans aren’t the best fit for you right now. These are the hard truths you might not really like hearing. If you haven’t got children and you do want them, this article may be the most important thing you read this year. Seriously.

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Women in their 30s and 40s exhibit a mix of wishful thinking and woeful ignorance when it comes to their fertility. Why? Read more: Aeon Magazine.

The Trends Cheat Sheet

Most of the time, we don’t pay very very close attention to trends… We try, but they change so often that how can we possibly hope to keep up with them as well as everything else life throws at us? So look to Vogue – who else – to fill you in on the trends you might like to know about. Ten slides to click through, this fashion trends cheat sheet for Spring/Summer 2015 makes updating your wardrobe a cinch!

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The sales are over and wintery clothes are beginning to look a little tired. Before you start to shop the new season, here’s Vogue‘s quick-fix style guide to updating your look for spring/summer 2015. Read more: Vogue.