Top TED Talks

Motivation and inspiration; from professional challenges to life lessons, we love TED talks. These five have been watched millions of times – and with good reason. 

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These inspirational TED talks will challenge how you think and communicate at work and in your everyday life. Read more: The Telegraph.

Beauty On A Budget

Everyone like to splash out from time to time – but let’s face it, sometimes it seems like beauty editors only recommend products costing three figures… If there’s one thing that Ms Sali Hughes knows a fair amount about, it’s beauty. The Guardian’s resident expert on all things beauty, Hughes roadtests one can only imagine hundreds upon thousands of products each year. From skin-brightening treats and super serums to brilliant brushes and bargain spot-busters, her Top 50 Under £20 is essential reading.

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to look a million dollars this summer. The Guardian’s beauty editor picks the loveliest, trustiest products on the high street. Read more: The Guardian.

 

How to Have The Best Holidays

Having the best holidays? Has our addiction to life management and productivity become so important that we now have to ensure even our down time is the best it can be? In a word: yes. This super quick read on having holidays that are really ‘worth it’, will make you rethink what it means to go on holiday – and make the most of your time off. 

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We must approach our vacations with the same tenacity as we do our vocations, and use them to come back to the office better than before. Read more: Harvard Business Review.

Highly Efficient Napping

Should the words ‘efficient’ and ‘napping’ be in the same title? We’re not entirely sure. One thing that is sure though: we love napping. And napping is really good for you too – science says so. But let us tell you something people – one nap is not just like another, oh no! Different lengths, styles and times; napping like a pro takes some practice…

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Not all naps are created equal. Some naps have been shown to rejuvenate where others boost creativity. What’s more, when you nap can be as important as how you nap. Here’s how to nap like a professional, nap-taking machine. Here’s how to nap like you MEAN IT. Read more: io9.

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