Magic Mornings

Hands up if you’re not a morning person. Yeah, you’re not the only one! So what if there were seven simple steps you could take to make mornings happier, easier – and keep you smiling all day long. Just seven steps – how hard can that be?

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We read a lot about this or that morning ritual that will make you productive. But what about one that makes you happy? Research shows that being happy actually makes you more productive. So let’s kill two birds with one stone and focus on smiles. What’s the first step? Here’s a little secret: happy mornings don’t start in the morning… Read more: Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Podcast Perfection

One of our go-to blogs for intellectual inspiration, Brain Pickings always serves up interesting fare across literature, science, life and art. This round-up of nine recommended podcasts spans subjects from consciousness to creativity and therapy to thinking will provide hours of stimulating listening.

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A short playlist of intellectual, creative, and spiritual invigoration. Read more: Nine Podcasts for a Fuller Life.

Life Isn’t Fair

Sometimes it just feels like life is unfair, doesn’t it? Well guess what – it is. The reality is understanding the world around us and the life we’re living comes through the realisation that there’s no ‘should’ when it comes to these things. The real rules to life? Oliver Emberton figures he knows – and his viewpoint is pretty enlightening.

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Unless you’re winning, most of life will seem unfair. The truth is, you need to play by different rules. Read more: Business Insider.

The Meaning of Multi-Tasking

Shopping on your phone as your catch up on Netflix and draft a quick work email, all while eating dinner with a glass of wine? We’re all so busy, on all fronts,  at all times, juggling so many balls these days. But is there a cognitive cost of multi–tasking? Should we try to concentrate on just one task at once? What’s the long term effect of spinning multiple plates?


We are starting to realise that the blessings of a multitasking life are mixed. We feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of things we might plausibly be doing at any one time, and by the feeling that we are on call at any moment. Modern life now forces us to do a multitude of things at once — but can we? Should we? Read more: Financial Times.

Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

What do we like even better than watching a TED Talk? Reading a feature about the best TED Talks, AND THEN watching those TED Talks. So let’s consider emotional intelligence and how to improve it; from stress, sleep and success to compassion, relationships and love – these five TED Talks will give you an instant boost.

5 Brilliant TED Talks That Will Boost Your Emotional Intelligence. These talks will inspire you to think differently about yourself and others. Read more: Inc.

Hormones 101

Suffering from acne. Hormones. Feeling sluggish and tired out? Hormones. Recent weight gain? Hormones. Experiencing mood swings or depression. You guessed it, hormones! So what can we do about them? Here’s how hormones can affect your skin, weight, exercise, mood and energy levels at each stage of your life.


From menopause to your menstrual cycle, perimenopause to a new study on the side-effects of HRT, here’s how to stop your hormones sabotaging your fitness goals, energy levels and skin. Read more: Get The Gloss.

Productivity 101

We love at good infographic here at Running in Heels – simple, succinct information made pretty = what’s not to like? From the best task management apps and workspace wellbeing tips to how to get a good night’s sleep and the foods to eat for maximum productivity… These nine infographics are an easy way to become more productive, simply and quickly.


Productivity is achievable once you learn the tricks and apply them in your life. The following 9 infographics will arm you with the knowledge and productivity tips you need. Read more: Lifehack.

The 100 Best Novels

Ah those Best Book Lists. How many can you tick off then? Annoying as they can be – and sometimes fairly arbitrarily selected – a ‘Best Of’ book list isn’t a bad place to start if you’re after something wholeheartedly endorsed to read… From criminal tales like True History of the Kelly Gang and The Thirty-Nine Steps to intensely personal stories such as The Bell Jar and A Single Man, this list of the best English language books has ample choice for even the pickiest readers…

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After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list. Read more: The Guardian.

Three Positive Things

How often do you notice the positive things that happen at work? Nope. it’s the negative that we so often focus on, discuss with friends and think about on our way home. So what if we told you that writing down three positive things from each day would actually have a wide-ranging effect across your whole life – from stress levels and sleep patterns to relationships, bonding and even creativity?

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We pay too much attention to all things negative – at a cost. The Powerful Effect of Noticing Good Things at Work. End each day by writing down three positives.Read more: Harvard Business Review.

Memory Magic

Find yourself forgetting names and unable to recall small details that you just know that you know? It’s the most infuriating and frustrating thing ever! These three tricks actually work – just try them – and really help you remember those pesky little details. Magic.

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3 Amazing Mind Tricks That Will Help You Remember Small Details. Read more: The Muse.