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16 breathtaking travel destination for your next spring trip

With the winter holidays in the rearview mirror and the summer vacation still far away, it’s time to start thinking about spring and where you’ll go celebrate the new season and revamp your mental desktop. With cheaper season rates and fewer crowds to the fields of blooming flowers and well-manicured vineyards, spring can offer just what you’ve been looking for lately: an exit from the winter blues. And if you’re having trouble finding a destination spot, here’s a list of 16 beautiful places curated by travel experts and photographers for you to choose from.

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  • Forbes
  • Date:02/14/2019

How to feel at home in a place where you don’t really belong

For all the upsides of living life as a digital nomad, there are a few major downsides. The main one is that constantly being on the road can make you lose that distinct feeling of homeliness. Yes, the flexibility of the traveling man or woman is desirable, but having that feeling that you belong somewhere is just as, if not, more precious. Still, whether your job requires work abroad or you chose to live the life of a vagabond, it’s possible to forge a feeling of home even in a place where you don’t belong. How? Well, take a look…

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  • Quartz
  • Date:02/14/2019

Feeling lonely? Practicing mindfulness has been shown to help

It’s no secret that being overly attached to your smartphone can cause serious social problems, from boosting feelings of loneliness and isolation to worsening anxiety and depression symptoms. But used in the right way, smartphones may actually do the opposite. Researchers have recently found that smartphone-based mindfulness training may help individuals feel less lonely and motivate them to interact with more people. If feelings of loneliness and isolation have been present in your life as of late, perhaps mindfulness is a good practice for you.

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  • MindBodyGreen
  • Date:02/13/2019

6 strategies for planning a wallet-friendly vacation

Despite the simplicity with which a vacation can be booked, traveling still tends to be very expensive. That is unless you dig a little deeper and look beyond what the search results that Google give you. From finding a lesser-known destination to travel to that will spare your wallet to staying in low-cost lodging alternatives, there are plenty of ways to have a quality vacation without spending more money than you can afford to. With summer lurking around the corner, here are six ways to travel on a budget.

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  • TIME
  • Date:02/11/2019

Study: Deleting your Facebook profile can boost your mental health

Facebook has been around for over a decade, meaning for many of us, it’s become intertwined with our daily lives. But is that really a good thing? According to a new study, which is being hailed as the most trustworthy scientific assessment of social media’s effects, it may not be. The study found that deactivating Facebook or quitting it altogether is unequivocally positive for one’s mental health for a number of reasons. Quitting Facebook reduced the online activity of those featured in the study, and increased offline activity such as socializing with friends and family more. Those who deactivated also…

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  • Salon
  • Date:02/08/2019

Learn the art of walking mindfully from this zen master

When you think of mindfulness, what do you envision in your head? Do you think of a person sitting absolutely still with their legs-crossed and their eyes closed? This is how most people typically think of mindfulness, but this isn’t the only way to do it. For those who find sitting still excruciating rather than relaxing, practicing mindfulness while taking a walk is an excellent way of obtaining the same peaceful benefits. If you want to learn how to walk more mindfully—without looking like a weirdo—check out what this zen master has to say about mindfulness in motion.

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  • Quartz
  • Date:02/08/2019

How to deal with the fear of speaking in public

Speaking in public is one thing, but imagine having to address Congress at the House of Representatives. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently became the youngest person in US history elected to Congress, admits it’s a nerve-wracking thing to do—not that you would notice it on her face. The congresswoman speaks calmly and confidently when she’s on the House floor. If you feel afraid speaking in public and want to become more confident doing it, listen to this simple tip from America’s youngest representative elected to Congress.

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  • Business Insider
  • Date:02/07/2019

Why exercise will help you get into the flow at work

We’ve all been there. As the work day goes on, we start finding it impossible to suppress our yawns. We become groggy and unmotivated, and try to find salvation in another cup of coffee. If you’re tired of feeling this way, it may be time to start exercising more before or after work. According to a new study, people who stay physically fit are more likely to avoid job burnout, sleep more easily and be more engaged at work. Researchers say that exercise gives us time to detach from work and recharge while making it easier for you to get…

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  • The Independent
  • Date:02/06/2019

How to make a fantastic first impression

Negative first impressions are particularly difficult to shake. The optimist in us will count on a second chance to recover from whatever reputational harm we may have done to ourselves in our first encounter with a new boss, neighbor or client, but the reality is that it’s not so easy. The good news is that we never run out of opportunities to make first impressions. Think about all the people you meet at networking events, new jobs, parties, interviews, and a plethora of other social events. To ensure you make the best of these many opportunities, try following these three…

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  • Entrepreneur
  • Date:02/06/2019

Science tells us the best bosses encourage people to speak up

If you’re a leader within an organization, how do you take on the role? Are you commanding, or do you welcome participation from those working for you? The latest research tells us that high-status people largely lose their ability to take others’ perspectives into account because they start focusing more on goals rather than people. The result: Leaders tend to be less likely to seek out alternative opinions from others, which can hurt group collaboration. Recent research also tell us that making people feel comfortable about speaking up is the best way to inspire creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an…

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  • Quartz
  • Date:02/05/2019
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