Personal Growth

Improving ourselves improves the world around us. Looking for inspiration? From curated TED Talks to stories of thought leaders providing actionable advice, there’s no better place to start your personal growth journey than right here.

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You Can Make Yourself Like Stuff That is Good For You!

Can you like arugula more than chocolate and a ten-mile run more than watching the latest Netflix thriller? There is much in your life that you now like and once hated. Most persons dislike coffee or single malt whiskey the first time they taste it. Ditto cigarettes and dark chocolate and wine. The liking comes later. So, if you want to train yourself to like – or even love – something that you currently don’t, here is how to go about it.
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The Healing Power of Wild Swimming

Is the grind getting you down? Here is a release and some relief! Rather than dunking further into our morning commute coffee, we’re diving into the world of hydrotherapy and seeking a simple, refreshing way to ease our troubled minds.
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How to Free Your Mind From Fear

In this current point in history, fear is all around us. If you thought the news was scary before, when you throw a global pandemic into the mix, it’s an anxiety attack waiting to happen. You can’t turn on the TV, open an article, or video chat with a loved one without being given a dozen reasons to dive into stress, anxiety, and even depression. At this point, fear feels like a normal part of daily life, but it wasn’t always this way.
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Changing the Narrative and Loving Yourself with All Bodies on Bikes

Ever doubted you could do something because of the way your body looks? These two thought leaders are on a cross country journey to prove we can do anything our hearts desire and live our best, most happy lives if only we learn to let go of the unrealistic expectations and unnecessary stigmas which society imposes.
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The Key to Living a Longer, Fuller Life? Ditch the Routine!

Live every day you're alive by breaking your routine. Jed Jenkins quit his job, picked up his life, and lived each day to the fullest, choosing adventure and rediscovering childlike wonder for everything new. Read on to learn a little something about the beauty of spontaneity and the amazing things that come with a willingness to do what scares you. 
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How Saving the Bees Is Saving the Veterans!

Saving the bees and saving veterans at the same time? Meet Eric, an Iraq veteran who is helping ease the PTSD he and other veterans experience by sharing his love for bees and creating meaning, joy, and healing, in much needed spaces. 
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The Secret to Happiness? Don’t Try So Hard

Are we supposed to be happy all the time? After endlessly trying to chase happiness, Dr. Molly Countermine encountered a different way of framing it and our other emotions that we all can learn from. Here's how this simple technique can apply to your own life! 
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Obstacles Can Be Inspiration—Just Look at This Chalk Artist! 

If you've ever felt stuck, held back, or like you just couldn't make sense of the task in front of you, here's an interesting place to start: your limitations. Using your obstacles for inspiration is just what chalk artist David Zinn does when he needs to break through his creative block. His story proves that perhaps, your roadblocks could be just what you need to create something amazing. 
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Can Kindness Get You Further than Money?

How far can kindness really get us in life? In 2017, Two brothers set out to travel the world with nothing—no money, no plans, not even clothes—and traded homemade t-shirts for everything they needed! They made their way into some unique and wonderful situations, all the way relying on their blind faith in the kindness of strangers. Here's what they can show us about the value of a good story and a kind smile!
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