How One Entrepreneur’s Hacking The Science Of Happiness

Ritu Raj believes that happiness is both undeniably powerful and poorly understood.

So he’s using data to get to the bottom of it. Ritu’s BeingHappy app helps you track your daily happiness on a scale, determining what factors (like sleep, a sunny climate or a compliment from a coworker) help you be most happy. Ritu is interested in the external and internal factors that influence happiness and aims to optimize happiness for all.

Ritu believes that when we are truly happy, we are more productive at work, more thoughtful consumers and have more fulfilling personal relationships. In our interview, Ritu explains why he’s addicted to entrepreneurship, how he balances his artistic side with his go-getter inclination, and how the Constitution spawned his interest in the pursuit of happiness. 

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How To Master Active Listening in 3 Steps

Today’s post is the last tip in a three part series on active listening written by Patrick Ewers, an executive coach and founder of Mindmaven. Be sure to check out his tip #1 and tip #2.

Tip #3 Fire the second dart.

You can guide the conversation and train yourself to listen at the same time by asking an intelligent follow up questions.

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Tip #2 To Becoming A Powerful Active Listener

Today’s post is part 2 of a three part series on active listening written by Patrick Ewers, an executive coach and founder of Mindmaven. Read up on his tip #1, in case you missed it.

Tip #2: Show them that you’re listening.

If you want to show a person that you’re truly listening to them, you have to keep your mind focused on the responses you’re getting. Be able to make it a game to truly understand what the person is actually saying.

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3 Tips to Become The Best Listener

Today’s post is part 1 of a three part series on active listening written by our friend, Patrick Ewers. Check out Tip #2 here and tip #3 here. Patrick is an executive coach and founder of Mindmaven. You can find him on Twitter @PatrickEwers.

One of the biggest technology-driven problems I see in this society is that our minds are evolving in a way that makes them trained to be exceptionally receptive to interruptions and distracting signals. Our brains become proficient in changing the subject, adjusting what we’re looking at or how we’re perceiving something simply because we hear a notification sound on our phone.

The scary part is that it doesn’t take very long for your brain to make this switch. Very often, in just five seconds we can lose interest in one thing and move onto the next. Disruptions are so prevalent, that you might not even notice it happening. With all of these interruptions, it becomes a real challenge to rewire your brain to hold its focus on one topic.

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#aboutmeLIVE with Author, Speaker & Comedian James Robilotta

Communication, it’s a powerful tool. It’s the difference between being remembered or forgotten. We want you to be memorable.

If you’re looking to improve your communication skills, build a strong network or become a better leader, we’d like to invite you to #aboutmeLIVE on Wednesday, September 16th at 6PM ET/3PM PT.

Best-selling author, internationally recognized speaker and comedian James Robilotta will share how to improve your communication skills (whether you’re an introvert or extrovert) and the value of leading imperfectly.

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3 Photo Tips That Show The Best Of You

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, make sure yours counts. 

One of the best ways to draw someone into your page is with a great photo. Your photo should show off your personality and ideally gives someone a snapshot of who you are, or even what you stand for.

We’ve rounded up our top 3 photo tips for a photo that stands out and draws people into your story.

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The Upgrade Your Twitter Profile Needs

You are more than your Tweets.

We’re excited to help you get eyes on what’s most important to you. Whether that’s your photography portfolio, latest track on SoundCloud, or a list of your professional skills, we want to give you the tools to point people in the right direction.

One of the best ways to do so is adding your page link to your Twitter bio.

Every day, more community members are experiencing the benefits of adding their page to their Twitter bios. Having a page link in your Twitter bio gives your followers the chance to learn more about you, follow you on other social media, or check out what matters most to you.

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