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The Four Tendencies : a Framework to Form Good Habits and Actually Keep Them

The Four Tendencies, a Framework to build good habits

I’ve shared my admiration for Gretchen Rubin before on the blog. Author of bestselling books such as The Happiness Project and co-host of the Happier podcast, Gretchen Rubin is a happiness rock star. Everything she publishes I read, and when I heard that she was going to publish a book on the Four Tendencies, I was ecstatic. In her recent book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives, Rubin has laid out a personality framework called the Four Tendencies. The tendencies describe how we respond to inner and outer expectations, like a work deadline, or new years resolutions. She explains that knowing our tendency can help us find ways to achieve the goals we set for ourselves as well as form and keep healthy habits. Here’s an overview of the Four Tendencies framework : The Upholder An upholder is an individual who will respond to both inner and outer expectations with ease. They are the high achievers, always respecting deadlines, crossing things off their to-do lists and checking boxes. They crave the gold star of doing what’s […]

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Top 10 personal development books of 2017 – part 1

Top 10 personal development books of 2017

To say that I’m an avid reader would be an understatement. So far in 2017, I’ve read 45 books, most of them about personal development. I’ve selected 10 of the most interesting and life-altering ones I’ve read to share with you today. Here are my 10 favorite personal development books, in no particular order. 1.  The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness This very simple, but quite powerful book has been my favorite so far. I wrote a full blog post about the Slight Edge principle, which allows you to turn any habit into massive success. If you are trying to achieve a goal, any goal, I highly suggest that you get a copy of the Slight Edge. 2.  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear This book by bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert is about creativity and our birthright as creators. The author empowers us in feeling entitled to create and to do so in a daring way. Very freeing and inspiring! 3. The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul During my silent retreat […]

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The Slight Edge : How simple habits can lead to massive success

The Slight Edge, simple habits can create massive success

We’ve all heard of compound interest in finances. Leave a sum of money in a fund and gradually, you’ll earn some interest. After a while, not only you’ll earn interest on the initial sum, but you’ll also be making interest on the interest. It’s compounding over itself. After 7 years, you’ll have at least doubled your initial sum. That’s a concept we all know and understand for our finances, even if we don’t always put it to use. But did you know that you could harness the power of compound interest in every area of your life? That is the power of the Slight Edge principle. The Slight Edge is a concept that author and entrepreneur Jeff Olson has published back in 2005 in a book by the same name. I have just finished reading the book that I devoured in record time. I have to say that I have been blown away by 1) the simplicity of its concept and 2) by the incredible amount of power its application will give me over each area of my life. But before […]

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25 Free Summer Activities to Boost your Happiness

25 free summer activities to boost your happiness

Summer has officially started here in the northern hemisphere and the weather is nice and inviting. During summer, things slow down a bit at work while everyone is taking their vacation and we get more free time to do the things we love. To get you inspired, I compiled a list of 25 free summer activities to boost your happiness and wellbeing and enjoy the nicer season. Let’s dig in! Healthy summer activities One of the first things that can boost our happiness is to feel better physically. Now that the weather is nice, we can be active outside and get our bodies moving. Here are a few ideas to get you in shape. 1. Play a sport A good way to get together with friends is to schedule a match of your favorite sport. You can play Frisbee at the park, play basketball at the local school playground or flag football in the field. Choose any sport that can get you moving and having fun! 2. Go Swimming If there’s a community pool in your neighborhood, get yourself wet […]

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How to start meditating in only 5 minutes a day

how to start meditating in 5 minutes a day

In my last article, I’ve shared with you a few of the surprising benefits that you can expect when you start a meditation practice. Now that you know why meditation can have a tremendous impact on your health and wellbeing, let’s explore some of the ways you can start meditating with a small commitment of only 5 minutes a day. I hear you say “how could 5 minutes of meditation have any impact in my life?” Let me tell you my story. A few years back, I was a pretty anxious girl. I dealt difficultly with sudden changes of plans and short deadlines. I was obsessed with time and not very flexible with rules and punctuality. All those stress factors had an impact on my mental health, of course, but also on my relationship with my fiancé and, most of all, in my work. More than once my boss had to tell me to find a way to manage my stress levels and work on my flexibility. My therapist at the time suggested that I try to start meditating as […]

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6 Benefits You Can Expect When You Start Meditating

meditation benefits

In the past 20 years or so, life has thrown me quite a few curve balls. I had to learn to manage my stress levels throughout the events that scarred me for life, but also made me who I am today, a strong, resilient and happy person. My many therapists all offered the same tool to make me stronger, calmer, at peace; meditation. To this day, meditation is part of my daily routine as a way to cope with setbacks, but also as a way to stay close to my heart and connect to my higher self. In today’s article, I wanted to share the unexpected benefits that I have gained from a consistent meditation practice. Here we go! The Many Benefits of Meditation Meditation has had a tremendous impact on my wellbeing as the years went by. Before I share some of these benefits with you, I would like to start with a disclaimer. Meditation is not a quick fix. It requires time, involvement and persistance. Surely, after your first session, you will feel calm and quiet, but the […]

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Getting Things Done in the Bullet Journal

Weekly spread in the Bullet Journal

In a recent article, I shared my love and devotion for Getting Things Done, a methodology I have been using for quite a while to be more productive, more organized and to clear the clutter off my mind. The nice thing about Getting Things Done is that you can use any tool you like to implement it. I believe that the Bullet Journal is the perfect companion to the GTD method. Let me show you how I use the two together. Getting Things Done in the Bullet Journal Capturing The first idea of Getting Things Done is to dump everything that’s on your mind in your trusted system of choice. The daily spread is the perfect place to capture your tasks and projects on the go. It allows for rapid logging–just add a bullet and write down your tasks. You can migrate it to the appropriate list later. Brain dump There are other spreads in which I like to capture tasks and ideas. I created a “brain dump” collection that I use when my mind is just so full of ideas to […]

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The Obstacle is the Way : How to be More Resilient in the Midst of Chaos

How to be more resilient in the midst of chaos

During my senior year in high school, my French teacher asked us to make an oral presentation on a topic of our choice. My friends talked about celebrities, current events or spontaneous combustion(!) while I chose to present the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. I always were kind of a weirdo. Back when I was a teenager, I would get my hands on anything related to philosophy. One day, I found a small, intriguing book by a philosopher called Epictetus. The book was so good that I devoured it in an evening. This is how I was first introduced to stoicism, a school of philosophy founded in ancient Greece. Fast forward more than a decade later and I am still fascinated by stoicism, a philosophy of virtue and wisdom teaching us how to be more resilient in the face of pain and hardships and become the master of our thoughts and emotions. Many articles I have published on Productive Happiness are inspired by the teachings of the stoics. Recently, it seems that many influencers have become interested in stocism, even more so now that blogger and […]

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Return on my first workshop

Return on my first workshop

Last Thursday, I was hosting my first workshop ever in a cozy little café in Montreal. We were a group of 15 or so working together on our life plans. The goal of the workshop was to teach my attendees how to create a life plan that is both compelling and actionable. We had a really nice time and I learned a lot on how to speak in public and how to take charge of a group. My productivity skills were put to the test while I was preparing the workshop, working on expanding the reach of Productive Happiness and entering a school program at my local college. Time management was of the essence and I am proud to say that I have been able to accomplish everything that was on my to-do list before the workshop. I came fully prepared and the exercise sheets I have designed for the workshop have been appreciated greatly by the participants, as shown in the appreciation survey that I distributed at the end of the workshop. I have greatly enjoyed the experience of […]

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My 7 best productivity podcasts for busy people

7 best productivity podcasts for busy people

One of the ways that I like to stay in shape is to walk. I try to walk an average of 1 hour each day. I used to go to work by foot, and I kept the habit of my daily walk now that I stay at home. I like my walks to be productive and I found a simple way to hit two birds with one stone: podcasts. Podcasts are a kind of radio program that you get for free on your phone or iPod. There are thousands of podcasts on a vast array of subjects and, of course, my favorite podcasts talk about productivity and personal development. Here is a list of my 7 favorite productivity podcasts. The Productivity Show by Asian Efficiency Asian Efficiency is one of my favorite resource on all things productivity. I follow their blog religiously and they also host one of the best productivity podcasts around. They talk a lot about Getting Things Done and the 12 Week Year, two of the productivity systems that I use the most. Their podcast is relatively short and the hosts are […]

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