12 Ways Successful People Stay Productive And In Control


TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). The hallmark of emotional intelligence is self-control — a skill that unleashes massive productivity by keeping you focused and on track.

Unfortunately, self-control is a difficult skill to rely on. Self-control is so fleeting for most people that when Martin Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed two million people and asked them to rank order their strengths in 24 different skills, self-control ended up in the very bottom slot.

And when your self-control leaves something to be desired, so does your productivity.

When it comes to self-control, it is so easy to focus on your failures that your successes tend to pale in comparison. And why shouldn’t they? Self-control is an effort that’s intended to help achieve a goal. Failing to control yourself is just that — a failure. If you’re trying to avoid digging into that bag of chips after dinner because you want to lose a few pounds and you succeed Monday and Tuesday nights only to succumb to temptation on Wednesday by eating four servings’ worth of the empty calories, your failure outweighs your success. You’ve taken two steps forward and four steps back.


Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup


With fall approaching and school back in session for the kiddos, chicken soup is a comfort for those colder days and will also help fight off those back to school sniffles. Try making this for a light dinner or weekend lunch. Enjoy!

12 Ingredients

  • 1 chicken (3 to 3 1/2 pounds), cleaned
  • 1 1/2 onions, 1 coarsely chopped and 1/2 diced
  • 5 celery stalks, 2 coarsely chopped and 3 sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 5 carrots, 2 coarsely chopped and 3 sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorn
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or 3 tablespoons dried thyme)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Egg noodles (or rice)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Indica vs. Sativa Cannabis Edibles: Will They Affect You Differently?

Indica vs. Sativa Cannabis Edibles: Will They Affect You Differently?


Sativa vs. Indica: What Creates the Difference?

There’s widespread consumer consensus around the idea that sativa strains tend to be uplifting while indicas are more often sedating. This effect-based classification has been challenged by taxonomists and scientists alike, but still, many feel that there’s a stark difference between the two that can’t be brushed off as psychosomatic. What then drives the perceived difference?

Botanica’s flagship line of edibles, Spot, is one of few brands to advertise its infused products with indica- or sativa-specific labels. Its production facility is a meticulous warehouse of mixers and machinery, an industrial kitchen pumping out edibles to the beat of music like XXYYXX and Muse. Guiding our hair-netted heads through the facility and between engaged bakers, Lena and Nico of Botanica explained the difference between their sativa and indica products.


How I Discovered My 21 Allergies And Starting Living Better


I’m incredibly food-conscious. I need to know exactly what I’m eating.

No, I’m not on some new fad diet. I’m not watching my weight or trying to gain muscles.

I have 21 different food allergies.

Yes, you read that right — 21.

When I was five, I learned the hard way that I was allergic to pecans. Over the next few years, I discovered that this allergy wasn’t just pecans but that it extended to all tree nuts.

When I was 11, my family and I thought I was lactose intolerant. Every time I would eat something with dairy in it, I would spend the rest of the day in the bathroom. Lucky for me, there were pills for that: Lactaid. You could take the lactase enzyme when your body stopped replacing it. It didn’t always work, but I chalked that up to eating more lactose than I had the enzymes to break down. This didn’t stop me from eating whatever I wanted, so long as it didn’t include nuts.

I didn’t realize it at the time, as I was in my tween years, but something wasn’t right. I constantly had stomach pain and would go to the hospital about once every six months for fear that my appendix had burst or something else was terribly wrong.


Why Did Cannabis Consumption Rise 3%, While Abuse Fell 30%?


New research published this week in The Lancet Psychiatry found that American cannabis consumption rose from 10.4 percent to 13.3 percent from 2002 to 2014. Which isn’t all that much, considering how much social attitudes and legal restrictions changed during that time.

But here’s the interesting takeaway from the study. While consumption rose three percent, cannabis abuse actually fell nearly 30 percent during that same time period. In 2002, 16.7 percent of past-year cannabis consumers fit the criteria for dependence, while in 2014, that number had fallen to just 11.9 percent of past-year cannabis consumers.


5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Gluten

There’s been a bit of gluten-free backlash lately, but this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down. A recent poll found that nearly 30 percent of U.S. adults say they’re trying to go gluten-free, and Googling the term generates more than 95 million results. If you’re on the gluten-free bandwagon, either because you must avoid gluten due to celiac disease, or because you think you may be sensitive, here are five new bits of info you should know.

Gluten may not be the only culprit in celiac disease.
A recent study from researchers at Columbia University concluded that wheat proteins beside gluten may also trigger problematic symptoms in people with celiac disease. While gluten is the primary type of protein in wheat, a substantial number of study subjects with celiac disease had an immune reaction to five groups of non-gluten proteins. In other words, there is likely more to understanding celiac disease than scientists currently know, so stay tuned.


Strain of the Week: AK-47

Strain Highlights Don’t let its intense name fool you: AK-47 will leave you relaxed and mellow. This sativa-dominant hybrid delivers a steady and long-lasting cerebral buzz that keeps you mentally alert and engaged in creative or social activities. AK-47 mixes Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani varieties, bringing together a complex blend of flavors and effects. While AK-47’s…


Grow Hack: Organic Straw Bale Gardening For Places With No Soil

A prospective outdoor gardener in a place without any viable soil faces a dilemma. Purchasing and moving large amounts of topsoil might compromise a secret location you’ve scoped out for cannabis growing, either in your own yard or in the wilderness.

Bale of hay isolated on a white background as an agriculture farm and farming symbol of harvest time with dried grass straw as a bundled tied haystack.

Instead hauling in literally tons of topsoil, you can make do with a few bales of straw instead. Cannabis grown directly into a conditioned bale of straw has everything it needs as long as you keep adding fertilizer or compost. After harvest, you can either compost the straw or use it as a soil amendment in the hopes of one day planting directly into the ground.