By using modern psychology & ancient wisdom

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Compulsive thinking¹ is the process of continually analyzing and anguishing over one’s thoughts.

It often results in rumination, in which an individual feels stuck mentally — rehashing their past or present decisions or actions, says Dr. Jeffrey Huttman, a licensed psychologist and the executive director at Palm Beach Institute.

Compulsive thinkers are highly aware of their thoughts, but they also spend a lot of time trying to understand their thoughts’ causes and meanings.

Do you find yourself caught in a distressing cycle of overanalyzing your thoughts?

Compulsive thinking or overthinking is a prominent characteristic of worry, rumination, and obsessive thinking.

Sometimes this overthinking can be a useful characteristic if our thoughts are significant, and we need to decide on the best course of action. …


A common sense approach to build a healthy eating habit

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A disproportionate chunk of health discourse is concentrated on the subject of “what” kind of food one should eat to maintain good health — and rarely on the “how” one should eat to get optimum health benefits.

However, being an avid food experimenter myself, I’ve found that the “how” component of the eating experience is crucial in deriving the maximum benefits from “what” we eat. The majority of people are not unhealthy because they’re eating the wrong food — they’re unfit because they’re not eating correctly.

Today, I share the four integral components of good eating: mindfulness, quantity, time, and gratitude. …


The Year helped us focus on what is really important in the life

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It would be a gross understatement to say that this year has been rough. The Coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns have had a globally devastating impact on our existence.

It has somehow managed to remind us of the vulnerability of humans as a species. The overwhelmingly negative experience of loss, struggle, heartache, anxiety, and stress has amplified the typical uncertainty associated with human existence.

In fact, trying to get positives out of 2020 might look as hard as making milk from almonds. …


Though I know for sure my best is yet to come

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After writing for more than four years on Medium, I thought of coming up with a shortlist of articles that are my personal favorites and have managed to receive the most amount of readers' appreciation.

Asking to pick the best among all your articles is a lot like asking a mother to choose her favorite among all her kids. So thanks a lot for appreciating the difficulty involved in the task.

This list should also help someone new to navigate my mind space as a writer.

For overall convenience, I have tried to segregate the articles based on different themes. However, there might be a lot of overlap among those themes. …


We stress about things we care about

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Someone grown up on the staple diet of martial art could immediately relate Aikido (a form of martial art) with “Steven Seagal” — a famous action star of the 90s. Yes, you caught me there— I’m old enough to remember action stars of the ’90s — but young enough to practice two different kinds of martial arts, even today.

Meaning ‘the way of harmony and spirit’ Aikido does not look to meet violence with violence — it is primarily based on circular natural body movements whereby an attacker’s aggressive force is turned against them.

In other words, it means that instead of blocking an opponent’s attack, you use the energy to redirect its momentum. Therefore, at an elementary level, Aikido is somewhat counterintuitive to the conventional form of martial art. …


And it has nothing to do with your coding ability

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A team of code-breakers has solved a cipher attributed to the Zodiac Killer.

David Oranchak, a US-based software developer, Sam Blake, a mathematician based in Australia, and Jarl Van Eycke, a programmer based in Belgium, managed to crack Z340, a 340-character cipher that’s one of four such codes attributed to the Zodiac Killer.

The Zodiac Killer was an unidentified serial killer believed to have killed at least five people in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late ’60s and was known for sending cryptic messages to law enforcement and journalists.

The decoding of the zodiac ciphers by the trio of amateur math and software codebreakers is a reminder that you need not have the best brains at your disposal to solve a mystery. At times, the intent and perseverance combined with the right set of tools can get you the desired result. …


Once in a while, I indulge in writing a short story to pull something interesting out of my imaginary hat

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It’s the early hours of yet another night. And it’s pouring as if the blanket of dark clouds has been retrofitted with multiple oversized showers. Amit’s Honda city caught in the usual city traffic is just about managing to brave the fury of this inclement weather. It seems to have been putting up a good fight with the twin assistance of efficient wipers and a new driver having a month old driving license.

Amit chooses to wait until he reaches his home to finish two cups of takeaway Chinese noodles that he was too happy to pick up on his way. It is one of the many habits that he ended up borrowing from his ex-girlfriend Natasha. Sometimes people and their habits take too deep a root within us to get overpowered by the bitterness of our relationship status. Somehow those habits seem to teach us a lesson or two about having a large enough heart and a small enough ego for symbiotic coexistence. …


29 Tips to Shine Your Grammar

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1. We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin.2. We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.

Notice carefully, not using the comma in the second sentence can cause ambiguity and unintended meanings. The second sentence can mean just two people were invited, strippers named JFK and Stalin.

Approximately 1.3 billion people speak English worldwide; still, only a few can master it. Even if you are a native English speaker, it doesn’t hurt being more careful about common grammar errors.

We all can agree on one thing: grammar or spelling errors can ruin an otherwise fantastic piece of content. It damages the credibility of both the writer and its content. …


‘GROW’ Your True Potential As a Future Leader

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During the early days of my career, I had this habit of solving people’s problems, especially those close to my influence area. This was a habit I developed while growing up, thinking this was the best way to support friends, colleagues, and subordinates who asked for my help.

I always felt that helping people get better at doing their job was a great thing to do until I was proved wrong.

I realized that this habit of mine was making me extremely tired in the long run because I was always racking my brain to come up with solutions and ideas. …


Lessons from nature, airline, and an amusement industry

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Our world experience¹ is not only affected by what is ‘out there’ (the data our senses collect) but also by the structure of our sense organs and our minds.

Perception is really a two-step process involving:

  • Sensation — provided by the world
  • Interpretation — provided by our minds — example: visual illusions not from the data collected but from the interpretation put on the data by our brain.

As a result, what we see affects what we hear, what we hear affects how we feel, and how we feel affects what we perceive.

For instance, imagine sitting in a stationary train. As you gaze out of the window, the train on the next track starts to move forward. For a brief moment, as you see it glide away, you may feel as if you’re moving backward, even though you’re stationary all the time. …

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Piyush Kamal🎖

Curious by Nature I The Startup, Better Humans, ILLUMINATION-Curated II Loves to Play at the intersection of Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, and Philosophy.

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