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Kirstie Pursey holds a diploma in creative writing from the Open University and works as a writer, blogger, and storyteller. She lives in London with her family of people, dogs, and cats. She is a lover of reading, writing, being in nature, fairy lights, candles, fireside, and afternoon tea. In her long writing career, Kirstie has been published in UK magazines like Woman Alive, Take a Break, and Prima as well as on websites like ElephantJournal.com and Medium. Kirstie has trouble sitting still, which is why she created www.notmeditating.com to share techniques and practices for tuning out the busy mind. She is also the author of the book Not Meditating: Finding Peace, Love, and Happiness Without Sitting Still. You can follow Kirstie on Twitter and Linkedin.

7 Struggles Only Highly Intelligent People Will Understand (and How to Overcome Them)

Being smart has huge benefits, but it isn’t always easy. Here are seven problems highly intelligent people often have and a few ways to overcome them. 1. Highly intelligent people can be under more pressure to achieve success For people who have always done well academically, there can be huge…

5 Spiritual Beliefs That Are Now Finally Being Recognized by Science

From the most ancient times, human beings have used spiritual beliefs to understand the world. These beliefs have often been dismissed as irrational and untrue. Still, science is recently discovering that there may be something more to them. Spiritual beliefs and ideas and their scientific basis: 1. Time is an…

Here Is How Being Bad-Tempered and Grumpy Can Actually Be Good for You

Do you ever feel bad-tempered and grumpy? You will be surprised to learn that you can actually benefit from these negative emotions. We all aspire to be happy. Everywhere we go we receive advice about how to increase our happiness, be more positive and dream big. We seem to assume…

How Social Rejection Fuels Creativity in Independent People

It seems that for those with an independent self-concept, social rejection can increase their creativity levels, studies showed. Social acceptance and the need to belong As human beings, we are often conflicted between the need to be liked and the need to be different. Human beings are fundamentally tribal. In…

How Consumerism and Materialism of Modern Society Make Us Unhappy, Lonely and Unconfident

Research has associated consumerism and materialism with low self-esteem and the feelings of loneliness and unhappiness. A series of studies published in the journal, Motivation and Emotion showed that as people become more materialistic, their sense of wellbeing and purpose is reduced and if they become less materialistic, it rises.…

10 Things Quiet People Wish You Knew

Quiet people have their own talents, attributes and traits, which may be different from those of extroverts, but are nonetheless valuable. To have a great relationship with a quiet person, whether as a partner, friend or colleague, it can be helpful to understand how they are different from more outgoing…

8 Seemingly Negative Personality Traits You Should Actually Be Proud of

These negative personality traits shouldn't make you feel bad if you have them. Many of the personality traits that we have been taught are bad, and encouraged to eradicate from our lives, have a surprising number of benefits. So it is worth taking a closer look at our negative personality…

Why It’s Okay to Feel Sad Sometimes and How You Can Benefit from Sadness

We all feel sad from time to time. But did you know that sadness can actually be beneficial in some ways? We all experience sadness sometimes, occasionally it is because a life-changing tragedy has occurred but often it is because of a less significant upset or for no apparent reason…

Why It’s Hard to Be an Introverted Person in an Extroverted World

It can be hard for an introverted person to be accepted in many cultures today. In the worlds of commerce, business, advertising and even traditionally solitary jobs such as writing, the ‘culture of personality’ is king. People are expected to work in open plan offices, brainstorm ideas, market themselves, socialize…