There are exactly two kinds of people who take trips: those that travel and those that vacation. Make no mistake, I am not saying one is better over the other. But the traveler is out to see it all, try new experiences, and learn about where they are. The vacationer wants to relax and enjoy the beauty of the location and what it has to offer. Both are there to make memories. They just achieve it in different ways.

If you haven’t guessed yet, I am a traveler. I physically cannot stop myself from seeing as much as possible every time I go to a new place. I want to see it all. It’s a need, really. I can remember Michael and I getting to Ibiza and on the plane over we said we’d lie on the beach. We did manage to go to lots of beaches. We ended up going to 48 different beaches of the recommended 50 in six days. We just like seeing it all. That’s how I feel like I get to really experience a place.

Of course, there are always places you want to check off your bucket list (my Ultimate European Bucket List has over 200 cities!) but in order to really feel like I’ve truly engulfed myself in a city whenever I go somewhere there are always 5 “must dos” that happen on a trip. Whether you’re a traveler or a vacationer these 5 need to happen in some capacity on your trip. No matter where, it’s necessary in order to get the most authentic experience.



Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or not, most of us aren’t experts in our destination. Going on a walking tour gives you a good grasp of the city and helps you understand its influence today. You end up learning so much more than if you just read it in a book. You also find out where you might want to go back to explore. I also think this is a great place to meet other people from all over the world.

Most cities with vibrant tourism offer free walking tours. The best way to find them is to Google: “Free Walking Tour + City Name.” Don’t forget to tip at the end!

Bonus points: especially in Europe, take public transportation! It’s so easy and accessible and gives you the full scope of a new city.


The grocery store is not only a great place to save money on food, it also gives you a good overview of the local cuisine. Sure, going to a restaurant is great (and I recommend it below) but I think many people forget how fun it is to peruse a city’s market. They might have interesting produce, a must try bakery item, or a delicious dessert.

When my Mom first visited us in Germany she asked to go to the grocery store. She was shocked at how we had “American” peanut butter and loved the vast array of sausages on display. It’s a great way to get familiar with the place you’re visiting.

Related: What I’ve Learned About Germans Since Moving to Germany


“Oh I’d never go there, it’s too touristy!” This is a statement I hear fluttering around all too often. The thing is… I AM A TOURIST! If you’re visiting or traveling to somewhere new, don’t you want to see the tourist attractions? There is a BIG difference between tourist traps (avoid those) and landmarks.

Yes, the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night is cliche. But please, please don’t miss it. There is a reason things are popular, it’s because they are awesome. If you’re really worried about lines or overcrowding then go as close to opening (or morning) as possible. Or, if you are looking to go to an attraction, you can also go close to closing hours. Here’s a whole post on how to avoid lines and people while traveling.

Bonus points: go to the highest point in a city (usually a cathedral or landmark) to get a good view of the city.

View of Munich from New Town Hall. Full guide to Munich here.


Recently, I was in Malmö, Sweden and a local told me Swedish baths were a must try. I hadn’t heard much about them but Michael said it sounded interesting. I had no desire to get naked and hang out in a hot room with other women. The idea is that once you spend about 15 minutes or so in the sweaty sauna, you dip into the Baltic sea. All of this sounded completely uncomfortable to me. I am not used to getting naked with others and it makes me feel vulnerable and uncomfortable.

After some hemming and hawing, I decided this was an authentic experience I needed to try. It turned out to be the highlight of my 6 day trip in Denmark and Sweden. It was freeing, scary, exhilarating, and made me feel like a local. I can tell you there weren’t many other tourists there doing the same.

Sometimes it’s temping to stay with what you know, but having an authentic experience creates lasting memories. I challenge you to take a chance and have a new experience. Ask a local or your hotel staff what to do. Or… check out a blog post! They usually do a good job explaining what to do and whether it’s worth it.


I mentioned heading to the grocery store, but having a traditional meal, prepared for you in a traditional restaurant is unbeatable. I love saving money while traveling, but I always make sure to include a couple meals that feature the local cuisine.

These can range in price, so I try to have the local street food for lunch and a fancier meal for dinner. Such as in Nice they eat a popular street food called “Socca” that resembles a crepe and is dusted with pepper. Then for dinner I went to a traditional French restaurant that was recommended to me as having an incredible chef.

To me, part of the fun of being in a new place is getting to try the food. I love using Google reviews but I highly recommend finding a personal recommendation for authentic cuisine.

Related: 8 Day Northern Italy French Riviera Itinerary

To me, traveling isn’t just about seeing the highlights or eating a meal, it’s about going somewhere to create a memory. We all travel a bit differently, so you have to create an itinerary that suits your needs. But regardless, I think all five of these experiences should be added to your travel to-do list!


Relatable, versatile, educational: Why you should consider watching anime

Photo of Kiki's Delivery Service TV Show

The joy of spring break has come to an end, and midterms are mostly behind us. Finals are looming overhead but are not yet ready to pounce. This may well be the best time to catch up on or discover shows. Have you considered anime?

Here are the Clog’s five reasons why you should think about adding anime to your radar. If you’re already a huge anime fan, then this article may not be for you, but for those who are new to the idea and ready to open a door to happiness, please read on.

There’s something for every(one) genre

Anime is not just cute girls, talking animals and people with gravity-defying hair. It covers many genres, in fact, ranging from slice-of-life and romance, to thrillers and horror, to fantasy and supernatural. There are also a few “special” genres that fans are instantly familiar with: shoujo and shounen, the former targeting a teen girl audience and the latter, targeting teen boys. A little bit less common, there are also josei and seinen, which target older women and men.There’s even mecha, which focuses on mechanical and scientific innovation. But among all these choices, there’s one thing I learned after many years of interacting with other anime fans: You watch what you want.

You can watch it almost anywhere

Now that you’ve decided on a genre and maybe even an interesting-sounding title, you might want to bail because you don’t know where you even go to watch it. Luckily for you (and me), 2021 is an amazing time for anime because Netflix, Hulu and even Amazon Prime support some of the biggest titles right now. As you graduate into this lifestyle, you might discover more lucrative sites, but for now, these are great places to start.

Great life lessons can be learned

Once upon a time, I heard that reading increases empathy. Another time, I heard that reading allows one to live a thousand lives. Today, movies provide the same benefits, anime included. Some of my childhood heroes were anime characters, and my favorite sayings and rules I live by were taken from shows such as “Naruto.” The stories may be rich and entertaining, but the life lessons are the real gold at the end of the rainbow.

It’s oddly relatable

Have you ever said, “C’s get degrees?” Saitama from “One-Punch Man” can relate. “Living on your own costs a lot?” Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” agrees. Does, “I’m tired from crying so much,” sound familiar? Usagi Tsukino from “Sailor Moon” said that, too. In short, we’re all just living in an anime.

It can be considered an actual hobby

Anime-watching is quite possibly the most passive hobby you can participate in and still find a large community of like-minded people. If you’re lazy like me but still want to be a part of something, you can start with that reason alone.

As you can see, by starting to watch anime, you’ll gain so much more than a way to kill time as you push the thought of finals further into the distance. As listed, there are plenty of reasons to hop on the bandwagon and watch anime. If nothing else, it’s worth it simply to become a part of our scheme for world domination. Anime fans unite!


10 Ways You Can Spread Kindness in the World Today

In difficult times, it’s hard not to feel helpless and frustrated. But there is one thing that we can always do to help. And that is to be kind to one another. In this article, you’ll find ways you can spread kindness in the world today.

We live in a world that is filled with varying opinions, backgrounds, and experiences. But kindness is universal.

Acts of kindness benefit both the recipient and the giver. Both individuals walk away from the experience with just a little more joy and happiness than before.

I hope that this article brings just a little more kindness into your life and the lives of others today.


1. Ask your neighbors if they need help

We’ve heard of several situations recently where people who felt isolated and scared reached out to their neighbors for help. And their neighbors care through for them. Delivering groceries, celebrating birthdays, accompanying each other on walks.

These acts of kindness changed feelings of isolation and being scared into feelings of community and hope.

If your community has an email forum, ask your neighbors on the forum if anyone needs any help. Alternatively, post a flyer on a community board. Or post a sign on your door or in your front yard.

Even if people don’t reach out, sometimes knowing that someone is there to support them is a kindness in itself.

2. Say thank you to the “invisible” workers

One silver-lining of the coronavirus pandemic is that it taught us to recognize the importance of the “invisible” workers. Those individuals who are essential to making our communities operate, but often without a word of thanks.

Let’s make sure that those workers don’t feel invisible anymore. Every chance you get, thank the delivery driver, the grocery store clerk, the sanitization worker, and all those other people working to make everyone’s lives a little bit better every day.

These thank you cards are a small way you can say “thank you” and spread kindness to others.


How to Become a TV News Anchor

Ron Burgundy news anchor

TV news anchors are the people who present the news at the various television stations and networks. You know these people—the ones sitting behind a desk or out on the beat telling you what happened in the world that day. Whether broadcasting from a small local station or manning one of the broadcast network’s primetime news shows, TV news anchors compile news stories and deliver them.

The Skills You Need

Being a news anchor requires a number of skills, the first of which is a comfort level in front of the camera. An element of show business comes with the job of a news anchor—not only do you need to be comfortable in front of the camera, but you need to connect with the audience so that people want to watch you as opposed to your competition. Feeling comfortable speaking to the camera is not a skill most people are born with, but you can acquire and hone it.

Excellent verbal, written, improvisational, and interviewing skills are imperative. Add to those qualities persistence and objectivity, physical stamina, being a team player, projecting a professional image, and having a knowledge of social media.

News anchors also need to be able to think on their feet. While many anchors read scripts off of a teleprompter or notes on their desk, information can also be transmitted aurally. If news is breaking, a producer may feed the information to an anchor on the spur of the moment. The anchor needs to be able to absorb the information that’s coming in and then relay that information to the audience in a clear and concise manner.

The Downside

While news anchor jobs come with a lot of visibility and fame, the position also comes with long hours, hard work, constant deadlines, and unpredictable natural and world events. These range from political scandals to school shootings to terrorist attacks. Anchors need a stomach for negative stories and the ability to remain objective and unemotional in the face of disaster.

Educational Requirments

Television news anchors must have a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism or communications, relevant internship experience, and work experience in smaller cities. Learning the craft in small markets provides necessary training if a broadcast journalist wants to work their way up and become successful. While not required for employment, completing a master’s degree program provides students with additional training in the field. Master’s degrees are available in broadcast journalism and communications.

Candidates with graduate degrees typically have a competitive advantage when seeking job opportunities or advancements.

Salaries Vary

Salaries vary greatly depending on whether or not you work in local news (in a smaller town like Poughkeepsie or a bigger market like Chicago) or if you’re a network anchor. For example, according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, a news anchor at a Phoenix TV station earns between $30,000 and $35,000. For those who make it to the big leagues (like ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.), salaries can range from $18 million to $37 a million a year—the salary of former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly, who reportedly was the highest-paid TV news personality before leaving Fox in 2017.

The News-Gathering Part of the Job

The amount of reporting involved in an anchor’s job depends on where the anchor works and what type of broadcast they work on. Some anchors, especially at local news stations, report their own stories, perhaps with the help of producers. That’s because budgets are tight and many local stations keep a slim staff. Local anchors may also write their own stories, in which case they are functioning more like reporters. The general newscast delivered from behind a desk is usually not written by the network anchor but rather a staff of writers who work for the show.

The well-known exception to this rule was the hard-hitting Dan Rather, who also served as the executive producer of his nightly newscasts on CBS-TV.

How to Get a Job as an Anchor

Aspiring anchors need to spend time in front of the camera. Most people get jobs because they have a tape of their work on-air. Before you look for a job as an anchor, complete an internship at a local station (if it affords you some air time), or study communications in college. American journalism schools have both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. At school, you can at least create a sample tape to send to TV stations.

Once you have a tape, start looking for jobs at local stations. There are also myriad opportunities on-air at various cable news channels.


Proven Ways to Find Inner Calm and Mental Peace

Inner Calm and Mental Peace

Worried about rushing thoughts that always increase your stress and anxiety? A restless mind can increase distress in your life. If you need peace in your life, try to achieve inner calm and peace of mind.

Fortunately, it is possible with the help of small acts. These things are sufficient to change your entire life.

Here Are Some Proven Ways to Find Inner Calm and Mental Peace
Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is a good exercise to increase your calm and relieve pain. It will stimulate your lymphatic system, increase energy and immunity.

Undoubtedly, deep breathing has countless benefits. With the help of deep breathing, you can distract your mind from exhaling and inhaling.

For deep breathing, take long and deep breaths five times and pay attention to your diaphragm and lungs while doing this. It is an easy and quick way to feel calm and relaxed.

Declutter Your Place

Removing all the clutter in your room can remove clutter from your brain. For this reason, declutter your house as soon as possible.

Use natural and light colors to paint your walls, add texture and get special blackout curtains. The color scheme of your bedroom can change the entire scenario of your room.

Curtains, bed sheets, wall hangings, furniture, and décor will play an important role to change the color scheme of your bedroom. Make sure to choose calming colors and beautiful prints to distract your mind.

Enjoy Nature
Extra concrete is not good around you; therefore, try to spend some time in nature. It will make you feel happy and younger. You will get fresh air to improve your health and promote mental peace.

During holidays, spend some time away from your city and enjoy tranquility and peace.

Every time I’m in nature, especially during one of those warm days where you just want to jump in the nearest stream and do a few laps, it rejuvenates me.

I think back to a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life – no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes) – which nature cannot repair.”

Try to spend some time in nature this week, and I think you’ll feel happier and younger too.

Avoid Consistent Self-blame

Have you ever found yourself wondering why things never seem to go right? Why you always seem to feel on the outside looking in? If so, it’s time to quit blaming yourself, and start getting the help you need.

Consistent self-blame usually stems from an inability to take responsibility for the results in specific situations. While it can be a struggle to find the balance between useful self-evaluation, and downright negative self-talk, it is achievable.

The importance of this lies in how it affects our actions moving forward. If we blame ourselves after each mistake (even if we’ve accounted for our contribution to it), what we tell ourselves can manifest in becoming a tendency to repeat these mistakes again or not try again at all.

If you are blaming yourself for everything, it can impact your self-esteem and mental peace. It does not matter if it is a relationship or an accident, you should not see yourself as an only criminal.

Mentally strong individuals take suitable accountability. They acknowledge they are responsible for their wrong choices, but also acknowledge other factors beyond their control. These factors may be choices of other people, weather, economic state, etc.

Avoid Victim Mentality

Do you think the world around you is preventing you from doing your best? You are wrong in blaming others for all your problems.

Remember, external circumstances can create hurdles, but you can find an alternative to everything. It is important to take responsibility for your life.

It is important to acknowledge your choices, even after facing tragic circumstances. Try to focus on different factors that you can control.

There is no need to waste your time on pity parties. People often waste time trying to impress people around them. Make sure to live comfortably in your own skin. Focus on positive things and live according to your value.


The Importance of Kindness

Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care are words that are associated with kindness. While kindness has a connotation of meaning someone is naive or weak, that is not the case. Being kind often requires courage and strength. Kindness is an interpersonal skill.

You’ve heard about survival of the fittest and Darwin. Survival of the fittest is usually associated with selfishness, meaning that to survive (a basic instinct) means to look out for yourself. But Darwin, who studied human evolution, actually didn’t see mankind as being biologically competitive and self-interested. Darwin believed that we are a profoundly social and caring species. He argued that sympathy and caring for others is instinctual (DiSalvo, Scientific American, 2017)

Current research supports this idea. Science has now shown that devoting resources to others, rather than having more and more for yourself, brings about lasting well-being. Kindness has been found by researchers to be the most important predictor of satisfaction and stability in a marriage. Many colleges, including Harvard, are now emphasizing kindness on applications for admission.

There are different ways to practice kindness. One way to be kind is to open your eyes and be active when you see people in need. Do you notice when people could use a helping hand? A sense of community is created when people are kind to those who need help.

Opening your eyes means noticing when others are suffering. A kind word, a smile, opening a door, or helping carry a heavy load can all be acts of kindness. Celebrating someone you love, giving honest compliments, sending an email thanking someone, telling someone how s/he is special to you, helping an elderly neighbor with yard work or food, taking a photo of someone and sending it to the person, sharing homemade food, refusing to gossip, and donating old clothing and things you don’t need are all ideas about how to practice kindness.

Kindness is a willingness to full-heartedly celebrate someone else’s successes. Gottman’s work shows that your response to someone’s successes may determine more about your relationship than how you respond when times are difficult. Do you minimize the success, not pay attention to it, or bring up all the problems with the success? Kindness is to be openly happy for the other person.

Kindness is also about telling the truth in a gentle way when doing so is helpful to the other person. Receiving accurate feedback in a loving and caring way is an important part of a trusted relationship. The courage to give and receive truthful feedback is a key component of growth and flexible thinking.

Kindness includes being kind to yourself. Do you treat yourself kindly? Do you speak gently and kindly to yourself and take good care of yourself?

There are many ways to be kind and many opportunities to practice. Perhaps kindness is a value that could add more satisfaction to and strengthen your relationships.


10 Amazing, Fun & Interesting Facts About World

world flag map

Interesting Facts About The World

#1: Life on Earth

  • The Earth is almost Five billion years old but, life has existed only for the last 150 million to 200 million years. This is estimated to be about 5% of its lifetime.


#2: What’s in a day?

  • After years and years of revolving and rotating, the planet is slowing down too. Millions of years ago, a day was only 20 hours long. A few million years later, it will be 27 hours long.


#3: Run for your life! Melting Ice!!

  • Global warming is likely to impact Maldives heavily, as it is the country with a lowest height above sea level of 1.8 meters and will go under water.
  • There are only 27 glaciers left in Montana’s Glacier National Park, versus 150 in 1910.
  • The ocean’s circulation system, ocean conveyor belt’s alteration could cause a mild ice age in Europe.


#4: Water, water, everywhere!

  • The Earth’s water is 97% Salt and 3% fresh. Canada claims to have the most of the 3% in the form of lakes with over 3 million of them and accounting for the world’s 60% of lakes.
  • The largest oceans on Earth are the Pacific, followed by the Atlantic and the Indian, in that order.
  • In the fresh water category, the Nile is the longest river followed by the Amazon river.


#4: Behind Bars

  • The United States leads with the most number of people behind bars, having 25% of the world’s population of people behind bars. China comes second, followed by Russia in the third spot.


#5: High & Low

  • The Mount Everest is the highest peak of the world with an imposing height of 8848 meters. The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the Earth, which is deeper than Mount Everest is high.

Reasons Why You Need a Dog in Your Life

Life Without Dogs… We Don’t Think So!

We all know how cute dogs are and how much fun they are to play with. But they also eat a lot, poop a lot and get into all kinds of mischief. They are expensive, and require a lot of time and attention. So do you really need a four-legged friend? YES, you do! And here are the Top 10 reasons why you need a dog to jazz up your life:

1. Dogs increase your mood dramatically! 

Spending just 15-30 minutes with your dog can help you feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness. Playing with your pup increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquility. So the next time you’re feeling down, grab a toy and spend some time with your pup! That wagging tail will be sure to put a smile on your face.

2. Humans with dogs recover more quickly from illnesses.

Dog owners have a much higher rate of recovery from being sick than non-dog owners. In fact, humans with pooches who suffer from heart attacks are twice as likely to fully recover as those without! So start cuddling your dog!

3. Having a dog improves your physical well-being and encourages a healthy fitness.

Of course! Your dog requires daily exercise, and so do you! Dog owners carry the responsibility of playing with and working their dogs, so it only makes sense that dog people tend to be more active.

4. Dogs help increase social interactions.

Not only do dogs need care and playtime with their humans, but they need time to socialise with other pups too! This means that their humans will have a chance to socialise while they oversee the puppy playdates. Even going on a walk in the neighborhood can bring many new friends around and start many conversations!

5. Having a dog makes YOU more awesome!

The responsibility, patience, selflessness, and commitment that come with having a dog make us stronger, all-around better people.

6. Owning a dog could make you more attractive to potential love matches.

According to a study conducted by Dog’s Trust, out of 700 surveyed people, 60 percent said that owning a dog can make others more attractive, while 85 percent think people are more approachable when they are with a dog.


Prepare Yourself for Prosperity With These 6 Success Habits

Success stories don’t come from naturally successful people. They come from ordinary people with starry eyes and big dreams who stayed true to their end goal and consistently put in the work. They are just like you and me. What sets them apart is their mindset — a success mindset.

Some people equate success with money and materialistic possessions; however this is only a fragment of what it can be. Others may have generated this image of perfectionism that finds them unfulfilled and out of touch with life’s submission. Materialistic success gives the appearance and image of looking the part; however you can look the part yet feel like a fraud at the core of your existence.

If materialism is the external evidence of success, then the inner question becomes what does success ‘feel’ like? As much as someone may look like they have it all together, feeling down and negative will get very little accomplished. You can’t find success naturally, you have to work for it. Those who have created success in their lives have developed an inner dialogue of success and achievement. If you feel unproductive, then maybe it’s high time to take a closer look at your mindset.

Success starts with a growth mindset. Your mental attitude is impacted by the way you value yourself. Becoming fixated on materialism and how much you acquire will limit you from unleashing a high-performance capacity of your unique strengths and talents. To accomplish growth and expansion, it’s important to understand what success means to you. When you shift your mindset to a more positive direction, you will feel more enlightened and motivated to reach your goals.

Create your success story and allow the law of attraction to manifest prosperity in your life. Here’s how:

1. Have a clear understanding of what success means in your life

What does success mean to you? Knowing and fully clarifying your goals and desires is vital before you can achieve success. Think about it this way: how do you know you have achieved “success” if you don’t have any goals or desires, and whether those goals and desires are met?

Get beyond image and focus on your self-value. Self-value is the other part of success. It can be challenging to express your worth when you don’t create the practice of persistency with pursuing your goals. Remain persistent even when things don’t go according to plan. Keep your expectations optimistic. You know what people say, “a positive attitude will take you a long way”.

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” – George Sheehan

2. Find and declare your intentions

Have a clear vision about where you want to go and what you should do to get there. Gain clarity about what you want to be, what do you want to do, why do you want to do it and where do you want to go? And what should you do for you to achieve all those? Become intentional about your success journey with a sense of consciousness. Visualize your next steps to help you plan to accomplish your purpose or your goals.  By knowing these and setting your intentions, you can train your mind to focus on what truly matters to you.

3. Treat success as a journey

You may have heard the infamous saying that success stories don’t happen overnight. Success can come in different phases and times of your life. Whether it’s with work, business, or life in general. Milestones, from starting a business to starting a family, can impact your meaning of success and may change with time. Amidst the transitions, work with what you got to create income and impact. Focus on your strengths and do those things that build self-value.

4. Walk your own pace

It is possible to be successful in one area of your life and unsuccessful in other areas. So celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how big or small they may be. Be more aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Give yourself grace and space with those areas that still need maturation and walk your own pace. While you’ll feel like other people are already succeeding in their goals, it doesn’t mean your success won’t come. Focus on your own growth and process, and don’t chase after success. Your time will come. Just walk your own pace and learn from your journey.

5. Use your obstacles and challenges as leverage

Human beings are not wired to live perfect lives. We can try and try to be perfect, but in the end, we’re all still humans. We all face setbacks and challenges at some point in our lives, so the end result and our future is entirely up to us. It’s in continuously falling down and rising back up that we learn from our experience, and it’s using those learnings and experience that will help you finally succeed. Will you allow those setbacks and challenges to hinder your growth and success? Or will you allow those challenges and obstacles to serve as leverage for your next level achievements?

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” – Henry Ford

6. Become a reflective practitioner

Create a practice of self- inventory of your mindset to re-evaluate your idea of success. The power of persistence and experience can manifest outcomes that are favorable and empowering to build your mindset for your future achievements. You can simply do this by meditating for at least 10 minutes every morning, writing affirmations and visualizations, and by journaling at the start or end of the day. Setting your intentions for the day and self-reflecting increases mood and productivity, which in turn helps you get a lot of things done.

Developing a success mindset can be beneficial not just with success, but also in terms of mental health.  Not only will you attract and manifest prosperity; you’ll feel more at ease and at peace with your goals, your journey, and most importantly — yourself.


The Best Bosses Are Humble Bosses

After decades of screening potential leaders for charm and charisma, some employers are realizing they’ve been missing one of the most important traits of all: humility.

In an era when hubris is rewarded on social media and in business and politics, researchers and employment experts say turning the limelight on humble people might yield better results.

Humility is a core quality of leaders who inspire close teamwork, rapid learning and high performance in their teams, according to several studies in the past three years. Humble people tend to be aware of their own weaknesses, eager to improve themselves, appreciative of others’ strengths and focused on goals beyond their own self-interest.

Among employees, it’s linked to lower turnover and absenteeism. These strengths are often overlooked because humble people tend to fly under the radar, making outsiders think it’s their teams doing all the work.

More companies are taking humility into account in making hiring and promotion decisions. Researchers are developing new methods of tracking this low-key trait.

Hogan Assessments, a leading maker of workplace personality tests, plans to unveil a new 20-item scale early in 2019 designed to measure humility in job seekers and candidates for leadership posts, says Ryne Sherman, chief science officer for the Tulsa, Okla., company. The scale will prompt people to agree or disagree with such statements as, “I appreciate other people’s advice at work,” or “I’m entitled to more respect than the average person.”

“Most of the thinking suggests leaders should be charismatic, attention-seeking and persuasive,” Dr. Sherman says. “Yet such leaders tend to ruin their companies because they take on more than they can handle, are overconfident and don’t listen to feedback from others,” he says.

Humble leaders can also be highly competitive and ambitious. But they tend to avoid the spotlight and give credit to their teams, Dr. Sherman says. They also ask for help and listen to feedback from others, setting an example that causes subordinates to do the same.

More employers are also screening entry-level recruits for humility. That’s partly because it predicts ethical behavior and longer tenure on the job, says Adam Miller, chief executive of Cornerstone OnDemand, a Santa Monica, Calif., provider of talent-management software.

The apparel company Patagonia begins scrutinizing job applicants for humility as soon as they walk through the door for interviews. Managers screening new recruits follow up by asking receptionists, “How did they engage at the front desk?” says Dean Carter, global head of human resources for the Ventura, Calif.-based company.


Do you agree or disagree with these statements?

1) I appreciate other people’s advice at work.

2) It’s not my job to applaud others’ achievements.

3) People lose respect when they admit their limitations.

4) I am entitled to more respect than the average person.

5) I do many things better than almost everyone I know.

6) It annoys me when others ignore my accomplishments.

People high in humility tend to agree with Item 1 and disagree with Items 2 through 6.

Source: Hogan Assessment Systems

If staff members report disrespectful or self-absorbed behavior, “that can be a deal killer,” he says. Fostering humility makes employees at all levels feel free to suggest ideas, Mr. Carter says. Humble employees also are more likely to support the company’s mission of helping solve environmental problems.

In interviews, he asks applicants to tell him about a time when they experienced a major failure. “If they say, ‘Wow, let me think about this, because there are a lot of times when I’ve messed things up,’ that says a lot,” he says. “If they have to pick among a lot of humble learning moments, that’s good.”

Indian Hotels, operator of the luxury Taj Hotels in the U.S. and elsewhere, uses Hogan’s assessments, among others, to screen potential leaders. “Humility is an emotional skill leaders need to have,” says P.V. Ramana Murthy, global head of human resources for the Mumbai-based company. Humility gives rise to deep listening, respect for diverse views and a willingness to hear suggestions and feedback, he says.

The company also tries to instill humility in senior executives through coaching and a nine-month training program.

If you think you know which of your colleagues are humble, you could easily be wrong. Humble people don’t flaunt it. And many workers, including arrogant ones, try to be seen as humble and helpful to make a good impression, says Kibeom Lee, a psychology professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta.

Hogan’s new humility scale is based in part on research by Dr. Lee and Michael Ashton, a psychology professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. After reviewing personality research in several languages years ago, they identified a combination of humility and honesty, or what they called the H factor, as a stable personality trait.



  • ‘The greater thou art, the more humble thyself.’—The Apocrypha
  • ‘After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.’—Benjamin Franklin
  • ‘It is fatal to pretend. I prefer to do anything on the quiet rather than boast about it.’—Indira Gandhi
  • ‘Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation.’—St. Francis of Assisi
  • ‘Life is a long lesson in humility.’—J.M. Barrie

It’s marked by a cluster of attributes that appear consistently in some people, including sincerity, modesty, fairness, truthfulness and unpretentiousness. The same people tend to avoid manipulating others, bending the rules or behaving in greedy or hypocritical ways. The H factor is included in a free online personality inventory they developed.

Workplace researchers often rely on subordinates’ reports to assess leaders’ level of humility. In a 2015 study of 326 employees working on 77 teams at a health-care company, researchers asked team members to assess their managers’ humility, based on a scale including their willingness to learn from others or admit when they don’t know how to do something. Team members also assessed their teams’ attitudes and performance.