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The Neuroscience of Bad Habits and Why It’s Not About Will Power

The Neuroscience of Bad Habits and Why It’s Not About Will Power

Why are bad habits so hard to break? What if the bumper sticker “Just Say No!” actually works against us? If willpower were the answer to breaking bad habits then we  decisionswouldn’t have drug addiction or obesity. There’s something going on in our brains where we literally lose the ability for self-control, but all hope isn’t lost. Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse calls the phrase “Just Say No!” “magical thinking.” It appears that dopamine is…

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Start A New (good) Habit, Kill An Old (bad) One

Start A New (good) Habit, Kill An Old (bad) One

Odds are, you are trying to break a bad habit or institute a good one right now. As a species, we are impressively committed to self-improvement, and most of us believe that habits are an effective means to that end. Habits – actions performed with little conscious thought and often unwittingly triggered by external cues – are powerful influences on behavior and can be our greatest allies for positive change. But because they are so difficult to break, habits are…

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The Science Behind Why Breaking A Bad Habit Is So Hard

The Science Behind Why Breaking A Bad Habit Is So Hard

Engaging the goal-directed side of your brain can help you override the part that controls your bad habits. Habits are your brain’s version of autopilot. They allow you to get ready for work, navigate your way to the office, and find your way home without having to reinvent the wheel every day. They save time and energy . . . except when they involve grabbing a candy bar from the vending machine every afternoon at 3 p.m. In cases like…

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The Psychology Of Habit: Why We Become What We Repeatedly Do

The Psychology Of Habit: Why We Become What We Repeatedly Do

BY BRIANNA WIEST Understanding whether or not our personalities are fixed or malleable – and to what degree – has been the question philosophers and neuroscientists alike have spent years trying to understand. It’s comforting to attribute our most debilitating qualities to just being “who we are.” It lets us off the hook, it helps procrastinate change. Yet, when we remain unconscious of the fact that we can change our natural inclinations to the point that we can actually change…

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How To Break Any Bad Habit

How To Break Any Bad Habit

BY JOHN KIM     AUGUST 15, 2013  Learning to understand the self is a lot like stirring water in a glass. If we don’t stir, sentiments stay at the bottom of the glass and our water stays polluted. Take a simple goal: Eat better. For me, eating always starts with a craving. It’s rarely because I’m hungry. Usually I eat out of boredom. Or, on a deeper level, maybe loneliness. First, the feeling. Then filling that feeling with food….

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How to Claim Some ‘Me Time’

How to Claim Some ‘Me Time’

By Karen Asp       WebMD Feature Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD Say it loud, and say it proud: Me, me, me! OK, maybe you don’t want to shout it, but it is that important. Fitting in time for yourself is essential to do your healthy habits. Take charge of your health and happiness, and you’ll lower your stress, become more productive, and have more energy. You may think “it’s all about me” is selfish. But consider this:…

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25 Habits Of People Who Are Happy, Healthy and Successful

25 Habits Of People Who Are Happy, Healthy and Successful

Who among us doesn’t want to be a happy, healthy and successful human being? Still, it can be easy to lose your way, which is why I’ve compiled a list of habits you can use to help reach your goals. So what is it about happy people that makes them the way they are? Below are just some of the ways they separate themselves from the rest of the crowd.   1. They don’t hold grudges. 2. They think outside…

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How To Get What You Want Out Of The New Year

How To Get What You Want Out Of The New Year

 Goal Setting Skills For The New Year or Any Time By Elizabeth Scott, M.S., About.com Guide              Updated January 03, 2011  Every year, throngs of people—maybe even you—choose a list of resolutions for the next year. Generally, these are habits they will try to do every day, or habits they will try to avoid for as long as they can. Unfortunately, many of these resolutions are forgotten by March. A major reason for this is that…

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Healthy Goal Setting

Healthy Goal Setting

Dr. Neala Peake, selected from AllThingsHealing.com        August 31, 2012 by Michael Jones, WHE, CMT, Co-Editor of Holistic Nutrition on Allthingshealing.com Editor’s Note from Michael Jones: Being healthy doesn’t have to be so difficult. Simply focus on one aspect of your health at a time. Remember small steps make a big change. We all have goals we want to achieve. Whether it is short-term or long-term, we need a plan to make them a reality. When you want to adopt a healthy lifestyle, first think…

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3 Ways to Banish a Bad Habit

3 Ways to Banish a Bad Habit

By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor     August 21, 2012 Bad habits happen—even to good people. Whether it’s biting your nails, or putting off a big project, everyone has those little routines that aren’t so healthy or helpful. What makes a particular pattern of behavior “bad?” Lori Campbell, gerontologist and author of “Awaken Your Age Potential,” says that a habit should be considered bad if it’s harmful to you or other people. This simple-sounding definition encompasses a wide variety of behaviors—from unhealthy eating,…

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