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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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The Only 3 Choices To Make When You Want To Be Happy

The Only 3 Choices To Make When You Want To Be Happy

by Cheryl Paige     December 4, 2015  She looked at me and said, “It doesn’t matter what I do; I can’t change it.” This wasn’t the first time I’d heard words like this leave a friend’s mouth, but it was the first time since I had experienced some awakenings of my own. I used to feel, as my friend did, that my life was happening to me. The belief that we don’t get to chart the course of our…

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5 Ways To Turn Weakness Into Willpower

5 Ways To Turn Weakness Into Willpower

As Oscar Wilde once said: “I can resist anything except temptation.” That’s something most of us can relate to. If you’re not one of us, then well done. For the rest of us, though, there will come a time when we need to ‘not’ do something we want to do. Don’t smoke that cigarette, don’t eat that cake, or skip the soda! As nice as life is, it is often one long list of temptations that need to be avoided….

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