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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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8 Things Mentally Healthy People Do Differently

8 Things Mentally Healthy People Do Differently

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is importance at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.” – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Most times when we hear something, anything, being discussed about mental health, the context is usually negative. For example, we’ll often watch news anchors explain that…

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How to Change Your Life at Any Age

How to Change Your Life at Any Age

At some point during your adult life, it’s normal to find yourself feeling like you’re in a bit of a rut. Big changes may need to happen at any age — whether you’re dealing with a quarterlife crisis, a midlife crisis or even a big adjustment to retired life. Life is a journey that’s constantly flowing, regardless of the number of candles that will be on your next birthday cake. For you to stay in the same place forever would…

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How to Change Your Life at Any Age

How to Change Your Life at Any Age

How to Change Your Life at Any Age At some point during your adult life, it’s normal to find yourself feeling like you’re in a bit of a rut. Big changes may need to happen at any age — whether you’re dealing with a quarterlife crisis, a midlife crisis or even a big adjustment to retired life. Life is a journey that’s constantly flowing, regardless of the number of candles that will be on your next birthday cake. For you…

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone, Now

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone, Now

By: Jordyn Cormier     June 5, 2016 We all strive for comfort constantly: softer chairs, bigger cars, more easily prepared meals. But our endless quest for comfort is harmful. Over time, the fortress of comfort we build around ourselves begins to strangle our happiness. When we fall into the security of comfort—be it a cushy job, an intimate relationship or a steady routine—we gradually begin to lose that vibrancy, that creative spark that drives us to seek out new…

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10 Everyday Habits To Make You A Calmer Person

10 Everyday Habits To Make You A Calmer Person

by Jacqueline Stone      March 5, 2015   Have you ever taken the time to observe a naturally calm person? They’re a sight to behold — the way they glide through the day with ease, not rushed and exuding quiet confidence. I imagine you envy them as I do. Truly calm people are a rare and exotic species that you can learn a lot from. Learn their common behaviors and attitudes, and you too can become an expert in responding…

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5 Ways to Ensure Your Vibration Stays High

5 Ways to Ensure Your Vibration Stays High

JULY 30, 2015  Once we attain our goals we feel fulfilled. Finally our dream has been achieved. But what do you notice …. It slowly starts evaporating once we touch it. You want more, right? Newer, bigger, better, faster, different. That is our motto. Your mind constantly dangles a carrot in front of you with the promise of future satisfaction. But as soon as you bite it, another one pops up that seems even more delicious than the first one….

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8 Psych Tips For Changing Yourself And Other People

8 Psych Tips For Changing Yourself And Other People

Psych tips for how to promote change in yourself. Interested in a psychological tune-up — either for yourself or someone else? Here are 8 tips from recent psych studies covered here on PsyBlog. The first four tips below are about how to promote change in yourself. Click through to page 2 to find out how to change other people (link at the bottom). 1. Self-affirmation opens the mind to change When given advice about how to change, people are often…

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