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Wearing the Inside Out: Meaningful (Dis)connections

When used for purposes of knowledge acquisition, information sharing, and community involvement, no one would debate the idea that social media can have an enduring positive impact our lives. However, with every scroll, click, like, and share, the digital debris that we collect and store on our internal ‘hard drive’ has a way of leaving its indelible mark on our psyche. And therein lies the bane of our socially mediated existence: Our desire to connect with the energies that make us feel who...
Tags: Psychology, Technology, General, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Creativity


8 Habits That Can Really Change Your Daily Life

You're reading 8 Habits That Can Really Change Your Daily Life, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Your mind decides your altitude. Jack Canfield, an American author, and entrepreneur has said - Successful individuals do not simply drowse off to the highest. Obtaining there needs targeted action, personal discipline and plenty of energy daily to create things happen. And he could n...
Tags: Motivation, Featured, Habits, Lifehacks, Self Improvement, Jim Rohn, Jack Canfield


Podcast: How to Break Habits – And Keep Them Broken

 We all have habits we’d rather not have, whether it’s smoking, emotional eating, or any of a hundred other things. And it’s likely that we’ve all, at one point or another, tried to break one or more of them, only to have the break be only temporary. What’s the secret to permanent habit change? Listen to this episode and find out! Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! About Our Guest Judson Brewer, MD, PhD is a thought lea...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, General, Wales, Habits, Mit, Mindfulness, Netflix, Spock, Leonard Nimoy, Vincent, Yale University, Gabe Howard, Brewer, Vince, Gabe


Why We Don’t Perform at Our Best and How to Change That

Riley Jenkins, a consultant at an elite firm, prides herself on responding to her clients’ emails within an hour. She works every Saturday. She never takes a flight that doesn’t have internet access, so she can work (and of course attend to her inbox). She stays up late working on clients’ proposals. She always picks work over her personal life. And her face is always in her phone. But none of this makes her a star employee. And she doesn’t feel any more caught up. Instead, she constantly fe...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, General, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Mental Health And Wellness, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement, Riley, Laura Vanderkam, Vanderkam, Doug Lemov, Riley Jenkins


Clicker games honored, decried

You know that what you're playing is a little more than an attention trap devised by ironists or perhaps even psychologists, barely fun in any meaningful sense, a dopamine reward mechanism veiled only minimally in story, character, art or music. And yet you play, on an on, hour after hour. William Hughes on the genre from hell: There’s something extra humiliating about being addicted to a genre of games that literally started as a joke about the depths to which players might sink; the earliest e...
Tags: Post, Games, News, Habits, William Hughes


How Parents Can Model Healthy Behavior for Their Kids & Teens

Parents want their children to grow up healthy both physically and emotionally but are unaware that the best path for achieving this is for them to model these behaviors. Parental influence is powerful and lasts well into adulthood. Your children are always watching, and while what you tell them is important, your example has a stronger impact on them. What you do serves as a template for your kids’ behavior, and they often emulate it. This goes for anything from how to cope with emotions, de...
Tags: Psychology, Technology, Students, Parenting, Habits, Children And Teens


Do You Have Habits, or Just Commitments?

If you exercise fairly regularly, it’s easy to say you have an exercise habit. Except, maybe you don’t always do the same exercise, sometimes you go running, swimming or lift weights. Maybe you don’t always work out at the same time of day or under the same conditions. In these cases, even though you exercise regularly, it’s probably more accurate to say you have a commitment to exercise rather than an exercise habit. A habit is more than just doing something often. To be a habit, a behavior ...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Habits, Lifehacks, Coca Cola


Apply This Investing Principle to Your Everyday Life

To form habits, financial or otherwise, you have to put in the work. Often that means making small changes or tweaks consistently over a long period of time. Days, weeks, months, years—if you really want to change your behavior, you have to commit yourself to something for a long time.Read more...
Tags: Habits, Investing, Skills, Lifehacks, Growth, Compound Interest


6 Mindfulness-Based Techniques to Help You Fall Asleep

You’re all-too familiar with the cracks and indentations of your bedroom ceiling. Because you’ve spent one-too-many sleepless nights staring at it. And staring. And staring. And staring some more. You likely don’t struggle with insomnia or another sleep disorder, but on some nights, it’s simply tough to fall asleep–and stay that way. Psychotherapist Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT, noted that it’s tough to slow ourselves down when our minds and nervous systems have been going, going, going...
Tags: Psychology, General, Sleep, New York City, Habits, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, San Francisco Bay, Thompson, Mental Health And Wellness, Health-related, Yoga Journal, Williamson, Tate, Denver Colo


How to Begin Journaling for Stress Relief

The therapeutic benefits of journaling have been scientifically proven. Journaling can be an effective tool for stress management, the processing of difficult emotions, and creating personal growth. It has also been linked to important health benefits like decreasing the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, and other health conditions, increasing cognitive functioning, increasing the immune system, and counteracting the negative effects of stress. If you were curious about it, but aren’t quite sur...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Self-help, Anxiety, Creativity, Journaling, Anderson, Anxiety And Panic, National Council of Teachers


Who Has Time for Hobbies?

One of the bigger lessons I got from reading Cal Newport’s recent book, Digital Minimalism, was the importance of scheduling your leisure time. Scheduling time for hobbies may sound unnecessary. Aren’t those the things you do for fun? Yet, I would wager that most of us have activities we’d like to do on the side but never seem to have time for: Learning a language Art Sports and activities Reading for fun Creating something A common way to look at this state of affairs is to argue that we don’...
Tags: Habits, Netflix, Lifehacks, Cal Newport, Newport, Leechblock


How to Be Successful with Your Daily Habit Tracker

Editor’s note: The up-to-date versions of all of our planners are available on the Free Planners page. First we make our habits, then our habits make us. – Charles C. Noble Habits are powerful because they create defaults. Read that one more time: Habits are powerful because they create defaults. If your defaults — which can be constructive, neutral, or destructive — aren’t working for you, then it’s time to change your habits. (Tweet this.) Most people trip over this idea because they often ...
Tags: Habits, Planning, Lifehacks, Self-improvement, Personal Development, Planners, Free Planners


Why small habits make a big difference

The word ‘habit’ generates different thoughts depending on your situation. For some it’s that thing they are addicted to. For others it brings to mind the things they’re not doing and invokes anxiety. For many in this audience, it connotes … Continue reading →
Tags: Leadership, Habits, Success, Systems, Results, Purpose, Processes


How Journaling Can Teach You to Love Your Body

Journaling can transform not only my physical health, but also emotional and spiritual health. I didn’t always love my body. In fact, for years, I hardly thought about it at all. My body was a machine that I worked relentlessly and neglected constantly. It was simply a tool that my brain used to get where it needed to go. I paid no mind to aching muscles, searing headaches and other signs of stress and exhaustion. I ignored my body’s needs until a major health challenge forced me to stop and rec...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Personal, Mindfulness, Self-help, Body Image, Body, Self-esteem, Emotional Health, University Of Arizona, Journaling, Publishers, Health-related, Spirituality & Health, Physical Health, Exercise & Fitness


How to Stop Hating a Food

You don’t have to like every food. But certain food aversions are very inconvenient when you’re out in the world. Writer Amanda Mull, for example, wishes she didn’t hate cucumbers. So she talked to dietician and therapist Ellyn Satter. The trick is to only partly eat the food:Read more...
Tags: Food, Habits, Eating, Lifehacks, Picky Eaters, Ellyn Satter, Picky Eating, Amanda Mull, Food Aversions


Feel Busy and Distracted? Here’s How to Take Control

Editor’s note: This is a guest article from John Zeratsky. You’ve got a new email from your boss, plus a dozen old ones that still require a response . . . Your friend posted photos from her visit to a coffee plantation in Costa Rica . . . What’s the stock market doing today? Everyone is saying a bear market is coming, but you can’t really predict those things . . . There’s a new iPhone out, and you heard you can unlock it with your mind . . . You just got a notification: The deputy secretary o...
Tags: Apple, Productivity, Facebook, Life, Habits, Anxiety, John, Costa Rica, Personal Development, Twitter Facebook, Google Apple, A Man's Life, Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Tristan Harris


Painting and Playing Board Games Releases Oxytocin

Oxyto c in has been nicknamed the “love hormone” because it is typically associated with good feelings and emotions. That is an oversimplified description of this hormone that also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. Oxytocin plays a complex role in our bodies, and appears to be connected to (but not limited to) human emotions, childbirth, breastfeeding, recognition and bonding. The positive effects of increased levels of oxytocin are many and include greater relaxation, more willin...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Happiness, Painting, Research, Creativity, Board Games, Baylor, Gender Differences, Melton, Oxytocin, Karen Melton, Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences


An Introduction to the Neuroscience Behind Creating Your Reality

Have you ever wondered why two people can share the exact same situation, yet experience it differently? Neural pathways are often described as a type of super-highway of nerve cells, the function of which is to transmit messages. Much like a walking track in the bush, the more you walk over it, the more trodden and clear it becomes. The same thing happens when we engage in behaviors such as thinking certain thoughts with a high degree of regularity. You see the brain consumes between 2...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, US, Neuroscience, Reality, Brain And Behavior, Anxiety And Panic, Neuroplasticity, Ras, Goldstein, Conscious Mind, Human Perception, Linda Schreiber Ganster Liou, Thomson Brooks Cole Publishing Co


How to Become a Digital Minimalist—And Why It’s So Meaningful

Right now minimalism is all the rage. Which means you’ve likely come across a variety of minimalist-based tips and tricks on websites and podcasts—and possibly everywhere you look. When something becomes this trendy, it can quickly become meaningless, just another swiftly passing fad. But minimalism is everywhere for good reason. Minimalism encourages us to cut out the clutter and excess in our lives, which gives us more time (and energy and attention) to spend on the things that truly ...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Technology, General, Habits, Happiness, Social Media, Stress, Self-help, Digital Media, Mental Health And Wellness, Newport, Cal Newport Ph D, Gary Rogowska


How to Quit the Gym

Look, sometimes gyms suck. Your gym might not have the equipment you need, it might be too expensive or too far away, or you might just hate exercising surrounded by other people. It’s okay to quit the gym. Here’s how. Read more...
Tags: Fitness, Habits, Exercise, Quitting, Lifehacks


Add a 'Stretch Goal' to Your Day

Every weekend, my wife and I hope to get a lot done. We throw all our goals, from “wash hair” to “file taxes,” onto an informal little to-do list on the Reminders app or a scrap of paper. Managing the weekend’s to-do list becomes an errand itself. Push ourselves too hard and we’ll burn out; take it too easy and we’ll…Read more...
Tags: Productivity, Goals, Habits, Lifehacks, Todos, To Do Lists, Stretch Goals


Go Ahead and Break Your Streak

We’ve tried lots of techniques over the years to solidify a new habit. Tying up your ego in a daily streak is just one of those, and it’s not for everybody. And yet it seems every app wants you to care deeply about keeping up a consistent streak. Screw that. It’s okay to break your streak. Read more...
Tags: Habits, Lifehacks


7 Ways to Start Writing to Improve Your Productivity

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Nancy Seibel. Even with the clearest of goals and intentions, I find that it’s all too easy to get distracted and end up accomplishing very little. So many things can scatter my attention. Taking on more than I can readily handle. Juggling competing interests and demands. Losing sight of what’s most important in the scramble to keep up with everything. This problem is especially acute for solopreneurs. We must tend to all the details of running a business ...
Tags: Work, Productivity, New York, Writing, Entrepreneurship, Habits, Experience, Meditation, Flow, Hachette, Lifehacks, Focus, Distractions, John Evans, Teresa Amabile, Dorie Clark


Try Reddit's Best Tips for Reading More Books

“How do I build a steady reading habit?” asks redditor 6hlooo on r/TrueAskReddit. “I was always the kind of person to read a book and stop reading after a few pages. I know what the benefits of reading are, but I just can’t seem to motivate myself to read consistently. What do I do?” Redditors answer with great tips…Read more...
Tags: Books, Habits, Reading, Reddit, Lifehacks, Good Habits, Reddit Threads, Reddit Recap


The Most Effective Way To Stop Smoking (M)

This technique doubles the rate at which people quit smoking. → Articles marked (M) are for members only, the others are free. Become a member for just $4 per month. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Jeremy Dean, Subscribers-only


How to Set Boundaries to Truly Take Compassionate Care of Yourself

Having solid, strong boundaries is a vital way to take great care of ourselves. After all, boundaries protect our time, our (physical and emotional) energy, and our well-being. Boundaries help us to honor our feelings, and ultimately, our needs. According to psychotherapist Mara Hirschfeld, LMFT, we can think of boundaries as a personal rulebook that informs others how to treat us, and specifically what is and isn’t OK. Even though boundaries are critical for practicing compassionate self-care, ...
Tags: Psychology, Family, General, Relationships, Friends, New York City, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Self-esteem, Personal Care, Boundaries, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Brown


Do You Need to Set a Timer to Solve Your Work Problem?

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Danielle LaSusa PhD. It was hopeless. I was a fraud, an imposter. And I had the evidence all around me. Like, literally. I was sitting in it — slumped on the floor, encircled by a dozen, splayed open, unread books. Pages of black typeset stared up at me. They mockingly whispered that I had no business pretending to call myself an expert in anything. I was lost yet again in what I would come to refer to as “The Great Footnote Chase.” It was an unproductive ...
Tags: Productivity, Instagram, Habits, Time Management, Lifehacks, Distractions, Joan, Pen, Sara, Cheetos, Francesco Cirillo, Danielle LaSusa, Virginia Valian, Valian


Hack Your Brain To Form New Habits (S)

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Hack Your Brain To Form New Habits (M)

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Tags: Psychology, Habits, Jeremy Dean, Subscribers-only


Clean Your Room & Other Dumb, Simplistic Advice

Every year, I will notice a new set of self-help gurus come on the scene. Their well-intended advice is usually repackaged life advice that I could trace back to early 1900s authors and researchers. Some go back even further than that. Of course, if simplistic, dumb advice worked, there’d probably be very little need for psychologists, therapists, and life coaches. “Oh, thanks for letting me know that all I needed to do was to pull myself up and use pure willpower to stop my addiction. That’s su...
Tags: Psychology, General, Habits, Self-help, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Don, Skinner, Grohol, Jordan Peterson, Self-help Criticism, Self-help Rules, Simple Advice, Simplistic Advice, George Washington Your