People often approach goals with a brute-force approach: just put your head down and push (often in the direction of a shiny object). That approach doesn't tend to make people happy or keep them motivated, though . . . which is why New Year's resolutions tend to flame out quickly. Here's what the science tells us about how to create positive change and feel great while doing it!
Articles tagged with "physical health"
Here I respond to a reader's request to hear more about unhealthy relationships with food. Why can it be so hard to eat the types and amounts of food we want to, and what do mindlessness and mindfulness have to do with it? Read on!
Physical health tends to get the lion's share of people's attention when they decide to get in shape, but if you neglect your mind you're neglecting a very important part of your body! Practicing mindfulness meditation provides a wealth of physical and mental health benefits and complements your efforts to achieve whole-life well-being.
If you're a mom nowadays, chances are you feel pulled in different directions by competing roles and responsibilities . . . but that's not all. Moms often have to cope with the pressure—internal and external—to be perfect, on top of it all! Here I break down the "perfect mother" myth and give some tips for taking care of yourself, and appreciating how good you are already.
Whether you're remodeling your house or your life, you need to make effort. In particular, you need to keep your long-term goals in mind, which usually means de-emphasizing your short-term impulses. But if you frame this as "delaying gratification," you're making things harder for yourself than they need to be. Plus, you're missing the gratification that's right in front of you.
Craving is the more extreme cousin of wanting. It feels like a whole-body imperative to satisfy a desire, and rewards you with sheer bliss when you do. But is there any downside to indulging one? Here we take a quick look at how craving works, including why people sometimes crave things they don’t even like, and what happens in your brain when you give in to them.
Our series on goal achievement has stretched over six months, so you're forgiven if you've missed a few. Here we've collected the fundamentals you need to know if you want to be effective in accomplishing your goals. But the benefits of putting these things into practice don't stop there.
Have you ever had the experience of being in a neutral or bad mood, and then encountering a friend with a big smile on her face and an upbeat attitude, and then noticing an emotional shift occur inside of you? If so, it isn’t your imagination; humans are hardwired for attunement with one another. You might think of this exchange of emotions between two people when they encounter each other face-to-face as the most basic unit of connection underlying the complex factors that affect your social health. Here's the science of it.
Have you ever tried to stop or cut back on doing something, then slipped up just once, and then completely abandoned your goal? For instance, you've been successful at watching what you eat, but then one day you eat too much, and a multi-day binge ensues? Throwing in the towel like this can happen for many reasons; it might be because you're applying the wrong goal-setting strategy.
The psychological need for support from and connection with others is thought to have its roots in our small-tribe hunter-gatherer heritage. Since then, several decades of scientific research into attachment theory have taught us about what good interpersonal connection looks like. Obtaining fulfillment from your social connections isn't only about what you receive from others, because meeting others' needs meets a need of your own.