I’m Too Smart To Be Happy: Debunking Depressive Realism – Self Improvement Article

One common belief I come across (especially in many truly smart and talented individuals), is the thought that “I’m too smart to be happy.” Many believe that there is a direct relationship between being too intelligent and being depressed. This is sometimes referred to as depressive realism, which is the idea that depressed people have a more accurate and rational view of the world. To people that have an “I’m too smart to be happy” mindset, they see their intelligence…

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The Untold Truth About Your Validation Beliefs — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Where do our validation beliefs come from? If you’re like most people, you truly believe that your convictions are rational, logical, and impartial based on years of experience and objective analysis of the information you have available. In reality, all of us are subject to a human tendency known as “validation beliefs”.  A validation belief is the propensity to interpret new information as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories. We subconsciously search for evidence in the world that supports…

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Quiet Confidence and the Perils of “Trying Too Hard” – Self Improvement Article

When most people picture “confidence” in their minds, they see it as loud and boisterous – but confidence can also be very quiet and reserved. In fact, everyone has their own version of “confidence” depending on their personality. This was a key lesson I had to learn while trying to improve my own confidence over the years. As someone who struggled a lot with low self-esteem and low self-worth when I was younger, confidence was one of my main focuses…

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Why Your Beliefs Are Formed By Seven Years Of Age – Happiness Article

A lot of people ask me when I’ve done talks and seminars, when I’ve said most of your beliefs are formed by seven years of age. A lot of people say, “That can’t be right. How can most of your beliefs be formed by the age of seven years old?” Well, I’ve told you how beliefs are formed in the first place. Now, I want to go into specifically why your beliefs are formed by seven years of age. I’m…

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The Power of Self-Reflection & How It Can Change Your Life – Personal Development Article

If you’d like to learn how to cast your vision so you can live the life you’ve been dreaming of, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown.We as people often neglect the power of self-reflection, yet, in the hardest times we need it more than ever. Like millions of people across the globe, I lost my job as a result of the catastrophic impact of COVID-19. But as I sit here…

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I Used to Be Hungry All the Time – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

I mean, hungry allll the time. Basically, if I was awake, I was ready to eat. I’d mindlessly pick at whatever was available. I’d wander the kitchen feeling “snacky” all the time. I’d be completely consumed with thoughts of what I was going to eat next from the minute I woke up til the minute I went to bed. And behind all the desires to eat were always the arguments—what I wanted to eat versus what I thought I was…

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I’ve Never Met a Christian

When I was growing up, nearly all of the people in my life – family, friends, and classmates – identified themselves as Christians. I did too of course, not knowing of other viable options. The alternatives all resulted in eternal damnation, so it didn’t seem like much of a choice at the time.When I eventually sloughed off those crusty old beliefs and decided to make my own choices in life, I realized that beliefs are like clothing. We can change…

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Being More Mindful of the Types of Information We Consume – Self Improvement Article

If you consume a lot of junk food, your body is going to feel like crap and not function at its best. And if you consume a lot of junk information, your mind is going to feel like crap and not function at its best. In other words… we have to be just as mindful of what we consume with our minds as we are of what we consume with our bodies. The information that you consume on a daily…

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The Power of Proving Yourself Wrong – Self Improvement Article

One important attitude behind self-growth in any area of life is: always be open to the possibility that you are wrong about something. Because only by admitting you’re wrong can you truly learn, grow, and change yourself. My favorite way to prove myself wrong is to play “devil’s advocate” toward my current beliefs. I assume the opposite of what I believe is true, and I begin to search for facts and evidence that support this opposing view. Often when I…

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7 Beliefs That Halt Change and Growth in Our Lives – Self Improvement Article

Our beliefs and underlying assumptions about ourselves can have a big influence on how we act each and every day. Often times we may not even be aware of these beliefs, even though we think or say them on a frequent basis. Instead, we just take them as accurate views of the world and we don’t question them as only opinion. One of the most important things to understand when it comes to self improvement is that there are common…

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Thinking Kind Thoughts About Yourself Boosts Both Physical and Mental Health – Self Improvement Article

Self-compassion and kindness toward yourself is an essential factor in anyone’s happiness, mental health, and well-being. According to a new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, thinking kind thoughts about yourself is not only good for your mental health, but can actually affect you at a physical and biological level. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Oxford separated participants into 5 different groups and had each listen to a different 11 minute audio recording. Some of these…

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