Neuroscience

3 Tiny Mental Habits I Practice Every Morning – In Less Than 5 Minutes – Self Improvement Article

When it comes to self-improvement, it’s not just about changing our physical habits but also our mental habits. In what direction does your mind naturally tend to go? Do you focus more on the “positive” or “negative” in any given situation? Do you pay more attention to your “strengths” or your “weaknesses?” Happy and successful people tend to share similar beliefs and attitudes that help fuel their happiness and success. Some may have picked up these beliefs naturally (through their…

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Calm Yourself Down Using a “Safety Signal” to Combat Stress and Anxiety – Self Improvement Article

When it comes to anxiety and fear, psychology shows us that we have many tools available to use. I’ve written extensively about many of these tools over the past decade, including reframing, acceptance, questioning, and writing exercises. One of my main philosophies behind self-improvement is that the more tools we have available to us, the more options we have when we find ourselves extremely stressed, anxious, or afraid… or just going through a very rough patch in life. In a…

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The self-compassionate way to get things done – Meditation Article

A parent shaming us by comparing us unflatteringly with a sibling; a boss humiliating us in front of colleagues when a task isn’t up to their expectations; a partner repeatedly complaining about some household task we haven’t done yet: these are all attempts to “light a fire under our ass” in order to get us to achieve more. Most of us have had this ploy used against us so many times over the course of our lives that we’ve internalized…

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What Awe Looks Like in the Brain – Happiness Article

When was the last time you experienced awe? Perhaps you were stopped in your tracks by a beautiful vista on a recent hike, or captivated by a painting at your local art museum, or moved to tears at a concert or church. Or maybe you were just sitting on your couch breathlessly watching an episode of Planet Earth. Whatever it was, you probably weren’t thinking much about yourself or your to-do list. What makes awe so transporting, overwhelming, even mystical…

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Meditation Makes You Less Reactive to Negative Feedback in Life

Meditation is one of the most scientifically-supported “mental tools” for improving your mental health, well-being, and overall happiness. A new study published in the Journal of Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience has now added another piece of the puzzle for why meditation can be so beneficial for you. Researchers conducted an experiment with 3 groups of people: experienced meditators, novice meditators, and non-meditators. They had all participants perform a task where they were trained to pair certain images with a…

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