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When Rationalization Gets in the Way of Happiness

Can thinking too much about your choices get in the way of happiness? A new study published in Personality and Social Psychology shows when this may be the case. Psychologists gave subjects two posters to choose from. In one group, they let individuals choose their favorite poster based on gut instinct, while the other group […]

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Mind Is A Verb, Not A Noun

When talking about our minds, we have a tendency to take complicated processes and treat them as simplified things. For example, we say we want “happiness” or “confidence” or “motivation” but how do we know when we really have them? These things aren’t something you can see, hear, touch, taste, or smell, they aren’t something […]

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Be Specific About Your Goals

The way you describe your goals to yourself is going to make a big difference in how successful you are when pursuing those goals. One recent study published in PLOS One found that depressed individuals describe their goals in more general and abstract terms, which may contribute to their lack of motivation and goal attainment. […]

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How the Law of Attraction Made Me Hate Myself

When I was first seeking self improvement about 8 years ago I was in a dark place, so I was pretty desperate and gullible. The more someone claimed they could help me, the more I was willing to devour everything they said. I was introduced to the promising ideas found in books and movies like […]

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How Motivation Works: Overcoming Inertia and Keeping Momentum

Motivation is a psychological process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behavior. It begins with a particular goal in mind that we want to fulfill, then follows with the actions needed to make that goal into a tangible reality. A goal can be anything we want to achieve: happiness, relationships, money, health, education, or whatever. […]

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