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Posts Tagged ‘Happiness’

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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The Science of Self-Affirmations

Self-affirmations are a popular tool in self improvement. The basic idea is that we can adopt healthy, positive, and productive beliefs if we recite a belief enough times to ourselves. For example, if we repeat a thought like “I’m a smart and happy person” 20 times every morning, then we may begin to actually believe […]

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Happiness Is a Perspective: Why It Doesn’t Matter if You Win the Lottery or Lose Your Legs

A lot of people think happiness depends on what we gain and lose in our lives, but the truth is that one of the most important contributors to our happiness isn’t what happens to us, but our perspective of what happens. There was a ground-breaking study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology […]

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