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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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What Do You Live For? A 5 Minute Exercise to Discover Your Most Important Values

We all have certain things that we value in life, whether they be our relationships, health, job, hobbies, material possessions, spirituality, or whatever. Our values play an important role in guiding our actions and choices. They are the things in life that we strive for on a daily basis and keep us going. They are […]

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The Us vs. Them Mentality: How Group Thinking Can Irrationally Divide Us

The human mind has a tendency to categorize people into social groups. And often these social groups can create an “Us vs. Them” mentality toward people who may be different than us in some way, whether it’s race, gender, age, nationality, culture, religion, or socioeconomic status. In the early 1970s, British social psychologist Henri Tajfel […]

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