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Behavior Change

Change Is Hard, So Start Small

Amy Pleimling | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Pleimling

Any change is hard. I know this because as I visit with my clients I learn most of them actually do know what healthy eating and behaviors look like....

Moving Forward With Change: Part 2 in a Series to Create Lasting Health Change

Mark S. Aloia, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark S. Aloia, Ph.D.

Sometimes I'm struck by the number of people who truly want to create change in their lives. You need only look at the success of weight loss programs...

Climate Change: More Disasters Needed to Motivate Individual Behavior Change?

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 11.26.2014 | New York
André Corrêa d'Almeida

It is certainly very timely to pressure global leaders to take action on climate change, but it is also good to remember the impact that individual behavior have on this process.

Behavior Change Is Key to the Eradication of Ebola

Darius Mans | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Darius Mans

In remote districts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone correct information and education is desperately needed, but messages essential to stopping Ebola's spread are not reaching those who need to hear them.

Take the Perspective of Your Clothes: Part One in a Series to Bring About Lasting Change

Mark S. Aloia, Ph.D. | Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark S. Aloia, Ph.D.

I was a rather large boy when I was young. Not large in the height sense of the word, but more so in the girth sense. In fact, my mother used to buy m...

Put Your $$ Where Your Mouth Is!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 10.19.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

In terms of liking the coach -- I have never seen a study that showed that clients' love of a coach was highly correlated with their change in behavior. In fact, if coaches become too concerned with being loved by their clients -- they may not provide honest feedback when it is needed.

3 Steps For Changing Any Bad Habit or Forming Any Good One

Adoree Durayappah, M.A.P.P., M.B.A. | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Adoree Durayappah, M.A.P.P., M.B.A.

Remember that a habit consists of cues and responses repeated over and over. To attack the habit you have to disrupt the old cues, form new ones, and then it becomes a matter of "Wash. Rinse. Repeat." In this way, you build that association and make the pattern automatic and soon unconscious.

Assertiveness and Anxiety

Kathariya Mokrue, PhD | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathariya Mokrue, PhD

Habits can be difficult to change and replace. It takes commitment, purposeful effort, and intention to do the unfamiliar. Start by looking for situations to practice new ways of communicating.

Simple Personal Systems for Big Health Benefits

Riva Greenberg | Posted 09.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

When we try to make a change like losing weight or exercising, going back to school or advancing at work, to a large degree it's the systems around us that either help ease us forward or hold us back -- both our own personal systems and societal systems that we must navigate.

Dare to Be 100: 10 Nobel Prizes

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

The Nobel Prize is the highest honor that a person can receive. In my view, it ranks way ahead of sainthood. In my last year of postdoctoral trainin...

Reprogram Your Brain

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Mindfulness is awareness of what is happening in the present moment, including awareness of thoughts, without any attachment to whatever you notice. Mindfulness is helpful because it creates space between thoughts and actions.

Adding Too Much Value

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

A classic problem of smart, successful people is Adding Too Much Value. This bad habit can be defined as the overwhelming desire to add our two cents to every discussion.

Behavioral Economics, Social Norms, Excessive Drinking and Why Everyone Wants to Be a 'Face in the Crowd'

Adam Winstock | Posted 06.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Adam Winstock

Many smokers will say, "of course smoking kills -- other people, not me. I've got good genes." Holding this dangerous, usually inaccurate perception means we are less likely to put things in place to reduce our risk of harm.

Behavior Change: If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Be Doing It

Brad Stulberg | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

America's collective risk for chronic disease could be cut by up to 80 percent with lifestyle changes. And although numerous studies have quantified ...

Understanding Habits Helps You Change Them

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

People repeat actions that are either rewarding or familiar, or both. In other words, people do things that feel worth it somehow. You might think i...

The Key To Lasting Behavioral Change

Harvard Business Review | Elizabeth Grace Saunders | Posted 04.10.2014 | World

Why can’t I force myself to go to the gym before work? Get my high-priority work done before I check my email? Stop letting my expense reports pile ...

Health Literacy: Huh?

Dr. Michael R. Mantell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael R. Mantell

Without easy access, the ability to understand information, the skill in communicating concerns to raise appropriate questions, to be able to process information wisely, and then to act upon this information, I'm afraid we're still looking at very limited literacy.

But Procrastination Feels So Right...

Kathariya Mokrue, PhD | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathariya Mokrue, PhD

Procrastination, when we put off doing something we are supposed to, is a form of avoidance. Like other forms of avoidance, procrastination can feel right or justified. Unlike social anxiety, phobias, and other forms of avoidance, however, it can be difficult to pinpoint when it is happening.

5 Ways To Learn From Failure

Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living

By Art Markman, Ph.D. for At some point in your life, you have probably made a New Year's resolution. Maybe it was this year, and you...

Learn Your Top 3 Lessons in 2014

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

One of the biggest frustrations in my life and other's lives is -- as Albert Einstein so wisely said -- "doing the same things over and over again an...

How Chewing Gum Is Good for Your Eyebrows (or at Least Mine)

Arlene Schindler | Posted 03.09.2014 | Women
Arlene Schindler

My first experiences began somewhere around age 13. I picked on myself when I felt picked on at school or home and late at night when studying for tests because I didn't know the answers or when I worried over upcoming tests.

The 12 Business Books to Read in 2014

Adam Grant | Posted 02.16.2014 | Books
Adam Grant

Here are a dozen books with big implications for the world of work that are likely to make a splash in the coming year.

Being a Good Manager: Overcoming 5 Common Myths

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Sara Gershfeld

Especially for individuals who have started a business and end up hiring employees and becoming managers, here are five simple myths of managing that will help you turn around the way that you supervise your employees.

The Antidote to Living With Diabetes

Riva Greenberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

As Diabetes Month ends, I don't know how much we've accomplished. I don't know how many more people with diabetes will take better care of themselves. Or how many people realized they may have undiagnosed diabetes and went to get a fasting blood sugar test.

Why It's Time to DIY Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Slow Health takes just a bit more mindfulness and thought. But a little dose of that every day can help us move the needle on our own health, and because health is social, the health of our loved ones and community.