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Is Mindfulness Harmful?

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

The absence of mind wandering likely does not equal the presence of mindfulness, and that effortlessness may be a key aspect of cultivating the fertile soil for creativity to grow.

3 Steps to Outsmart Cravings, Part 3

Katie Morton | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Katie Morton

When you have a craving, figure out what you really need, whether it's an emotional need, or a physical one, or both. And set about getting those needs met! You'll be much happier for it.

The Future of Smoking Cessation (Hint: It May Not Be E-Cigarettes)

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

E-cigarettes made a big splash recently, with celebrities smoking them on talk shows and companies ramping up their production to rake in profits before the FDA comes in and regulates them. The tag line is that it is better to use an e-cigarette than smoke the real thing. But do they really help people quit?

3 Steps to Outsmart Cravings, Part 2

Katie Morton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Katie Morton

Pay attention to your meals. While you're eating, be here now. In the moment. When your attention strays, bring it back. Do it over and over again, for the rest of your life. If you don't meditate, then boom. Now you do.

3 Steps to Outsmart Cravings, Part 1

Katie Morton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Katie Morton

In order to effectively learn how to ignore cravings, you must mentally rehearse the full miserable sequence of what would happen if you give in. So here's my exercise for you. The next time you experience a craving, stop. Grab a notebook.

10 Secrets Of People With Extraordinary Willpower

Katie Morton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Katie Morton

People with extraordinary willpower look objectively at other people's success, admire the hard work that went into it, and use that as inspiration.

The Science of Starting Small

Matt Ragland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Ragland

In an effort to think small, focusing on a single task feels incredibly limiting. But breaking down a large task in to small wins, you're able to finish quicker and be more productive.

This Is How You Face Fear

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

So, if fear helps motivate us, what's wrong with injecting a bit of fear into our lives, so that we improve them? First, we can examine how well fear works as a motivator, and then see how it trips us up.

5 Steps For Changing A Habit -- And Making It Stick

Daniel Goleman | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goleman

To change the habit we must first bring it into consciousness again. That takes self-awareness, a fundamental of emotional intelligence.

Why You're Sabotaging Yourself (And How To Stop)

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

Our optimal psychology is one where we're fully engaged in life -- effortless, joyful, and as a result extremely productive. And as our neuroscience advances, we can build tools to help all of us move into this optimal state more and more.

Self-Control Is a Non-Renewable Resource

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

If you're gung ho on quitting cold turkey, make sure you've got plenty of gas in the tank (and can keep filling it up). Common signs of an empty tank are summed up in the acronym HALT (Hungry Angry Lonely Tired). Also, if going cold turkey has failed you before, or if it sounds particularly painful, try other methods.

Want to Quit Smoking? Move to a Deserted Island -- for the Rest of Your Life

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

So being dropped on a deserted island may help you quit, but you may have to be ready to stay there . . . permanently.