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Understanding a Billion Muslims: Ten Days, Ten Deeds

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

If you would like to know what the 99 percent of Muslims secretly believe in, man, do I have an absolutely great idea for you: perform ten deeds in ten days as the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan winds down.

Self-Control and Success

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

If you were lucky enough to be born with a high level of self-control as a child, that bodes well for you in the future. But what if you are a "one-marshmallow person," prone to give in to short-term temptations?

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.

Katherine Bindley

The Reason You Might Be Giving Too Much In Your Relationship

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 06.28.2013 | Healthy Living

Relationships are supposedly all about compromise and the situations that can require a little give and take are endless. Whose friends are you going ...

The Two-Faced Nature Of Stress

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

The effects of stress on willpower are a staple of romantic comedies. A character goes through a difficult romantic breakup, and in the next scene, she is sitting on the couch smeared in ice cream with empty wrappers strewn on the couch. Because these breakdowns of willpower are so clear when they happen, you might think that stressful situations bring out your worst behavior.

Dissecting Why You're So Angry (And What To Do About It)

Shayne Hughes | Posted 07.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Shayne Hughes

Anger is a destructive act of aggression, causing others to withdraw or escalate. When we express the truth of our feelings, we forge a creative space for connection, where the magic of human interaction becomes possible. Going beneath our anger allows us to lead constructively.

Karate Kids

Samantha McGarry | Posted 07.21.2013 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

There is, to quote the dojo that teaches our kids, "so much more to karate than learning to kick and punch."

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.

A Good Meal: The Science of Savoring

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.10.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

It may be that combining eating with mental work -- even something as mindless as watching reruns -- diminishes the taste of food. With our attention focused elsewhere, the mind becomes less sensitive to tastes like saltiness and sweetness.

Have American Parents Got It All Backwards?

Christine Gross-Loh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Christine Gross-Loh

Though parents around the world have the same goals, American parents like me (despite our very best intentions) have gotten it all backwards.

Get A Grip! How To Control Unruly Emotions

Dr. Ted George | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ted George

Much of my treatment is aimed at helping patients learn how to override their brain's survival reactions and seize control of their emotions. I explain to people what they can do to control how their brain reacts. So does a person get a grip over powerful emotions?

Should We Ban Smokers? Some Companies Are

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

I am yet to be convinced that policies such as not hiring or going as far as firing smokers is a better solution than devoting resources to helping them quit (and work).

The Secret To Changing A Habit For Good

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

Besides taking a lot of blood, sweat and tears, relying on self-control to change our habits may not work so well because, well, we run out of blood, sweat and tears. When our tank is empty, that habit comes rushing back with a vengeance.

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.

For Obesity, the Future Is Now

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.12.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

We do have the cognitive ability to project days or weeks or even years into the future, but we don't do it when we're making food choices in the here and now. What if we could trick ourselves into keeping our heads in the future?

How To Get A Handle On Emotional Triggers

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Triggers are certain people and situations that bring out our -- let's just say -- less-attractive sides. They are targeted little emotional barbs that cause us to react quickly, without thinking, and in ways we regret later.

STUDY: Facebook Use Affects BMI And Credit Card Debt

The Huffington Post | Christina Huffington | Posted 03.20.2013 | Women

Social commentators have issued warning after warning that social media use can be detrimental to self-esteem. A recent paper out of the University o...

Just A Quick Burst Of This Can Boost Self-Control

Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living

By Annie Hauser for Everyday Health When it comes to exercise and your health, most evidence favors consistency over occasional bursts of activ...

A Simple Success Tip: Say 'I Don't'

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

It's hard to motivate yourself to adopt new habits, but it's even harder to rid yourself of old ones. More often than not, it's the latter that keep us from becoming the person we really want to be.

Self-Discipline Isn't Unlimited, But It Can Be Replenished

Kripalu | Posted 03.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

Ever wonder why it's easy to call forth self-discipline one moment, but difficult in another? Several years ago, researcher Dr. Roy Baumeister, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida, pondered the same question.

Is Self-Control Overrated? (And Will It Help You Keep Those New Year's Resolutions?)

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

With a large volume of research showing that self-control is a limited resource -- one that can be depleted as quickly as the money in your bank account -- is it worth the effort it takes to achieve self-mastery?

This Is The Mistake That Derails Your Resolution Every Year

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Have you ever tried to lose weight by not thinking about food? How about trying to stop yourself from calling your love interest by blocking out all thoughts about that person? Ever try to quit smoking by trying not to think about smoking? Did it work? I'll bet it didn't.

7 Ways I Will Show Restraint In 2013

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.06.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

The ability to show restraint is a virtue and I'm trying hard to practice it more often. It's my new anti-stress mantra: Don't get mad and don't get even. Just let it go.

Children Need Recess -- and Schools Need Help

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of times, when I ask my patients what they think is the best part of school, they say, "recess." They may be on to something.

Don't Sabotage Your New Year's Resolution Efforts Before You've Even Started: 6 Simple Steps

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 03.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Ann Rasmussen

If we come at New Year's resolutions with a teeth-gritted determination to change, we inevitably defeat ourselves. Why? Because when we assume a fighting stance, bracing ourselves against temptations, we actually limit the resources that we bring to our challenge.