Although curbing cravings can be difficult, particularly if you are already in a pattern of indulging, it is possible to better understand your cravings and make even small changes that have a lasting impact on your willpower.
Why do we seem so incapable of accomplishing a goal that we set for ourselves and truly desire? Part of the answer has to do with timing. Winter is not an ideal season to successfully execute big changes.
When you learn something new -- a sequence of letters, for example -- an ancient structure known as the midbrain sends squirts of the chemical dopamine to your prefrontal cortex, effectively tagging the new information as "for your immediate attention."
While it's profoundly difficult predicting the developmental trajectory of any single individual, new research suggests we can influence the odds that people will retreat within themselves or unleash the fundamentally human drive to explore and create.
A curious dialogue has developed with the publication of Naomi Wolf's Vagina: A New Biography, one hellbent on poking holes in her central theme that the connection between the vagina and the brain influences a woman's mood and creativity.
You might have heard the expression "You're as young as your arteries," and it's true. But keeping your arteries young can seem like a mysterious thing for many people. Now some clarity is at hand, and it's worth pausing to consider.
For me, the most powerful moment of Inside Job was something the CEO of a large bank said. "We can't control our greed," the CEO acknowledged, in a rare moment of candor and insight. "You should regulate us more."