Changing our habits can be very challenging and it is often difficult to stay motivated. Behaviour researcher BJ Fogg has come up with a clever way to overcome this by creating his theory of tiny habits. Instead of focusing on big changes like getting really fit or losing 10kg he suggests focusing on tiny sustainable changes which require little or no motivation. The theory works especially well when you attach the new behaviour change to an already existing habit and perform the new habit after the established habit. For example, after I brush my teeth I will floss one tooth. After I get out of bed, I will do one sit up. You can gradually increase the frequency until you are flossing all your teeth and doing many sits very morning.
My dog is currently on medication and I have to acquire a new daily habit of giving her a pill every day. I remember to do this by saying to myself after I put on my dog’s lead to take her for a walk, I will give… Read the rest...
2014 has been the year of books. I have probably devoured more books than I have hot dinners thanks, in part, to my Masters course in positive psychology. This list is a reflection of some of the topics I have been studying such as willpower, the mind body connection, the importance of exercise and nutrition to wellbeing and personal and visionary courage. I would recommend them all to the general reader as I have learned from and been inspired by all the books I have read. In no particular order of preference here is my list for 2014:
1. The UltraMind Solution: fix your broken brain by healing your body first
This is a really fascinating book by Dr Mark Hyman about the importance of food as medicine which looks at how what we choose to put in to our body affects both our physical and mental well-being. It is a great introduction to the concept of functional medicine in which the body and brain are all part of one interconnected system which needs to be viewed… Read the rest...
This article by Nicholas Ritchey appeared recently in the Psychology of Wellbeing blog and as it fits in nicely with the recent series of posts looking at how to bring about change I decided to feature in in The Happiness Experiment. If you are still resisting the changes you need to make to be happier this article teaches you how to accomplish your goals one tiny step at a time.
Kaizen: Accomplishing Big Goals with Tiny Steps
One Small Step by Aldo Aldoz
If you’re like me, you may have a book inside you just waiting to be written.
Or, it may be something else like painting a picture, picking up a musical instrument, or getting into the gym regularly. But since I don’t know your story, I can only tell you my own; and my goal was a book.
I knew I had at least one book in me, but when would I ever find the time to write it?
This article shares the solution to the problem of never having enough time to do what you want, for making procrastination a thing of the past,… Read the rest...