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Sanity. Creativity. The Idea Swap. INTJ. Magazine - The Perfected Self. B. F. Skinner’s notorious theory of behavior modification was denounced by critics 50 years ago as a fascist, manipulative vehicle for government control. But Skinner’s ideas are making an unlikely comeback today, powered by smartphone apps that are transforming us into thinner, richer, all-around-better versions of ourselves. The only thing we have to give up?

Frederik Broden My younger brother Dan gradually put on weight over a decade, reaching 230 pounds two years ago, at the age of 50. He’d be in good company: a 2007 study by TheJournal of the American Medical Association found that each year, 160,000 Americans die early for reasons related to obesity, accounting for more than one in 20 deaths. Dan had always been a gregarious, confident, life-of-the-party sort of guy, but as his weight went up, he seemed to be winding down.

Today, my brother weighs 165 pounds—what he weighed at age 23—and his doctor has taken him off all his medications. But now that’s changing. THE MENTAL MARATHON. THE MENTAL MARATHONBy Mindy Solkin Owner and Head Coach The Running Center We all know that running requires a great amount of physicality. But your mental fortitude is equally important. There are two types of mental training in the sport of running: "Association" and "Dis-association". Association or "associative running" allows you to "tune-in" to your body and its physical sensations, while Dis-association or "dis-associative running" refers to the process of "tuning-out" distractions. ASSOCIATION Association refers to running where your mind is focused on the body and you are intentionally concentrating on physical sensations. Most elite runners use the associative method. This method includes: 1) Monitoring your running form, stride and posture. 2) Monitoring your performance utilizing time, distance covered, pace and heart rate. 3) Monitoring breathing patterns for rate and depth of breath and type of breathing (chest or belly). © 2003 The Running Center™ All Rights Reserved.

Aging With Dignity Five Wishes. Five Wishes lets your family and doctors know: Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can't make them. The kind of medical treatment you want or don't want. How comfortable you want to be. How you want people to treat you. Five Wishes is changing the way America talks about and plans for care at the end of life. Five Wishes has become America’s most popular living will because it is written in everyday language and helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness.

Five Wishes was introduced in 1997 and originally distributed with support from a grant by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. The Island Where People Forget to Die.

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Making a blog. Work. Travel. Money. Moving. Giving. How To Create A Habit In 15 Days. Most of our life is lived by habits. We learn how to ride a bike, how to drive a car, we even learn how to speak and read. And then we do all of these with minimum effort and implication. Basically, all of these are habits. They allow us to focus on other things while pushing the routine into background. As any other things in our life, habits are just tools we use in our joyful exploration of life. In today’s post I’ll share some of my experiences with habit creation using one of my favorite activities: journaling. Why Do You Need A New Habit? Well, let’s say you want a new habit in order to: write on your blog more oftenupdate your twitter status dailywrite each day a page from your new bookstart a fitness programstart a new eating habit or dietlearn a new language All these new activities are made by some repetitive tasks, a set of moves you have to do daily in order to get some positive results.

How To Create A Habit In 15 Days All you need for that is a journal. Day 1: Name your habit. 18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick. Wouldn’t it be nice to have everything run on autopilot? Chores, exercise, eating healthy and getting your work done just happening automatically. Unless they manage to invent robot servants, all your work isn’t going to disappear overnight. But if you program behaviors as new habits you can take out the struggle. With a small amount of initial discipline, you can create a new habit that requires little effort to maintain. Here are some tips for creating new habits and making them stick: 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

What It Takes to Form a Good Habit. I think "accountability buddy" really misses the point. There is satisfaction and joy in accomplishing the task, but that's where accountability buddy is a misnomer. All habits of any sort will trip, falter, fail, etc. It's all about getting back in the game. People who falter in quitting smoking, depression, learning a new skill, taking up exercise or learning a new habit need a buddy who they enjoy doing it with and will help them get back in the game.

We are humans and we love to connect and share experiences with - even introverts have a means by which they connect and share. By far, the most important aspect of developing any habit is the actual doing of the habit. [From years of experience as fitness center owner/operator] Turn To-Dos into Habits to Make Hard Work Effortless and Easy. The Power of Habit and How to Rewire Our "Habit Loops" By Maria Popova What Iraqi kebob vendors have to do with your New Year’s resolutions. As a young man, Benjamin Franklin set out to improve himself by devising a chart-based log for tracking his progress against the virtues he identified as essential to good personhood. Each week, he would pick a virtue to cultivate, then put a black pencil mark in his calendar chart on any day he failed to uphold the virtue. This visual feedback on his progress encouraged him, and allowed him to move to a different virtue the following week, hoping that each week would leave him with a “habitude” for that particular virtue.

We try to reverse-engineer willpower and flowchart our way to happiness, but in the end, it is habit that is at the heart of our successes and our failures. Duhigg first became fascinated by the power of habit eight years ago, while in Baghdad as a newspaper reporter. So the major summoned Kufa’s mayor and made a strange request: Get the food vendors out of the plaza. Donating = Loving. 9 Productivity Tricks for Procrastinators. Irony: As I started to write this article, I thought, “I’ll just go play one quick Sudoku game first.”

I caught myself in the act and marched myself to my laptop. People who say that procrastination is about laziness are probably the same people who think that anorexia is about not eating enough. Procrastination isn’t about laziness. It’s about fear. The good news is that there are ways to get moving again. Here are 9 of my favorite tricks to help even the worst procrastinator break the habit: 1 – When you get an idea, do some little thing to begin. When I read Stephen King’s book On Writing, I noticed something. Most people get an idea. Then they sit there. They wonder if it’s a good idea. Then, they wonder if it’s a good idea some more. Got an idea? 2 – All hail small chunks of time! Lots of us complain about having no time. Are you waiting for many hours of spare time to begin your idea, your project, or your taxes?

3 – Agree to do it badly. Set a goal to do it badly. 4 – Commit aloud. Why? 30 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less. Many of us attempt to measure our happiness based on the duration of certain favorable experiences in our lives. The longer a favorable experience lasts, the happier we think we’ll be.

But the truth is, life is simply a string of small, independent moments that are always changing. Thus, a few minutes well spent here and there can make a big difference in what we get out of life in the long-term. Here are 30 things you can do in 30 minutes or less that will have a positive emotional effect on you and those closest to you. And yes, I realize some of these suggestions may lead to activities and projects that will likely take longer than 30 minutes to complete; but they still take far less than 30 minutes to start. So go ahead and do the hardest part, use the next 30 minutes to START, and then pick up where you left off tomorrow. What simple life-enhancing activities do you participate in on a regular basis? Photo by: Rachel Sian Related 30 Ways to Save 30 Minutes a Day October 4, 2010. Nine Things Successful People Do Differently - Heidi Grant Halvorson. Learn more about the science of success with Heidi Grant Halvorson’s HBR Single, based on this blog post.

Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle. 1. To seize the moment, decide when and where you will take each action you want to take, in advance. 3. Fortunately, decades of research suggest that the belief in fixed ability is completely wrong — abilities of all kinds are profoundly malleable.

The good news is, if you aren’t particularly gritty now, there is something you can do about it. 7. To build willpower, take on a challenge that requires you to do something you’d honestly rather not do. 8. 9. Dave Lee - GTD sucks for creative work. Here's an alternative system. GTD sucks for creative work. Here’s an alternative system. (This is Part 1 in a series about My Productivity System.) A friend asked me this question about what system I use to manage my todo list: Your todo list is probably like mine, a million items long and constantly growing… Do you use a system or systems to manage your todo list?

I’ve been loosely following GTD, and currently using a text document to handly my todo list. The text file is quite humongous.. i like the simplicity and speed for cut and paste and rearranging… but sorting is a pain. Just downloaded “Things” for Mac to see if it can relieve some pain. So, here’s my critique of GTD. I think GTD can work for those who have more straightforward jobs, like sales. Though I still appreciate some of GTD’s principles (next action, desired outcome as project, brain dumping, etc), I think the system can actually work against the creative innovator. Most task/to-do software is based around the concept of projects and tasks. 1. 2. 3. 10 Laws of Productivity.

You might think that creatives as diverse as Internet entrepreneur Jack Dorsey, industrial design firm Studio 7.5, and bestselling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami would have little in common. In fact, the tenets that guide how they – and exceptionally productive creatives across the board – make ideas happen are incredibly similar. Here are 10 laws of productivity we’ve consistently observed among serial idea executors: 1.

Break the seal of hesitation. A bias toward action is the most common trait we’ve found across the hundreds of creative professionals and entrepreneurs we’ve interviewed. While preparing properly as you start a new project is certainly valuable, it’s also easy to lose yourself in planning (and dreaming) indefinitely. We must challenge ourselves to take action sooner rather than later. 2. When our ideas are still in our head, we tend to think big, blue sky concepts. 3. Trial and error is an essential part of any creative’s life. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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B-Life. Mnmlist. Clean. Ryan Gosling Reveals His Perfect Day Activity — Knitting! Ryan Gosling may be a major film star, but his perfect day involves something entirely unglamorous — yarn and knitting needles. “I did this scene in ‘Lars and the Real Girl’ where I was in a room full of old ladies who were knitting, and it was an all-day scene, so they showed me how. It was one of the most relaxing days of my life,” Ryan told GQ Australia’s February/March 2013 issue. In fact, it wasn’t just relaxing. The box office hunk said it was perfect! “If I had to design my perfect day, that would be it,” he said.

Ryan also shared with the mag a story of how he was swept into the world of rock ‘n’ roll as a child, thanks to his uncle, who was an Elvis Presley impersonator. “When I was a kid, it [my uncle] was certainly the most interesting thing going on in the house. SCA Newcomer's Portal | High Horse Salon - Brooklyn, NY - Spa, Beauty & Personal Care.

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