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How our brains stop us achieving our goals and how to fight back

1.8K Flares 1.8K Flares × As admittedly wonderful and fascinating as the human brain is, it definitely can feel like our brain is out to get us sometimes. Summed up perfectly in the many observations of the “Scumbag Brain” meme, our brain does seem to engage in “sabotage” in terms of how it naturally reacts to situations. The scary thing is that in some circumstances, these feelings are backed up by actual research! We’ve already discussed how poorly our brain operates while multitasking (despite tricking us to feel fulfilled while we do it), and today I’d like to expand upon 5 new dangers present in our ‘scumbag brains.’ In this post you’ll learn how to combat your brain’s own brilliance, overcoming it’s instinctual reactions which often have devastating effects on those all-important long term goals that you set for yourself. Let’s get started! Would you believe that fantasizing is the #1 way your brain can unintentionally ruin your goals? It seems unlikely, right? Why? Ms. Related:  Personal Development

The Simple Truth About Happiness “The opposite of happiness isn’t sadness — it’s boredom.”Tim FerrissTweet Over the past 4 years, I’ve read a countless number of articles on following your bliss, building passions, and being happy. Most articles touch on some common themes: finding passionate work, building positive and healthy relationships, being open-minded, and trying new things. This is, as you know, is all great advice. But over time, even though I started to explore and define my own life with these themes in mind, something felt off. There would be days where I would be insanely happy and days where I felt immensely depressed. But the down days were much, much worse. On the surface, there didn’t seem to be any correlation. But after a couple of months of accepting my bad days as normality, I stumbled across the reason for exactly why the worst days occurred and why my happiest days were so awesome. The Principle A mentor told me a couple years ago a core principle that he lives by: And it makes total sense. Examples:

6 Must-Read eBooks To Spark Creativity Creativity comes in many forms and offers a myriad of solutions to the practical, mundane problems we’re faced with daily. However, we’re not always equipped with a constant flow of new and exciting ideas. Often times, we don’t even feel like we have the time to engage in artistic activities. Many people are too busy commuting to their jobs or simply don’t know how to tap into their own potential. Luckily, there are a number of literary resources to guide, engage, and ignite our creativity. 1. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative is an immersive New York Times bestseller by artist and author Austin Kleon that exposes the truth about creativity: it’s everywhere and just about anyone is capable of attaining it. Price: $8.05 – $10.95 2. Imagine: How Creativity Works by New York Times best-selling author Jonah Lehrer gives insight into the ways that creativity is derived. Price: $7.99 – $26.00 3. Price: $18.99 4. inGenius Price: $12.995. 344 Questions 6.

Ernährung im Job: Kaffee senkt Diabtes-Risiko | Karriere Ernährung im Job : Vier Tassen Kaffee am Tag sind kein Problem Seite 2/2: Gleich mehrere Ernährungsstudien, die die Wirkung von Kaffee kritisch untersuchten, konnten die angeblichen negativen Effekte aber nicht nachweisen. Die Ergebnisse waren eindeutig: Bis zu vier Tassen Kaffee pro Tag sind nicht gesundheitsschädlich. Die Forscher fanden auch heraus, dass täglicher Kaffeekonsum nicht vermehrt zu Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen führt. Zu viel Trinken schadet Übrigens kann man es mit dem Trinken auch übertreiben. Der Effekt ist paradox: Wenn jemand zu schnell zu viel Wasser zu sich nimmt, fällt der Natriumgehalt im Blut stark ab. Um eine Wasservergiftung zu bekommen, müsste man aber viel mehr als sieben oder acht Liter in kurzer Zeit trinken.

7 Must-Read Books on the Art & Science of Happiness by Maria Popova From Plato to Buddha, or what imperfection has to do with the neuroscience of the good life. If you, like me, are fascinated by the human quest to understand the underpinnings of happiness but break out in hives at the mere mention of self-help books, you’re in luck: I’ve sifted through my personal library, a decade’s worth of obsessive reading, to surface seven essential books on the art and science of happiness, rooted in solid science, contemporary philosophy and cross-disciplinary insight. The question of what makes us happy is likely as old as human cognition itself and has occupied the minds of philosophers, prophets and scientists for millennia. Human rationality depends critically on sophisticated emotionality. Haidt takes this ambitious analysis of philosophical thought over the centuries and examines it through the prism of modern psychology research to extract a remarkably compelling blueprint for optimizing the human condition for happiness. Donating = Loving

HIGH-INTENSITY CIRCUIT TRAINING USING BODY WEIGHT: Maximum R... : ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal At the Human Performance Institute, Division of Wellness and Prevention, Inc., in Orlando, FL, our clients are high-performing professionals from a variety of industries. These men and women face incessant demands on their time, along with the pressure to perform at high levels and balance their careers and personal lives. From our work with elite performers, we have learned that managing energy is the key to sustaining high performance. However, when facing seemingly infinite demands, one’s ability to manage and expand physical energy can be severely compromised. This can result in persistent fatigue (physical, but also emotional and mental) and a growing level of disengagement with one’s career, family, friends, and personal well-being, which can ultimately lead to performance failure. Traditionally, resistance training often is performed separately from aerobic training — typically on two or three nonconsecutive days each week. Contraindications Exercise Selection Exercise Order 1. 2.

Living a happy life: Here are the things proven to make you happier: Time to round up the research on living a happy life to see what we can use. First, yeah, a good chunk of happiness is controlled by your genes but there’s a lot you can do to make yourself happier. Many of these techniques have been repeatedly tested and even worked with the clinically depressed. Gratitude, Gratitude, Gratitude I can’t emphasize this one enough. It will make you happier. It will improve your relationships. It can make you a better person. It can make life better for everyone around you. Bronze medalists are happier than silver medalists. Every night before you go to bed write three good things that happened to you that day. There’s a second lesson here: the reverse is also true. Wanna make yourself and someone else extremely happy? Do what you are good at as often as you can “Signature strengths” are the things you are uniquely good at and using them increases happy thoughts. Think about the best possible version of yourself and move toward that. Money is good. Give Savor 1.

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout Photo Editors’ note: Here’s one of our favorite stories from the archives with a helpful tip for Smarter Living. For a greater challenge, see “The Advanced 7-Minute Workout.” And download our new, free 7-Minute Workout App for your phone, tablet or other device. Exercise science is a fine and intellectually fascinating thing. An article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal does just that. “There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,” says Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla., and co-author of the new article. Interval training, though, requires intervals; the extremely intense activity must be intermingled with brief periods of recovery. This column appears in the May 12 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Top 10 Secrets of the Lucky People Everybody says that health is the most important thing. But a little bit of luck could do more. Many victims of earthquakes or airplane crashes can be very healthy, indeed Psychologists say that a certain type of behavior favors luck. Others say that luck is by the side of those who take their chances. The next tips are given by psychologists: 1. "If you're convinced that you're a lucky person, you will have a behavior which will determine those around you to be more receptive with your person," said Martin Seligman, Psychology Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. 2. them before they control you. Change the way you see difficult colleagues: "X is very good at her job, even if she is short-tempered." 3. For instance, some do not share their ideas with their workmates fearing that their ideas will be stolen. 4. 5. We will gain more by learning than if we stay isolated or we are not interested in what's going around. 6. 7. 8. Nothing guarantees that the person is happy. 9. 10.

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