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The Secret to Breaking Out of Our Most Destructive Habits

The Secret to Breaking Out of Our Most Destructive Habits
This file illustration photo shows a functional magnetic resonance image (fMRI). US researchers have published incredibly detailed images of the human brain as part of an international project aimed at uncovering how brain architecture influences personal Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is one of my all-time favorite stories, as it’s been for millions of others since it was written in 1843. Who doesn’t start sniffling when reading this classic tearjerker about Ebenezer Scrooge, a cold, bitter old man dragged—by the ghosts of his past, present, and potential future—on a terrifying midnight journey of self-discovery, from which he emerges transformed and redeemed? Most people love movies about driven, selfish people who, struck by the life-altering experience of sudden love or near loss, eventually see the light and blossom into life-affirming menschen. Miraculous conversion stories appeal to the wishful thinker in all of us. Habits Rule Patrick, Round II 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

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FORMER POLICE COMMISSIONER WELCOMES PROPOSED I.C.A.C Former Solomon Islands Police Commissioner Frank Short. Photo credit: LinkedIn. A former Royal Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Frank Short welcomes the announcement of a proposed Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Mr. Short says good governance institutions should be strengthened with strong legal powers and staffed by independently, qualified personnel possessing wide powers of investigation and prosecution.

4 Surprising Advantages of Being Depressed Why being depressed can sometimes be necessary, even beneficial. Depression can be an adaptive way of dealing with certain problems in life, such as relationship breakdown and illness, say the authors of a new study. While clinical depression is a serious mental health issue, the researchers argue that by examining how depression might have originally arisen, we can better understand how to treat it. Dr. Required watching for any TED speaker: The science of stage fright One thing can strike fear into the heart of the fiercest warrior, the most powerful CEO and the smartest person in any given room: having to speak in public. The thought of it makes the palms sweat, the heart beat faster and the limbs start to shake. An estimated 75% of people have a fear of speaking in public, and it’s something that nearly everyone who takes the TED stage must work hard to overcome.

Breaking habits of perception-a skill that changes everything « Metta Refuge Here is another great teaching from Thanissaro Bhikkhu. While looking for some buddhadharma about dealing with guilt about the past, I came across this paragraph, from the end of his article, “Habits of Perception.” It was so helpful, I stopped my search to read the whole article, which I share below. May it be an aid to developing the skillful perceptions that lead to freedom! A frequent image in meditation instructions is that all you have to do is turn on a light and the darkness goes away. No matter how many eons the darkness has reigned, all you have to do is turn on the light once and that’s the end of the darkness.

No plans for Gold Ridge mine tailings dam risking overflow Solomon Islands locals living near St Barbara’s (ASX:SBM) Gold Ridge mine are being warned of a looming disaster as the mine's tailings dam levels continue to rise, risking to overflow. The Australian miner has asked the country’s new government to agree to a managed de-watering plan to avoid an uncontrolled flood. However, authorities have yet to take any action over what the company has qualified as a potential mine disaster that may cost lives and have serious environmental costs, Radio New Zealand reports. St Barbara's CEO Bob Vassie warned earlier this month that water levels in the facility were already too high and said he was worried on the effect of further rains expected in the next few months, the wet season. The company even posted ads in local newspapers warning locals. the new Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has made no comment beyond saying his government is currently recruiting international consultants to analyze the environmental and technical aspects of the mine

How To Turn Character Flaws Into Strengths With One Easy Mental Trick An easy mental trick to turn poor personality traits to your advantage. Believing that a negative personality trait has a positive ‘silver lining’ is enough to boost performance in that area, a new study finds. For example, a person who is very pessimistic might believe that one positive side of this ‘negative’ personality trait is that it makes them more realistic. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, found that those who mentally endorsed the idea that being impulsive was linked to greater creativity, were actually more creative on a subsequent test (Wesnousky et al., 2014). The Psychology of Self-Control by Maria Popova “Everyone’s self-control is a limited resource; it’s like muscle strength: the more we use it, the less remains in the tank, until we replenish it with rest.” Ever since psychology godfather William James first expounded the crucial role of habit in how we live and who we become, modern psychology has sought to figure out how we can rewire our bad habits, maximize our willpower, and use habits to optimize our productivity.

Tips for Breaking Bad Habits and Developing Good Habits Most of life is habitual. You do the same things you did yesterday, the day before and every day for the last month. It’s estimated that out of every 11,000 signals we receive from our senses, our brain only consciously processes 40. Solomon Islands' mafia controls illegal logging On the edge of a squatter settlement in Honiara, Benjamin (not his real name) has “the mafia” on his mind, a transnational criminal organisation that threatens to derail the slow recovery from civil unrest in the Solomon Islands and rob his family of their livelihood. Memories of the “Tensions” (1998-2003) — a civil conflict triggered by unequal access to land, resource benefits and employment made worse by the 1990s Asian economic crisis and government mismanagement — are still fresh. Asian logging interests plundered resources and captured massive windfalls. And the mafia, as he calls them, have since consolidated control of political corruption and expropriated hundreds of millions of dollars of state revenue. “This country will never develop,” he laments of his homeland, a Pacific island state 2000 kilometres north-east of Australia.

A Brief Guide to Overcoming Instant Gratification By Leo Babauta It’s no secret that we live in the Age of Instant gratification. That’s not news.