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How A Simple Change Of Mindset Can Reduce Stress

How A Simple Change Of Mindset Can Reduce Stress

Recent research shows that people who describe themselves as high in self control (aka control freaks) tend to experience a lot more stress at work. Why? They tend to use up all their internal resources at once.  In other words they put everything they have into the task they are doing at the moment and when the task takes longer than expected they don’t have anything left over to face the additional challenges. Dr. Ein-Gar of Tel Aviv University‘s Recanati…

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Think Of This To Boost Creativity In 43 Seconds

Think Of This To Boost Creativity In 43 Seconds

Research has shown that many types of creativity require abstract thought.  And thinking of events in the future causes people to think more abstractly.  So researchers set up several experiments to answer the question “Does thinking about the future improve creativity?” Here’s what they did in one experiment. They divided participants into two groups.  One group was asked to think about their lives one year from now to get them to think about the future.  The other group was asked…

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Does Kissing Lower Cholesterol?

Does Kissing Lower Cholesterol?

Researchers wanted to know the answer to this question.  So they brought together a diverse group of 52 adults in committed relationships.  Half of this group was instructed to kiss more often for a full six weeks, the other half was not. After six weeks each person had their blood cholesterol measured and took a questionnaire.  Each member of the “increased kissing” group had their cholesterol go down.  The control group experienced no change. It’s also interesting to note that…

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How Subtracting The Positive Can Make You Happier Today

How Subtracting The Positive Can Make You Happier Today

A lot of research suggest that thinking about positive events in your life can make you happier.  And that the effect of these kinds of gratitude exercises diminishes if done too often as people adapt to the positive events (I discuss a creative solution to this dilemma below). The authors of a recent study write: Having a wonderful spouse, watching one’s team win the World Series, or getting an article accepted in a top journal are all positive events, and…

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Too Much Happiness? Science Shows That Doing Too Much Of This Popular Happiness Technique Is Counterproductive

Too Much Happiness? Science Shows That Doing Too Much Of This Popular Happiness Technique Is Counterproductive

Most people say they’d love to be happier.  However, some of what people think they need to be happy such as money and possessions are only shown to increase happiness for a short time (this study is a good example of this). Others try exercises that many believe will make you happier.  Some of these techniques are validated by scientific research.  Some are not. But few are aware that a powerful two-minute technique that’s proven to make you happier can…

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A Simple Way To Make Difficult Tasks More Enjoyable

A Simple Way To Make Difficult Tasks More Enjoyable

About two weeks ago I went running and at the end of my run I saw the high school track near my home and decided to use it help measure my running speed – something I haven’t done since high school (I’m 32 now). I noticed I was slower than I thought I’d be – running at a pace of close to 11 minutes per mile – but I also noticed that after the second lap I felt I couldn’t…

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Why We Learn More From Successes Than Failures

Why We Learn More From Successes Than Failures

I’ve heard many people say that we should learn as much as possible from our mistakes… and that we learn more from our mistakes than from our successes.  However, recent research shows this common wisdom is plain wrong. We learn much more from successes than from failures.  I’ll give you proof from scientific research.  And I’ll tell you exactly how to use this information to get better results in your own life. First, I’d like you to understand how we…

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How One Word Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

How One Word Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

Would you like to know the one word that’s proven to increase the chance that you’ll achieve your goal?  Recent research from the Journal of Consumer Research not only tells us what this word is but why it’s so powerful (hint: I just used it in that last sentence). The word is why.  And here’s why it’s so powerful. Imagine that your goal is to save money.  And you ask yourself how to do it.  So you decide to create…

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Purpose Of This Blog

Purpose Of This Blog

This blog will cover everything related to what I call “Self Influence.”  That means anything you can use to influence yourself in a positive way. I’ll focus mostly on techniques and principles that are evidence based.  This means I won’t just tell you my opinion or tell you what worked for me.  I’ll share with you methods and knowledge that has been proven over and over again to work for thousands of people.  Often this means I’ll be quoting scientific…

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