The answer may be yes. The secret, however, seems to be setting expectations. What do I mean? Well, one study with some very clever scientists either told subjects that a shake they were getting was high or low calorie even though both shakes were the same calories (Crum et al. 2011 - Mind over milkshakes: Mindsets, not just nutrients, determine ghrelin response). Guess what? Turns out that when the individuals thought the shake was higher calorie, their bodies' decreased their hunger hormones more and thus felt more satiated!
I believe everyone should meditate. Even you. But if you’re anything like I used to be, you’re totally uninterested. The reason I avoided even trying meditation for so many years was because I didn't think it was a worthwhile practice. I really didn't think there were that many benefits.
10 minute read Despite fat shaming being the #1 tool used to whip people into shape, it's the most harmful tool you can include when trying to lose weight for longer than one summer. The reason - it's destructive? It weakens you! And it shames you! And it's not nice to treat people like that.
I want to share a powerful idea with you. And it's very simple. It goes like this: Stop trying to feel better. Once I realized that—my life changed. Like the total necessity of looking to your own inner wisdom and instincts, rather than looking for a solution in the external environment. The problem is this: Most of us know what we should do.
Our culture today is neurotically focused on unrealistic expectations: Be content. Be joyful. Be healthier. Be the greatest, better than your friends. Be sexy, smarter, faster, richer, most admired, more creative, more envied, and more popular, more Zen.
Most people aren't aware of this, but everyone owns a psychological immune system. Just like your body's immune system will bring you back to health when you're sick, your psychological immune system will do the same at times when you're feeling frustrated, confused, anxious or sad.
There’s a contradiction with the self-improvement inspiration and it is this: the ultimate goal of all self-improvement is to reach the point where you no longer feel the need to improve yourself. Think about it: The whole goal of improving your productivity is to reach the point where you never have to think about how to be more productive. The whole point of pursuing happiness is to reach the point where one no longer has to think about being happy. Self-improvement is therefore, in an odd way, ultimately self-defeating.
The New Year is just around the corner and let’s imagine for a moment that you have decided that you want to become rich. Maybe you’re sick of your student loan debt. Maybe you’re sick of paying overdraft charges and eating frozen waffles for dinner every night.
No...I'm not talking about your weenie, or your paycheck or the size 5 pants that been hanging in your closet for over a year. I'm talking about your dreams Dreams… we all have them. Or, so we say. Often, we keep our dreams in check because we don’t want to feel dissatisfied. We limit them. We hold back. And we settle for less. What is your dream?
What do Jack Canfield, Oprah, Steve Harvey, Ellen DeGeneres, Katie Perry and many others have in common? They all use vision boards. Celebrities have hopes and dreams, just like us. But these celebs were able to get to megastar status by writing down goals, creating vision boards, and working hard. When Katy Perry was 9 years old, her teacher invited the class to create a vision board. She pasted a picture of Selena holding a Grammy. Fast forward 15 years, Katy was nominated for her first award!
Everyone wants to feel good and live an untroubled, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have great sex and relationships, to look great and make lots of cash and be admired and respected and a total badass to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room. Everyone would like that — it’s easy to like that.
It’s funny; a lot of people who travel to the third-world claim that people are “happier” there. They often follow it up with some trite testimonial about materialism and how we’d all be so much better-off if we learn to live with less. This might be a fallacy. Poor people in developing cultures aren’t happier; they’re just less worried and less stressed out.