Category Archives: Human Behavior: Habits

How Can We Get “The Good Life?” Anthropology Can Help Guide Positive Change

Newswise — As another year draws to a close and we start to consider what changes we want to make in the coming year, Vanderbilt anthropologist and World Health Organization wellbeing adviser Ted Fischer has some thoughts about where to … Continue reading

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All too often, our natural talents go untapped

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than … Continue reading

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The Four Hidden Habit Skills

By Leo Babauta When you learn a new skill, feedback is important: if you fall off a bike, you need to make an adjustment so you don’t keep falling. But when people learn the skill of creating new habits, they … Continue reading

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5 Steps for Changing Bad Habits

Ironically, studies show saying “I’ll never do that again” makes you even more likely to do that again. About 40% of the actions we perform in a day are habits. So we’re on autopilot almost half the time. Let’s round … Continue reading

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Alcohol Taxes Can Improve Health, Lead to More Jobs

Newswise — New Orleans — Alcohol tax increases reduce the harms resulting from excessive alcohol consumption, and may lead to a small net increase in the number of jobs, according to new research released today at the American Public Health … Continue reading

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Young Children Take but Often Barely Touch Healthy School-Food Options

Newswise — You can offer young children healthier food choices in the elementary school cafeteria, but will they actually put it on their trays and eat it? Probably not, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study. … Continue reading

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6 ways to get in shape using simple psychology

We are slaves to context. We eat because friends are around, because something’s free, because it’s in reach, because things are tasty, etc. We respond to “food cues” over feelings. What we see is usually more important than what we … Continue reading

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Why stairclimbing is avoided by some people

Psychon Bull Rev. 2014 Feb;21(1):71-7. doi: 10.3758/s13423-013-0463-7. Is there any Proffitt in stair climbing? A headcount of studies testing for demographic differences in choice of stairs. Eves FF. Author information School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, … Continue reading

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that … Continue reading

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5 Nutrition, Exercise Habits That Will Actually Change Your Life for the Better

Most comprehensive weight-loss programs work. Most comprehensive fitness programs work. The problem doesn’t lie with the programs–the problem lies in the fact those programs require such major changes to our daily activities and lifestyles. It’s impossible to make every change … Continue reading

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Habit Change Is Easiest When People Move House or Undergo Some Life Transition

Habits interview: Wendy Wood. I was very pleased to get the chance to interview Professor and Vice Dean Wendy Wood, because she’s one of the top experts in the field of habits, and has done much of the most interesting … Continue reading

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Brain structure could predict risky behavior

Some people avoid risks at all costs, while others will put their wealth, health, and safety at risk without a thought. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that the volume of the parietal cortex in the brain could … Continue reading

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3 ways to stop procrastinating

Answer by John Chan, designer and founder of Dayboard, on Quora. 1) Write a daily to do list Long to do lists don’t get done. They make us feel overwhelmed and even guilty if we know we’ve been putting them … Continue reading

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