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Willpower: A Finite Resource?

There's a debate in the scientific community whether willpower is a finite resource, so to speak, and it fades as the day progresses, or it is widely available throughout the day. Well, the research shows both can be true actually. And here’s why. Too many big decisions early in the...

Cognitive Flexibility

Cognitive flexibility is a term that describes a person's ability to shift or switch between new, unplanned or changing events. It’s also the ability to change from one way of thinking to another. And this can be challenging and uncomfortable, but that is a good thing! It’s important to develop...

Belief Effects

Thoughts affect biology, and this is well established in the fields of medicine and psychology. This phenomenon is called a belief effect. As examples, look at both the placebo and nocebo effects, which I've highlighted on this platform before. In a nutshell, a placebo is when a patient expects a...

The Big Picture in Life

We are inundated with numerous stressors in our adult lives - jobs stress, financial stress, relationship stress - the list goes on and on. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s not going away, and it doesn't seem to be getting better. Stress, fear and anxiety are...

The Quickest Way to Feel Better

When you are down in the dumps, how do you make yourself feel better? I mean quickly and naturally, without any chemical intervention (not that pharmaceuticals are bad). There are 2 ingredients, so to speak, to feeling better almost instantly. One has to do with the body, and the other...