How to Flourish Physically and Emotionally

In 1998 psychologist Martin Seligman was appointed president of the American Psychological Association (APA). Up until then psychology had focused on reducing disease. As president of the APA, Seligman wanted to focus on bringing about the positive ‘flourishing’ conditions of life. His focus was on positive psychology, the study of personal strength, resilience, and what […]

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Clarifying, Rationalizing, and Strengthening Healthy Behaviors

Behavior is exceedingly complex. In fact, there isn’t a single behavioral model out there that can predict behavior with 100% accuracy. The meaning behind behavior can be thought of at various levels of abstraction. For example, A person taking the stairs may think in many ways including: “I’m taking the stairs to get to my […]

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Boosting confidence and getting on board with behavior change

  In the fourth season of the show How I Met Your Mother, the characters stare enviously at the hot tub on the patio of the building next door. One of the characters, Marshall, walks over to the edge of their roof, looks at the seven-foot gap and says: “I can jump that far” I […]

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The three key components to motivated behavior

Decades ago in Dade County Florida, the local government banned the sale of laundry detergents with phosphates. Phosphates were pretty good for cleaning but pretty bad for the environment, causing algae to explode in growth. This leads to oxygen reduction, which leads to animals dying, which isn’t good. It was a pretty good idea to […]

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Why Can’t I Put the Cookie Down?

Recently I was away for a family vacation in the Adirondacks. For about 24 hours my diet consisted of beer, fudge from the Candy Cottage in Old Forge, and pizza. Also, I had the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time when a bag of marshmallows fell out of some […]

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Dieting with the enemy: How to deal with weight loss sabotage

Changing health behaviors can be extremely challenging . Behavioral theories usually include measures of four variables that have a direct or indirect influence on our behavior. These include behavioral intentions, attitudes towards the behavior, perceived control over the behavior, and social norms/support as they relate to the behavior. When we are trying to lose weight […]

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Goals are Useless Without a How and Why

In my life, I’ve had more than a handful of unrealized goals; I will never play professional basketball, I failed to become an incredible hip hop dancer (never tried I just like the idea), and it’s unlikely that I will ever share a life with Emma Watson (sigh). Based on these lofty goals, it’s easy […]

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Why you should stop relying on willpower to lose weight

People who desire to lose weight often rely valiantly on willpower to achieve an ideal body. Self-control is great but I’d like to encourage people to stop relying solely on willpower to lose weight. Here is why Regardless of willpower, a person who finds a bowl of ice cream in front them seven days a week […]

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