Changing a behavior is supposed to favor improvements of people. There are mechanisms that can help the achievement of healthy goals. However, our brain is dominated by unconscious patterns that hinder the integration of new habits. Research from the University of Vermont, for example, highlights an important point. Changing a behavior is a complex and very unstable process, that is, there are relapses, steps backwards … Continue reading Why Changing a Behavior Is a Complex and Very Unstable Process
Learning a new language is like learning to drive. It doesn’t matter in which order you learn to steer, use the brake, or change gear. It’s what you do as a whole that is important, not which component you learn first. The latest breakthroughs in neurosciences, combined with innovative technology for measuring brain activity, are shedding new light on the neural basis of foreign language … Continue reading How Learning a Foreign Language Has Positive Effects on Your Brain
When we speak about creativity, most people think mainly of fine arts, and artistic creations, whose role is mainly aesthetic. But creativity is not only that. So, what is creativity? Creativity is defined as the ability to make or otherwise bring into existence something new, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form. If … Continue reading What Is Creativity?
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Hello everyone! Today I want to talk about strategies that can be used when we are feeling demotivated. Motivation is important. It drives us to do things we need to do. But it is not always easy to be motivated at all times. Sometimes, we get demotivated just at the wrong times. What do we do in those times? I think there are two things … Continue reading Demotivation
The words you use can change your reality. Language actually generates changes in your brains and changes your perception of the environment around you. Language is linked to emotions. Your words are constantly sending messages to your brain. According to neuroscientists Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman, negative words cause the increase of cortisol, the stress hormone. Therefore, adopting a negative attitude and using phrases … Continue reading Why You Are the Words You Use
More or less every week for the past year I’ve put 3 random thoughts together, along with a couple of quotes and other bits and pieces, in a post called 3-2-1 Mindset Mondays. Anyway, below is a highlight reel of those thoughts. I started with 150 and kept cutting it down till I got bored. The final count was 88. Whether you just read the … Continue reading 88 Pointless Thoughts About Life
Inside this chest pounds a heart so steady. Inside this head lives a brain so alive. And somewhere in between rests a spirit so gentle, even the tiniest of scratches leaves a scar. . . . How would you describe your spirit, Dear Reader? What inspires you? What shakes you to your core? (Such easy questions to answer, I know!) 🙈 We’re in this thing … Continue reading SnapDragon Speaks: On The Gentle Spirit.
Hi everyone, I want to talk about motivation today. I had a few conversations lately about how we can motivate ourselves and maybe also others. It is an important topic, right? I think I am not shy to make changes in my life. I actually enjoy it very much and too much stability in one place kind of scares me. I think the way I … Continue reading Motivation
Hi everyone, I am wondering if you have thought about what keeps us going in life. We all have our ups and downs. What motivates us to go up when we are down instead of just staying in the down? I noticed two things that help me with this: meaning and hope. And I often discover that those are already within me and I might … Continue reading Meaning and Hope
“Wash out this tired notion that the best is yet to come.” – Dave Matthews I had to remind myself this week that motivation comes from within. It certainly does not come from the expensive, fancy bike I ordered and have been waiting for the past 7 weeks. It was supposed to be delivered next week. I cancelled the order. I got to thinking, and … Continue reading Motivation Comes From Within
By Ellen Jayne | We all believe we have control over our life, enough to make daily decisions to influence it for the better. But when we reach the extent of that control, have we learned to let go? Continue reading Your Convoluted Sense of Control
By Ellen Jayne | We can’t control countless components of life, but we’d be childish to let the chunks we can change cascade through the cracks. So, where do we start? At the beginning. Continue reading Mastering Your Morning Momentum
Hi everyone, This week was a very busy week for me. I was able to do much more work than usual thanks to a deadline. That got me thinking: what other than deadlines motivate me? So, let’s talk about it. Motivation is the push that gets us to do things. It can be internal or external. Internal motivation is when we do things because of … Continue reading Motivation
I know I keep rambling about dreams, goals, path and passion, without which we wouldn’t be anywhere. One can work hard, but without dreams that person would get no where because he/she wouldn’t know where to get. “You’ll never reach a destination if you haven’t set it first.” – Me Okay, we established we need dreams so we can work upon them; otherwise, we work … Continue reading Dreams aren’t enough. What else is required?
We talk so much about motivation and how it works and how it can help us get sh*t done, but I believe we forget one thing: motivation goes away from time to time. So what are we going to do in those times? How do we still go forward? In my opinion, this disappearing motivation is one of the biggest momentum killers. We still want … Continue reading Motivation versus Commitment
The more I listen to different successful people on YouTube, the more I wonder why not more of us get to similar levels of success. While writing these words I realized something: working hard is hard. Yes, it’s not a surprize or a revelation, but without a strong commitment, there is no way someone can go through the hell created sometimes by the hard work. … Continue reading Hard work is… Hard
How often do you have a crazy idea and after that you think it will never become a reality? You get from excited to sad very quickly, don’t you? That’s because the actual reality doesn’t match with the future one if you don’t know how it can be done. And that happens all the time, but once you really start thinking about it, you … Continue reading Impossible? Think again!
The week is almost done, but we still have lots of things to do. You’re probably tired because of all the things you’ve done so far, therefore I’d like to help you find some motivation to push forward until you complete your goals for this week. Here are some quotes that I find very powerful. “If you live for the weekends and vacations, … Continue reading Fuel for Your Soul
Oh wait, you already saw it… I don’t know what I’m going to write today! I just wished to write something different. I was bored of do-this-do-that stuff.Even my homepage is full of stories I don’t want to read. Right now, a beautiful and soothing meditation music is playing behind me. I’m not feeling charged today. But I am feeling inspired. And with the above sentence, … Continue reading The Story Without A Title