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How to Break Habits: The No-Willpower Approach

How to Break Habits: The No-Willpower Approach

What bad habit would you like to change? How many times have you tried to break free of it? Why is it that for all our good intentions and heroic willpower we’re often unsuccessful, and end up right back where we started? How can we overcome bad habits for good? Dr. Amy Johnson shares her insights to help you break any habit—once and for all—without using willpower. Dr. Johnson is author of the audiobook "The Little Book of Big Change: The No Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit."
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Create and Keep Helpful Habits for the New Year

Create and Keep Helpful Habits for the New Year

Do you struggle with creating and keeping helpful habits? Today, Dr. Ted Zeff, a psychologist who specializes in working with highly sensitive people, shares some of the elements involved in maintaining good habits. Taking small steps, and looking into your life goals hold the key to unlocking and forming new habits. All it takes is the right structure and some self-compassion!
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Healing After a Breakup: Build a Support System

Healing After a Breakup: Build a Support System

After a difficult loss or breakup, don’t go through it alone! Instead, focus on ways to build a support system. Though heartbreak can make us want to remain alone, putting in the effort to recognize who you can lean on and how they can help can make all the difference in the healing process. By reflecting on what kind of help you need from those you love, you begin the journey of healing after a breakup.
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Finding Your True Path in Life

Finding Your True Path in Life

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook Why?: What Your Life is Telling You About Who You Are and Why You’re Here. This excerpt discusses the six great archetypal pathways that can help you to express your talents and realize our mission: the teacher/communicator, the healer/peacemaker, the warrior/guardian, the explorer/scientist, the builder/ organizer, and the artist/designer. The wisdom of these archetypes can be a helpful guide in finding your true path in life.
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How to Stop an Overreaction

How to Stop an Overreaction

Knowing how to stop an overreaction when it is in full swing can seem intimidating and perhaps even out of reach. It might feel that once it begins, there is no stopping it. Though you might not be able to control what triggers you, you can learn to tune in to your body and take an active role in remaining calm. Today, Dr. Judith Siegel, author of the audiobook Stop Overreacting, will share techniques that can help you return to a state of emotional equilibrium.
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Impulse Control: How to Avoid Bad Decisions When Angry

Impulse Control: How to Avoid Bad Decisions When Angry

Exercising impulse control is a basic idea that becomes very difficult when you just want to send that text or email and say what you really think. Letting your mind make decisions when angry might seem like the easiest option, but in the long run it is more healthy to build impulse control and learn to curb your anger. You can’t always control your emotions, but you can learn to direct your reactions and build positive mental pathways for the future.
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Mindfulness Meditation: Frequently Asked Questions

Mindfulness Meditation: Frequently Asked Questions

We can all benefit from a quick and easy way to stop stress and bring ourselves back to the present moment. QUIET is an acronym for a simple technique that helps you quiet your mind in any given moment. Best of all, it only takes a few seconds! In this episode we’re sharing an excerpt from psychotherapist Dr. Arnie Kozac’s audiobook "The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help You Maximize Your Strengths and Thrive in a Loud and Crazy World." In "The Awakened Introvert," Dr. Kozac shares mindfulness and cognitive behavioral tools that will help you unlock the full potential of the introvert brain. In this excerpt, Dr. Kozac shares a great technique to access mindfulness on the go—a series of five steps designed to interrupt automatic mind patterns that lead to stress. You can do the QUIET technique multiple times a day to help feel grounded and calm.
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Communicate Effectively by Asserting Yourself

Communicate Effectively by Asserting Yourself

If you struggle with being assertive and knowing how to communicate effectively, you’re not alone — it’s a problem faced by many. In this excerpt from her audiobook, psychologist Dr. Julie De Azevedo Hanks encourages you to examine the way you assert yourself at work and at home, sharing strategies for getting your message across clearly and confidently.
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Living in the Now

Living in the Now

Where is your mind right now? Are you thinking about the future? Or maybe your mind is in the past? When you are mindful, your mind is focused on right now. Psychologist Dr. Susan Albers offers helpful advice about staying in the present moment from her audiobook "Eating Mindfully."
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How to Open Up to Joy

How to Open Up to Joy

Have you ever tried to avoid mental burnout or relieve stress by exploring how to open up to joy? Creating happiness in your everyday life is just a small part of MBSR, or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a method developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. With a history of helping patients with anxiety, chronic pain, panic, depression and more, MBSR is the perfect tool to relieve stress by living more fully in the present moment.
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