Measuring Success Based On Your Values

Experiences are Meaningless if You Don’t Enjoy Them All too often, we mindlessly measure our success using others’ yardsticks. The truth is that we are spending an ever-increasing among of time and money to plan a constant rotation of Instagram-appropriate, “epic” experiences. Still, we do not feel any more joyous. Actually, our collective joie de…

Recovering From a Setback

Taking Personal Responsibility for Slip-Ups I find it refreshing to think of a setback as just another chance to take responsibility for my choices. Beating myself up about it won’t help, and blaming others or certain situations is very unproductive. Setbacks are going to happen to everyone. I often think of an athlete that I…

Motivation: Do Small Things in a Great Way

Intrinsic Motivation is Key Without motivation, none of us would set or attain any goals. In fact, you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t capable of motivating yourself. Harnessing that motivation and applying it appropriately is a different story, though. Extrinsic motivation comes from outside of ourselves, while intrinsic motivation comes from within…

How to Change Your Habits for Good

The Habit Loop At the start of every year, at least half of us promise to form new habits or break old ones, and although most of us won’t keep these vows, hope springs eternal. It turns out that habits are made up of three parts, referred to as a “habit loop.” Every pattern we…

12 Tips to Strengthen Your Willpower

The American Psychological Association’s 2011 Stress in America Survey proved that willpower is a major hindrance for most people. Willpower was the top reason (27%) people cited for being unable to make healthy lifestyle changes. A whopping 57% of people said they wanted to lose weight, and 50% wanted to eat healthier. However, fewer than…

Making Sense of Nutrition Content and Cost of Food

I often hear people complain that “healthy” food is too expensive. Often, packaged food marketed as “better for you” offers no real benefit. The cost of fruits and vegetables will add up if you’re trying to eat them in addition to your regular meals. Making them part of your main meal in place of other ingredients…

It’s December – Time to Start Thinking About Those Resolutions

According to research from the University of Scranton, about 40% of us will be making New Year’s resolutions this year, but just 8% of us will achieve these resolutions. After one week, 75% of us will still be on the right track, 71% after two weeks, 64% after one month, and 46% after six months….