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In a new study, individuals who were told that they were going for a "scenic walk" rather than an "exercise walk" were less likely to perceive the activity as physical exercise, and also less likely to snack afterwards - because they didn't feel they needed to "reward" themselves for their physical activity.

Stress reduces when shared with people in a similar situation. It's always nice to know someone else feels the same way as you - makes your feelings more "normal.

There's a huge power in finding "role models" who you can learn from and be inspired by - both real and fictional. To me, there's no greater way to "step outside of yourself" and get a new perspective on life than watching a good movie or reading a good book.

Individualistic thinking can lead to greater intrinsic motivation.

A new study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin reveals more evidence on the benefits of practicing self-affirmations.  My free guide "The Science of Self-Affirmations" also goes into several other recent studies on the benefits of these exercises on motivation, self-esteem, and relationships:  http://theemotionmachine.com/free-download-the-science-of-self-affirmations-pdf

The "nasty effect" is when uncivil discourse leads to more polarized views. No matter what view you are expressing, always try to do it in a healthy and polite way.

Psychologists found speaking to yourself in the second-person, for example saying "You can do it!" instead of "I can do it!" improved effort and task performance.  It's always good to learn new things about how to improve our self-talk and affirmations - I'm looking forward to more research in the future!

Psychology Study: Emotional regulation is just as important as cognitive therapy in treating depression.

Never stop using your brain! A new study finds how living a more "intellectual life" can protect against future dementia and cognitive decline.

Sense of purpose and meaning lengthens lifespan. It's a lot easier to live longer when you have something to live for.

More research on the horrors of perfectionism: http://www.theemotionmachine.com/how-perfectionism-destroys-happiness

More research on the horrors of perfectionism: http://www.theemotionmachine.com/how-perfectionism-destroys-happiness

Individuals who feel chills from music have more "openness to experience.

What Handwriting Says About Your Personality  - Business Insider

What Your Handwriting Says About Your Personality

Creative activities on your free time can help you recover from work overload (and improve job performance)!

Creative activities on your free time can help you recover from work overload (and improve job performance)!

i think i probably drink like 12 cups of tea a day haha

We've all heard that green tea is healthy. From increased brain function to improved skin tone, the evidence shows, The Health Benefits of Green Tea can help you live longer and improve your health.

100 Inspirational Quotes That Will Change Your Life 28

100 Inspirational Quotes That Will Change Your Life

So glad my son had his daddy to teach him how to be ar eal man.and now that his dad passed away,his step dad John is definitely a man to look up to!

10 Things To Try When You Are Feeling Sad  http://positivemed.com/2014/12/15/10-things-try-feeling-sad/

10 Things To Try When You Are Feeling Sad

10 Things To Try When You Are Feeling Sad, It's never too late to start over, if you weren't happy with yesterday, try something different t

Psychology Study: Regular walking can help ease depression.

Psychology Study: Belief in free will promotes more flexible thinking. There is always more than one choice to any given situation, so don't forget it!

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