Two Ways Out of the Happiness Rut

All people are the same; only their habits differ. ~ Confucius This is a post about what keeps us stuck and sets us free, about the good news behind bad luck, and the wrong way to want the right thing: It’s about our habits. Human beings are creatures of habit — even emotionally. But why is this? Why do we fall into routines? And why is it so hard to break a habit? The short answer is something called set point. You’re probably familiar with this idea if you have ever been on a diet or had a new year’s resolution. They both start well. You are going to make a change in your life and you are ready for it. But after a little bit of time, the old habits creep back in. Before you know it the old patterns of behavior have settled back in and the enthusiasm for change is lost. The idea of a set point means that our way of being is determined mainly by genetics and conditioning. The genetic part has typically implied that our genes determine about 50% or so of who we are and what we do. Even our happiness and life satisfaction have this kind of stability. When good or bad things happen to us, we are elated or woeful for a while, but then we come back to our normal range. Studies with people who have won the lottery have found that they are ecstatic — initially. But after the original thrill wears off, they go back to their usual levels of happiness. Similarly, people who have had bad luck, like accident victims who have become paraplegic, are devastated...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Habits Happiness Proof Positive Self-Help Appreciation Gratitude habituation Source Type: blogs

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Source: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
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Source: The Permanente journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Perm J Source Type: research
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Source: SharpBrains - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain exercise Joy mind movement neurobiological neurochemistry neurological Physical-Exercise proprioception resilient well-being Source Type: blogs
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Source: Journal of Cardiac Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: CASE REPORT Source Type: research
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This article explores five powerful ways that parents, caregivers and teachers can help young people discover the means to bounce themselves out of an automated self-scare routine and develop a personalised set of conscious self-care practices.  1. Get creative. Establishing habits is something that humans are very good at. Indeed, our lives can be conceptualised as the sum of the habits we have; these determine our actions as we move through the day, and in turn, how we make ourselves feel. The good news is that it only takes four weeks to establish a new habit, particularly with daily repetition. Guided to add ha...
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