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I'm a mother, daughter, writer, caregiver, and artist.
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Hehee! I love Thanksgiving, but I've definitely felt all of these. #familydinners   #thanksgiving2013   #food  
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Strokes can be so devastating! Let the healing begin - take it a day at a time #eldercare   #healthyliving   #seniorliving   #strokerecovery  
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We can change! Addiction is not impossible to break.
The incredible power of habits

Everyone seems to be talking about habits. And with good reason: positive habits make life easier, while destructive habits hold us back. Whatever your goals in life, mastering your habits is a vital step towards success.  

So, what exactly is a habit?

Habits are formed -- by the brain -- over a period of time. They feel natural and automatic, leaving us to focus elsewhere. Life would be tiring and dangerous without habits. However, this process sometimes goes wrong.

Anything can become a habit. The brain does not gauge whether it is beneficial. This leaves us prone to forming bad habits. We still act on them, despite knowing how irrational they are, because habits are compelling. This is their greatest strength... and biggest drawback.

Cue, routine, and reward

To change your habits you must first understand how they work. Typically, habits unfold across three stages:

- The cue. Habits are 'triggered' by something: a location; a time of day; a thought, emotion, or action; or even certain situations, objects or people.

- The routine. Habits usually involve a sequence of steps, chunked together, flowing from one moment to the next.

- The reward.  When finished, your brain checks to ensure everything is as expected. This ‘end state’ lets us know the habit has achieved its aim.


How does this look in real life? Here is a simple example: the ‘boredom eating’ habit: 

- The cue. You're in the office, it's the afternoon, and you feel increasingly bored.

- The routine. You stop what you are doing, walk to the office vending machine, and add the correct change; you select a chocolate bar, take it from the machine, and unwrap it; you then eat it while walking back to your desk.

- The reward. You are now ‘enjoying’ the chocolate bar. 

In this example, the cue could be boredom, the office, the time of day – or a combination of the three. Note how this habit involves a routine of seven small actions, each one unfolding without much conscious thought. Even the reward is carried out mindlessly. Habits are a kind of autopilot. 

Changing habits means understanding how they flow from cue to reward. The infographic below will help with just that.

Do you have any tips for changing habits? Share below.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to share!

Adrian
http://www.lastingchange.co.uk

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[Image credit: http://charlesduhigg.com/flowchart-for-changing-habits/ -- his excellent book "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change" is well worth a read]

#habits   #motivation  
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2 has always been hard for me! 
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The facts about ocean pollution break my heart.
Is There Really A Solution For Ocean Pollution?

According to the +U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Only 8% of the total plastic waste generated in 2011 was recovered for recycling.”

Some plastics do manage to get repurposed, but about half of the waste is buried in landfills.

The remainder? Researchers suggest that what is unaccounted for is sadly “lost in the environment, where it ultimately washes out to sea.”

Find out more: http://www.greenerideal.com/science/1110-is-there-really-a-solution-for-ocean-pollution/

#recycling   #oceans   #pollution   #plastic  
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The best care for your complexion doesn't have to involve pricey creams and facials. Check out these skincare solutions, tailored to your tone: http://fitm.ag/15wARmL
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Yaz has been in the news for years. Find out what the big deal is at:
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