The Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) was launched with the mission of funding and promoting scientific investigation into the personalization and maintenance of successful health-related behavior changes.
SOBC scientists have discovered that making long-lasting behavior change requires three key steps:
Their research has also pinpointed three universally important domains regarding behavior changes:
read more at www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201712/the-new-science-successfully-breaking-bad-habits
The Problem-Solving PhaseOur worries are designed to motivate us, to drive us toward creating a problem-solving plan and then acting on it, one step at a time.
That doesn’t mean our worries will just disappear. We can still feel anxious even while taking action to solve our problems.
This is our goal when we receive a worry signal: We create a plan and then act on that plan. Let worry provoke you into taking action to address the problem.
READ MORE AT www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-anxiety/201711/let-worry-motivate-your-next-move
This research observed how life stories develop throughout the lifespan:
.We found that stability of life narratives decreases the longer the time span between two interviews, but increases with age. While 8-year-old Tim barely remembered what he had said four or eight years earlier and repeated only about 10 percent of his earlier life narrative, 24-year-old Tina repeated about 30 percent of her earlier life narrative. With older age, life narrative stability increased even more, so that our 69-year-old participants repeated about 70 percent of their earlier life narratives from four years earlier.
Figure 1. Mean percent life narrative stability by age and time interval.
By Christin Köber
"leading health experts to recommend a minimum of 2 ½ hours or more of moderate exercise each week for optimal health and longevity. When it comes to walking only, moderate implies a brisk pace of about 3 miles per hour"
WALKING HAS SHOWN TO HELP:
type 2 diabetes
blood pressure levels.
dying from respiratory illness
Read more at:
Patel AV, Hildebrand JS, Leach CR, et al. Walking in Relation to Mortality in a Large Prospective Cohort of Older U.S. Adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine October 19, 2017.
American Cancer Society. Study: Even a Little Walking May Help You Live Longer. October 19, 2017.
Harvard Medical School. Walking for Health. Harvard Health Publishing. Accessed October 24, 2017.
An article from Psychology Today by Todd Kashdan examines just this... How do we asses happiness and well being?
In 2016, three scientists reviewed the usefulness of 99 approaches to assess well-being. such as overall quality of life, serenity, spiritual concerns, emotional balance, autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth initiative, positive relations with others, purpose in life, self-acceptance, self-esteem, occupational well-being, physical well-being, economic well-being, and so on....
Dr. Martin Seligman'sPERMA model identified five components of well-being: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment withe the idea of 24 personality strengths..
What do you think? How do you measure your wel lbeing?
read more and about therecent studies at
Goodman, F.R., Disabato, D.J., Kashdan, T.B., & Kaufman, S.B. (in press). Measuring well-being: A comparison of subjective well-being and PERMA. Journal of Positive Psychology
"Research from the think tank Demosfound that boys are significantly more likely to have bullied someone online than girls, but young people with “stronger traits of empathy and self-control” are less likely to cyberbully"
Demos surveyed 16- to 18-year-olds over Facebook on their online behavior and responses to various social media scenarios.
The survey reported a “shockingly high incidence of hostile behavior to peers”, with 26 percent of those surveyed admitting to having “bullied or insulted someone else” online.
Fifteen percent of the teens surveyed said they "joined in with other people to 'troll' a celebrity or public figure".
The gender factor.
Demos found that boys are significantly more likely to say they have bullied or insulted someone online than girls, with 32 percent of boys saying they have compared to 22 percent of girls.
Interestingly, the same applies for trolling a public figure, which 22 percent of boys but 10 percent of girls admitted they had done.
"A brain that can predict (that is certain) makes a human feel safe and happy. A brain that cannot predict (that is uncertain) makes a human feel threatened and anxious."
The science of ritual’s anxiety-busting properties:
offers compelling explanations for how rituals work when it comes to combating uncertainty and anxiety.
argues that rituals’ anxiety-busting features reside in their basic physical structure.
The defining features of rituals, repetitive and rigid movements, buffer against uncertainty by evoking a sense of personal control and orderliness.
Read More at https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ritual-and-the-brain/201709/the-anxiety-busting-properties-ritual
Lang, M., Kratky, J., Shaver, J. H., Jerotijevic, D., & Xygalatas, D. (2015). Effects of anxiety on spontaneous ritualized behavior. Current Biology, 25, 1892-1897.