What is the Activation Energy? activation energy habits positive psychology Aug 04, 2022
To start any new habit, you will need what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls the “activation energy”—the initial energy required to get you started. Nothing happens without the initial spark.
 
But how long does it take to create that initial spark? Days? Hours?...
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The Unexpected Kindness Habit habits Jun 22, 2022

We like people who are kind to us. If we are kind, chances are we will be liked as well. Helping others and being kind is the morally right thing to do. Research shows that, in being kind, you not only help others, but also yourself—it improves your overall happiness level.

While writing in...

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The Smile Habit habits Jun 15, 2022

Many of us may have been told that we should smile more often. Studies suggest that smiling has multiple benefits for our well-being. But what if we fake a smile to purposefully introduce health benefits to our life? Is that possible?

That is one thing that Tara Kraft and Sarah...

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Create the Five Deep Breaths Habit to Help You Relax habits Jun 08, 2022

“Take a deep breath” is commonly taken as a figure of speech, but many people don’t understand what deep breathing can actually do for us physically and mentally.

Throughout history, many teachers have believed that deliberate breathing exercises can be extremely valuable in...

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Succeed in Habits Creation: Make an Announcement and have an Accountability Partner habit habits Dec 14, 2021

William James referenced Scottish philosopher Alexander Bain when he said “In the acquisition of a new habit, or the leaving off of an old one, we must ... take a public pledge.” I’m a firm believer in announcing habits.

When I began my new exercise routine I told many friends...

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Activation Energy and Habits habit habits Dec 07, 2021

KEY POINTS

  • A new routine will require an initial "spark" 
  • The 20-second Rule is a great way to introduce a new habit or replace the existing routine. 
  • Creating a new habit takes 20 - 30 days. 

 

To start any new habit, you will need what late psychologist Mihaly...

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