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Health Habits Work Better Together: Evidence from the Transtheoretical Model
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
September 17, 2014 – 7:37 pm | One Comment
Fruits and vegetables

We intuitively know that when we sleep poorly, we are drawn to snacking and overeating. We also know that nothing gets rid of a crappy mood faster than a good sweat and that lower stress levels contribute to a better night’s sleep. So why are so many programs treating sleep, food, mood, and exercise as if they were separate topics?

Praise for the Morning
By Fiona Parashar  
July 14, 2014 – 8:52 am | 4 Comments
Lark

I’ve always loved the early mornings, although it hasn’t always made me popular with family and friends. So I was intrigued recently to find that getting up with the lark has proven scientific benefits, not just the emotional ones I enjoy. Here are five advantages to being an early bird that might entice you to try it.

Confident Rejection: A First-hand Look at Fear of Failure
By Genevieve Douglass  
July 9, 2014 – 12:59 pm | 9 Comments
From its clenched fists

How do I deal with this unhelpful little shadow, the fear of being valueless, and rebuild my identity? Seeing what it’s been up to and how it manifests is undoubtedly the first step. Stepping back and looking at it seems to take away much of its power.

Happiness – Just Do It!
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
June 2, 2014 – 10:43 am | 14 Comments
Happy mid summer guys in Gotland

Don’t sit there too long waiting for happiness to appear, or wondering whether now is the right time to do something. Why not take a different approach? Why not act now and reflect afterwards on whether it worked? If it wasn’t quite right, you can change it, and in the meantime you will have learned something about yourself. This way, you can act your way into a new way of being happy.

Senia Maymin on PPND TV
By Kathryn Britton  
May 23, 2014 – 7:44 am | 5 Comments
Film

Welcome to the second episode of PPND TV. This is a companion to theinterview of Kathryn Britton that appeared earlier this month. The PPND TV interview series is an experiment inspired by TED talks. We want to bring our readers the crux of positive psychology in brief video interviews of researchers and practitioners.

Today’s guest is Senia Maymin, editor of PPND, coach, and author.

Health Promotion or Disease Prevention: Which Do You Need?
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
April 8, 2014 – 7:33 pm | 3 Comments
 

Many sources in the wellness industry erroneously treat the concepts of disease prevention and health promotion as if they were one and the same. That’s a big mistake, and not recognizing the inherent distinction between the two undoubtedly reduces our ability to implement our health intentions. Here’s why, and how to use each.

Five Thinking Errors That Hurt Your Health
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
March 11, 2014 – 3:24 pm | No Comment
   Running knees

Over generations of survivors, humans developed thinking shortcuts which are still very pervasive today. Of these common shortcuts, 5 are very costly to our health. While it is unlikely that we’ll ever break free of their influence, increased mindfulness can alleviate their effects on our thought processes, behaviors, and wellness.

Still Accepted But Blatantly Outdated
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
January 29, 2014 – 9:33 am | No Comment
   Let's stop taking huge portions

The desire to fit in is a powerful shaper of behavior. In some cases, social pressures serve us well. In other cases, social pressures are lagging behind their times. Here’s how to use social pressure to extinguish four unhealthy social norms.

Welcome to 2014 (Update)
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton  
January 2, 2014 – 1:52 pm | One Comment
   New Years Fireworks

This is another PPND tradition: to collect suggestions from authors about ways to start the New Year. Our authors have written about building habits, starting rituals, starting small and building on, goals, satisficing, moving to action quickly, and other approaches to making year-round healthy changes stick.

Getting Ready for New Year’s Resolutions
By Marie-Josee Shaar and Barclay Schraff  
December 11, 2013 – 7:42 am | No Comment
 

Since the holiday season is upon us, you can bet that New Year’s Resolutions aren’t far off. Yet only 8% of us consistently achieve our goals for the New Year. That’s not very encouraging, but it’s also no surprise, considering that most of us will just pick a resolution and hope to achieve it without much planning. But to reverse-paraphrase Einstein, if we go about it differently this year, we can get different results. Here are 4 ideas for effectively working toward health goals.

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