Belief Beats Genes: Study Reveals Shocking Truth About Reaching Your Goals

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Simply telling people that hard work is more important than genetics causes positive changes in the brain and may make them willing to try harder, a study shows. "Giving people messages that encourage learning and motivation may promote more efficient performance," said the lead investigator. "In contrast, telling people that intelligence is genetically fixed may inadvertently hamper learning." Telling people...that hard work trumps genes causes instant changes in the brain and may make them … [Read more...]

Are You Thriving? 5 Ways YOU Can Live A Fuller Life.

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Self-help books (including a couple of my own--see here and here) often talk about thriving versus merely surviving but have you ever wondered what it takes to really thrive?Jesus said, "I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly" and I would argue that he was referring to both eternal life and life in the present.  Secular psychologists use the term "thriving" for what Christians might call an "abundant life"--at least this side of Heaven.    In fact,  researchers have ide … [Read more...]

Surprising Secrets Reading “50 Shades” Reveals About You.

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If you're a fan of the 50 Shades of Grey series of erotic fiction, a new study says that you might be more of an open book than you think.Young adult women who read "Fifty Shades of Grey" are more likely than nonreaders to exhibit signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner, finds a new study led by a Michigan State University researcher.Further, women who read all three books in the blockbuster "Fifty Shades" erotic romance series are at increased risk of engaging in … [Read more...]

Shocking News–Better Beware: The Nice People Are Coming to Get You

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I often joke on my radio program that I am on a campaign to stamp out "nice."  I have always been of the mindset that "nice" is Satan's plagiarism of charity and kindness.  Where charity and kindness seek the good of the other, stand up for what is true, and are intentional, mindful virtues, nice merely goes along to get along.  It has no aim. It has no intention. It has no principles.   It merely follows the path of least resistance on a perpetual quest to be liked.People sometimes give me a … [Read more...]

A Healthy Romantic Relationship Can Stabilize Neurotic People

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(H/T PsychCentral News)   A loving, romantic relationship can have a positive, stabilizing effect on a neurotic personality, according to a new study, published in the online edition of the Journal of Personality.“Neurotic people are rather anxious, insecure, and easily annoyed. They have a tendency towards depression, often show low self-esteem and tend to be generally dissatisfied with their lives,” said psychologist Dr. Christine Finn of the University of Jena in Germany. “However, we were abl … [Read more...]

The Difference Between Reasons and Accountability

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A friend of mine posted this reflection to her Facebook page.  I thought it offered some valuable insights and I wanted to share it with you.  She writes...I think I finally understand the relationship between reasons and accountability. There may be a very good and legitimate reason for something, but that doesn't erase my accountability.For example, I told someone I would complete a project by tomorrow. I'm not going to finish by then. The reason is that my son came home unexpectedly f … [Read more...]

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

An excellent list of signs of mental strength.  How do you measure up? … [Read more...]

Overcoming Bitterness: 5 Steps for Healing the Hurt that Won’t Go Away

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No one wants to be bitter.  It sneaks up on us.  Bitterness is unforgiveness fermented.    The more we hold onto past hurts the more we become drunk on our pain and the experience can rob us of the joy we can find in anything. Bitterness occurs when we feel someone has taken something from us that we are powerless to get back.  We hold on to the hurt in an attempt to remind ourselves and others of the injustice we've experienced in the hopes that someone will save us and restore what we've lo … [Read more...]


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