10 Scientific Keys to Change Any Behavior

16 Oct

Interesting scientific facts of changing behaviors…

*10 Scientific Keys to Change Any Behavior

1: Willpower is weak. Environmental influences are much more important than willpower.

2: Information does not lead to action. Emotions lead to action. (Tweet this) This one is harder to back up with scientific studies, but it has long been my personal experience….over 8 years of studying both my own behavior, and the behavior of others who I’m trying to help. Information allows us to know in which direction we can go, but ultimately, emotions motivate us to take action.

3:The Internet destroys your ability to focus. Unless you’re reading higher-level long-form articles, like this one. Read the book The Shallows by Nicholas Carr.

4:Today’s processed foods are engineered to flood the reward centers of your brain, and potentially trigger food addictions that will wreck your health and wellbeing. Eat vegetables instead.

5:Exercise makes your brain bigger. It also gives you more self-control, lifts depression, and stamps out anxiety.

6:Meditation makes your brain bigger. It also gives you more self-control, lifts depression, and stamps out anxiety.

7: Give up alcohol. The breakdown of alcohol in your body creates toxins that the body has to remove. It is also extra calories that will contribute to extra fat storage. The additional toxic load can make you sick. And drinking and driving or just being out around other drunk drivers can kill you. Give up alcohol.

8: Take time off work. Overwork drains your willpower and makes you stressed and sick. (Personal experience, common sense.)

9:Maximize neurotransmitters oxytocin, GABA and serotonin. Minimize activities that have you “chasing the dopamine dragon.” Activities that stimulate dopamine: shopping, gambling, pornography, binge eating. Activities that stimulate serotonin, oxytocin & GABA: getting a massage, swing in a hammock, spending time with loved ones, meditating, praying, listening to music, reading.

10: Facebook makes you unhappy. Delete your account (unless you’re using it for business.)

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