Practices like expressions of gratitude offer a number of benefits – including giving us power to break habituations and allowing our brain to release a feel-good surge of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and nerepinephrine.
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No matter your political affiliation, this season is probably stressing you out — and putting your central nervous system (CNS) on edge!
The best way to respond isn’t yelling at the first passerby that looks at you funny. Instead, establishing a routine that gives your CNS a little TLC is much more effective!
Phillippa Lally, a psychology researcher at University College London, studied 96 people over the span of 12 weeks measuring how long it took for them to form a habit. She found that it takes approximately 66 days before a habit becomes automatic – although even that was variable based upon the individual, their circumstances, and presumably their genetic make-up and inclination towards sensory impulse and instant gratification.
So while you may have heard that 21 days is enough to “reset,” unfortunately, whoever told you that is likely trying to sell you quick-fix program, leading you to disappointment.
In reality, while the average habit-formation time was 66 days, Lally found that it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to get things cemented in. Habits take time.
You may have even heard about the practice of “sound healing” or the now-über popular binaural beats. Sound is healing, at least in the psychosomatic way. It makes us feel good – but it can’t actually heal, right? Or can it…
What drug was originally discovered by an Ethopian goat herder in the 1500’s, was banned in Mecca in 1511, is most expensive in Indonesia, and more than 80% of Americans use it?
What is the most perfect thing in your life? But is it perfect?
As you think about your most perfect thing, you may begin to recognize that it’s full of flaws, imperfections, chips, and faults. That it’s anything but perfect — at least by that definition. And as you think about those “imperfections,” you may find a smile crawl across your face.
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