Mindset

Do Away With Procrastination Once and For All

A professor of economics from the Otago Business School, Dr. Stephen Knowles, worked with a team of scientists to investigate how deadlines impact task completion…or not. The authors surmised that delayed deadlines give people permission to procrastinate.… read more

The Busy Mindset Bonus: Increased Self-Control

Scientists reviewed and analyzed seven studies investigating behavioral outcomes of a busy mindset. The personal perspective of busyness affected multiple domains of self-control, with a decrease of indulgent behaviors.… read more

Self-efficacy Trick That Works Every Time

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “self-efficacy refers to an individual’s belief in his or her capacity to execute behaviors necessary to produce specific performance attainments (Bandura, 1997).” For example, a student with strong self-efficacy will believe they can complete the requirements for a challenging research paper while a student with poor self-efficacy will… read more

An Attitude of Gratitude, Even With COVID

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and this year it comes with unprecedented isolation and disappointment. While traditionally our country has crowded around a family table to celebrate the holiday season, Thanksgiving place-settings of 2020 will be socially distanced.   How can we find an attitude of gratitude amidst the frustrations of COVID? Research on… read more

New Mindset For Uncertain Times

Leadership is a crucial attribute to have in today’s world if a person wants to be successful, and now there could be a new mindset theory to boost leadership qualities! Most people have only heard of Fixed or Growth Mindsets, but the Benefit Mindset is now coming into fruition. The Benefit Mindset focuses on “being… read more

Top 5 Altruistic Acts of COVID-19 and Why We Do Them

Altruism looks good on the outside, but usually comes at a cost. This type of prosocial behavior can be a conundrum because offering generosity takes from the giver, gives to the taker, and gives to the giver. Confused? New research from the June 2020 issue of Science Advances helps us sort it all out.  “Prosocial… read more

Improve Your Love Life by Turning Off Your Phone

Just picture it…a loving couple gaze across the candlelit table at one another, fingers entwined. She leans in for a kiss when the moment is interrupted by a buzzing vibration next to his elbow. In one swift moment the romance dissipates as he picks up his smartphone and smoothly shifts his connection away from the… read more

3 Ways to a New Brain for the New Year

(Back by popular demand…re-post from 1 year ago!) It was the evening of January 1st when my oldest son garnered the family’s attention at the dinner table. “It’s New Year’s Day,” he announced with a dramatic flair, “and I’ve got something important to tell you all.” While his tone was serious, I detected a twinkle… read more

Smile More for a Happier You

Pop culture and media try to convince us that smiling people are happier…and you would be too, if you smiled more. But can the act of smiling actually influence the way you feel? The psychological hypothesis of facial feedback proposes that facial movements do in fact influence one’s emotional state. Yet since this theory was… read more

Adjust to College by Embracing Solitude

I could hear the tears in her voice: “Mom, I’m so lonely! I don’t know anyone here!” My heart ached for her, but I knew urging her to get out and ‘make friends’ would only add to her introverted angst. Instead, I reminded her to embrace the solitude; to relish the quiet times alone for… read more