My happiness project

A girl dives high into the pool

I’m going to dive head first into my project

Ta-da. My happiness project begins today, September 1st 2013. I intend my project to last at least 12 months because I think that I need plenty of time to make any significant improvements in my life.

For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, check Gretchen Rubin’s blog at http://happiness-project.com [Read more…]

Key to Happiness: small repeated boosts on well-being?

the dancer

Practice yoga, be happy?

Some time ago I stumbled upon an interesting research paper about increasing your happiness and well-being.

Many studies have come to the conclusion that big life events like winning the lottery or getting married have no lasting effect on your level of happiness. [Read more…]

An Alternative to Perfect

Last week I published a post that discusses the connection between perfectionism and difficulties in weight maintenance. I think  perfectionism is one reason why weight maintenance is so hard for me, because it puts excess stress on me and it makes it hard for me to accept occasional setbacks.

To continue the discussion, I asked Deborah Cook from DietSchmiet to write a post about the role perfectionism has played in her life and in her weight issues.

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Guest post by Deborah Cook.

When I was young my father would constantly repeat, “It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game that counts.” [Read more…]

Is Perfectionism Making You Fat?

Thoughtful woman with problemAn alternative title could be: Is Perfectionism Keeping You Fat?

I’ve written a lot about stress and my unsuccessful attempts at losing weight* . If you life is so stressful that you can barely cope, you probably won’t be very successful in your attempts to stick to a healthier lifestyle.

There are many practical and concrete things to decrease your daily stress, but I’m not really interested in them here.

I’m interested in the ways you create your own stress, and I’m especially interested in how perfectionist thinking causes stress. [Read more…]

Inspiration for Confronting Your Fears

Now would have been a perfect time to create another fitspiration picture, but I decided to create an inspiration picture instead. 🙂

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Lately, I’ve been writing about my attempts to control my stress and unpleasant emotions by eating. The crux of my last post was that eating is a particularly useless way of controlling your emotions, simply because it doesn’t work.

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If you want to gain complete liberation from your fears, you’ll have to confront the monster you fear the most. There is no exception to the rule. ~Dr David Burns. [Read more…]