Habits Big & Small: Flossing Investigated

This post is a summary of some research on flossing.  Before you yawn and go to sleep – think – what can be learnt from flossing about other habits and hence building a better life? At the start of the article Judah and his mates remind us of some of the things we have learnt […]

The Power of Habit: A Review

In my current obsession of researching the research on habits, it was obvious to revisit Charles Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit”. Duhigg’s book is a delight to read (and reread). I like his vivid story telling, which almost has me forget I am learning. There is also a practical take-outs session at the end. […]

How are Habits Formed?

When behaviors are repeated in consistent settings (places, times, with certain peeps, etc.) they become automatic responses, that is, they become habits. So how do habits form? How long do they take to form? How is this different with each person? And how important is reward (or reinforcement) in this process? Let’s talk rewards first […]

Changing Circumstance, Disrupting Habits

Habits are Automatic How much did you today that was simply a repetition of yesterday?  Was your breakfast similar? Maybe it was different but you sat in the same chair or ate it at the same time? What about the order of your morning ablutions? The route you took to work?  The irresistible snack you […]

I am my habits and you, my dear, are yours.

My regulars may have noticed I’ve lost my groove somewhat in recent months.  I have many excuses; not least of which is trying to finish my PhD and preparing for another international move with the family.  Although I have kept up my blogging mojo with more on my plate.  So why the slippage?  I think […]

But we never go out any more!!!

Life is not easy for the loved ones of the chronically ill. There was a big hoo-ha recently in endometriosis circles when someone dared publish an article on what endometriosis does to the sex lives of men.  It is not much of a spoiler to say …. bad stuff happens … very bad stuff happens. […]

It’s not Rocket Science: 34 tips to an evidence based life well lived

Confused by conflicting health advice? Not sure if you should cook your kale in coconut oil or sweep it all in the rubbish bin (coconut oil is nice and slippery like that). Well I have some shocking news, it’s acutally not that hard or confusing, there is more agreement and good science than confusion and […]

Red meat and death etc – again! Were our ancestors really so smart?

A fascinating study published recently is definitely worth a read in this day of low carb high fat diet trends. The study followed over half a million americans aged 58 to 71 years, for 16 years.  That is MASSIVE in terms of a sample size for research. Of course many of them were dead by […]

I used to be soooo brave

Way back in the summer of 1991, just turned 18, I headed off to live in a city 1,300km from my rural town of 300 people. I took my bike, an old suitcase, a collection of tatty and unfashionable clothes and a few tools to reassemble said bike on arrival.  I swear, I went without […]

Feeling the Fear: Getting in touch with the physical symptoms of anxiety.

Key advice from the wisdom on managing anxiety is to try and notice and ‘sit mindfully with’ the physical symptoms.  This is especially true in the cruel and extreme form of anxiety that is panic attacks. Ask ‘uncle google’ what the physical symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks are and you’ll see such delights as: […]

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