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Habits: 8 Evidence Based Tips

For nine long months I have been blogging, reading and thinking about habits.  That seems like the right sort of time to produce something profound. Hence my Habit Baby is ready for delivery to the world….               Here are my 8 evidence based tips to create the habits you […]

Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life? From Mary Oliver (The Summer Day).       ‘Begin within the end in mind’ is a neat phrase that gets at the heart of goal setting.  It is also the […]

Habit 1: Be Proactive

This is part of a series on the science (if any) behind the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ from the late Stephen Covey. This post is about Habit 1: Be Proactive Stop the press! When preparing the introduction for this series I had not yet found anything really slamming Coveys ideas.  This week I […]

The 7 Habits: Do they stand the test of time? Will they save us?

Once upon a time when I was a young management consultant/coach, I swallowed ideas on offer at swanky conferences by swanky peeps (especially when the hotel and wine were good).  My past four years in the ivory towers (doing a PhD) have taught me to question everything, to ask for the evidence.  I am now […]

How Emotions Are Made: A Book Review

The Book: “How Emotions are made”. By Lisa Feldman Barret. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcout (2017) Why should you care how your emotions are made? Let me ask you this: how often do you feel a victim of your emotions? or someone else’s? Conversely how often to you feel fully in charge of your emotions? […]

Science & Me

Once upon a time …. I was one of those people: my yoga retreats, desperate searches for the best organic vegetables, unpasteurized goats milk (direct from the happy free-range goat), expensive visits to holistic therapists of every flavour, walking barefoot on the morning grass to ‘ground myself’.  I am embarrassed to say, I have no […]

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 […]

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 […]

The problem with science is … not enough sex!

The problem with science is … not enough sex! Fact: Katy Perry has 97 million twitter followers, NASA has 22.8 million.  Science is just not sexy enough … sex sells, science not so much. The problem with science is …  fashion Challenge: Name three living scientists from different fields – how did you do?  What […]