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A.J. Jacobs is a journalist/author who does “life experiments” and writes about his experiences. His third book was published last month and he also has a day job as an editor at Esquire magazine in...

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Behavioral Experiments CBT

October 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

This post outlines how to do a simple behavioral experiment. Behavioral experiments are one of the most important types of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques. Most people understand that their thoughts and emotions influence their behaviour....

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Quick Tip for Getting Out of a Bad Mood

October 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

This is a tip for when it seems like things keep going wrong. Try thinking of 3 or 4 things that went right in the last 24 hours. When people feel unhappy or stressed these...

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Do you have secret (or not so secret) fears about yourself? Things you fear might be true about you? Or things you fear other people might think about you? Common secret fears include: I’m out...

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If you want more of my writing, I have an article in the current edition of Mindfood magazine. It’s about “Letting Go of Friendships”. Pg. 86. Here’s the cover so you can spot it. You...

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This post is for people who read or subscribe to my blog who might not have read all of the rest of my website (the blog is only part of the overall site – it’s...

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Restorative Practices

September 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

Do you feel like the proverbial rat on the wheel (busy but not accomplishing much that’s important to you)? I’ve written lots of on this blog about the psychological benefits of activities that provide a...

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This is a follow-up post to yesterday’s post about attaining life dreams. What if you don’t know what you want? You don’t know what surface goals would help you achieve your deep goals? A good...

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Finding and Following Your Dreams

August 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

I’m writing this post from New York City. I’ve been on vacation here for 6 weeks or so – recharging my batteries (update: I’m back in Christchurch now). I rarely use personal examples on this...

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Full article. Free. The Science of Being Happy. Co-written by me, Dr Alice Boyes, Christchurch psychology PhD, and Mindfood Editor Donna Duggan. The Science of Being Happy This was the cover – Posted free for...

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