Tag: Mindset

Research Finds Benefits of Guilt and Confession

Guilt plays a role in whether admitting to a lapse in self-control helps us resist temptation in the future or makes us more likely to give in again, according to new research. We’ve all slipped up when we’re trying to improve ourselves, perhaps by eating better or spending more wisely, and sometimes when we do,…


Why Goals Fail, and How to Do Better

A goal is any outcome in your life that wouldn’t happen without an intervention. It’s a detour from the path of least resistance. Maybe you recognize that your current habits aren’t cutting it. You have greater ambitions for your life than the trajectory your current behaviors have you on. You’re going to need to change…


A Guide to Practicing Trust

At the core of a lot of our difficulties is a lack of trust—especially trust in ourselves. Think about these common difficulties that most of us face: What to focus on: We don’t trust our hearts to choose what we would like to work on right now. Indecision: We get stuck on indecision because we…


Should You Cheat on Your Diet?

Many people live for the glory of cheating on their diets. This concept of eating your favorite treats while otherwise following what you consider an optimal diet is often referred to as “cheat meals.” Many nutrition experts recommend that people don’t try to be a dietary saint all of the time and incorporate some leeway…


Getting Young Athletes Ready for a New School Year

As a new school year begins, many students return to their favorite sports or try something new. Encouraging kids to make physical activity part of their lives has lifelong benefits, said Dr. Theodore Shybut, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Shybut offered some tips for getting…


Stop Obsessing Over Talent—everyone Can Sing

A Hungarian film titled “Sing” won the 2017 Oscar for best short film. “Sing” tells the story of young Zsófi, who joins a renowned children’s choir at her elementary school where “everyone is welcome.” Soon after joining, Zsófi is told by her teacher Erika not to sing, but only mouth the words. On the face…


Living Life in the Slow Lane

A simple statement I’ve been reminded of recently is that we can’t do everything and expect to do everything well. Our society prioritizes efficiency and productivity. Many work long days, fill every minute of their schedules, rush from one thing to the next, and create systems that allow for tasks to get finished faster. I’ve…


Getting to the Heart of Impulse Shopping

It’s a simple fact: the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the amount of impulse shopping most people have been doing. There are a lot of stats proving it, but you can simply take a look at your own life and the lives of people you know to see if it’s true for you. Why have we…


6 Things I’ve Learned From the Amish

My first novel about the Amish was published in 2010. Since then, I’ve published 28 additional books about the Plain people. I’ve also visited communities in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Wisconsin. I began my own journey with minimalism two years ago when I took a Joshua Becker course. I’ve noticed many similarities between the…


Financial Struggles Can Be Tough on Families, And Tough to Explain to Kids

Financial pressures may have made this a year when some families can’t afford pricy extras, such as after-school activities or summer camp. It’s OK to explain this to your kids, said an expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who offered tips for the conversation, as well as low-cost alternatives for budget-friendly summer fun….