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“Habit Change Is Easiest When People Move House or Undergo Some Life Transition.”

Habits interview: Wendy Wood. I was very pleased to get the chance to interview Professor and Vice Dean Wendy Wood, because she’s one of the top experts in the field of habits, and has done much of the most interesting research in the area. For instance, it was her research that showed that about people repeat about 40% of their …


A Key to Good Habits? Don’t Allow Ourselves to Feel Deprived.

A few days ago, I read Gretchen Reynolds’s piece in the New York Times, Losing weight may require some serious fun, about a study that makes a point that I think is incredibly important. In the study, women were sent to walk a one-mile course in the next half hour, with lunch to follow. –Half were told that their walk …


Take a Look At These Fascinating Happiness-Related Word Clouds.

A thoughtful reader sent me the link to Michael Kelley’s piece, “Scientists Used Facebook for the Largest Ever Study of Language and Personality, about a fascinating study done by University of Pennsylvania researchers, “Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media.” They used 700 million words, phrases, and topic instances taken from Facebook, from 75,000 volunteers,  to analyze …


Secret of Adulthood: Most Decisions Don’t Require Extensive Research.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   Agree, disagree? Whether or not research is required, some people love to do research. A desire to do extensive research may be related to whether you’re a satisficer or a maximizer, or where you fit in the Four Rubin Tendencies of Upholder, Questioner, Rebel, or Obliger. (Yes, for lack of a better label, I’m calling …


Why the Internet Makes Me Happy. Also Drives Me Crazy, But Makes Me Happy.

People talk a lot about the happiness risks of the internet, such as how online shopping or celebrity news can suck away our time, or how Facebook can foster comparison with other people. The internet amplifies aspects of human nature, so I try to watch out for its bad effects. But I also remind myself of how happy the internet …