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What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals About Willpower (And How You Can Apply it to Your Life)

What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals About Willpower (And How You Can Apply it to Your Life) | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it

In the past decade, there has been a lot of fascinating academic research conducted around habit formation and willpower. By examining things like how smokers quit, why student perform well, and how New Year's resolvers stay on track, researchers are starting to piece together the answers to how we can build lasting habits and improve our ability to resist temptation. One surprising result is this: to improve your overall well-being, start a new regular habit. Pretty much any positive habit will do.


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Interesting point is made about the impact of habits in one area influences others.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:21 PM

At the turn of the 21st century, a landmark meta-study was conducted that looked at the question "Does Self Control Resemble a Muscle?" After reviewing hundreds of studies over the past few decades, the authors concluded that the answer was "Yes, it does."

Social scientists all over the world started to examine willpower and self-regulation from this "muscle" metaphor. For instance, if willpower is like a muscle, and muscles can get stronger over time with training, could willpower similarly be trained and strengthened?

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Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing.

We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. Thank you for this inspiring post. http://creativeflowevolution.com
Paul Grout's curator insight, August 23, 2013 2:58 AM

Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing. We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. Thank you for this inspiring post. http://creativeflowevolution.com

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Why Executive Function Skills Take So Long To Fully Develop

Why Executive Function Skills Take So Long To Fully Develop | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically reins in impulsive behavior.
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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

Brains in Pain Cannot Learn! | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
Young people experiencing anxiety or depression are unable to learn. We can overcome this through physical movement, focused attention practices, and teaching them about how brains work.
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10 Tips for Creating a Fertile Environment for Kids’ Creativity and Growth

10 Tips for Creating a Fertile Environment for Kids’ Creativity and Growth | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
Mitchel Resnick of the MIT Media Lab applies the Creative Learning Spiral to show how parents and educators can better support kids' creativity.
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Building Students’ Resilience on the Bus

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Six strategies bus drivers can use to support students’ emotional self-regulation.
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3 Science-Based Benefits of Mindfulness

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“We take ten minutes together in mindful silence before we start our day,” the CEO of a boutique investment firm tells me. “We’re more connected the

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Singer Jewel Shares Her Mindfulness Practices

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Singer Jewel shares two simple mindful breathing techniques for learning to observe your thoughts. #mindfulmagazineoct17 #mindfulnessinstruction
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Creativity or losing fear of being wrong

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9 Tips to Cultivate Creativity. People who are curious, persistent, who experiment, make mistakes and are willing to take risks have the courage to be creative.
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How to Cultivate Beginner's Mind for a Fresh Perspective | Mindful Ambition

How to Cultivate Beginner's Mind for a Fresh Perspective | Mindful Ambition | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
Cultivate "Beginner's Mind" (aka Shoshin) to see life from a new perspective. Use these 10 exercises to develop your Beginner's Mind.
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Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity to your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.
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Emotional Agility as a Tool to Help Teens Manage Their Feelings

Emotional Agility as a Tool to Help Teens Manage Their Feelings | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
Teens who who are able to identify and manage emotions may be better equipped to navigate life situations.
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The Neuroscience of Mindfulness (Without Any BS) - The Power of Ideas

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10 Tips To Easily Understand Mindfulness

More and more we see or hear the word Mindfulness nearly everyday. But what does it mean and will you benefit fro


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Pause, Refocus, Assess: Meditation in the Classroom

Pause, Refocus, Assess: Meditation in the Classroom | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
As a classroom practice, meditation can help students strengthen their self-regulation and their focus on coursework. It also boosts their overall health, reduces negative feelings, and fosters compassion.
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What Is Morning Meeting? | Responsive Classroom

What Is Morning Meeting? | Responsive Classroom | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather together in a circle for twenty to thirty minutes and interact with one another during four purposeful components: Greeting: Students and teachers Read More »
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When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
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How Mindfulness Meditation Can Save America

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Hear me out: Mindfulness erodes the psychology of tribalism in subtle and powerful ways.
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Responding to Disruptive Students

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Negative attention doesn’t help difficult students change their ways, but teachers can alter classroom dynamics through this exercise.
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Cultivating Mindfulness for Educators Using Resources From The New York Times

Cultivating Mindfulness for Educators Using Resources From The New York Times | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
Practical strategies for bringing mindfulness into your life both inside and outside of the classroom to support your own well-being and, in turn, the well-being of the young people in your care.
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5 Growth Mindset Practices

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5 Growth Mindset Practices
In their groundbreaking book, Professional Learning Communities at Work, Richard DuFour and Robert Eaker say it clearly when pointing out the issue that comes about when change initiatives are considered "a task to complete rather than an ongoing process." If we really want to improve our schools, our work, and the education of our students, we can do so by adopting a new mindset -- for everyone -- that would include:

Being humble enough to accept that there are things about ourselves and our practices that can improve
Becoming part of professional teams that value constructive critique instead of criticism
Treating setbacks as formative struggles within the learning process instead of summative failures
Realizing the restrictive role that timelines can play in reaching high standards, and using foundational philosophies such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to map systems so that everyone's growth is supported
Create flexible grouping at all times so that nobody's trapped in any one course level or particular type of work.

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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.
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20 Quotes About Mindfulness for People Who Struggle With Being Mindful - Left Brain Buddha

20 Quotes About Mindfulness for People Who Struggle With Being Mindful - Left Brain Buddha | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
Struggling with meditation? Get some inspirational words of wisdom in these quotes about mindfulness for people who struggle with mindfulness!
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Do Mindful People Have a Stronger Sense of Self?

Do Mindful People Have a Stronger Sense of Self? | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it

"...Researchers at the University of Utah recruited over 1,000 undergraduate students, ranging in age from 18 to 53, to complete questionnaires about three traits:


Mindfulness: Their tendency to be aware of their thoughts and feelings and to respond to them in deliberate, non-reactive, non-judgmental ways.


Self-concept clarity: How stable, clear, and unconflicted their views of themselves are.


Well-being: How much they feel a sense of self-acceptance, autonomy, and control over their environment; the quality of their relationships; and their experience of personal growth and purpose in life.


The results showed that more mindful students reported higher well-being—and that a stronger sense of self partly accounted for that link.


Delving deeper into the data, the researchers found that some aspects of mindfulness were more crucial than others. Students who were more non-judgmental about their thoughts and feelings tended to report a particularly clear sense of self; on the other hand, those who were better at observing the present actually had slightly lower self-concept clarity.


“Being non-judgmental may increase the likelihood of accepting the self, which may increase the willingness of more mindful individuals to explore and examine the self—ultimately, being more familiar or friendly with themselves,” explains lead author Adam W. Hanley. In other words, if we don’t expect to beat ourselves up for our flaws, we may be more willing to take a clear look in the mirror. 


(Participants skilled at observing didn’t have deeper self-knowledge, Hanley speculates, because the questions about observing focused on their ability to notice external states—everyday smells, the sun on their face—rather than internal ones.)


How might mindfulness and a strong sense of self work together to make us happier?


Besides reducing the uncertainty and conflict of self-doubt, they may also have positive benefits—by allowing us to confidently pursue the goals and relationships that are most authentically important to us. (In fact, mindfulness was recently linked to acting in line with your values.)


Also, if mindful people notice change and improvement in themselves, they can shed ingrained beliefs that are no longer true—like “I’m not successful enough” or “I’m too shy.”..."

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How to activate your brain's ability to learn

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Overlearning, or continuing to train a skill after you've already mastered it, may make it less likely to forget that skill when you acquire new ones.

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Multitask, According to a MIT Neuroscientist

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Multitask, According to a MIT Neuroscientist | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
You may think you're good at multitasking, but neuroscientists know the truth.

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Impact of Devices on Children's Sleep a Major Concern for Researchers -- THE Journal

Impact of Devices on Children's Sleep a Major Concern for Researchers -- THE Journal | Mindfulness and Learning | Scoop.it
Increased access to and use of mobile digital devices at bedtime among children and teens is a “major public health concern,” according to a recently published meta-analysis by British researchers.
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