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Despite so many studies being done on improving ourselves, it can be hard to find specific, actionable steps to make our lives better.

Bestselling authors cut out the jargon and pop psychology to give insight and tips to be a better you.

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The Science of Self Peter Hollins

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Despite so many studies being done on improving ourselves, it can be hard to find specific, actionable steps to make our lives better.

Bestselling authors cut out the jargon and pop psychology to give insight and tips to be a better you.

If you want proven ways and applicable tips to live a better life, listen in twice a week and start growing!

    The Science Of Being Lucky

    The Science Of Being Lucky

    • Luck may play a bigger role in our success than we think. By examining what we consider lucky breaks, serendipity and fortuitous events, we can better handle the invisible forces that favor some and not others.
    • Research has made surprising findings, i.e., that it may be better to be mediocre in skills but lucky than to be highly talented yet unlucky. Mathematical models have tended to show the irrelevance of skill and talent, and emphasize the fact that randomness plays a big part in what we consider success.


    • In the case of the discovery of LSD (and many other scientific advances), we can see that luck plays a surprising role.


    • Luck may play a role in an absolute sense in determining the hand we’re dealt in what Warren Buffett calls the “Ovarian Lottery” – where we’re born, our genes, and so on. But hard work does matter, and may factor in a more relative sense, i.e., it helps us distinguish ourselves from others who have been similarly lucky.


    • Luck and hard work play a part. We cannot control luck, but we can understand how it works and position ourselves accordingly, so that we’re ready to strike when and if opportunity does come our way.


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    • 25 min
    To Suffer Is To Live

    To Suffer Is To Live

    • There are countless theoretical approaches to understanding the universal problem of suffering. We start with the Buddhist conception, which sees pain as an inevitable and natural part of life, which is transient and always changing. Therefore if we attach to what is impermeant, we will suffer when it changes.
    • The parable of the farmer and the Buddha shows that our biggest problem is that we believe we should have no problems.


    • In these views, suffering occurs because, paradoxically, we think we should not be suffering!


    • Pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional. Suffering is pain plus our grasping, resistance, attachment or identification. Thus we can greatly reduce our suffering by changing how we deal with pain.


    • The serenity prayer teaches us that we need the wisdom to discern between what is in our power to control (our mental reaction to pain) and what isn’t (the pain itself).


    • According to Viktor Frankl, in the brief moment after pain, we have a gap where we can pause and decide what response we would like to have. We may evolve mechanisms to respond automatically, but we also have the power to choose our response if we are conscious.


    • Cognitive behavioral psychologists recognize a similar principle, and explain how our minds can trap us in suffering. We experience pain and then immediately create a thought about it. This thought creates our feelings and a physiological reaction, for example, stress and tension in the body. In time, these feelings spiral out of control and manifest as behaviors that reinforce our original thoughts.


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    Peter Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition.


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    • 23 min
    Ernest Shackleton And His Crew: An Inspiring Story Of Strength And Survival

    Ernest Shackleton And His Crew: An Inspiring Story Of Strength And Survival

    Shackleton’s lessons:
    • Find purpose. Seek a deeper meaning and significance in your life, and, if it strengthens you, anchor yourself in religion or spirituality. Shackleton never felt alone during his most arduous challenges, and that’s because he was a man of faith.
    • When times are challenging, keep sane and even-keeled by engrossing yourself in the details of day to day life. Keep a routine, look after the basics of life, and if need be, find relieving distractions when things get especially difficult.


    • Finally, don’t give up. When you encounter a challenge, reframe the way you look at it: it’s not the end. Difficulties are not a sign that your journey is over, just that the route has changed. Difficulties are just things to overcome. If you have hope, then you’ll be prepared and ready to grasp opportunity when it does finally come your way.


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    • 20 min
    Background Noise

    Background Noise

    • The final major biological difference is the level of background noise that is inside the introvert’s or extrovert’s mind. To put it plainly, introverts have perpetual static and chatter in their mind, which makes them more liable to overwhelm, analysis, rumination, and retreating to solitude. Hans Eysenck proved a corollary of this with his lemon juice test, in which he found that introverts were generally easier to arouse and become alert.
    • All of these differences make it seem like introverts are somewhat less predisposed to survival than extroverts. But the opposite is true; zoological studies have found that there are generally two groups in a society, rovers and sitters, and both are needed because they complement each other. Rovers are extroverts—thrill-seekers and out and about. Sitters are introverts—planners, analyzers, and operating in the background. That is to say, introverts keep themselves and the people around them safer than they might be otherwise.


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    Peter Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition.


    Visit https://bit.ly/peterhollins to pick up your FREE human nature cheat sheet: 7 surprising psychology studies that will change the way you think.


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    • 11 min
    The Reading And Writing Habits

    The Reading And Writing Habits

    • Get into the reading habit to increase your empathy and communication skills, as well as relax. Anything goes, but literary fiction is best for strengthening perspective and “theory of mind” ability.
    • Journaling or keeping a diary can make you happier and help you modulate and regulate your emotions. Try whatever form works best for you.




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    tional #TheReadingAndWritingHabits #RussellNewton #NewtonMG #NeuroHappiness

    • 10 min
    Dangerous Cognitive Distortions

    Dangerous Cognitive Distortions

    A few of the most well-known and dangerous cognitive distortions are all-or-nothing thinking, personalizing, overgeneralizing, catastrophizing, and jumping to conclusions. An especially notable cognitive distortion that robs us of resilience is emotional reasoning. This is when reality is defined by the emotions we feel at that very moment. Comparisons are not necessarily a cognitive distortion, but they create the same skewed reality and set of expectations. You should evaluate yourself according to your own baseline instead of comparing your worst to other people’s best.
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    Peter Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition.


    Visit https://bit.ly/peterhollins to pick up your FREE human nature cheat sheet: 7 surprising psychology studies that will change the way you think.


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    • 10 min

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