By: karengray | July 28, 2019

Having goals for things we want and working towards them is an important part of being human. The path towards our goals may not always run smoothly or be easy, but having goals, big or small, is part of what makes life good. It gives us a sense of meaning and purpose, points us in the direction we want to go, and gets us interested and engaged, all of which are good for our overall happiness.


We all have dreams we hold back, decisions left to make or plans put on hold. Everyone has at least one thing that they would like to overcome, need to do, or want to do. Sometimes we might be fearful or hesitant to change. What would it look like to go ahead and do it? What would it feel like to take that first step? Some people might just say “Well, ...

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By: karengray | April 30, 2019

Spring is (mostly) here, and it is a great time to begin getting into new, more active habits for the warmer days to come. Being more active, no matter how we move our bodies, can improve our physical and mental health significantly. But sometimes it can seem hard to start a new routine and stick to it. Sometimes, we need a little inspiration!


Although our genetics influence about 50% of the variation in our personal happiness, our circumstances (like income and environment) affect only about 10%. As much as 40% is accounted for by our daily activities and the conscious choices we make. So the good news is that our actions really can make a difference.


Movement has also been shown to improve our mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, ...

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By: karengray | April 15, 2019

When we look at it simply, your comfort zone is a behavioral space, or a mental space, where your activities and behaviors fit inside a nice steady routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. It provides a state of mental security. When you stay inside your comfort zone you benefit in obvious ways, enjoying regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress.


The idea of the comfort zone goes back to 1908 when psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John D. Dodson explained that a state of relative comfort created a steady level of performance. When we are able to maintain a steady and predictable state, then we can anticipate consistent results. And this sounds pretty good, until we want things to change.


In order to maximize performance w...

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