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Addicted to Being Right!

Addicted to Being Right | Willing Ways

Our body makes a chemical choice about how to best protect itself. I’m sure it’s happened to you…  You’re in a tense team meeting trying to defend your position on a big project and start to feel yourself losing ground. Your voice gets louder. You talk over one of your colleagues and correct his point of view.[…]

Are You Mentally Strong Enough to Combat Stress?

Are You Mentally Strong Enough to Combat Stress?

Building mental strength provides protection from the harmful effects of stress. The cumulative effects of chronic stress creep up on you slowly. Initially,  you may be able to shrug off minor health issues and sleep difficulties and explain away decreased productivity and increased irritability. But eventually, the toll stress takes on your health adds up, and ultimately, it could take years off your life. Amy Morin is[…]

Why The Internet Is So Addictive

Why The Internet Is So Addictive

When we escape reality we are left in a virtual abyss. The Internet can be one enormous escape hatch. When life becomes too hard and stressful, when relationships become too unfulfilling or unsatisfactory, it’s compelling to jump down into the rabbit hole of the Internet into a world of virtual reality. Do you understand it[…]

ADHD and Substance Abuse

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Investigating the connection According to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ADHD is linked to a marked increase in substance abuse. This data adds to an increasingly complex treatment landscape and provides evidence that early interventions to prevent addiction may be vital in children struggling with ADHD. Joel L. Young, M.D., is[…]

Addiction Is Not a Failure of Willpower

Addiction is Not a Failure of Willpower | Willing Ways

Does new work on willpower reinscribe old moral beliefs about addicts? Willpower is a popular subject these days. Channel your willpower in all the right ways and you can transform your life. Or so it seems. In an interesting and provocative book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, Roy Baumeister and John Tierney argue that willpower[…]

Parenting a Substance Abuser

Parenting a Substance Abuser | Willing Ways Articles

What to expect on this emotional roller coaster Parenting is an inherently guilt-inducing endeavor. Whether it’s a skinned knee or a failing grade, parents find it hard to resist blaming themselves for their children’s struggles. It’s true that parents have a strong impact on who their children become. Parents who read to their children produce early[…]

Is Love an Addiction?

Is Love an Addiction

You want to be together all the time. Is that wonderful or obsessive? “Too much of a good thing is wonderful” —Mae West Romantic love has often been considered a type of addiction or even sickness. There is no doubt that love involves constant thinking about, and activities with, one’s beloved. But is such persistent preoccupation with one[…]

10 Keys to Happier Living Based on Self-Acceptance

10 Keys to Happier Living Based on Self-Acceptance | Willing Ways

“Learning to love yourself” might actually be “the greatest love of all.” A March 2014 survey by psychologists who study happiness identified “ten keys to happier living” and daily habits that make people genuinely happy. In an unexpected finding, the psychologists at the University of Hertfordshire who performed the survey found that the habit which corresponded most closely[…]

Sugar Addiction: It May Be Very Real

Sugar Addiction It May Be Very Real | Willing Ways

Consumption of refined sugar may actually be “addictive,” research indicates. Scientists and doctors have been coming to the conclusion that sugar, even in relatively small but consistent amounts, may not be healthy for us. In the last few years, the consensus has been leaning toward the idea that refined sugar may be affecting our brains[…]

When Not To Be Nice

When Not To Be Nice | Willing Ways

The late Dr. Harriet Braiker continues to teach us when and how to say no. “Niceness is the psychological armor of the people-pleaser.” ~ Harriet B. Braiker Do you act on a daily basis on any of these internalized beliefs? “I should never say ‘no’ to anyone who needs or requests something of me.” “I should never[…]

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