Coping with Challenges

Clear Goals, Immediate Feedback, and Realizing Our Potential: The Hidden Power of Mastery

  In his enthralling book, The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance, Steven Kotler, describes mastery as a euphoric experience, and one that transforms us. He writes, “When doing what we love transforms us into the best possible version of ourselves and that version hints at even greater future possibilities, the urge to explore those possibilities becomes feverish compulsion” (Kotler, 2014).

Coping with Challenges

Why Your Friends’ Exercise Posts May Not Be The Best Motivation — And May Make You Feel Worse

We have all seen the posts of our friends crossing the finish line of a race, sharing their Strava run statistics, or going for that fabulous hike. According to researchers at Texas State University and the University of Arizona, these posts tends to influence our feelings about our own weight and body image.

Recruiting 232 study participants Stephen Rains, a UA communication professor and UA alumna Tricia Burke, a professor of communication studies at Texas...