Science Tries to Flip the Addiction Switch and Succeeds

Researchers at Scripps have discovered what they're calling an addiction switch. When the addiction switch is on, cravings follow. When the switch is off, cravings are diminished or non-existent. Even withdrawal symptoms gave way when the addiction switch was turned off.

The population, in this case, consisted of alcohol-dependent rats. The tool to flip the addiction switch is a laser. Researchers used lasers to target a specific region of the rats' brain. The procedure is not available...


Can We Create a New Paradigm for Business?

As an entrepreneur, I spent a great deal of time in the early stages of setting up my business looking at what my ‘competition’ was doing.

I also spent a huge amount of energy trying to figure out how to build constant and continuous growth into my business plan. How could I continue to expand, and keep up with all those bigger and more successful businesses out there? How could I increase revenue and profits, and lower...


Are You a Gossip? (and How to Stop Being One if You Are!)

Gossip is nasty business.

It causes some degree of pain and suffering to whoever it touches. Even so called ‘idle’ gossip is negatively felt on a subtle level by those involved.

Perhaps you’re adamantly agreeing with me right now, shaking your head at ‘those’ people. But be careful - you may just be engaging in gossip more often than you realize.
What Exactly IS Gossip and Why Do We Do It?
The formal definition of gossip calls it “casual or...


8 Causes of Self-Sabotage

Often referred to as “getting in your own way” self-sabotage implies that you are doing harm to yourself even though there are better options.

Examples of Self-Sabotage
You might:

Have work to do but procrastinate by surfing the internet.

Yell at your children when you know it will make matters worse.

Overeat when you know you’ll regret it later.


How to Stop Complaining

Knowing how to stop complaining and actually ceasing to complain are two different things.

In this post will talk about how to stop complaining while assuming you want to stop complaining. For most people, however, the desire to stop complaining is not so clear. It's as if part of you wants to complain or refuses to stop complaining and another part of you knows it's better to stop.


The 13 Biggest Disappointments of Adulthood

A recent post on Reddit got the community buzzing about what they felt were the biggest disappointments of adulthood.

Most of the responses were quite heartfelt - many were a bit sad or wistful, some a little angry, and a few to make you fall off your chair laughing. But all of them were, I think, quite relatable.

Let’s take a look at a...


Simple Act that Reduces Social Anxiety

Researchers from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Colombia claim evidence that "doing good deeds" helps people relax. Do random acts of kindness reduce social anxiety?

I'd love to believe that such is the case. And if this turns out to be true, it also suggests something a little darker in the minds of people with social anxiety.

Jennifer Trew, one of the researchers involved in this study, said, "Acts of kindness...


Is Acceptance a Form of Weakness or Defeat?

Someone commented recently that to accept something you don’t like about yourself is a form of defeat.

When I asked what the issue was, he replied, “I can’t accept my height. I’m too short. I feel like if I were to accept it, I’d be giving in. I don’t want it to matter to me at all. I want to be indifferent around the issue.”


The Tao of Habits: Finding Freedom Between the Extremes

Swinging Between The Extremes

I’ve always had a thing for sweets.

Not just any will do: my weakness is for treats that are a perfect combination of fat and sugar. Fudge for instance. I can eat my body weight in fudge, and still go back for ‘just one more piece’.

For the most part, I’ve been able to control my sweet tooth, and generally maintain a well-balanced, healthy diet. But there have been times in...


The Life Purpose Trap

What if Searching For Your True Calling is Making you Miserable? 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all the emphasis being placed on finding one’s true purpose or calling in life.

Seems like everyone is doing it, or at least that’s the message we’re bombarded with on a near constant basis. Judging by the number of people claiming to have found theirs, or giving 5 simple steps to finding ours,...