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Three Brains Revisited (3/3): Is Mammering the Best Policy?

Now might I do it pat, now he is praying;
And now I’ll do’t. And so he goes to heaven;
And so am I revenged.

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Proven Process

We all know about goal setting and driving toward results: It’s the way of the winner according to many self-help guides and productivity gurus. Whether we want to eat healthier, exercise more, or finish that novel we’ve been laboring over, we push ourselves toward the big payoff we envision. 422 more words

Chapter One, Willpower

Picture a group of twenty year-olds scattered around a dance studio, facing each other in pairs, leaning forward on their toes, noses touching. This was the first day of a Performance Studies class I took — for one day, before dropping it — called “Performance and the Body,” or something to that effect. 631 more words


A Brief History of Willpower

I find myself invoking the old D.A.R.E. mantra, “Just say no!” when face-to-face with a bag of Peanut M&Ms or a gooey brownie or say, an entire jar of Nutella. 1,040 more words


Happiness Paradox

Sarah Berry in her Sydney Morning Herald article entitled ‘A sad life is not a bad life’ says that ‘A rewarding, well-lived life is not necessarily a happy one because happiness and a meaningful life are often incompatible.’ As the Nobel prize-winning psychologist and behavioural economist, Daniel Kahneman, says: ‘People often make choices that bear a mixed relationship to their own happiness.’ Jennifer Senior in her 2013… 202 more words

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