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4 Ways to Get Into a Positive Mindset for the New Year

Posted: January 05, 2017

With the New Year in sight, you may be starting to think about making resolutions.

Having a sunny outlook can help you make better resolutions and be more successful in achieving them. "When the brain is positive, [it] releases neurochemicals called success accelerants like dopamine and they turn on part of the brain that allow you to perceive more possibilities [and] process more information," says happiness expert Shawn Achor. A pessimistic mindset, by contrast, causes the brain to feel threatened, closing it off to new opportunities.


New Year New You!

Posted: January 02, 2017

It’s Time to Put Your Best Foot Forward

The start of a new year brings fresh starts, new opportunities, new goals and new dreams.  While you may not set New Year’s resolutions, you can set new goals for yourself. Whether you need to quit smoking, lose weight, or learn a new skill, a New Year offers a fresh perspective on the year that you won’t have any other time. The American Psychological Association (APA) cautions that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes, but as a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes.

Aspiring to earn your next belt is admirable, but whether or not that happens is not directly within your control. Instead, make your goal something you alone are responsible for. For example, you can set out to do a certain number of push-ups each day or get a certain number of extra reps on a technique at each taekwondo class.

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