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Easy New Workout Hack: Be Nice To Yourself!

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According to a new study published in¬†Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, positive self-talk is the key to a quality workout. The study found that cyclers who rooted for themselves pedaled longer than other exercisers, and reported a lower rate of perceived effort. So, telling yourself “I can do this” or rocking some other kickass workout motto makes your sweat session feel a whole lot easier! It’s almost like applying a real-life version of a vision board to your morning run — except this time, you’re putting it into words instead of looking at pretty pictures. Could this apply to self-loving song lyrics too? Guess I’ll have to blast “Boss Ass Bitch” on the elliptical and report back! [Refinery 29] [Image via Shutterstock]

Study: Empathy Goes A Lot Further Than Telling Depressed Friends To Think Positive

There’s often nothing more isolating than being told to “cheer up” or “it’s not so bad” when in the throes of a rough patch. Even when it’s clear that a shift in perspective or a perkier outlook could make a situation seem better, it’s not always possible to just flip an internal switch and suddenly decide to feel better. A new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology¬†reminds us of what psychologists have been saying for years — that these “positive reframing” phrases, which we use in an attempt to create perspective, are sometimes anything but helpful. Keep reading »

How Do You Know A Day Is Starting Off On The Right Foot?

I always know when my day is starting off on the wrong foot. The lid on my coffee cup is leaking; I can’t find anything to wear; I just miss the train and have to wait forever for the next one; my bagel order is messed up. Silly stuff that immediately indicates, “Amelia, today is going to suck.” Of course, an attitude adjustment can turn a bad day into a decent one, but what about those signs that a day is going to be awesome? I had a moment like that this morning. Keep reading »

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