The psychological effects of climate change

“People who worry about animals and nature tend to have a more planetary outlook and think of bigger picture issues,” Helm said. “For them, the global phenomenon of climate change very clearly affects these bigger picture environmental things, so they have the most pronounced worry, because they already see it everywhere. We already talk about extinction of species and know it’s happening. For people who are predominantly altruistically concerned or egoistically concerned about their own health, or maybe their own financial future, climate change does not hit home yet.”

Those with high levels of biospheric concern also were most likely to engage in pro-environmental day-to-day behaviors, such as recycling or energy savings measures, and were the most likely to engage in coping mechanisms to deal with environmental stress, ranging from denying one’s individual role in climate change to seeking more information on the issue and how to help mitigate it.

Source: Researchers explore psychological effects of climate change

Declining trust imposes real-world costs on US society

“Although we see some evidence that previous eras also experienced a decline in trust in institutions, this trend seems to be more pronounced now than in the past,” said Michael D. Rich, co-author of the report and president and CEO of the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. “Today we see that lack of trust across many more pillars of society – in government, media and financial institutions – and a far lower absolute level of trust in these institutions than before.”

Researchers also identify Truth Decay’s four causes: humans’ natural mental habits, changes in the American information ecosystem, competing demands on the educational system that limit its ability to keep up with changes in that information ecosystem, and political, sociodemographic and economic polarization.

Source: Declining trust in facts, institutions imposes real-world costs on US society, RAND report finds

Better Motivation for Better Health

Trying to stay motivated while changing your lifestyle to healthier habits is tough but here are some tips and resources to make it easier.

As I said, there’s no doubt in my mind that the best way to create more energy and motivation is to take action, even if it’s small. Excitement grows and catches on when we see progress.

It bears repeating:

Action breeds motivation, not the other way around.

If you are looking to make some lifestyle changes to improve your health and want to get (and stay) motivated, you’ve chosen a worthy cause! No matter which habit you’ve chosen to take on, I’ve found these seven steps can help keep motivation strong:

Source: How to Stay Motivated for Better Health | Wellness Mama

Reaching Your Goals – Try “Cheat Days”

Recent Wharton research finds that people who utilize “emergency reserves” – such as a cheat day on a diet – are more likely to attain their goals.

[email protected]: What are the key takeaways? Does having an emergency reserve simply make people feel better psychologically, or is something else going on?

Sharif: I think there are two things going on for why people with emergency reserves are performing better. The first one is that people try to resist using their emergency reserves. They try to hold on to them. They’re waiting for a better or more emergency situation to use them later on, and they kind of feel bad using them if it’s not an emergency situation.

Source: Why Flexibility Is the Key to Reaching Your Goals

Neoliberalism, Perfectionism, and Mental Health Disorders

But the problem with this, of course, is that what we’re doing is we’re teaching children that they need to compete against each other in an open marketplace. So we are essentially instilling a sense of social anxiety, of social hierarchy. We’re suggesting that inequality is virtuous because those that have done well deserve the rewards. And so essentially what we have now is a culture where we are continually comparing, and it isn’t just in education. The explosion of social media has put this idea of social comparison on steroids and essentially has given us a platform at a societal level for people to engage in social comparison, continually working out where we stand relative to others.

The link to perfectionism here is that if we continually worry about how we perform relative to others, and if the consequences of failure are so catastrophic, both economically but also for our sense of self-worth — that’s to say, if we don’t get the perfect score, if we don’t get a high score, if we don’t rank better than others, then we feel worse about ourselves and our self-esteem — what that means is that we tend to cope in that culture by developing perfectionistic tendencies because of course if we have high standards, then we’re unlikely to fail, and if were unlikely to fail, we’re unlikely to feel badly about ourselves and also we’re more likely to ensure that we have a higher market price.

So that’s why we link it with neoliberalism, because of this idea that we’re almost forcing kids to compete with each other and to cope, perfectionistic tendencies are emerging.

Source: The Link Between Neoliberalism, Perfectionism, and Mental Health Disorders | naked capitalism

Thinking vs Knowing – how, not what

The best forecasters exhibit the following characteristics:
  • They are open-minded, reflective, and intellectually curious.
  • They acknowledge what they do not know.
  • They gather information from a wide variety of sources and question the validity of each source.
  • They enjoy pondering a range of diverse views, and they update their conclusions as facts change.
  • They treat beliefs as testable hypotheses rather than hard truths.
In my view, the same might be said about the best leaders.  They often distinguish themselves by how they think, not what they know.

Creating Collective Intelligence

David Sloan Wilson interviews Geoff Mulgan

Say the word “mind” and most people immediately think about the workings of an individual brain. The idea that something larger than an individual might have a mind seems like science fiction—but modern evolutionary theory says otherwise.

It is now widely accepted that eusocial insect colonies—ants, bees, wasps, and termites—have collective minds, with members of the colony acting more like neurons than decision-making units in their own right. For example, a critical stage in the life of a honeybee colony is when it fissions and the swarm that leaves must find a new nest cavity. Exquisite research by Thomas Seeley and his associates shows that the swarm behaves like a discerning human house hunter, scouting the available options and evaluating them according to multiple criteria. Yet, most scouts visit only one cavity and have no basis for comparison. Instead, the comparison is made by a social process that takes place on the surface of the swarm, which is remarkably similar to the interactions among neurons that take place when we make decisions. After all, what is a multi-cellular organism but an elaborately organized society of cells?

The reason that multi-cellular organisms and eusocial insect colonies both have minds is because they are both units of selection. Lower-level interactions that result in collective survival and reproduction are retained, while lower-level interactions that result in dysfunctional outcomes pass out of existence. What we call “mind” focuses on the lower-level interactions that result in the gathering and processing of information, leading to adaptive collective action.

Source: How to Create Collective Intelligence | naked capitalism

Top Habit Sites

Top Habit Sites

Site –
About Site – Lifehack is the leading source of practical and adaptable knowledge dedicated to improving Health, Happiness, Productivity, Relationships, and more.Everything on Lifehack aims to get readers refreshing ideas to end the bad thoughts and bad habits. We help individuals end negativity, get things done fast, and achieve their goals.
Frequency – about 28 posts per week

Site –
Davis, CA
About Site – Zen Habits is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.
Frequency – about 2 posts per week
Since – Jan 2007

Better Humans
Site –
San Francisco, CA
About Site – Real stories of success in productivity, health and leadership. Build a habit around any goal. Hire an accountability coach to get daily support for building your potential.
Frequency – about 8 posts per week
Since – Jul 2012

Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin
Site –
New York City
About Site – My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits.
Frequency – about 3 posts per week

Changing Habits
Site –
Sunshine Coast, Australia
About Site – Healthy Eating Programs & Food Education. Take control of your health and vitality with education and real food. Learn how to change your habits today!
Frequency – about 1 post per week
Since – Jun 2009

Source: Top Habit RSS Feeds on the Web | Habit Sites | Feedspot RSS Reader

Leadership Development Trends

Like most things in today’s world, leadership development is changing quickly. It is not just about how the whole process goes, but also about how today’s leaders work and function in a different fashion. Coping with the changes in leadership development enables you to do your job properly, and can also facilitate the success of your business as a whole.

Not all of the trends in leadership development have appeared at the same time. The evolution of various tools affects how the whole business community evolves and changes as the years go by. Some businesses will experience such changes sooner or stronger than others.

Source: Future Trends in Leadership Development – TFOT

A Tool For Setting Your 2018 Goals

When people are put on the spot—and about to make a financial investment in improving their health—they spend some time really thinking about how to specifically articulate their health goals.

They put a lot more time into it than most of us put into our New Year’s Resolutions, which often end up looking a lot like the same hastily-scribbled list from last year.

And that’s a big reason why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work.

A benign list, with no emotion behind it—no strategy, no incentive, no WHY—will almost always fall short in the motivation category. There’s no skin in the game. I’m not talking about a financial investment. I’m talking about an emotional one. A spiritual one.

Source: A Practical Tool For Your 2018 Goal Setting | Mark’s Daily Apple