Happiness and Your Brain

Podcast Episode 25. Listen Here. Philosophers have been trying to answer the “What is Happiness?” question for millennia. It’s not a simple question. Back in Episode 2 I looked at the experience of happiness and whether we experience it more through pleasure or more through meaning. In this episode, I look at the brain chemicals associated…

Habits of a Supermum (Podcast)

Every now and then you meet people who somehow manage to have it all and still have it all together. Jessica Rashleigh, founder of the Supermum Society, is one of those people. In this episode, I talk to her about her habits in life and in business to get a sense of how she keeps…

Willpower and Moral Licensing (Blog and Podcast)

This podcast episode is Part 6 of 6 in the “Goals and Habits” Series In this episode, we look at willpower in general and also explore the effect of labelling your habits (or yourself) as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. In Short: Willpower is finite is depleted by: stress lack of sleep can be trained and strengthened…

Rewards and Judgement (Blog and Podcast)

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash This podcast episode forms part 5 of 6 in the “Goals and Habits” series. Listen here. In Short: Set up your new habits so they feel rewarding to you, right from the start Develop a sense of acceptance – of yourself and your fallibility. A slip doesn’t mean it’s…

Day 15: The multi-cue habit

I’ve spent today recording this week’s podcast episode about habits. In it, I talk about how habits form and discuss the three elements that make up a habit – a cue, a routine and a reward. I decided to use this little 100 day quest as an example to explain how the cue triggers you to…

Goals: How to set good ones (Blog and Podcast)

This podcast episode is the first in the “Goals and Habits Series”. Listen here. It’s that time of year again. Most of us have fresh goals and great hopes for achieving them. I have set myself some lofty goals and am using the process described here to give myself the best shot at success. In…

Day 3: Unintended Consequences or something more?

I have spent so many years berating myself for drinking that I didn’t register the role alcohol played in the ebb and flow of my motivation. Every day, I would wake up feeling a bit sluggish and “morning me” would need to prove to myself that I was a high performer, someone who can achieve…