To Build New Habits, Get Comfortable Failing

To Build New Habits, Get Comfortable Failing

Most of us don’t wake up in the new year resolving, “This will be my year of failure!” But perhaps we should.

Our enthusiasm at setting big goals for ourselves is matched by our fear of failure down the road.

If you want to succeed at new habits, you need to first learn to succeed at failing. Sociologist Dr. Christine Carter says our success at adopting a new habit depends on our willingness to be bad at it at first. And no matter how smart or skilled we are, new habits — at least any worth pursuing — are going to feel clunky at the outset. We are more likely to falter than achieve an instant state of flow. Because our minds automatically steer us away from that outcome, we need to learn to fail in small steps…READ ON

Natural Disasters Can Take A Real Toll On Mental Health

Repeated exposure to major disasters does not make people mentally stronger, a recent study finds.

In fact, individuals who have been repeatedly exposed to major disasters show a reduction in mental health scores, the researchers report.

Roy Miller sits with his belongings as residents evacuate ahead of Hurricane Laura at the Island Community Center on August 25, 2020 in Galveston, Texas. (Credit: Callaghan O’Hare/Getty Images)

Additionally, the researchers found that the more experience people had with such events, the lower their mental health.

“We discovered the reverse of the adage ‘what does not kill you makes you stronger,’” says lead author Garett Sansom, research assistant professor in the department of environmental and occupational health at the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University.

For the study in the journal Natural Hazards, Sansom and colleagues studied people from the Houston area, which is susceptible to hurricanes and flooding as well as industrial emergencies…READ ON

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