What is the snake effect, and why should you watch out for it?

Have you ever noticed that you don’t age? Not visibly, it happens slowly, especially as you reach adulthood, where changes occur so gradually that they become imperceivable. Then, one day you wake up and are much older than you remember. In The Science and Technology of Growing Young, Sergey Young describes aging as: “… theContinue reading “What is the snake effect, and why should you watch out for it?”

The wave of craving – how to overcome any bad habit

Do you find yourself constantly struggling to avoid temptations? Me too; that’s why I have written this blog to reaffirm what I have learned about self-discipline and guide you down a path to better self-control. Craving as a wave My meditation practice began falling apart lately, and I noticed it has had knock-on effects onContinue reading “The wave of craving – how to overcome any bad habit”

How to cultivate curiosity

The leaves are falling, and school is in full swing with exams just around the corner – this is a learning time. The days are getting darker and colder, giving us the perfect reason to curl up with a blanket in a warm place and learn something new. To make learning a habit, you mustContinue reading “How to cultivate curiosity”

How to bundle temptations to build habits.

Using temptation bundling can increase your motivation and help you build good habits. It’s simple; you pair something you enjoy with something you would like to enjoy. This way, you develop a positive association with the new thing and eventually crave it. Coffee and alcohol do this automatically. Most people don’t actively decide to startContinue reading “How to bundle temptations to build habits.”

How to manage your assets for a long life (part 1)

To manage your assets, you must develop a long-life mindset and habits that match that mindset. In life, there are tangible and intangible assets. Tangible ones are the ones most people think of with an attached financial value. Meanwhile, the intangible ones are the ones that have an impact on your life but have noContinue reading How to manage your assets for a long life (part 1)

How to avoid the accomplishment trap

This is the moment you’ve been training for; all of your effort over the past weeks, months, and years has been for this moment. It’s finally the big day, the biggest challenge you have undertaken; you are ready for it. You start, you struggle, but in the end, you succeed, and then you are hitContinue reading “How to avoid the accomplishment trap”

The three-step approach to achieving your goals

Do you ever wonder if you are on the right path? There are many ways to get to a destination, so it can be hard to know if you are on the right one. To ensure that you are on the right path, you must first have the right mindset.  The Motivation Myth illustrates that you areContinue reading “The three-step approach to achieving your goals”

Lulu shorts and a magical tailor – the best financial habits for millennials

Longevity is about more than health; you will also need money as you age. The earlier you develop healthy money habits, the better off you will be. This post was inspired by a recent trip to the tailors. Hence, the Lulu shorts. I love these shorts as they have convenient pockets and are quite fashionable. Continue reading “Lulu shorts and a magical tailor – the best financial habits for millennials”

The four stages of my marathon – How failure became a success.

Nobody wants to pay for Netflix, but we all want access to it. After several years of casually passing the Netflix puck back and forth, my brother and I devised a final solution for who would foot the bill that year: a race. Last year we both did a half-marathon with moderate difficulty. This year,Continue reading “The four stages of my marathon – How failure became a success.”

How to effectively boost your motivation using a visualization meditation.

 Yin and Yang represent the complementary forces of light and dark, positive and negative. Last week I discussed the importance of maintaining a positive attitude. Pessimism can be combined with optimism to ensure you are ready for the pitfalls as you work towards your goals. In life, there must be balance; every Yin must have aContinue reading “How to effectively boost your motivation using a visualization meditation.”

Three steps to a wealthy and fulfilling life

Looking backwards, it seems like everything I wanted to be when I grew up happened; I wanted to travel the world and go on adventures. Now that I have spent the last five years doing exactly that, I am ready for another type of adventure: stability.  I didn’t realize it as it was happening, butContinue reading “Three steps to a wealthy and fulfilling life”

How to use suffering to be happy, healthy and wealthy

The world you live in is the world you create for yourself. Whether you live in a happy or miserable place depends more on your perception of it than the place itself. Negativity in the news often misleads us thinking that the world is hostile. Still, in reality, the world is full of opportunities. RhondaContinue reading “How to use suffering to be happy, healthy and wealthy”

Four steps to fluency

I have been flirting with different languages since the day I was born. I grew up in a French-speaking household in Northern Ontario. My first language was French, but as I grew up in the English part of Canada, I am now substantially better at English. Growing up, it did not take long for meContinue reading “Four steps to fluency”

How to acclimate to the longevity diet

Since Dr. Valter Longo published his meta-analysis on what is the optimal diet for longevity a ceaseless stream of articles has been published outlining what you should be eating. While insightful, they seem to be a simple regurgitation of the detail rather than elaborating on them.  So, instead of simply rewriting the longevity diet, as has beenContinue reading “How to acclimate to the longevity diet”

The best way to develop exercise habits for longevity and weight loss

What if you were only allowed to have a certain amount of fun in life? You can enjoy your life, but you make it a little shorter with every fun activity – like in the movie The Covenant, their magical powers age them rapidly. Still, for us mere mortals, instead of magic, it’s fun.  Well,Continue reading “The best way to develop exercise habits for longevity and weight loss”

Longevity habits – A guide to a long and healthy life

Longevity is about more than just living longer; it’s about having a sustainable lifestyle. Too many people assume that pain and sickness are a natural progression of life, thinking it is what happens as you age. They gradually gain weight, become progressively more sedentary, and are more frequently sick as they age.  All habits haveContinue reading “Longevity habits – A guide to a long and healthy life”

How to meditate: a beginner’s guide

Compared to monks or even long-term meditations, I am still a beginner myself than monks or even long-term meditations. In a sense, a meditator is always a beginner; the goal of meditation is to learn to keep a beginner’s mind.  Think of the Dunning-Kruger effect: When you first start, your confidence skyrockets and before youContinue reading “How to meditate: a beginner’s guide”

3 steps for compounding your habits

The compound effect is commonly thought of in a financial context; as your investment grows, you start to gain interest in the growth which causes it to grow faster. I want to change your paradigm so that it also includes other types of investments: physical, mental and temporal.  This effect best illustrates the power ofContinue reading “3 steps for compounding your habits”

How your word choices cause motivation

The words you use when defining your values or asking questions determine how likely you are to have those requests fulfilled or to live up to the values you set. Some words are hard while others are soft. When seeking to motivate either yourself or others it’s important to use the hard ones and avoidContinue reading “How your word choices cause motivation”

How to be happy and accomplish almost anything.

The paradox of leisure is that either you have a lot of time or a lot of money; the two seem to be mutually exclusive. Learning to take advantage of the leisure time you do have can help you accomplish anything you set your mind to and live a more fulfilling life.  Over the pastContinue reading “How to be happy and accomplish almost anything.”

Are your habits working against you?

The difference between a habit and an addiction is desire; an addiction is just an undesired habit. By having a deeper understanding of habits you can change your bad ones into good ones. Optimize the way you live your life and spend your time how you believe is best. The act of writing this blogContinue reading “Are your habits working against you?”