Does Raising Self-Esteem Turn Children into Narcissists?

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It’s possible to do one without the other, although it requires care.

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Jay Lynch adds: I like the final statement in this article: “Rather than telling children they’re unique snowflakes, we should make children feel loved and valued, so they grow up liking themselves without seeing themselves as superior to others.” With proper training a child will grow to learn the value of others, how to become sensitive to those around him, and discover his unique place in the world.

Source: www.scientificamerican.com

 

The Hard Data on Self-Love and Why It Leads to Success

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We think of self-criticism as key to self-improvement. We couldn’t be more wrong. Here’s why self-compassion gives us an extra edge.

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Jay Lynch adds: Self talk is akin to affirmations, except affirmations typically connote the repeating positive message to yourself in an attempt to make favorable changes. I’ve never understood why anyone would think that self talk is a bad thing, but it (self-talk and affirmations) is something that we do every time we think negatively or unproductive thoughts.

This article discusses the need for viewing yourself with more compassion as you work your way through self-improvement.

Source: www.psychologytoday.com

 

7 Things You Can Learn Today to Build Your Confidence and Self-Esteem

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Confidence is in short supply in our society today. Most of us underestimate our abilities and spend too much time caring about what other people think.

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Jay Lynch adds: I found this article on pickthebrain.com and like the suggestions the author makes for improving self-confidence and self-esteem because they are things I believe are very beneficial because they have helped me with my personal development over the years. Specifically, public speaking for confidence, and learning to be be flexible in my thinking and outlook on life.

I learned to speak enough Spanish to embarrass myself at times, but it expanded my confidence and self-esteem by not feeling totally left out. At least I can read public signs well enough to take a stab at understanding the message.

Source: www.pickthebrain.com

13 Delicious Twists on Classic Lunches

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Brown-bagging your lunch doesn’t have to be boring. Upgrade your lunch with these traditional lunch recipes with a twist.

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Jay Lynch adds: Around our house we get in a rut when in comes to mealtimes, especially lunches. There are some innovative, tempting, and inviting recipes in this article, including innovations from chicken noodle soup to ham sandwiches that are definitely out of the norm.

Source: www.health.com

16 Ways to Avoid Falling Off the Healthy Eating Wagon

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From meal planning, to smart snacking, to navigating meals out, we’ve got easy solutions for the 16 most common diet downfalls to keep you on track for good.

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Jay Lynch adds: In addition to being well thought-out and insightful, these 16 problems and solutions made me feel better, just by knowing that the obstacles we face are not out of the ordinary. I say that the solutions are practical enough that this article is worth keeping for future reference.

Source: www.shape.com

Do You Know the 6 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight That Have Nothing To Do With Diet And Exercise?

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Do you wonder why you are not losing weight? Research shows that factors besides diet and physical activity can contribute to weight gain, including environmental toxins and changes in your microbiome. Here’s what you should know.

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Jay Lynch adds: I think it is fascinating the new discoveries and links between the mind and the body. The more of this specific study that we learn, and the more we assimilate it into our lives, I believe it will only enhance our existence in its entirety to benefit us in so many ways.

Source: www.mindbodygreen.com

Is Avoiding Your Diet The Key To Weight Loss?

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The Cornell Food and Brand Lab may have found the secret to weight loss — do what mindlessly skinny people do.

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Jay Lynch adds:  Adopting a “mindlessly slim” approach to weight-management and weight-loss apparently works for many people. Until I reached middle age I didn’t worry about weight gain either, I just ate. Now, both weight-management and weight-loss are more in my stream of consciousness.

Source: www.medicaldaily.com

 

Oprah’s New Meditation Guide Aims to Help People Lose Weight

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The 62-year-old announced her latest meditation program with Deepak Chopra. The 21-day program will include 20-minute guided meditations by Oprah and Deepak.

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Jay Lynch adds: Yoga has become a prominent part of many popular workout
routines. It’s commonly touted as a cure for everything from stiff joints to breathing problems. But will yoga help you lose weight?

Sitting on a mat and meditating seems counter-intuitive to someone who wants to build strength and shed pounds.

But, despite common misconceptions, you only get to lay down on the mat after you’ve earned it by holding challenging postures and flowing through diverse movements.

Yoga has been given a thoroughly modern makeover. Now you can work up a sweat while you learn to get your body and mind in sync.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

10 Easiest Ways to Cut Calories from Your Diet

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It may be easier than you think to significantly reduce your daily calorie intake. Here’s how to do it.

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Jay Lynch adds: The easiest ways to cut calories are are ways that hit home directly with your everyday lifestyle choices. I like the ones where the calorie count and impact over a year of consumption is mentioned.

This approach to cutting calories is reflective a time-tested truth: doing a little bit of something every day adds up. Whether it’s a matter of study to learn a new skill, or gaining knowledge, or exercise. The cumulative effects far exceed the relatively small pain experienced by doing something consistently on a daily basis over over time.

Source: www.muscleandfitness.com

 

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