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February Inspiration – Choices

Posted By NWI, Saturday, February 1, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014

Choices

We are our choices.
― Jean-Paul Sartre

We don't get to chose what is true. We only get to choose what we do about it.
― Kami Garcia, Beautiful Darkness

We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.
― Ken Levine

If you choose to not deal with an issue,
then you give up your right of control over the issue
and it will select the path of least resistance.
― Susan Del Gatto

Whatever you decide, don't let it be because you don't think you have a choice.
― Hannah Harrington, Saving June

I fell in love with him. But I don't just stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.
― Veronica Roth, Allegiant

The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
― Robert Frost

Tags:  Behavior Change  Choices  February 2014  Inspiration  Wellness 

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Re-teaching Ourselves How to Think and Feel about Consequences for Better Health

Posted By NWI, Saturday, February 1, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014

ConsequencesA recent study that appeared in the journal Obesity suggested that individuals, in this case students, will make unhealthier choices when the consequences of their actions seem "far off” or detached from the current action.

The researchers, David Just and Brian Wansink of Cornell University's Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition, studied students in school lunch lines. They found students who paid in cash (immediate payment) made healthier lunch choices than students who paid with a school lunch credit card (payment sometime in the future).

While more research has to be done, grownups can take insights from this study.

Scenario:

Think about a habit or behavior you have that you would like to change. For instance, you may want to eat better. It’s Tuesday morning, you are late for work, your mate was a piece of work earlier and you have stopped to get coffee. You order a double mocha, triple whipped cream cup of deliciousness and a "real” blueberry muffin…the morning you’ve had you deserve something better than fat-free. In this moment are you thinking about how a lifestyle of choices like the ones you are currently making could lead to heart disease, obesity, diabetes or any other of the chronic illnesses that are tied to poor diet? No…you are solving an immediate issue with consequences (or a payment) that is way off in the future.

February Wellness Challenge: Think of one habit or behavior you would like to change or improve. Just one. Every time you feel yourself wanting potato chips, that cigarette, to skip the gym, all wrapped up in stress and unable to unwind…take five deep breaths and think about the consequence of not correcting that behavior or habit.

"But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise.”
― Stephen R. Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Tags:  Choices  Emotional  February 2014  Intellectual  Physical  Wellness 

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