>> Thursday, March 1, 2012
Wellness has an enemy, and despite what you may have been told, it’s not Voldemort – it’s you. And me. It’s all of us. When it comes to wellness, we are often our own greatest adversaries. But don’t get down on yourself, because it isn’t really your fault. The fault lies in your unconscious – or rather in the way your brain has evolved to divvy up responsibilities between your conscious awareness and your unconscious. First, let’s recap some of the more staggering evidence that you are the enemy of your wellness. Then we’ll talk about how your brain gets you into this mess, and we’ll introduce some of the new research and technologies that are making it easier for you to get out. Read more of Jacob Braude's post and join us at Social Media Week to participate in his experiment!
Every year I make many New Year’s resolutions, and some are easier to follow than others. Last year, it was to get myself to visit my poor lonely cousin in boring Clearwater, Florida. It wasn’t the most exciting vacation nor what I wanted to spend my money on, but I set a goal and timeframe, and I made myself do it. But why can’t I get myself to accomplish the New Year’s resolutions that require me to make a self improving behavioral change such as doing more writing when I get home from work versus stuffing my face with whatever I can find in the fridge and vegging out in front of the TV? Is it because I don’t have any self-discipline? Probably, but still, how can I get myself to change this awful behavior?
Most people believe that if you want to change a behavior, the key is to change your goals and intentions and your behavior change should just follow. But in fact, research on heroin addicted Vietnam veterans proves that I can essentially blame my environment for being lazy, overeating, not researching and not writing.
Social Media apps like StyleSeat allow you connect with style savvy people, view pictures, and even book appointments online! Learn more about what’s new in beauty and social media at Social Media Week.
The best way to stick to a healthy lifestyle is to have a strong support system. Engage in a strong network of support through social gaming. Learn more at “This game will make you healthier”
Researchers believe that persisting negative habits have to do with the environment surrounding that act. Participate in an experiment at the wellness hub to see how social technologies can help you break the cycle.
We all find ourselves asking our friends where the best place is to get our haircut or makeup done for an upcoming event. But what happens when we ask these same things to an entire network of men and women in your city? Learn more about what’s new in beauty and social media at Social Media Week.