A Fun Way to Show Your Partner that You Care (When a Smile Doesn’t Quite Cut It!)

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s day will soon be upon us! It is a time of year where couples are actively encouraged to demonstrate their love for each other, through PDA’s, buying a nice meal out or making something special for each other.

If my own V-day plans over the past few years have shown anything, it’s that I am a big fan of slightly alternative (though often food related!) celebrations of love. For example, 2014 was the year that we carved roses onto watermelons.

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How to stop scrolling your life away using one easy trick

We spend a lot of time on the internet. Fact. And as I mentioned in this post, social media sites such as Facebook have some pretty addictive qualities.

There was a time back at university when I was incredibly frustrated with the amount of time that I was wasting. I could have been productive but instead I was watching music videos and reading whimsical fashion blogs.

But what can you do when the internet changes from a harmless way to pass the time into a serious habit that is inhibiting your life?

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My Ukulele Challenge: How I motivated myself to play more often

Behaviour change projects often focus on the same things. Losing weight, quitting smoking, being more productive etc. I guess this is because these are the things that people battle with the most. But you get tired of reading about the same things. Doesn’t anybody have something a bit different that they want to change about themselves? So I thought that I would mix things up a bit and tell you how I stopped letting my beloved ukulele collect dust (using behaviour analysis)!

To hear more about how i did it, continue reading after the jump!

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Self-monitoring: a simple and powerful way to break bad habits

Hopefully you have read part 1 in this series and you have managed to pin down what is maintaining your bad habit. Now that you know your enemy a little more, I can share a strategy with you to help kick that habit!

Self-monitoring is the act of keeping a daily record of a specific behavour that you want to change about yourself.  It’s a easy three step process that has a good success rate of breaking stubborn bad habits.

Let’s get started!

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Breaking a bad habit? There’s one thing you should know first

Bad habits. They’re those stubborn patterns of behaviour that you’ve started to engage in a little more often than you’d like. You’ve decided to do something about it and that’s great. I’m all for a proactivity spirit! But before you dive into trying to change your behaviour, you need to know one thing. It’s so worth your time because knowing this could save you a lot of hassle in the long run. After all, trial and error is a pretty long winded approach to changing behaviour!

Intrigued? Continue reading after the jump!

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Why Do We Get Stuck In Bad Habits?

Let’s start with an example (which may or may not be based my own life experiences!)

As you walk home from work you approach your local supermarket. Inside you can see people wandering around the shop and going about making their purchases. You begin to walk into the direction of the store and before you know it you’re at the checkout buying the chocolate that always takes your fancy.

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