The bad habits that kill

Heart attacks just come out of nowhere, right? They happen to anybody, without warning, right?

Wrong. In the vast majority of cases, they are caused by years of bad habits.

MyHealthInsight.com reports on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finding that 90% of the people who suffer heart attacks […]

The Homework Workout: exercise your mind and your body

“The experts” say you should take a short break every 20-30 minutes when doing homework. They also say you should exercise regularly. Teachers say the assignment is due tomorrow and if you don’t hand it in . . . .

What to do?

Enter the Homework Workout.

Set the timer for 20-30 minutes and […]

Arrive on time (book excerpt)

It’s a matter of respect.

In some schools, arriving late to class is viewed seriously, with strict rules, late slips, detentions, and other penalties for those who are tardy too often. In other schools, these issues don’t seem so important. Most students attend 6–8 classes each day, along with occasional assemblies, meetings, rehearsals, and […]

Stop sitting up straight!

Filed under ‘Forget Everything Your Grandmother Taught You’. According to this new research, sitting up straight is bad for your back! Apparently leaning back at a 135˚ angle is the best posture.

On the other hand eating your vegetables, as far as I know, is still a good idea.

How to stop procrastinating

Lifehacker cites “the goal-setting web site 43 things“, where it appears that the Number 1 goal of their readers is to “Stop procrastinating.”

This is a nice idea, but it’s not a useful goal. It’s like saying, “My goal is to stop being lazy”, or “My goal is to do better in English”. Goals […]

Read every day [book excerpt]

Good students are readers.

Why? First, they have a large store of background knowledge. Second, they have large vocabularies. Third, they can read quickly with excellent comprehension.

Reading is a habit that can be acquired, like any other habit. The lucky people acquire the habit of reading when they are little children. They’re the ones who must be forced to put down their books to come to the dinner table; who stay up past their bedtime, reading by flashlight under their blankets; who sit in the backseat of the car with their nose in a book; and who long for summer, when they will have time to do nothing else but read.

If you are one of these people, skip the rest of this section and go on to other good habits that you may not have acquired.

If you’re not yet a habitual reader, begin now. Continue reading Read every day [book excerpt]

Habits take 60 days

Fitness expert Chris Freytag claims that most diet and fitness plans fail because people don’t stay with it long enough.

Practice Moral Courage (book excerpt)

Practice moral courage.
Moral courage enables you to stand up for what you believe in when others disagree. When others propose to do something they shouldn’t, the person with moral courage is able to make his or her own choice, instead of going along with the crowd. When others are saying things that are rude, or hurtful, or inappropriate, the person with moral courage calls them on it. When others are mistreating someone, the person with moral courage defends him.

This is the hardest habit to acquire. Continue reading Practice Moral Courage (book excerpt)

How to deal with organization problems

Dr. Mel Levine of All Kinds of Minds has excellent advice for teachers and parents trying to help a disorganized student. A common mistake, he says, is to nag and threaten. “You won’t always have me here to help you”, etc. The truth, says Levine, is that as adults we can almost always find […]

Drink lots of water (book excerpt)

The brain—and the rest of the body—needs plenty of water to work at its peak levels.

Recent research by scientists studying the brain tells us what our grandmothers have always known: the body needs plenty of water to stay in good working order. When you study at home, have a pitcher of water at […]

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