The Science of Self Improvement
You're not alone. Everyone at some point in their lives finds themselves in a position where they want to make a change for the better. Those of us who act to make these changes learn to live a happier and more successful life, rather than just settling for our current situation.
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Today, we have more knowledge and information about how our minds work and how we can improve them than ever before. This is thanks to many different fields in psychology, neuroscience, and self improvement. There are simply no good excuses not to learn this useful knowledge and apply them to our own daily lives.
I first began my self improvement journey about 8 years ago. Like most people, it took a really dark and difficult time in my life before I was motivated enough to make a change. It was freshman year at college - I was in a new environment without any friends or family to support me - and I was completely clueless about what I wanted to do with my life.
I’ve always experienced low self-esteem and social anxiety, but my experiences at college really amplified them into depression and insomnia. I couldn’t sleep, I didn’t want to socialize, and I was tired and apathetic every waking hour of the day. In short, I really wanted to die.
It was at this point that I first began learning more about cognitive-behavioral therapy, a system that teaches us how our thought patterns can influence our emotions, habits, and relationships. This was just the beginning of my journey, but it helped me create a strong foundation for improving my life and becoming more happy.
What a great feeling it is to go to bed everyday feeling happy and satisfied, without staying up all night being miserable, anxious, and depressed.
When I decided to make a change in my own life, it was the most memorable and important decision I ever made. Today, I look back on that choice and I'm thankful for where this decision has led me. You can make the same choice in your life if only you’re willing to.
When I started my self improvement journey, nothing changed overnight. Instead, it was a slow and gradual progress that required a lot of patience, time, and effort. This is something you don’t hear in a lot of superficial self-help products that promise “magic solutions” and “quick fixes.”
I began diving into all different areas of psychology, including: cognitive psychology, social psychology, positive psychology, clinical psychology, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and much more.
I also studied other subjects that were related to the human mind, but not necessarily “psychology” in the scientific sense: Buddhism, Existentialism, NLP, hypnosis, and a lot of general self-help literature and other philosophy.
I didn’t want to miss out on any important information that could potentially help me - so I tried to seek as many different ideas and perspectives as possible.
As time passed, I began to discover what really works and has a positive influence on my life, and what doesn’t really work. The benefits began to grow exponentially over time - and it’s a journey I still continue to this day.
“The Science of Self Improvement” is a digital guide that teaches anyone how to begin making positive changes to their life. It is filled with scientific, evidence-based advice, exercises, and tools that anyone can start using to improve their beliefs, emotions, habits, relationships, work, health, and much more.
By the end of this guide, you will have a very solid and comprehensive understanding of the many factors that influence all humans - and how we can change these factors to benefit our everyday lives.
I make it a point in this guide not to force you to do anything you don’t want to do. Instead, I only provide suggestions on different things you can try to improve your life - and it’s up to you whether you want to try them or not. Some exercises and tools will have a huge and positive effect on you, while others may not have any effect whatsoever.
Different people respond differently to different psychology advice, tools, and exercises. It’s up to you to experiment - then keep what works and ditch what doesn’t.
I also want you to know that this guide doesn’t force you to adopt any type of religion, spiritual tradition, or personal beliefs. I teach you how to think critically about your beliefs, but I don’t tell you what specifically to believe in. I try to take a very universal and secular approach to self improvement.
Whether they are conscious of it or not, many happy and successful people from all walks of life practice the tools and exercises shared in The Science of Self Improvement.
For some, they may think and act this way naturally, but for others they may have had to actively learn these things at some point in their lives before they could make a change for the better.
Over the years, I’ve paid a lot of attention to different “successful people” in life - scientists, businessmen, doctors, musicians, athletes, writers, actors, teachers, etc. - and most of them have very similar beliefs and attitudes about life that I believe strongly contribute to their success.
There’s a reason why some people are happy and successful in life, and others aren’t - and a big part of it is their personal approach to life. After reading The Science of Self Improvement, you will have a very clear understanding of what separates these happy and successful people from the “average” person.
As someone who has been diligently studying psychology and self improvement for over 8 years now, I’m well aware of just how much crap is out there. It can be really hard to figure out the good from the bad.
That was one of my biggest motivations to create “The Science of Self Improvement,” I wanted to do the research so you didn’t have to. I studied everything I could find - the good, the bad, and the ugly - and I discovered the stuff that actually works and isn’t just “feel good” fluff.
Are you ready to open up a new chapter to your life? Is it time to make a positive change in a new direction? The choice is always up to you. If you’re happy with your life, then you don’t need a guide like this. Just keep doing what you’re doing and enjoy life.
However, if you’re not happy with your life, consider learning these important tools and exercises to help turn things around.
What You Will Learn in The Science of Self Improvement
• How your beliefs reflect your view of the world and how you interact in it.
• The different factors that influence your beliefs (parents, teachers, friends, culture, etc.)
• Why your beliefs must be flexible and subject to change in the face of new evidence.
• How to challenge unhelpful and irrational beliefs by asking yourself thought-provoking questions.
• The importance of reflection in learning and education.
• How to minimize cognitive biases such as: confirmation bias, negativity bias, framing effect, and the dangers of black and white thinking.
• How to reframe your perspective about a situation and turn destructive beliefs into constructive beliefs.
• The evolutionary purpose of emotions, and how emotions affect our ability to survive and adapt to our environment.
• The different methods scientists use to study emotions.
• Learn what influences your emotions, such as thoughts, past experiences, your environment, and your biology.
• The neuroscience of emotions and self-regulation. How the "thinking" parts of your brain keep the "feeling" parts in check.
• How to change the way you process emotions through techniques like: cognitive therapy, meditation, exercise, music, entertainment and more.
• What is emotional intelligence? How can you become more aware of your emotions and learn from your emotions (even "negative emotions" like anger, fear, and sadness)?
• The importance of finding healthy ways to express emotions and giving yourself "permission to experience the full-range of human emotions."
• How to identify the structure of your habit - the "cue-routine-reward" that drives your daily routines.
• How to maximize your will-power using scientifically proven techniques.
• The importance of social support and accountability when trying to change habits.
• How to measure and keep track of your progress when building new habits.
• The advantages and disadvantages of setting deadlines on certain goals.
• How to use inspirational quotes and images to keep you motivated when you need that extra boost.
• How to systematically overcome fear and anxiety when learning new habits.
• How to use visualization techniques to make habit change easier.
• How to find work that you enjoy and motivates you.
• Why you should focus on activities that bring out your interests and strengths, and why you shouldn’t just do a job or career because other people think you should.
• How to improve work satisfaction at your current job.
• How to build strong relationships with co-workers.
• How to minimize stress and boost productivity in the workplace.
• The importance of taking breaks and enjoying leisure time.
• How to discover what type of breaks work best for you and keep you energized throughout the day.
• Why the relationships we build is a crucial component of our happiness and well-being.
• How to become a more effective communicator and listener.
• Techniques for improving how you communicate, such as improving speech and body language.
• Learn the structure behind conversations and how to keep a conversation going with anyone.
• How to build positive relationships and avoid negative ones.
• Why you should view everyone as equals, and not judge people based on prejudices.
• How to focus on other people’s strengths and positive attributes.
• How to build strong connections with people by being yourself and enjoying time spent with others.
• How to forgive people and cultivate good intentions toward nearly anyone.
• How what you eat affects your brain, and key "brain foods" to keep in mind that will improve mental health and cognitive fitness.
• The importance of physical exercise in mental health, and how it improves mood, learning, self-control, and executive functioning.
• Why we should minimize alcohol, cigarettes, and drug abuse – and how abusing these substances has shown to diminish not only physical health, but many aspects of our mental health as well.
• Important tips on how to make small, practical, and steady changes to your diet and exercise.
• Why physical health is not something we should underestimate when trying to live a happier and more balanced life.
In addition to “The Science of Self Improvement” I’ve also included several bonuses that will be a great supplement to your personal growth.
In addition to The Science of Self Improvement I’ve also put together a meditation guide that includes different exercises anyone can use to begin improving awareness in their everyday life.
Meditation has become a big topic in psychology today, which is why I wanted to dedicate a whole guide to it. I’ve personally practiced all of the meditations in this e-book and I have found benefits with each and every one of them. I find meditation to be a very important tool in our self discovery and self improvement.
This bonus guide includes the latest advice and information how to set goals and achieve them. It is broken down into two main sections that will cover everything you need to know about:
1) Goal Setting - How to set realistic but challenging goals that will test your boundaries and limitations. 2) Goal Achieving -How to start taking action and stay motivated as you continue to progress toward your goals. Anyone who wants to learn how to work smarter and harder toward their goals will greatly benefit from this addition to The Science of Self Improvement.
Affirmations are one of the most popular tools in self improvement, but they are rarely used correctly.
This guide teaches you exactly how self-affirmations work and includes the latest scientific research showing you the many benefits it can have on reducing stress, improving motivation, and overall happiness.
It's broken down into several sections, including the power of self-fulfilling beliefs, how to create an affirmations exercise of your own, and 100 affirmations for self improvement that you can borrow from to help you get started.
A 31 day step-by-step crash course to help get you started on your self improvement journey and start seeing immediate benefits.
Each day is filled with simple advice, tips, and exercises that you can begin integrating into your life right away. It’s designed to get you to take action and actually create tangible, real world changes to your life in a gradual but long-lasting way.
This workbook is easily printable so that you can write on it and take notes. Keeping track of your progress and writing it down is a great way to keep yourself motivated and inspired.
Gratitude has been scientifically proven to be a very big contributor to happiness and success in life. Sometimes we need to learn how to just step back and be happy for all the things in life we already have to be thankful for.
This workbook is a 15 day guide that will walk you through different tools and exercises based in positive psychology that you can use to improve your gratitude. Some of the exercises include counting your blessings, writing "thank you" letters, and finding positive ways to give back to your community.
This is probably one of the most important bonus guides included in The Science of Self Improvement, so please don't underestimate going through this workbook - it's super simple and easy, but worth it.
Whenever I release an updated or revised copy of The Science of Self Improvement (or a new bonus guide) you will receive a new copy absolutely free.
This is one huge benefit to buying e-books: if a hardcover book gets updated, then you need to go out to the book store to buy a new copy; but when an e-book gets updated, you can just download the new edition for no extra charge.
I plan to keep The Science of Self Improvement as updated and relevant as possible. If new research comes out that I believe is important, I will do my best to integrate that into the next e-book and send you a revised copy.
New 2013 Study: Self Improvement Guides Can Reduce Depression
A new 2013 study published in the British Medical Journal studied 2,470 individuals with severe depression and found that "low intensity interventions" such as instructional self-improvement guides and websites were shown to significantly reduce symptoms of depression and low self-esteem. This proves that guides like this can have a real positive impact on people's lives if you are willing to read them and apply them.
My goal is to provide people with valuable and life-changing information that makes a real difference. I want to help people, not just make money. That's why The Science of Self Improvement comes with a 60 day money back guarantee, no questions asked.
I want to give everyone the opportunity to try out these tools for themselves. It's the only way to know if they work or not for you. With this guarantee, there is literally zero risk on your end - all I ask is that you're honest.
98.8% of customers were satisfied with the program, and only 1.2% refunded it.
But Don’t Just “Take My Word For It,” See What The Experts Think…
“I don’t understand how one person can give so much away for almost FREE! The Science of Self Improvement is a fantastic resource, which comes with 5 additional bonuses, for anyone looking to get their life back on track. I would highly recommend downloading these extraordinary tools and using the techniques to move your life forward.”
- Christopher Delaney, NLP Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, and Author
“Steven has continued to keep up the great work and has turned to an even more scientific focus doing a great job breaking down and exploring ideas and articles that are normally locked up in academic circles.”
- Sam Spurlin, Positive Psychology Coach and Writer
"The Science of Self Improvement really helped me to clarify what was most important to me in my life and provided me with specific and actionable steps so that I could start my journey towards personal growth. The gratitude and meditation bonus resources have allowed me to create what I like to call a ‘happiness practice.’ Because of these guides I have been able to create more joy for not only myself but for those in my life that are the most important to me."
- Justin Miller, Motivational Coach and Writer at Limitless365.com
“This book is a good handbook on self improvement. It gives you lots of ways to improve your life. It is easy to read and entirely practical. Making a significant change in even one of the areas it touches on will repay many times the price. Highly recommended.”
- Evan Hadkins, Psychology Writer at LivingAuthentically.com
Of course, no matter where you are in life there is always room for improvement, but I personally had to hit rock bottom before I showed an interest in this stuff at all.
As it turned out, however, starting my transformation at 17-18 years old was really fortunate for me - that's sooner than when most people start (if ever). And looking back, I can see how a lot of these tools have had an exponentially positive effect on my life over time.
Most of the exercises and tools in The Science of Self Improvement are things I've been practicing for at least half a decade now. And the best part is that I can imagine myself still building off of these same tools until I'm 90 years old.
These tools are diverse and multi-purposeful. I'm sure there are countless ways you can use them that I haven't even thought of yet. I view them as a starting point to self-discovery, self-analysis, and self-improvement, but there's no end in sight to their practicality. They are designed to teach you how your mind works, but you ultimately choose what to do with them.
If I had the choice, I would've started learning this stuff at 2-3 years old - when I was really young and I first began learning about the world, thinking for myself, and forming a self-identity.
I know when I have kids I will be teaching them basic self improvement as soon as I can communicate it. The most important things to know are not difficult to understand - they are actually super easy. The problem is just getting more familiar with this way of approaching how we interact with the world.
Where will I be 10 years from now? 20? 50? I have no idea. But if I keep doing what I'm doing I'm sure it'll be some place wonderful. That's how confident I am in the tools my mind is equipped with.
Can you say the same for yourself? If not, take this no risk opportunity to better your life and consider trying out these self improvement tools. If you can honestly say this for yourself, then awesome - let's continue learning and improving more in the future.
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