The 5 Most Popular Changepower Blogs of 2013
These blogs earned the blue ribbon in 2013!
Posted Jan 23, 2014
Blog 5: The Willpower Books of 2012. This blog reviewed three best-selling books about willpower that were widely read and quoted in 2013: PT blogger Kelly McGonigal’s, The Willpower Instinct; Roy Baumeister and John Tierney’s, Willpower; and Charles Duhigg’s, The Power of Habit. To help you glean the juiciest insights from these books, I’ve put their main points in bullets.
Blog 4: 5 Instant Messages From Your Friend Annoyance. I loved writing this blog, and apparently readers loved reading it. The main message: Think of “annoyance” as a signal—a blinking yellow light—that something that needs to change in your life. (I used my “annoyance signal” to change some bad home habits, revealed in a personal blog here.)
Blog 3: 3 Quick Ways to Curb Catastrophic Thinking. This one might be my favorite blog of the year—and the most useful. I share 3 examples of soothing self-talk that can curb catastrophic thinking in a nano-second. Every day I use at least one idea from this blog (Confession: I’m prone to catastrophic thinking.). Many mental health professionals wrote me that this blog was helpful to them, their clients, counseling groups, and classes—extra pride!
Blog 2: 9 Essential Habits of Sexual Assertiveness. This blog was based on the classic book, Talking Back to Sexual Pressure, by Elizabeth Powell. I’m glad I did her book enough justice to acquaint more readers with her work. The skills she teaches are essential for sexual health and relationship survival, whether you are young, middle-aged, or in a retirement center.
And finally, the most read Changepower blog of 2013 was...
Blog 1: What is the Exact “Dose” of Exercise Needed for Longevity? Based on research by Dr. I-Min Lee of the Harvard School of Public Health, this blog reveals the smallest amount of daily exercise you can do to get almost 2 extra years of longevity. Such a small investment of time, such a big difference. Maybe the popularity of this blog indicates that you—like me—want to get the most bang for your exercise buck.
I can’t resist mentioning the two blogs that deserved more readers than they got. One was a book review of PT blogger Toni Bernhard’s new book, How to Wake Up. If you want 8 practical ways to change painful mental states before they can take over, you will love this blog. Here's one strategy: When you find yourself lost in a mental drama, look around and tell yourself, "Just this." That simple phrase will wake you up. Thanks for your work, Toni Bernhard!
Everyone would like to leave a legacy. I fantasized that my blog on The Serenity Prayer would be my legacy. I set the well-known and powerful prayer to a simple holiday carol so that people could hum it to themselves or even sing it with a choir. To most readers, this blog was “hum” all right—ho-hum. Perhaps some were turned off by the word “prayer,” even though it can be recited as a spiritual or secular prayer. I’m still hopeful that someone, somewhere will find a use for this tune. At this point, it’s my second least read blog of 2013! So—legacy, smegacy. (Undaunted, I still sing this song all the time.)
Now would be a good time to mention how grateful I am for all of you, friends, colleagues, and strangers, who take time from your busy lives to read, and hopefully benefit from, my blogs. My blog goals are entertainment and enlightenment. I hope you’ve found a bit of both as you’ve traveled to this page on your Internet journeys.
(c) Meg Selig, 2014