Mental Health

Curiosity Feeds Your Brain

Curiosity Feeds Your Brain

Curiosity does not kill the cat. Curiosity does just the opposite, and same goes for humans. The more someone knows about the world, the more likely they’re able to survive.  So do yourself a favor. Ask questions, get answers and stay curious. Keep your brain active and you will be happier, healthier and stand a better chance of living a...

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life…

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life…

Being blessed has everything to do with being happy. Christians and Jews especially understand this, as well as members of most other major faiths and persuasions. But happiness often requires an attitude-adjustment technique. Here’s how: Sleep in a comfortable bed. A saggy mattress will not do. No matter what, make it a point to wake up each morning thankful you’re...

Trouble Remembering? Consider taking a hike

Trouble Remembering? Consider taking a hike

We do our best thinking when we exercise.  That’s because more blood — therefore more oxygen — gets to the brain when we increase our heart rates by taking a walk, jogging, playing golf or tennis and the like.  And, no matter how old you are, the sooner you get yourself into the “habit” of exercising properly, the better. Studies...

Make Life Meaningful

Make Life Meaningful

Make Life Meaningful Happiness, resilience, connection and kindness — the key ingredients for a good life — do not come naturally for everyone. They thrive with practice. Here are two simple ways to stay in good shape: Live in the present. Stop fretting over the past and quit worrying about the future. Be mindful of what you are doing in...

One Productivity Myth You Can Ignore

True or False?  A key to being successful and doing more important work is to be an early riser.  Early risers do their best work before everyone’s awake and the distractions of the day take over. False!  Rising early is is not a requirement for success.  Don’t take this the wrong way.  Generally speaking, becoming an early riser is good advice.  It...

Are Health Coaches The New Shrinks?

  Weekly visits with a shrink used to be a popular strategy for getting a grasp on life.  But now health coaches are becoming more recognized as allies in getting lives healthier and back in sync. In addition to being trained in behavioral change, health coaches have experience in wellness practices including proper nutrition, energizing yoga, sustained weight loss and deep meditation — and...

How Well Do You Maintain Balance?

If trying to maintain balance in your life makes you feel like a tightrope walker, you’re not alone. Most of us have so many demands on time and energy, life is like a three-ring circus. Take this quiz to see how well you’re handling it. (True or False) 1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to...

Accessing the Power of Gratitude

The exercise of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Studies support its effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in life. While many acknowledge gratitude’s list of benefits, it can be difficult to sustain. Many of us are trained to notice what is lacking in our lives. For gratitude...

Why hugs have anti-aging benefits

Sometimes all it takes is a hug to make you feel better, according an article in Nature’s Communications that was cited in the Huffington Post.  You may not be sure why, but you know that it is comforting, especially after a stressful day. Studies conducted by the University of California, Berkeley show this comforting feeling has reparative and anti-aging benefits.  The “love...

Disturbed Sleep Shown To Benefit From Mindfulness Training

We can now add disturbed sleep to the growing list of problems made better by mindfulness training. Apparently, the practice of non-judgmental focused attention on the present moment leaves a residue that stills the brain/mind enough to help the involuntarily sleep deprived get their rest. At least that’s the conclusion from some solid new research just published in JAMA Internal...

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