|Today I Love A Roaring Fire
||Today I love a roaring fire in the fire place in the evening, like the one we enjoyed last night. Is there something about a fire that makes us feel safe? Does it comfort us with warmth or is it the light? Do we feel like masters of our environment...
|How Important Are Cheerleaders Anyway?
||Starting your own practice is daunting. And while it’s more intimidating than it is hard (if you have a solid plan), white knuckling it and trying to do it all alone is a recipe for disaster. You can succeed without hiring a consultant but you … ...
|Do You Feel Emotions Deeply? These Tips Might Help
||Do you get overwhelmed by your emotions? You might be going about your day, and suddenly, an interaction sparks a strong feeling. Your fight, flight or freeze response kicks in. Your heart starts pounding, your muscles tense and your breath becomes shallow. But your environment … ...
|15 More Ways to Boost Well-Being Without Focusing on...
||On Friday, I shared 15 ways we can boost our health and well-being, which have nothing to do with weight. Health is very personal, and how you define health is … ...
|Study suggests music can act as an auditory trigger for addictive cravings
||New research published in Psychology of Music suggests there may be a link between various types of music and cravings for addictive substances. It is well known that music is strongly related to emotions, and research has also shown a strong relationship between emotions and substance misuse. However, little research has been conducted on the [...]
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|Human longevity from grandmothering tied to human coupling
||If you are in a special relationship with another person, thank grandma – not just yours, but all grandmothers since humans evolved. University of Utah anthropologist Kristen Hawkes is known for the “grandmother hypothesis,” which credits prehistoric grandmothering for our long human lifespan. Now, Hawkes has used computer simulations to link grandmothering and longevity to [...]
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|Scientists explain underlying cause of unhealthy brain aging
||Doctors commonly recommend patients increase their intake of calcium as a means of combating osteoporosis for aging bones. But calcium also plays an essential role in the neurological functioning of the brain, where it must be tightly regulated and not rise to excessive levels. A signaling molecule, calcium enables learning, cognition and the retention of [...]
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|Leptin and the runner’s high: New research explains why running makes us happy
||The joy of running. That sense of well-being, freedom and extra energy that runners often experience is not just a matter of endorphins. A study at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) shows that the “runner’s high” phenomenon is also caused by dopamine, an important neurotransmitter for motivation. “We discovered that the rewarding [...]
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|Study finds lack of meaning in life associated with addiction and other mental health problems
||One of the most commonly used treatment models in addiction is the 12-step model developed in the 1930s and rooted in spirituality. Yet, surprisingly, there is no clear understanding about how to nurture spirituality among people struggling with addictions. In a unique study titled “Attachment Style, Spirituality, and Depressive Symptoms Among Individuals in Substance Abuse [...]
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|I Am More Than the Sum of My Trauma
||“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” — Abraham Lincoln Sometimes the trouble with a self-help book is that it makes me feel like a predictable sum, a product of what’s happened to me, someone … ...
|Out of the Darkness Walk
||Today I participated in Nashville’s 6th Out of the Darkness community walk. This was the 3rd time I’ve walked the walk. Two times in Virginia Beach and now here in … ...
|Creating and Intuition and Procrastination
||“A good artist lets their intuition lead them wherever it wants.” – Lao-Tzu Do you use intuition in your creative explorations? Or other parts of your life? Many creative people … ...
|For students with mental health issues, transition to college is complicated
||All college campuses have disability services for those students willing to explore their options.
|Can Therapy Be Misused?
||Maybe “misused” isn’t a great word since it implies a form of external judgment. Therapy is generally whatever the person seeking therapy needs it to be. The purpose of therapy … ...
|Six studies that show why researchers think MDMA has therapeutic value
||A group of Canadian scientists recently called for more research on psychedelic drugs, noting that small studies have suggested that these substances can be of benefit to people suffering from a number of psychological conditions. “The re-emerging paradigm of psychedelic medicine may open clinical doors and therapeutic doors long closed,” Evan Wood and his colleagues [...]
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|Overreliance on imagination may be a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
||Confusing reality with imagination and losing contact with reality are two key characteristics that could play a role in the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This is what we learn from a study conducted by researchers at the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal) and the University of Montreal, the results [...]
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|New research finds adolescents more likely not to smoke when cigarette ads feature older adults
||For decades, the tobacco and alcohol industries have been accused of advertising their products to kids. Tremendous public pressure has prompted the implementation of strict guidelines. Today, tobacco and alcohol advertising are among the most highly regulated forms of marketing in existence. But, are all of the rules having any effect on the adolescents we [...]
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|Girls and boys with autism differ in behavior, brain structure
||Girls with autism display less repetitive and restricted behavior than boys do, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study also found that brain differences between boys and girls with autism help explain this discrepancy. The study, published online Sept. 3 in Molecular Autism, gives the best evidence [...]
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|New model of cognitive flexibility gives insight into autism spectrum disorder
||Cognitive flexibility is the ability to shift our thoughts and adapt our behavior to the changing environment. In other words, it’s one’s ability to disengage from a previous task and respond effectively to a new one. It’s a faculty that most of us take for granted, yet an essential skill to navigate life. In a [...]
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|Can Having More Sex Make You Unhappy?
||Are you having enough sex? Before you change you habits, beware: more, it seems, is not necessarily better.