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How To Be Happy: 6 Most Uplifting TED Talks How to be happy at work, at play, with our money and with our minds. The first two are among the most popular TED talks ever recorded.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:How the Mind Works: 10 Fascinating TED Talks Superstars of Psychology: 10 Best Short Talks (Videos) 8 Psychological Keys to Spending Wisely Why Spending Money on Others Promotes Your Happiness The Psychology of Flow (in under 300 words)
Learning from Emotional Pain We all know physical pain is a great teacher: Touch a hot stove and you quickly learn not to do that again.  What (and how) can we learn from our emotional pain? There are a lot of different kinds of emotional pain, but I’m going to focus on three types:...
Myth: If You Don’t Have Something Nice To Say “A failure to confront is a failure to love.” Scott Peck     No one likes to be confronted, even in a nice way, for failing to keep an agreement. And many of us have come up with some very effective ways to discourage others from giving us feedback that...
Brain tumor causes, risk factors elude scientists Today, nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor, and yet, when it comes to pinpointing causes or risk factors, scientists are still searching for answers. "Unlike the strong correlation between smoking and lung cancer, we just haven't found a specific risk factor like that for brain tumors," said a researcher. "We have determined that ionizing radiation to the head is a risk factor when received in therapeutic doses, but even in those cases, the risk of developing a brain tumor is low."
First Thought Photo: Your Experiences Are Different From Others’ This post is part of the Your Body, Your Mind “First Thought Photo” series. The point of the series is simple: share your first thought upon seeing this photo. Of course, the rules are flexible Share your second, third, and fourth thoughts, too, if you want! Happy Friday, sweet readers!...
Making ADHD Work ~ Part III So, lets see. On Monday we talked about what values ADHD people might bring to the table, and I think there are lots more than the ones we covered. Since no two of us are identical, the real point is to find the abilities that each person with ADHD has...
Best of Our Blogs: July 25, 2014 We may not be conscious of it, but exercise is more often seen as self-torture than pleasure. We need to “whip our bodies in shape” because “no pain, no gain” right? There are even yoga classes stripped of its emphasis on soul and well-being. What’s left is another exercise striving...
How One Couple Met. Last week’s cartoon,  about something very embarrassing,  is here.  All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014,  My main cartoon website is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like me  on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons. Thanks! Today’s cartoon is about compatibility. I can’t think...
DIY Low Field Magnetic Brain Stimulation Caption: Do It Yourself: Low Field Magnetic Brain Stimulation (LFMBS) Low Field Magnetic Brain Stimulation Hi! I’m Chato Stewart President of I.D.10t laboratories. I want to demonstrate the Do It Yourself: Low Field Magnetic Brain Stimulation or as we like to call, the “ID1OTDIYLFMB Stimulator.” I.D.10t laboratories cares, and when we...
Children’s Basic Needs: Stop Being Reactive and Start Being Based on Dr. Glasser’s Choice Theory, there are five basic needs that drive humans to make their decisions. In any given moment, a person is presented with a situation in which a choice is possible. A person will make a choice to satisfy one of the five basic needs (listed...
Our Love Affair with Alcohol and Other Drugs Have you ever paused to consider just how deeply your lifestyle and those around you have been affected by alcohol and other drugs?  In this infographic provided by the Australian Drug Foundation, we are shown the facts about our nation’s love affair with alcohol and other drugs. No matter what your age or socio economic […]
Would You Rather Be Right or Would You Rather Be Happy? The need to be right separates those afflicted with it from others, and from all that which is beyond the cramped confines of self. Separation closes the heart. Recognizing and shifting out of the attachment to having to be right opens and softens the heart, creating the space that makes it possible to experience greater happiness, contentment, and peace of mind.
6 Tricks to Feel Happy Any Time of the Day (or Night!) Happiness is almost always possible, if you know how to look for it. Sometimes when you’re feeling sadness or grief or hopelessness, do you give up on feeling happy? Let’s try on a new habit — expecting at least tastes of happiness even in hard times. Here are 6 ways...
Klotho: neuroprotective against Alzheimer's disease Researchers may have found a way to delay or even prevent Alzheimer's disease. They discovered that pre-treatment of neurons with the anti-aging protein Klotho can prevent neuron death in the presence of the toxic amyloid protein and glutamate. Alzheimer's disease is the most frequent age-related dementia affecting 5.4 million Americans including 13 percent of people age 65 and older and more than 40 percent of people over the age of 85.
Brain's dynamic duel underlies win-win choices People choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according to research. In the study, participants made choices between paired products with different or similar values. Choosing between two items of high value evoked the most positive feelings and the greatest anxiety.
The Science of Prayer and Healing Yesterday I wrote about praying for others and how it can improve and stave off depression in many cases. Sometimes I get accused of not being “scientific” enough for some tastes – understandable – so I thought I’d throw a little science into the equation today. I found a study...
Describing Violence as Animalistic Decreases Aggression Research indicates that existential concerns about human animality can influence aggressive behavior and attitudes about resolving international conflicts with violence.
How to Build Trust with a Client Before the A strong online presence helps potentials clients trust you and choose you when they are ready for therapy. Clients sometimes have a hard time trusting a new therapist.  It’s understandable: who feels comfortable telling their innermost problems to a complete stranger?  But trust is a critical part of the client/...
James Garner: An Important Man When James Garner died last weekend, most of us were familiar with the lengthy, laudable entertainment career of the 86 year-old actor. It’s clear from his more than 50 films and unforgettable TV roles that Garner holds a prestigious place in the pantheon of Hollywood. But perhaps even more noteworthy...
Books, videos and other 'experiential products' provide same happiness boost as life experiences 'Experiential products,' items such as books or musical instruments that are designed to create or enhance an experience, can make shoppers just as happy as life experiences, according to a new study. While life experiences help consumers feel closer to others, experiential products fulfill their users' need for 'competence' by utilizing their skills and knowledge. Both effects provide the same happiness boost, researchers found.