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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.
Protein couple controls flow of information into brain's memory center Neuroscientists have succeeded in providing new insights into how the brain works by analyzing tissue samples from mice to identify how two specific proteins, 'CKAMP44' and 'TARP Gamma-8', act upon the brain's memory center. Brain function depends on the active communication between nerve cells, known as neurons. For this purpose, neurons are woven together into a dense network where they constantly relay signals to one another.
A reward is valued more if you choose it yourself: New quirky byproduct of learning from reward Many people value rewards they choose themselves more than rewards they merely receive, even when the rewards are actually equivalent. A new study provides evidence that this long-observed quirk of behavior is a byproduct of how the brain reinforces learning from reward.
Novel technologies advance brain surgery to benefit patients In a milestone procedure, neurosurgeons have integrated advanced 3D imaging, computer simulation and next-generation surgical tools to perform a highly complex brain surgery through a small incision to remove deep-seated tumors. "These minimally invasive approaches permit smaller incisions and a shorter recovery. In this case, the patient was able to go home the day after the successful removal of multiple brain tumors," said one expert.
How to Use Self-Talk to Improve Performance Do you ever talk to yourself? Although it’s not always a conscious habit, most of us practice self-talk on a daily basis, as a way of guiding, motivating or supporting ourselves. Maybe you’re heading to the store and start running through a list of all the items you need to...