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Your Life: Are You Winning or Losing? Many of us have given up on ourselves. We’ve given up on our ability to manage who we want to be and how we want to live. Modern life comes with a plethora of distractions. Not staying with the potential of our own lives has … ...
Hello Mid Life Crisis The other day I woke up into a sea of anxiety yet again. But this time, instead of just thinking, “oh look, there’s more anxiety,” I had a surprising thought: … ...
Never Mind This Book Review I read a lot.  And I shamelessly deface the books that I read – I write in them.  I don’t just underline, I circle, I annotate.  Books in my collection … ...
Today I Love Sleeping Soundly Today I love sleeping soundly when it happens. I love that I slept through to the morning without waking, or at least without remembering I woke if I did. I … ...
Best of Our Blogs: September 27, 2016 Are you busy and overscheduled? Too much things on your plate may be a symptom of something deeper going on. If you’re always busy, you might be avoiding the thing you think you don’t have time for-pause. Life is filled with both hills and valleys. … ...
Are There Times When You Want to Be Alone... On the day my father died very suddenly, many years ago, my mother called two of my close friends before she called me. She wanted me to have someone with … ...
How I Create: Q&A with Writer and Coach Helen... What I love about interviewing all sorts of individuals for the “How I Create” series is the burst of inspiration each person provides. They remind us of the magic and power of creativity. … ...
The One Thing Every Kid with Anxiety Should be Doing Often when I ask a kid with anxiety what helps reduce stress and anxiety, the answer I most often get is “I try to get my mind off of it.” … ...
The Secret to Being Real, Successful, and Happy Being genuine in a shallow culture.
Ancient brain area controls eye movements There is much going on around us all the time, phenomena that we perceive with our different senses, which send information to the brain. This complication is solved by an ancient part of the midbrain called the corpora quadrigemina, or tectum. This area contains a complex network of neurons that control the movements of the head and eyes. An ancient area of the midbrain of all vertebrates can independently contol and reorientate the eyes, researchers now report.
Parkinson's disease protection may begin in the gut The gut may play a key role in preventing the onset of Parkinson's disease. Biologists found that in roundworms, an immune response from intestinal cells sparks a series of chemical signals that ultimately preserves neurons whose death is associated with Parkinson's.
Measurement helps craniofacial surgeons better evaluate children with skull deformity A baby’s skull is made of several plates of bone that fuse together over time to form a single structure. Previous research has shown that approximately one in 2,000 babies have plates that fuse too early — a condition called craniosynostosis — causing cranial deformities that can lead to learning impairments and other neurodevelopmental problems. Craniofacial surgeons across the country differ on when surgical intervention is needed for some abnormalities. Now, researchers are recommending a new method to help determine when surgery is needed.
Because I’m Happy In a conversation recently about the concept of happiness, a quote from one of my favorite movies, The Big Chill came up. The character of Chloe, played by Meg Tilly was … ...
9 Things Highly Sensitive People Do Studies estimate 15 to 20 percent of the population meet the criteria for being highly sensitive people. Here are a few telltale signs you might be one of them.
Parents that use warmth instead of spanking foster greater social competence in their children Parents should continue to avoid spanking and to use positive parenting techniques such as warmth in order to foster positive behaviors in their children, according to a recent study published online this April in the Journal of Marriage and Family. Decades of research have found links between parents’ use of spanking and an increased likelihood [...]
Psychedelic brew called ayahuasca could enhance creative thinking abilities A psychedelic brew known as ayahuasca may help people “think outside the box,” according to a new study published in the journal Psychopharmacology. But more research is needed. Ayahuasca has been used in the healing ceremonies of indigenous Amazon tribes for centuries. The psychoactive drink is traditionally prepared using plants which contain beta-carbolines such as [...]
Exercise can increase levels of hunger-promoting endocannabinoids even if you are sleep-deprived A research group at Uppsala University has investigated how levels of endocannabinoids – which target the same receptors as cannabis – are affected by short sleep duration, and whether acute exercise can modulate this effect. Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of overweight and obesity and previous studies have demonstrated [...]
People prefer hiring talented ‘naturals’ over hardworking ‘strivers’ When deciding which candidate to hire or what company to invest in, do we favor someone who has a history of hard work and perseverance or the hotshot with a natural talent? Findings from three studies conducted by University College London professor Chia-Jung Tsay suggest that when assessing people with equivalent levels of achievement and [...]
Study finds immune response in the gut may be key to preventing Parkinson’s disease Your gut may play a pivotal role in preventing the onset of Parkinson’s disease. And the reason may be its knack for sleuthing. Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that the gut may be key to preventing Parkinson’s disease. Cells located in the intestine spark an immune response that protects nerve cells, or [...]
Study finds simply having a happy partner may enhance your own health Having a happy spouse may be related to better health, at least among middle-aged and older adults, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. In a nationally representative study of 1,981 middle-age heterosexual couples, researchers found that people with happy spouses were much more likely to report better health over time. [...]