Archives Posts Tagged ‘anxiety’

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The Ridiculously Easy Way to Become An Innovative Thinker

16 May

From Vincent Van Gogh on through Kanye West, the figure of the broody, tortured artist looms large in the popular imagination. But research suggests that the key to creativity and innovation has little to do with angst. In researching my book The Happiness TrackI found that the biggest breakthrough ideas often  come from relaxation.

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Chronic Stress Burning You Out? Energy Management is Key

04 Feb
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“My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you’ll win… channel your energy. Focus.”
- Carl Lewis (Track and Field Gold Medalist)

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3 Definitive Ways to Beat Winter Blues

20 Jan

Whether or not you get the Winter Blues, winter unquestionably makes us more likely to stay home, to indulge in comfort foods, and watch too many movies. The cold and dark days can at times make us feel a little down. Thankfully, research shows three practical and powerful ways to help you prevent the winter funk:

1. CONNECT

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4 Science-Backed Secrets to Holidays that Truly ARE Happy

05 Dec

The holidays are upon us and it’s an easy time to get lost: in Christmas shopping, errands, travel or the stress of financial expenses or difficult family situations. It can also be a lonely time for some, or one of confusion or even depression due to the long winter nights. The good news is that there are some great research-backed ways for you …Read More

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Why Embracing Hardship is the Secret to Well-Being

05 Jul

Research shows that we have more positive experiences than negative ones, yet research also shows that our brain tends to focus on the negative aspects of our lives. We take the good things for granted and blow up the problems. As a consequence, we tend to fall prey to the petty concerns and annoyances in our lives, letting them determine our well-…Read More

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7 Science-Based Reasons to Laugh Out Loud Every Chance You Get!

07 Apr

A day without laughter is a day wasted.~Charlie Chaplin

Everyone enjoys a good laugh, but who actually makes time for it in their lives? Sure, we like hearing a funny joke, people with a good sense of humor and watching comedies. But few of us take our laughs seriously (no pun intended!) nor do we make a concerted effort to laugh more. But we sh…Read More

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The Secret to Hacking Happiness

18 Nov

Anxiety and depression are on the rise. One study shows that the rise in anti-depressant use has risen over 400 percent in recent years. One in 10 Americans is currently using a psychotropic medication for anxiety, depression or similar forms of mental distress. A recent study found that this rise in anxiety and depression is occurring in te…Read More

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Benefits of Breathing: The Scientific Benefits of Breathing INFOGRAPHIC

07 Feb

We’ve all heard the phrase “Take a deep breath.”

Maybe we’ve even noticed how our breath changes depending on how we feel: short and shallow when stressed, deeper when we’re relaxed. It changes when we sigh, yawn, sob or laugh. But one thing we probably have not learned is that, just as the breath changes depending on how we feel, we can also ch…Read More

3 Reasons Your Happiness is an Act of Compassion

04 Feb

Happiness – it’s an inalienable right, it’s even in the US constitution. You see it everywhere from sitcoms to couples walking by. But…do you ever have that gnawing feeling, or dark sense, that happiness is just… well…not for you?

Well you’re right. The data agrees with you. It’s not.

Here’s why:

For One, it Makes you Contag…Read More

A Surprising Yoga Practice To Heal Anxiety & Trauma

30 Jan

“Hard core military guys and yoga – that doesn’t really …um… go together, does it?” I’ve been asked. It’s true that, when they first arrived to participate in my study, the young, tattoo-covered, hard-drinking, motorcycle driving Midwestern guys did not look like typical yoga studio regulars. But what they shared after the study sai…Read More

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