Archives Posts Tagged ‘brain’

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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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18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving-Kindness Meditation Today!

28 Oct

Many of us have heard of meditation’s benefits. We may have even tried meditation once or twice. And many of us will have found it hard and concluded that
“meditation is not for me.” But wait! Did you know there are many forms of meditation? There are mantra meditations, visualization meditations, open-focus
meditations, breath-based medita…Read More

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5 Ways Email Impacts Your Brain

30 Sep

Have you noticed that checking your email impacts how you think and feel? It does so in 5 important ways. Here’s your brain on email:

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Have you ever been in a situation in which you were feeling great until you received an email out of the blue that completely upset your day? How does it feel to receive 30 such emails first thing i…Read More

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A Gift of Loving Kindness Meditation

28 May

Happiness is in your ability to love others ~ Leo Tolstoy

Have you ever wished you could meditate but just didn’t know where to start?

There’s a reason for that! When people talk about meditation, they sometimes make it sound as if there were just one type. But there isn’t, there are so many types: mantra meditations, breath meditations, sound me…Read More

Top 10 Scientific Benefits of Compassion

Top 10 Scientific Benefits of Compassion (Infographic)

15 Dec

Happy Holidays! In the spirit of love, warmth and companionship, I’ve made this infographic on the scientific benefits of Compassion!

We often think that we will gain happiness by achieving, receiving or attaining. We also think that in order to be happy, we have to receive love. Think again!

Research shows that our greatest fulfillment come…Read More

Talk on Compassion, Women & Service

13 Nov

A talk I gave in which I explore the science of compassion, connection, and tips and tricks to reduce stress. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think!

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Benefits of Meditation: 10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC

17 Oct

For the last 10 years, I have been involved in researching the impact of meditation on health and well-being. This infographic summarized some of the key findings about the benefits of meditation.

When my colleagues at Stanford and at other universities started researching meditation, most of us expected that meditation would help with stres…Read More

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20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today: New research shows meditation boosts your health, happiness, and success!

19 Sep

I started meditating soon after 9/11. I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. I realized I had no control over my external environment. But the one place I did have a say over was my mind, through meditation. When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more su…Read More

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Are Women Really More Compassionate?

20 Jun

Yesterday, journalists at Huffington Post Live asked me to comment on whether women are more compassionate than men. Scientists in general tend to cringe at any strong black-and-white statements of this kind since we know there is no data to support such strong claims. If you ask a neuroscientist to distinguish a male from a female brain, for e…Read More

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8 Powerful Ways to Turn Loneliness Into Deep Connection

10 Apr

Loneliness hurts. Most of us have experienced this. With the advent of technology and social media and the ever-increasing speed of life we may feel more connected in some ways but on the other hand “human moments” of actual face-to-face exchange without interruption can become more rare. A sociological study shows that disconnect seems to be o…Read More

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