Archives Posts Tagged ‘depression’

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

The grea…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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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

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

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

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Selfies or Selfless? The 6 Top Habits of the Happiest (& Most Successful) Social Networkers

03 Dec

Happy Giving Tuesday!

Have you ever found yourself on a vacation, a date or a great party with friends and family you love when suddenly, out of the blue, and for no good reason, you develop an irresistible urge to check your Twitter, Facebook, texts or emails? You’re not alone and there’s a reason why. The urge to check social media is str…Read More

6 Quick & Easy Mindfulness Tips To Combat Holiday Stress

26 Nov

Is holiday season stressful or even lonely? Heard about the scientific benefits of mindfulness but just don’t see how you could fit it in? Especially during the holidays? We often mistakenly think meditation requires sitting in lotus posture, preferably on a lotus flower in the middle of a still lake in Thailand with birds chirping in the backgroun…Read More

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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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