Archives Posts Tagged ‘loneliness’

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Our Loneliness Epidemic & What We Can Do About it

21 Jun
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About a month ago, a group of about 20 men—all fathers in their 30s and 40s—gathered at a home in Oakland, California to talk fatherhood. Alarmingly, when asked how many of them had “real friends”—the kind of confidantes with whom they could …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

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Connectedness & Health: The Science of Social Connection INFOGRAPHIC

11 Apr

Social connection improves physical health and mental and emotional well-being.

We all think we know how to take good care of ourselves: eat your veggies, work out and try to get enough sleep. But how many of us know that social connection is just as critical?

One landmark study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to heal…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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My TEDx Talk on Social Connection, Compassion & Happiness

19 Jul

I recently gave a TEDx talk that summarizes research on social connection, compassion and happiness! I hope you enjoy it!

If you enjoyed it and think it may be useful to others around you, I hope you will consider sharing it. This knowledge is really only as useful as it reaches those who need it mos…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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