Mind Matters

Could your brain be reprogrammed to work better?

Scientists from Australia and France have shown that electromagnetic stimulation can alter brain organization, which may make your brain work better. In a new study, the researchers demonstrated that weak sequential electromagnetic pulses (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation -- or rTMS) on mice can shift abnormal neural connections ...... Read more....

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Body Posture Affects Confidence In Your Own Thoughts, Study Finds

Sitting up straight in your chair isn't just good for your posture – it also gives you more confidence in your own thoughts, according to a new study. Researchers found that people who were told to sit up straight were more likely to believe thoughts they wrote down while in that posture concerning whether they were qualified for a job....... Read more......

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Doing something is better than doing nothing for most people, study shows

People are focused on the external world and don’t enjoy spending much time alone thinking, according to a new study. The investigation found that most would rather be doing something -- possibly even hurting themselves -- than doing nothing or sitting alone with their thoughts........ Read more......

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People with depression get stuck on bad thoughts, unable to turn their attention away, study suggests

We all have our ups and downs -- a fight with a friend, a divorce, the loss of a parent. But most of us get over it. Only some go on to develop major depression....... Read more......

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Stop Thinking   Start Breathing   Reduce Stress

Can the simple act of consciously controlling the way in which you breathe, help you to manage your own thought processes? Yes - its called conscious breathing. And its easy to do.Does this mean that this can be done anywhere, at any time, in any space, during ordinary everyday activities...... Read more......

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Having a sense of purpose may add years to your life

Feeling that you have a sense of purpose in life may help you live longer, no matter what your age, according to research published inPsychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science........ Read more.......

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Excess weight linked to brain changes that may relate to memory, emotions, and appetite

Being overweight appears related to reduced levels of a molecule that reflects brain cell health in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory, learning, and emotions, and likely also involved in appetite control, according to a study performed by researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and other institutions........ Read more.......

Breathing Spaces in the office or workplace – what would the corporate benefits be? Less stress and more calm – just for starters.

We all take a break, a breather or whatever you want to call it once or wice and maybe more, every day.

We do so to get a snack or a drink, or simply to get away from whatever we are doing......... Read more.......

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Is adrenal fatigue destroying your health, peace of mind and joie de vivre?

"For every minute you experience stress, it takes 60 minutes to remove the flood of adrenal stress hormones from your bloodstream," warns holistic nutritionist Paula Owens in theAlternative Medicine article "The Adrenal Fatigue Fix."....... Read more......

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Stress Takes a Heavy Toll on Your Gut

According to the authors in the featured study, “disgust” was the emotion that was most strongly felt in the gut. Fear, anxiety, and shame also generated a felt impact in this area. All four of these emotions are generally felt by those experiencing depression, and I'm not surprised to see a strong connection between these emotions and the gut....... Read more......

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Risk for Heart Attack or Stroke Increases After Anger Outburst

Intense emotion is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke, particularly in the first hours after the emotion occurs.

While prevention efforts typically focus on more concrete steps like physical exercise, not smoking, and a healthier diet, it’s just as important, if not more so, to tend to your emotional health as well....... Read more........

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Take a break: procrastination found to bolster productivity

While the act of procrastination is viewed by many as something highly unacceptable, a trait of the lazy and easily-bored in society, research shows that it may actually lead to increased productivity. Professor and procrastination expert Piers Steel, Ph.D, gathered 24 participants......... Read more........

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Biochemical cause of seasonal depression (SAD) confirmed by researchers

SAD affects a significant amount of people as daylight levels drop in autumn.

New research confirms why some people suffer from the winter blues.....  Read more.....

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Controlling genes with your mind

Researchers have constructed the first gene network that can be controlled by our thoughts. Scientists have developed a novel gene regulation method that enables thought-specific brainwaves to control the conversion of genes into proteins (gene expression). The inspiration was a game that picks up brainwaves in order to guide a ball through an obstacle course.............   Read more.......

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Why 'I'm so happy I could cry' makes sense

The phrase 'tears of joy' never made much sense to one American psychologist. But after conducting a series of studies of such seemingly incongruous expressions, she now understands better why people cry when they are happy.  Read more.......

Happy tears Anger has a major physiological effect

Anger is never without a reason - but seldom a good one.

Benjamin Franklin one of the Founding Fathers of the US, had his own set of virtues, which he created at the age of 20, and used to keep a note each week on how his behaviour had conformed to them.

He was spot on with this quote, as anger, which, at times can be used for a positive outcome, is a negative emotion, the consequences of which are primarily seen to be destructive and ugly in nature and can have a dramatic effect on relationships with all things, particularly on the propagator....... Read more......

Overcome adrenal fatigue naturally

In this period of higher mental stress, poor nutrition, pervasive toxins, and overuse of stimulants, it has become difficult to properly support the adrenals. As a result, people have become afflicted with poor energy, bad sleep, obnoxious cravings, and a roller coaster of emotions..... Read more.....

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5 ways to rediscover your missing positive emotions

Most of us think that negative emotions are the only ones people want to avoid, but the evidence suggests something different.

 

Research  has suggested that depression, for example, is not merely the presence of negative emotional states. There is another, often overlooked factor......... Read more....

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Sadness lasts longer than other emotions

"Emotions of shorter duration are typically -- but, of course, not always -- elicited by events of relatively low importance. On the other hand, long-lasting emotions tend to be about something highly important," Lavrijsen explains.........  Read more.......

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Healthy Thinking -

What part does the mind play in sickness and in health?

Do you think or believe that we have the ability to consciously assist the healing process from within?  

So.... thats just not helping your immune system by eating raw food and taking supplements (although that wouldn’t be a bad thing)

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Brain marker hints at depression, anxiety years later

A clue to this answer, according to a new Duke University study, is found in an almond-shaped structure deep within our brains: the amygdala. By measuring activity of this area, which is crucial for detecting and responding to danger, researchers say they can tell who will become depressed or anxious in response to stressful life events, as far as four years down the road.........

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Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain

The bad news is that starting when people are in their mid-to-late-20s, the brain begins to wither -- its volume and weight begin to decrease. As this occurs, the brain can begin to lose some of its functional abilities.......

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Rescuing memories of past events: How the mundane can be meaningful -- and remembered

It's not surprising that our memories of highly emotional events, such as 9/11 or the birth of a child, are quite strong.......  

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Link between intestinal bacteria, depression found

The complex mechanisms of interaction and dynamics between the gut microbiota and its host have been illuminated by recent research. Data show that relatively minor changes in microbiota........

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Mindfulness is just another word for meditation, without the baggage of 2,000 years of religious preconception.

“Meditation refers to a family of self regulatory practises that focus on training, attention and awareness in order to bring mental processes under greater voluntary control and thereby foster general mental well-being and the development of specific capacities such as  Calm, Clarity and Concentration.".............

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Having friends: Happiness spreads but depression doesn't

Having friends who suffer from depression doesn't affect the mental health of others, according to research led by the University of Warwick............

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The nine risk factors for Alzheimer’s (and the three supplements and one drink that reduce the odds)

There are nine risk factors that account for more than 60 per cent of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease—and there are three supplements, and one drink........

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9 risks for Alzheimer Happiness spreads but depression doesn't

Our mind is as powerful as painkillers—and it’s getting stronger

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Our mind as powerful as painkillers Depression is caused by bad experiences

Depression is caused by bad experiencesand not by our genes (or even a chemical imbalance), a new study has found.

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Loneliness triggers cellular changes that can cause illness, study shows

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The search for happiness:

Using MRI to find where happiness happens

Narrowing in on the neural structures behind happiness

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