The Secret to Happiness, According to This Harvard Professor: A Reverse Bucket List
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The Secret to Happiness, According to This Harvard Professor: A Reverse Bucket List

Arthur Brooks, a Harvard professor, recently wrote an article reflecting on the nature of happiness. It’s hard, he says, for people to stay happy. Biologically, we are programmed to be in competition with each other, since the people who are doing best are (theoretically) the ones to pass on their dreams. Psychologists Phillip Brickman and…

Here Is Where Spirituality Lives in the Brain
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Here Is Where Spirituality Lives in the Brain

What happens in the brain during a spiritual experience? New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital shows that humans do indeed have a spiritual region in the brain. The study showed that spirituality resides in the periaqueductal grey (known as PAG). This centralized location is also where the brain conditions fear, altruistic behaviors, and unconditional…

Being Clean and Hygienic Doesn’t Impair Childhood Immunity
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Being Clean and Hygienic Doesn’t Impair Childhood Immunity

On November 9, 1989, a stunned audience watched the fall of the Berlin Wall live on television. This was an unprecedented event with global implications, and the whole world was glued to their screens as it unfolded.  However, while most of us observed this game-changing world occurrence in awe, Dr. Erika von Mutius wondered about…

Air Pollution During Pregnancy May Affect Growth of Newborn Babies
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Air Pollution During Pregnancy May Affect Growth of Newborn Babies

A fascinating study from July 2021 focused on a possible connection between pollution during pregnancy and the growth of newborn babies. It discovered interesting relationships to a baby’s thyroid health. The study looked at how much thyroxine (a hormone produced by the thyroid) was present in newborn babies because past studies have shown that air…

Mindfulness Meditation Training Lowers Stress Response In Anxiety Disorder
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Mindfulness Meditation Training Lowers Stress Response In Anxiety Disorder

You know that feeling where your mind is thinking of 100 things at once? When you can’t stop the thoughts and jump from idea to idea, or worse, from worry to worry? When this happens it can make stress and anxiety worse. However, many people are turning to mindfulness meditation as a popular method to…

The Surprising Health Consequences of Finding Your Purpose
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The Surprising Health Consequences of Finding Your Purpose

Ikigai is a Japanese word meaning a reason for being. Simply put, ikigai is your purpose. It’s what gets you up in the morning.  What is your purpose in life? For many of us, our purpose revolves around our family and loved ones. For others, there’s a passion for our career, or reaching a goal such as running…

Self-#Coaching – Want more self-discipline in your life?
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Self-#Coaching – Want more self-discipline in your life?

Here’s a way to practice building your self-discipline muscle while eliminating your tendency to procrastinate. Starting today, look for examples where you may be procrastinating, postponing, or avoiding a task. For example, “I’ll do it later” (i.e., pay the bills, make that call, wash the dishes, floss, start a diet, and so on) For the…