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Routines Can Ease a Busy Life

Routines Can Ease a Busy Life

Daily routines help you be more efficient and provide comfort—rituals provide relief from the day’s ever-changing events. In the next paragraph, I describe my daily routine in hopes it will encourage you, not necessarily to adopt my routines but to jumpstart you toward creating your own. When I wake, —in violation of standard [...]

You can see that the brightest of the bright have not Ruled out on the possibility of the existence of an Intelligent Designer

You can see that the brightest of the bright have not Ruled out on the possibility of the existence of an Intelligent Designer

Have you ever heard the claim "all smart people are atheists", or maybe its inverse: "people who believe in God are dumb"? It's quite a pervasive urban legend, and one which I've known is false for a long time, but I didn't realize just how false until the other day. I recently decided to do a quick cataloging of the ten highest IQ's on earth, and [...]

Meditation’s effect on key brain Chemicals

Meditation’s effect on key brain Chemicals

Meditation boosts Endorphins. Endorphins are a category of neurotransmitters that the body uses as an internal pain killer. These compounds are also responsible for the all-encompassing sense of happiness we sometimes feel. Endorphins are thought to reduce blood pressure and have been linked in the fight against cancer. People who [...]

Use Your Mind to Change Your Brain How to overcome self-defeating thoughts and actions by Rebecca Gladding, M.D.

Use Your Mind to Change Your Brain How to overcome self-defeating thoughts and actions by Rebecca Gladding, M.D.

I realized today that in all my posts regarding the brain and how to sculpt it with mindfulness, I’ve never actually explained how and why meditation works. Specifically, the science behind how your brain changes the longer you meditate. I think this is important for many reasons, but one of the most salient is that this information serves as a [...]

The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better

The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better

Meditation yields a surprising number of health benefits, including stress reduction, improved attention, better memory, and even increased creativity and feelings of compassion. But how can something as simple as focusing on a single object produce such dramatic results? Here’s what the growing body of scientific evidence is telling us about [...]

Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know

Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is essential to building strong, dense bones when you're young and to keeping them strong and healthy as you age. The information included here will help you learn all about calcium and vitamin D - the two most important nutrients for bone health. What is Calcium and What Does it Do? How Much Calcium Do You [...]

Be Mine Forever: Oxytocin May Help Build Long-Lasting Love

Be Mine Forever: Oxytocin May Help Build Long-Lasting Love

The hormone oxytocin increases empathy and communication, key to sustaining a relationship between mates Feb 12, 2013 |By Luciana Gravotta Two locks on a fence with a heart on each. Public Domain / Hans If cupid had studied neuroscience, he’d know to aim his arrows at the brain rather than the heart. Recent research suggests that [...]

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. By Mayo Clinic Staff You know that exercise does your body good, but you're too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Hold on a second — there's good news when it comes to exercise and [...]

Exercise for Your Bone Health

Exercise for Your Bone Health

Vital at every age for healthy bones, exercise is important for treating and preventing osteoporosis. Not only does exercise improve your bone health, it also increases muscle strength, coordination, and balance, and it leads to better overall health. Why Exercise? The Best Bone Building Exercise Exercise Tips A Complete Osteoporosis [...]

Can meditation really slow aging?

Can meditation really slow aging?

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