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Research Explores Meditation As Pain Therapy

Including migraines and mild cognitive impairment, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are looking into the effectiveness of meditation and its ability to reduce pain.

The study started because Rebecca Erwin of the University of North Carolina was made to do yoga and meditation with her fellow rowers. After noticing an improvement in focus and flexibility, she began to dig a little deeper into research.

The first study brought together adults ages 55 to 90 with...
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6 Effects of Long-Term Stress on Your Body

Everyone experiences stress at various points in life. In fact, having some stress is healthy for both your body and mind.

However, prolonged stress can be harmful to both your mental and physical health.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, stress can be both external (caused by pain, exposure to heat or cold, or the psychological environment) or internal (caused by illness, injury, or internal psychological factors).
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Six Most Shared Happiness Articles of the Last 12 Months


I thought it would be interesting to use 's new content explorer to find the most shared happiness articles in the last 12 months.

This cool new search engine identifies the web's top content based on quantity of social media shares.

There are some real gems in here. If you're in pursuit of happiness, you'll want to check these out. FYI of the top 20 articles, I chose the top six that had to do with personal...
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Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Brain Chemistry: Evidence

Disclaimer: Although the title to this post sounds like personal growth hype, it isn’t. The scientific research cited is legitimate. The real life application discussed at the end of the article may prove very helpful, but contains a flaw, as you will gather from my self-reported experiments.
If you could push a button in your brain and rewire your bad circuitry, would you?

There isn’t such a button. However, altering beliefs comes close. In fact, beliefs alone have been shown to regulate brain chemistry. Groups of people holding different beliefs exhibit very different brain activity in response to the same chemical.
The Belief-Altering Research
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Double Trouble: Two Bad Habits That Kill Relationships


Your feelings are hurt.

That’s understandable.

What you do at this point could make the difference between resolution and even more hurt feelings.

Take the wrong turn and your feelings will continue to be trampled upon. Your relationship will suffer, according to research.

Take the right turn and you have a chance – a real chance at resolution. Take the right turn consistently and you could have one of the
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The Outside World Determines Your Thoughts

While it may feel as though your conscious thoughts are insulated from your surroundings, a recent study conducted by researchers at San Francisco State University has found otherwise. The study asked that participants look at an image, without thinking of the word associated with the image, or how many letters were in the word.

While this seems like a simple task, 80 percent of participants who were presented with the image of a sun automatically thought of the word “sun,” and 50 percent of participants silently counted to three (the number of letters in the word "sun").
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We Judge Each Other in Milliseconds


In NLP we maintain that good communication skills go a long way toward establishing relationships with new people in your life. Even the best communication skills are implemented after our initial judgment of people, however.

There are  individuals that make it so much easier to build relationships of trust from the very first impression. Some people are naturally more prone to opening up and having personal discussions - even moments after meeting.

Then...
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