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Homework Detrimental to Elementary Age Children?

Guest Post by Courtney Blair

As a child, the memories that I carry about doing homework are not particularly pleasant. I don’t remember being excited about it, on the contrary I really disliked it.

My younger brother, at the young age of six, used to immediately throw his homework in the trash when he’d get home from school to avoid doing it altogether.

So as you can imagine, we were not exactly cooperative...
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Meditation – A Cure for Loneliness?

Ask anyone who has been meditating for more than a year and they will likely tell you that this was one of the best decisions that they have made in their lives.

But before would-be meditators get hooked on the wonderful benefits of practice, there are a sea of objections, hesitations, and queries that may keep them from finding that wonderful calm.

One of the obstacles may be that meditation seems like such a lonely...
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How Anxiety Causes You To See the World Differently

It is common to believe that different thoughts and emotional states will affect the way you experience the world. Researchers have discovered that this is the case with anxiety.

Individuals who suffer from anxiety see the world differently and this may have some bearing on the degree to which they are susceptible to suffer from anxiety in the first place.

One study's main discovery has been that those who suffer from anxiety find...
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Two Activities, When Combined, Reduce Depression by 40 Percent

In our market economy, it seems like every solution worth a grain of salt must fetch a price. But, as it turns out, that need not be the case when it comes to depression.

Research published in Translational Psychiatry has shown that combining meditation with aerobic exercise can reduce depression by up to 40 percent.

The specific finding of the study was that employing both aerobic exercise and meditation twice weekly over the...
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Mindful Eating Improves Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes and heart disease are among the top killers for both men and women in the industrialized world.

The problem has its roots in many sources—foods that are overflowing with unhealthy chemicals, foods that are served in large proportions, a lack of regular exercise among the majority of people, and the rising rates of obesity are among a few causes.

Drugs, diets, and exercise regiments have been flooding the market as the problem...
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Virtual Reality Therapy for Depression

The future, as the cliché goes, is here.

Bionic limbs are approaching the functionality of natural appendages; traveling to space continues to get cheaper just as approval to mine space asteroids is approved in America, and genetic advancements are allowing the precise editing of genes that will one day (soon) open the possibility of designer babies.

Big and small, all problems are starting to have a high tech solution to them. The...
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How Mindfulness Can Alleviate Depression

Some would say depression in the modern world has reached pandemic proportions.

Yet, the symptoms of this mental illness may be masked by those suffering from it. This is partially due to the stigma that our society attaches to the realm of mental illnesses. It is popularly perceived as not an illness, but rather a mood that people should somehow 'snap out of'.

Mental illness patients are often advised to simply get over their condition...
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Gut Health and its Effect on Depression

The rich relationship between microscopic organisms and humans may have a lot to do with mental health, specifically anxiety and depression.

When you understand the key role beneficial bacteria play, you'll be more motivated to maintain your gut health.

Initially it was thought that all bacteria and other microorganisms were parasites or other unwanted presences that got into our body due to their small size.

The thinking continued that they were somehow able to avoid...
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Hope For Opioid Abuse Among Baby Boomers

Opioid abuse has become a problem as significant as the frighteningly vaunted crack epidemic of the late 1980's and 1990's.

Unlike then, the reaction this time has been one of more compassion and an inquiry to discover a scientific mechanism to stop it, instead of fear and a desire to incarcerate. A new tool - motivational interviewing - is providing hope.

As the times have changed and this negative reaction to drug abuse has proven...
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