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Depression

Three Simple Ways to Sustainable Happiness

There's no question in my mind that we all want to be happy.

For some people happiness comes easier than others, but what we're starting to understand is that happiness -- that sense of connection and ease of appreciating the good moments and being more graceful and resilient during the difficult ones -- is a skill and strength that we can all build and make sustainable.

Here are Three Simple Ways to Increase Happiness in Daily Life

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General

The Science and Power of Music

Have you ever stopped to think about how profound music has been for you in your life? Just the beginning of a song can change someone’s mood, drop us into a state of reflection on life, reduce stress or even prepare us for a better athletic performance.

For many people there may be a calming effect to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” Or Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” can create a surge of energy bringing up a feeling...
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Anxiety

3 Steps to Releasing Negative Anxious Thoughts

What a time we live in. Recently we've had two historic hurricanes, Harvey and Irma leaving devastation across Houston Texas and the Caribbean, while Bangladesh experiences one of its most catastrophic floods. That's not even adding in the constant barrage of political uncertainty and threats of potential war that stream across the news feeds.

It's no wonder that an increasing amount of people are experiencing heightened stress and anxiety.

No matter what we choose to do in...
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Anxiety

7 Ways to Ease Your Anxious Mind

No matter where you live in the world right now, for a certainty, anxiety is high with many of us. After the election there was a number attacks on mosques internationally and now there has been an onslaught of over 60 bomb threats at Jewish synagogues in the in January alone.

To me this means we need to not act out of anxiety and anger, but instead to calm our nervous systems, get some perspective and then choose how we'd like to...
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General

Finding Success in Anything: On Striving Versus Effort

Over 300 people from around the world are right in the middle of a six month training program called A Course in Mindful Living. One of the first elements of this program is learning how to calm your nervous system and bring energy into the moment. The combination of calm, energy and focus is the trifecta for effective learning and integration of whatever we're attending to.

If we want to be successful in anything, whether it's a meditation...
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Anxiety

A Wise Approach to Taking in the News

In this day and age global news is everywhere. We get it from traditional news stations, social media, or just alerts from friends, family and colleagues.

The news always seems to come in the form of headlines that are meant to stimulate our nervous systems. This is so our eyes will stare more often and longer at the screen and they can charge more money for their ads. It's pure economics.

We also have become accustomed to...
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Addiction

Are You Harboring Weapons of Mass Distraction?

You may have already realized that the geniuses behind many of the apps and media websites that we visit daily have crafted their apps to play on our anxious and addictive tendencies. Why? Because the more frequent and longer our eyeballs stay on a page means more $$$ for them.

Does it matter that it makes us more distracted, listen less to the people around us or increase mortality rates for car accidents?

Take a moment...
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Addiction

The Interpersonal Neurobiology Behind Making Habits Stick

Most of us walk around in this world in a trance with the delusional belief that we are only autonomous beings that are completely acting with free will. However, many scientists agree that we are interdependent with our environments and our brains are constantly making snap judgments based on internal and external cues.

You have recall this quote by Albert Einstein:
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part...
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Altruism

Calvin and Hobbes on Mindfulness and Happiness

The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes has been one of my all time favorites since I was a teen. The author and illustrator, Bill Watterson, really had a way with images and words. One of the strips I've enjoyed looking at, and reminds me of this work in mindfulness, is with Calvin and Hobbes walking together in the snow saying, "We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are."

This is so...
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Anxiety

Mindfulness Can Help Us Break Our Bad Habits

There has been a growing amount of evidence that mindfulness can help us kick our bad habits.

In a recent study, 63 participants who were addicted to stimulants received behavioral treatment for 12 weeks. Four weeks into the program they were randomly assigned to either one group received mindfulness training targeted at cravings and urges or another that received health education. At the end of 12 weeks, researchers measured changes in participants use of...
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