Archives for March, 2012

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A Simple Way to Trick Your Brain Toward Mindfulness

It's important to understand that making changes in life isn't just about sheer willpower. For most of our lives, we're on auto-pilot and our brain is making rapid decisions for us. It references our history, mood and environment to come up with the most adaptive response. However, when we're trying to make changes in our lives, being more mindful, for example, we can do a simple trick to set up our environment in a...
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Addiction

Using The Now Effect to Break Free from Mind Traps

There's a funny print cartoon that has a man and woman sitting on the couch staring at a TV screen and the caption below reads, "It's 12 O'clock, do you know where your mind is?" As time goes on and we grow up from children to adolescents to adults, for many of us, somewhere along the way, life begins to become routine.

Day in and day out whether we're walking, driving, talking, eating,...
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Addiction

You Want to Be Happy? Bring this Essential Ingredient Back into Life

Abraham Joshua Heschel said, "Life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder." As we get older this statement may seem too ring true more often, but it doesn't have to be this way.

With children, research has shown that play has a significant impact on physical, cognitive, emotional, and social health. Why would it be different for us adults? How do we bring this mental health boosting attitude back into...
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Anxiety

Neuroplasticity Isn’t Necessarily an Ally, But Understanding It Is

There’s been a lot of talk about the new findings of neuroplasticity and the ray of hope it has brought many with the understanding that we can use our mental processes to change our brains throughout the lifespan. If you’ve been reading The Now Effect you know that I open up the Know Your Mind, Change Your Brain section with the story of the young violinists who showed similar shifting in...
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compassion

A Simple Trick to Reduce Stress and Create a Happier Brain

It’s no secret that there’s more stress now than there ever has been. Maybe it’s a result of having more things than ever to pay attention to, or perhaps it's the increasingly panicked way the news comes at us, or maybe it’s that people are feeling more alone today than ever before. Whatever the reason, one thing we now know is that a very simple type of connection actually reduces activity in the...
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Addiction

Outsmart Your Stress at Work: The “Email Meditation”

Prior to becoming a Psychologist,  I was in the corporate world leading teams of people and becoming intimate, maybe too intimate, with being overwhelmed and feeling stress at work. The amount of workers today that say job stress is a major problem in their lives has doubled in the last decade. Recently, I wrote a popular post called Outsmart Your Stress: The 1-Minute "Be" Practice and now it's time to see...
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Addiction

Outsmart Your Stress: The 1-Minute “Be” Practice

Over the course of thousands and thousands of years our brains have become wired toward creating, fixing, solving, basically just doing. It’s been a great benefit; we have roofs over our heads, cars to drive, chairs to sit on and even this technology to connect around. But when it comes to our stress or uncomfortable emotions, the brain mistakenly uses the same approach and unknowingly make our stress and pain...
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