How Mindfulness Can Save Your Relationship Huffington Post In my recent blog, "The Many Benefits of Mindfulness," I outlined how a mindfulness practice has been scientifically proven to improve our mental and physical health.
There’s a reason why being kind to others is good for you — and it can now be traced to a specific nerve.
When it comes to staying healthy, both physically and mentally, studies consistently show that strong relationships are at least as important as avoiding smoking and obesity. But how does social support translate into physical benefits such as lower blood pressure, healthier weights and other physiological measures of sound health? A new study published in Psychological Science suggests that the link may follow the twisting path of the vagus nerve, which connects social contact to the positive emotions that can flow from interactions.
A new study published in Psychological Science suggests that the link may follow the twisting path of the vagus nerve, which connects social contact to the positive emotions that can flow from interactions.
Perception, Reaction & Mindfulness PsychCentral.com (blog) I start by saying something poignant like “It's being aware and in the present moment” or “It's about allowing each experience to wash over us like a cool spring rain, without attachment or...
Sylvia Morelli is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab at Stanford University. In her current research, she examines the neural and behavioral basis of empathy and perspective-taking, as well as the neural responses associated with feeling understood by others.
We held a wide ranging discussion about the nature of empathy, and herwork on researching it. In a recent study and paper, Sylvia explored the neural and behavioral consequences of feeling understood.
Sylvia says, when we are understood, or empathized with, the pleasure centers of the brain light up. In other words, feeling empathized with feels good. "Behavioral research has demonstrated that feeling understood by others enhances social closeness and intimacy, as well as subjective well-being. In contrast, feeling misunderstood can be harmful to social relationships, leading to loneliness and isolation. However, it is still unclear why and how felt understanding exerts such a powerful impact on both interpersonal and intrapersonal well-being"
"Behavioral research has demonstrated that feeling understood by others enhances social closeness and intimacy, as well as subjective well-being. In contrast, feeling misunderstood can be harmful to social relationships, leading to loneliness and isolation. However, it is still unclear why and how felt understanding exerts such a powerful impact on both interpersonal and intrapersonal well-being"
News is bad for you. It leads to fear and aggression. It hinders your creativity and makes you sick. We should stop consuming it, says Rolf Dobelli, who's abstained for years
Belinda MJ.B's insight:
Many of my clients comes to prepare and find peace of mind while in transition in a multicultural environement either to overcome conflicts, or to learn how to make meaningful decision for them, their family and their organizations.
During the process we evaluate how likely they react and respond to life events out of their comfort zone in order to assist them finding strengths and develop new communication and leadership skills. We often find them having a high level of catabolic energy which is exhibited by passivity or hostility.
And guess what, most of their stress and distress are cultivated and or aggravated by the "news". Those short irrelevant pieces of information which do not bring any good news, nor real news at all. The pieces of information which go on and on on CPP and FAX NEWS from one and unique perspective: sensational FEAR and who is to BLAME.
From the article,
"The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don't really concern our lives and don't require thinking. That's why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind.[...]
News is toxic to your body. It constantly triggers the limbic system. Panicky stories spur the release of cascades of glucocorticoid (cortisol). This deregulates your immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. In other words, your body finds itself in a state of chronic stress. High glucocorticoid levels cause impaired digestion, lack of growth (cell, hair, bone), nervousness and susceptibility to infections. The other potential side-effects include fear, aggression, tunnel-vision and desensitisation.[...]
Society needs journalism – but in a different way. Investigative journalism is always relevant. We need reporting that polices our institutions and uncovers truth. But important findings don't have to arrive in the form of news. Long journal articles and in-depth books are good, too.[...]"
The author has now gone without news for four years, so he can see, feels and reports the effects of this freedom first-hand: less disruption, less anxiety, deeper thinking, more time, more insights. It's not easy, but it's worth it.
With no prior experience in grassroots organizing, Jonathan Deal led a successful campaign against fracking in South Africa to protect the Karoo, a semi-desert region treasured for its agriculture, beauty and wildlife.
The greatest acts of kindness are those done by choice, not out of seeking attention, fear or guilt. If you're doing things for others because you would feel bad if you didn't, or because you seek their permanent attention is the action really genuine then?
Only genuine and honest acts are true acts. Genuine acts come from the heart!
Think before you act how you assess your act! Don't let your life get determined by constraints!