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This Is Calmer Choice

Calmer Choice is a non-profit organization teaching mindfulness programs in schools on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. To learn more visit: calmerchoice.org
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How teaching mindfulness will help your children to focus and approach life from the bright side! It builds confidence, self esteem and provides the tools to respond to situations diferently

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GMO Labeling: Junk Food Lobby Forced to Disclose Opposition Donors

GMO Labeling: Junk Food Lobby Forced to Disclose Opposition Donors | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it
Donors like PepsiCo and Nestle are revealed in Washington State’s lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association over the GMO labeling fight.

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How Mindfulness Can Save Your Relationship - Huffington Post

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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.

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Not Compassionate? It's OK, You Can Learn It

Not Compassionate? It's OK, You Can Learn It | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it

It's possible to become a more compassionate person by training your brain, according to a new study.

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The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier and Healthier | TIME.com

The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier and Healthier | TIME.com | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it

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.

 

By Maia Szalavitz


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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.

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Marilyne Kubath's curator insight, May 24, 2013 4:59 AM

I think this is true if you do something nice and decent you do feel a bit better about, but if do something a bit mean you feel a lot worse.

Abigail McNeely's comment, June 3, 2013 11:21 AM
I find it so interesting that we in the West need physical evidence to really start believing in something. Not that it's wrong to want evidence, after all that's what critical thinking is about. Thank goodness technology is now helping us catch up with folk wisdom.
Marilyne Kubath's comment, June 3, 2013 11:32 AM
I agree all governments need to relearn this.
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10 Reasons Why You Really Need To Start Meditating

10 Reasons Why You Really Need To Start Meditating | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it
Cheers to America's new push-up for the brain! With all the scientific evidence coming in over the years, meditation is now becoming a practice that anyone from any walk of life can embrace.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, May 5, 2013 5:09 PM

Meditation - push-ups for the brain! A great way to think about mediatation and mindfulness. This article highlights some wonderful across-the-board benefits.

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Could Mindfulness hold the key to unlock a sustainable future?

Could Mindfulness hold the key to unlock a sustainable future? | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it
In the fifth and final part in the Sustainable Business Strategy series, Mike Townsend explores how mindfulness might help us unlock the transformation …
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The Economics of Happiness

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For decades, GDP has been the primary measure of the success of a society. Is it any wonder than we’re ever more prosperous but no more happy?


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 29, 2013 4:31 PM

This is a great way to see the world. Succes will be measured quite differently if it can be measured at all. It might be we can only describe it.

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Thanks for sharing this amazing article!
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Food Policy Fund

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5 Tools to Cultivate Mindfulness in Your Business | Business Growth through Intuitive Intelligence®

5 Tools to Cultivate Mindfulness in Your Business | Business Growth through Intuitive Intelligence® | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it

The act of being fully awake has a direct impact on the quality of our experience as business owners and our ability to be successful.

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The act of being fully awake has a direct impact on the quality of our experience as business owners and our ability to be successful.

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Why not teaching kids emotional intelligence and entrepreneurship at schools?

What to expect from this presentation? We´ll end up talking about kids and education, but let´s first start with a simple deduction What are important things for success in life? When we are adults...

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Important things for success in life might be learned and shaped when we are kids

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» Mindfulness Can Aid in Focus, Working Memory - Psych Central News

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Does your mind tend to wander? Do you have trouble concentrating? If the answer is yes, mindfulness training may help -- and quickly. In fact, researchers

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David Hain's curator insight, March 27, 2013 5:43 AM

Noticed today on BBC News that some schools have started to teach about mindfulness.  More power to their elbows!

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That's great news to know that many schools are teaching mindfulness.
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Is organic produce really chemical-free? ABC2 Investigators put organics to the test

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Reframe your Thoughts

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The American Heart Association offers these effective tips for caregivers to reduce stress and frustration by reframing your thoughts.
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The American Heart Association offers these effective tips for caregivers to reduce stress and frustration by reframing your thoughts.

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5 Characteristics Of A Beautiful Mind

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By Headspace We all have ideas about what a healthy, happy body looks like but do we know what makes up the components of a healthy and happy mind?

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We all have ideas about what a healthy, happy body looks like but do we know what makes up the components of a healthy and happy mind?

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How Mexico's March Against Monsanto Became a Carnival of Corn! - Organic Connections

How Mexico's March Against Monsanto Became a Carnival of Corn! - Organic Connections | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it
On May 25, 2013, an estimated two million people across 50 countries participated, in various ways, in the global March Against Monsanto. Mexico's march took a different form.

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This Is Calmer Choice

Calmer Choice is a non-profit organization teaching mindfulness programs in schools on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. To learn more visit: calmerchoice.org
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How teaching mindfulness will help your children to focus and approach life from the bright side! It builds confidence, self esteem and provides the tools to respond to situations diferently

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Perception, Reaction & Mindfulness - PsychCentral.com (blog)

Perception, Reaction & Mindfulness - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it
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...

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ThinDifference's curator insight, May 20, 2013 5:58 AM

"One man’s trash is definitely another man’s treasure. That is the essence of mindfulness: living mindfully, fully aware, fully present and actively knowing that whatever your situation is, it is merely that, a situation. It does not define you, unless you allow it to."

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Sylvia Morelli and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Science

Sylvia Morelli and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Science | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it

 

 

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"  


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How cultivating empathy can change your life.

 

"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" 

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David Hain's curator insight, May 8, 2013 11:34 PM

Fascinating discussion!

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News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it
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
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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.


For more information about how to evaluate your level of catabolic energy and your stress reaction visit http://www.equanimityexecutive.com/energy-leadershiptm-index-assessment

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Jonathan Deal: Successfully Combatting Fracking in South Africa - Organic Connections

Jonathan Deal: Successfully Combatting Fracking in South Africa - Organic Connections | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.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.

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What Happens When You Really Disconnect

What Happens When You Really Disconnect | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it
You can't fully engage when you're running on empty.
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Doctor's Orders: 40 Minutes Of Meditation a Day

Doctor's Orders: 40 Minutes Of Meditation a Day | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it
Meditation increasingly is being worked into hospital rehabilitation programs as studies show it can lower blood pressure and help patients with chronic illness cope with pain and depression.
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To be used without moderation!

 

"Meditation increasingly is being worked into hospital rehabilitation programs as studies show it can lower blood pressure and help patients with chronic illness cope with pain and depression."

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Obama signs 'Monsanto Protection Act' written by Monsanto-sponsored senator — RT USA

Obama signs 'Monsanto Protection Act' written by Monsanto-sponsored senator — RT USA | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it
United States President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that was written in part by the very billion-dollar corporation that will benefit directly from the legislation.
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Upsetting news...

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One of the greatest weaknesses of mankind is trying to please everybody

One of the greatest weaknesses of mankind is trying to please everybody | Breathe Well, Eat, Well, Feel Well | Scoop.it

Do you try to please everybody?

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!


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Say "No" to others means Say "Yes" to you!

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, March 3, 2013 9:26 AM

Do you try to please everybody?

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!


http://wisdomforfutureleaders.org/one-of-the-greatest-weaknesses-of-mankind-is-trying-to-please-everybody/

Karin Sebelin's comment, March 7, 2013 9:52 AM
So true!
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International Happiness Observatory

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International Happiness Observatory

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