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10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today

10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Did you know that the perfect temperature for happiness is 13.9C Adjust your thermostat then check out these quick tips for maximizing mirth.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 16, 2013 9:49 PM

 

A really good compilation of practical tips on how to be happy!

John Michel's curator insight, August 17, 2013 12:48 AM

Ok, it's official...I'm going to start sleeping more :-) 

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, August 29, 2013 2:33 AM

A few helpful hints that can make a h... of a difference. Its a matter of habit. Conscious and consistent behavior change should results in the development of a set of healthy habits that are well worth the initial effort.

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Self-improvement  and Relationship Advice based on neuroscience and research
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25 Ways to Get Unstuck in Under 25 Minutes | Amplify Happiness Now

25 Ways to Get Unstuck in Under 25 Minutes | Amplify Happiness Now | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it

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Tips for those stuck in communication cycles.

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Marin Health Psychologist Blog: Four Ways To Create Loving Connection in Your Marriage

Marin Health Psychologist Blog: Four Ways To Create Loving Connection in Your Marriage | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
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Practical, research-based tools to reignite love and positive feeling in your relationship.

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LOOK: What Meditation Can Do For Your Mind, Body And Spirit

LOOK: What Meditation Can Do For Your Mind, Body And Spirit | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Over the past few years, meditation has evolved from an of-the-moment fad to a legitimate health craze, as research has linked the practice to everything from improved cardiovascular health to cognitive benefits. Science has even shown that mindfulne...

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Studies show #meditation can rewire your brain to be more connected and less reactive.

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Kat Tansey's curator insight, May 14, 11:01 AM

Very nice graphic and summary of studies in this article about how meditation benefits us in so many ways.

 

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www.choosingtobe.com

Shakia's curator insight, May 19, 9:37 AM

Meditating will put your mind at restaurant and get rid of the stress. It helps you calm your nerves and be peaceful. It takes your mind away from everything and focuses you on what's better for you. 

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good informative web site
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The Mindful Self-Express

The Mindful Self-Express | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
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Proven and practical advice to live a more mindful, happy and successful life.

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, May 15, 4:35 PM

Proven and practical tips to live healthier and more mindfully.

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Spiritual Tools for Life Challenge With Author Toni Bernhard

Spiritual Tools for Life Challenge With Author Toni Bernhard | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it

Buddhist-inspired wisdom on coping with adversity.

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Learn how to deal mindfully with difficult life experiences.

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What If You Can't Get That Dream Job or Relationship?

What If You Can't Get That Dream Job or Relationship? | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
How to cope when you get stuck on the path to life success
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Learn how to be resilient when you face obstacles on the path to your dreams #tips #advice.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 6, 12:08 AM

It's how you deal with the lows that determines your potential for highs!

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Living an Inspired Life

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How do you live a truly inspired life? The foundational elements consist of four “well-balance” points.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 5, 3:01 PM

You will find that this playing in the sandbox of life attitude will affect the bio-chemistry of your system nurturing health and fostering happiness.


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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 5, 3:04 PM

The Foundational Elements


1)  Happiness and enjoyment
2)  Activity – both mental and physical
3)  Being comfortable in your body
4)  Having a sense of humor


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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, March 18, 9:35 PM

Play is an inherent piece of who we truly are. Children have a wonderful sense of being in the moment through play. When you keep that child like quality, you too can have an inspired life.

 

This www.scoop.it/t/zestful-living site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more great healthy food tips and wisdom @http://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

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​What Is "Mindfulness," and Why Is Everyone Talking About It? - Lifehacker

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What Is "Mindfulness," and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?
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Mindfulness is a hot topic these days, just like meditation.
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Mindfulness is oth a practice and a state of mind.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 17, 6:14 PM

This is a great article featuring two people who have done research: Ellen Langer and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

It is definitely not new age and is hard work. It is something we should find ways to develop through meditation and yoga in our schools.

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20 Things That Mentally Strong People Don't Do | Elite Daily

20 Things That Mentally Strong People Don't Do | Elite Daily | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
I often write about the things I believe we all should be doing, trying or experimenting with in order to maximize our success and happiness.

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Don't whine or avoid takig responsibility....

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Unwrap Mindfulness & Abundant Mindset this Holiday Season

Unwrap Mindfulness & Abundant Mindset this Holiday Season | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Practical Tools for Balance, Self-Compassion, and Abundant Mindset
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Tools to help you be your best self and avoid the emotional pitfalls of the holiday season.

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75 Years In The Making: Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

75 Years In The Making: Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it

"Begun in 1938, the Grant Study of Adult Development charted the physical and emotional health of over 200 men, starting with their undergraduate days.  The now-classic ‘Adaptation to Life’ reported on the men’s lives up to age 55 and helped us understand adult maturation.  Now George Vaillant follows the men into their nineties, documenting for the first time what it is like to flourish far beyond conventional retirement.  Reporting on all aspects of male life, including relationships, politics and religion, coping strategies, and alcohol use (its abuse being by far the greatest disruptor of health and happiness for the study’s subjects), ‘Triumphs of Experience’ shares a number of surprising findings.  For example, the people who do well in old age did not necessarily do so well in midlife, and vice versa.  While the study confirms that recovery from a lousy childhood is possible, memories of a happy childhood are a lifelong source of strength.  Marriages bring much more contentment after age 70, and physical aging after 80 is determined less by heredity than by habits formed prior to age 50.  The credit for growing old with grace and vitality, it seems, goes more to ourselves than to our stellar genetic makeup."


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"The people who do well in old age did not necessarily do so well in midlife, and vice versa."  Insight from 8 decades of research.

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How to Think Like A Wise Person, by Adam Grant

How to Think Like A Wise Person, by Adam Grant | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it

Wisdom is the ability to make sound judgments and choices based on experience. It’s a virtue according to every great philosophical and religious tradition, from Aristotle to Confucius and Christianity to Judaism, Islam to Buddhism, and Taoism to Hinduism. According to the book From Smart to Wise, wisdom distinguishes great leaders from the rest of the pack. So what does it take to cultivate wisdom?


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John Michel's curator insight, November 20, 2013 9:50 AM

Wisdom emerges not from experience itself, but rather from reflecting thoughtfully on the lessons gained from experience.

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From the Article:  Wisdom emerges not from experience itself, but rather from reflecting thoughtfully on the lessons gained from experience ... Cultivating wisdom is a deliberate choice that people can make regardless of age and intelligence.


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6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 8:04 AM

Think about your role as a librarian and aim to develop these habits.  It will keep us on the cutting edge of transformation.

ASPEL Editor's curator insight, January 14, 2:01 AM

Often times we are faced with the temptation to reach for a fast (and potentially wrongheaded) solution. However, a good strategic leader holds steady, synthesizing information from many sources before developing a viewpoint. If your leader lacks some level of peripheral vision, it can leave your company vulnerable to rivals who detect and act on ambiguous signals. We need strategic leaders who will foster open dialogue, build trust and engage key stakeholders, especially when views diverge. Find out how to become the strategic leader your company needs!

 

 

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We have several strategy consultants available in Canada and the US. Sales and strategic management dashboards. Sales accounts analysis; where to focus your sales efforts and glean revenue generating sales behaviors. Reach out to me at molly at fremontconsulting dot com

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Five Powerful Happiness Habits You Need to Learn

Five Powerful Happiness Habits You Need to Learn | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Proven ways to Improve your emotional outlook and find lasting happiness
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Science suggests simple things we can do to live happier each day.

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Five Things You Need to Know to Succeed at Love and Dating

Five Things You Need to Know to Succeed at Love and Dating | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Science holds the key to winning the dating game.
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Research shows that these five things make you more attractive to potential partners.

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What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion

What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it

"...Seigel highlighted findings in the field of interpersonal neurobiology and from his own"mindsight approach" to psychiatry -- both systems revolve around the principle of "integration," which suggests that the linking of different aspects of a system, such as the brain, is at the heart of well-being, resilience, mindfulness and compassion.

 

"Integration is seen as the essential mechanism of health as it promotes a flexible and adaptive way of being that is filled with vitality and creativity," Siegel writes on his website. "The ultimate outcome of integration is harmony."

 

Through this interdisciplinary form of inquiry into the brain and mind, Siegel says, we can "build a framework thats based on science but goes beyond what science says, and looks more deeply at what it means to be human."

 

Compassion is a central component of what it means to be human, but we don't necessarily know how it works in the brain or why we're wired to be compassionate towards others -- and interpersonal neurobiology may be a particularly helpful framework for examining the importance of this quality in our lives and relationships..."

 

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Compassion is an inner resource that allows us to be kind to self and others when under #stress.

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Trickle-down anxiety: Study examines parental behaviors that create anxious children

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Parents with social anxiety disorder are more likely than parents with other forms of anxiety to engage in behaviors that put their children at high risk for developing angst of their own, according to a small study of parent-child pairs.

 

Anxiety is the result of a complex interplay between genes and environment, the researchers say, and while there's not much to be done about one's genetic makeup, controlling external factors can go a long way toward mitigating or preventing anxiety in the offspring of anxious parents.


"Children with an inherited propensity to anxiety do not just become anxious because of their genes, so what we need are ways to prevent the environmental catalysts -- in this case, parental behaviors -- from unlocking the underlying genetic mechanisms responsible for the disease," Ginsburg says.


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Hilary J.'s curator insight, February 13, 8:39 PM

The debate regarding whether nurture or nature plays a larger role in mental illness has been ongoing for sometime. Recent research though, has identified that these two factors work with each other and not against each other like previously thought. In regards to anxiety and the development of an anxiety disorder, the researchers of this article note a significant amount of research has found that the children of those with anxiety disorders may have a higher genetic predisposition for developing their own anxiety disorder than the children of those without an anxiety disorder. An additional component that was researched though, was the attitudes and behavioral habits of those parents with anxiety disorders; essentially, the effect that the environment these parents created for their children who already had higher predispositions to developing an anxiety disorder was closely examined. Using factors of parental warmth and affection, this research found that parents diagnosed with an anxiety disorder showed less warmth and affection towards their children, criticized them more often and expressed doubts about their child's ability to perform a task. Learning about genetic and environmental components and the implications they may have on the prevention of anxiety, particularly in childhood, is of utmost importance. Anxiety disorders often go unrecognized in childhood. Because of the likely delays in diagnosis and treatment, the child may be at higher risk for depression and poor academic performance not only in childhood, but into their adult years as well. 

Loran Northey's curator insight, March 9, 10:35 AM

Children model behaviour and if the behaviour they continually witness is worry, fear and anxiety then that unfortunately is what they will learn to do to. 

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Rethinking the Way We Look at Stress

Rethinking the Way We Look at Stress | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it

#stressWhen you feel in control, stress becomes positive challenge.

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Can we cpnvert #stress into challenge-oriented "eustress" that motivates us in a meaningful way?  Read my new blog post to find out.

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Why Are We So Wired to Connect?, by Jill Suttie

Why Are We So Wired to Connect?, by Jill Suttie | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
What drives our powerful need for social interaction? And what makes being alone difficult? These are just a couple of the questions that Matthew Lieberman, a social neurologist from the University of California, explores in his newest book, Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect. Through his research, Lieberman has identified compelling evidence demonstrating the neuroscience behind our human interactions -- with broad implications for how we live our lives. For example, we now know that the connection between physical and social pain is very real -- in that, they are both processed through the same neural pathways. From an evolutionary standpoint, this begs the question -- that perhaps our social connections are more than just a mere luxury, that perhaps they are, in face, a necessity. Our brains are continuously working, and in order to better respond to our environment. This is what our brains were wired for: reaching out to and interacting with others, writes Lieberman. This article shares more.

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Our ancestors need others to survive. Our brains calm down in response to human comfort.

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, February 25, 9:32 AM

It's interesting that science reinforces something we have known for years through life experiences, that we are wired to connect with others.

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The psychology of the 'winter blues' and 'retail therapy' - Lawrence Journal World

The psychology of the 'winter blues' and 'retail therapy' - Lawrence Journal World | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
The psychology of the 'winter blues' and 'retail therapy' Lawrence Journal World Seasonal affective disorder or “winter blues” is scientifically explained as a winter depression caused by little exposure to sunlight, said Steve Ilardi, clinical...
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The Psychology of Scarcity

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Learn to Avoid the Deprivation Thinking Trap
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How feeling deprived of food, time, or money afects our thinking and motivation - and what to do about it.

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, January 17, 10:12 AM

Lack of time or money can cause short-term thinking. learn how to avoid this trap. Relevant to start-ups and today's fast-paced financial world.

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How Sugar Affects the Brain - Nicole Avena - TED-Ed Video

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine -- an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. in this TED-Ed video Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

 


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Sugar spikes dopamine, making us want more...

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Kimberley L. Berlin, LSW, CSAC's curator insight, January 21, 3:53 AM

I gave up processed sugars and all candy, chocolate, ice cream, muffins, cookies, gummy bears, licorice, and anything else sweet and addicting over 21 days ago..  It's been an amazing process and I am so happy I did this!

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Study Reveals Gene Expression Changes with Meditation

Study Reveals Gene Expression Changes with Meditation | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body.

 

A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of meditation.

 

After eight hours of practice, meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.


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"After eight hours of practice, meditators showed altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation."

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Stop Doing That. Seriously!

Stop Doing That. Seriously! | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Are you tired of doing way too much and not seeing results? Are you sabotaging your own efforts to get healthy? Are you sick of reading these questions and want me to stop? It's time to knock it of...

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The end of the year is time to take stock of habits you want to keep and those you want to let go of.

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H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, December 20, 2013 6:12 AM

"Small changes. Experimentation. Constant improvement.

Every change counts.

You got this."

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Small changes count. Big changes count. Constant improvement counts. Be honest and ask yourself this empowering question: "What's the one thing you need to stop doing now and what are the steps involved to make that change happen".


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To Strengthen Your Attention Span, Stop Overtaxing It

To Strengthen Your Attention Span, Stop Overtaxing It | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Attention is a mental muscle. You can strengthen it, but not if it's fatigued.

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Key insight - we need to be strategic about how we  alllocate our attention span.

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 2, 2013 4:02 AM

(From the article): Attention is a mental muscle, and can be strengthened with the right practice. The basic move to enhance concentration in the mental gym: put your focus on a chosen target, like your breath. When it wanders away (and it will), notice that your mind has wandered. This requires mindfulness, the ability to observe our thoughts without getting caught up in them.