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Gratitude: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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The simple act of taking time to reflect on whatever we have to be grateful for does pay dividends, say researchers, no matter how great or small our gifts. But what kinds of dividends, exactly?


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Eight Toxic Weight Loss Thinking Traps You Should Avoid

Eight Toxic Weight Loss Thinking Traps You Should Avoid | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Don’t let “stinking thinking” prevent you from living healthier
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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, September 1, 5:54 PM

Eating healthy begins in your mind….

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CBT Mindfulness for Depression May Also Reduce MD Visits - PsychCentral.com

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New Canadian research finds a reduction in primary care visits among individuals receiving mindfulness-based therapy for depression.
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More evidence for the mind-body-stress link.

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6 Steps To Becoming The Best You

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The greatest achievement in life is simple - Just be the best ‘you’ that is possible. It is, honestly, the greatest honor we can give to ourselves.


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donhornsby's curator insight, August 22, 7:34 AM

(From the article): Being your best self is synonymous with personal development and it always starts with becoming more aware of who you are and what patterns have been running you to date. Here is the truth; you cannot expect to become the best version of yourself while you are still running all of the same old thought and behavior patterns, which have gotten you to where you are now.. It all has to change and if you are truly committed to becoming the absolute best you, then this change has to be deliberate. In fact, it cannot just be change, it must be transformation.

 

“Be willing in any moment to sacrifice who you are for who you are going to be”




John Michel's curator insight, August 22, 8:08 AM

Success in anything has a method and a process. The journey is what crafts us and steels the fiber of who we are. It is designed and executed day after day.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 23, 5:02 AM

Whole heartedly agree.. you don't control a lot of things in life but you do contour the YOU you want to become... it is a great achievement to just be the best you.Make it a daily habit..

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Five Powerful Happiness Habits You Need to Learn

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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

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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

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"...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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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

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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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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

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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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Thirty Reasons You Get Criticized and Best Ways to Handle It

Thirty Reasons You Get Criticized and Best Ways to Handle It | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Practical Tools and Understanding to Help You Defuse Your Critics
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Nobody likes to get criticized but some criticism can be helpful.  Learn how to handle it here.

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The Neuroscience of Fairness and Injustice

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WHow Our Brains Are Wired to Resist Unfair Treatment

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How our brains work to warn us about unfair treatment.

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, August 22, 9:35 PM

Why fair treatment makes our brains happy and unfair treatment disgusts us.

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We are wired to like fair treatment and dislike exploitation.

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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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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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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

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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 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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