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"One of the major findings in this study is that there is a dramatic difference in brain activity in the amygdala and hippocampus during inhalation compared with exhalation," says neurologist Christina Zelano.
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Two Ancient Yogic Meditations for Awakening the Power of the Heart

Two Ancient Yogic Meditations for Awakening the Power of the Heart | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
Meditation is by the most powerful method for tapping into the heart's energy. Learn two ancient yogic heart chakra meditations for awakening your center.

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Conscious Lifestyle Magazine's curator insight, February 24, 2017 7:50 PM
Meditating on the heart chakra is a powerful way to access the subtle body and tap into many of the gifts hidden therein.
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5 Ways to Instill Optimism in Our Children

5 Ways to Instill Optimism in Our Children | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it

How to use positive psychology exercises to instill positivity and optimism in schoolchildren.

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"By modeling our own best possible self for our children, we can help them to become more optimistic and more resilient."


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Why long scrolling sites have become awesome

Why long scrolling sites have become awesome | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
The days of “above the fold” are over.

Long scrolling, single-page sites, and infinitely scrolling sites are becoming more and more common lately, and it’s no mere trend or coincidence. Web design in general has been moving in this direction for years now, and the recent popularity of long scrolling is the decisive result of current functionality issues and user tastes. Now is the right time for long scrolling, and for good reason.

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"Long scrolling sites are incredibly adaptable, allowing modifications to include a wide range of attributes."

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Why It’s Essential To Find Humor During Your Darkest Hours

Why It’s Essential To Find Humor During Your Darkest Hours | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it

We have a tendency to halt our laughter because it doesn't seem right or appropriate, but humor can be healing and provide a break from sorrow.

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"There’s no point trying to be solemn for solemnity’s sake. Even in the darkest, most trying and difficult moments, I believe if something is funny, you have to laugh. Seize the opportunity to escape the situation, even if for a few seconds, and welcome the release."

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Empire State Building Turns into a Screen for Endangered Species | Carolina Drake | HyperAllergic.com

Empire State Building Turns into a Screen for Endangered Species | Carolina Drake | HyperAllergic.com | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it

Last Saturday, anyone in New York City who could see the south facade of the Empire State Building probably noticed massive projections  covering the 1931 skyscraper. Created to raise awareness about the global environmental crisis, the project included an image of a giant ape that climbed to the 71st floor (shades of King Kong), expressive animal eyes looking out at viewers, psychedelic faces with spiritual yogi symbols, floating sea life, tigers, and a whole array of other threatened species.

The project, Projecting Change, was conceived by Louie Psihoyos and realized by Travis Threlkel’s Obscura Digital design firm. According to the New York Times, the event cost around $1 million to produce and involved 40 stacked 20,000-lumen projectors on the roof of a building on West 31st Street that beamed 5K resolution video onto a space covering 33 floors — roughly 375 feet high and 186 feet wide.

 

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Projecting Change Project:   to raise awareness about the global environmental crisis of endangered animals.

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After You Watch This Powerful Short Video, You’ll Never Look At Death The Same Way Again

After You Watch This Powerful Short Video, You’ll Never Look At Death The Same Way Again | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
“We live in a culture where it has been rubbed into us in every conceivable way that to die is a terrible thing..." – Alan Watts

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Inspirational powerful video:  Listen to  Alan Watts speak about the true meaning of death. 

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Meditation for Busy People: The Inner Dialogue

Meditation for Busy People: The Inner Dialogue | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
The Inner Dialogue: Try this two- to three-minute meditation to help you de-stress, unwind, and enjoy not taking yourself, or the situation around you, too seriously.
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"hear the footsteps of silence, and experience the art of listening.”
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Lessons that the Most Famous Failures Can Teach Us

Lessons that the Most Famous Failures Can Teach Us | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it

Failing can be difficult, but did you know that there are ways to turn your adversities into success?

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Success can come when you least expect it. Work hard and be humble. Failure can actually lead to more positive things. 
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Take A Swing At This: Golf Is Exercise, Cart Or No Cart

Take A Swing At This: Golf Is Exercise, Cart Or No Cart | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
American adults play more golf than any other sport. So how much exercise do you get from an afternoon on the links? Players clipped on pedometers and Fitbits to help us find out.
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The World Golf Foundation estimates that golfers who walk an 18-hole course clockabout 5 miles and burn up to 2,000 calories.

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Can Reading Make You Happier?

Can Reading Make You Happier? | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it

Bibliotherapy is a very broad term for the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect. The first use of the term is usually dated to a jaunty 1916 article in The Atlantic Monthly, “A Literary Clinic.” Today, bibliotherapy takes many different forms, from literature courses run for prison inmates to reading circles for elderly people suffering from dementia. Sometimes it can simply mean one-on-one or group sessions for “lapsed” readers who want to find their way back to an enjoyment of books.

 

Berthoud and Elderkin trace the method of bibliotherapy all the way back to the Ancient Greeks, “who inscribed above the entrance to a library in Thebes that this was a ‘healing place for the soul.’ ” The practice came into its own at the end of the nineteenth century, when Sigmund Freud began using literature during psychoanalysis sessions. After the First World War, traumatized soldiers returning home from the front were often prescribed a course of reading.

 

Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.

 


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"Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. "

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The Gift of Imagination: Using Your Visionary Power to Create Your Dream Life

The Gift of Imagination: Using Your Visionary Power to Create Your Dream Life | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
Your imagination is one of the most powerful tools you have for creating your dream life. Learn how to use the gift of vision to shift your reality.

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"Imagination is the only state of mind that allows us to be free from the limiting reality we live in."

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Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day - BBC News

Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day - BBC News | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
More fruit and veg might prevent nearly eight million premature deaths each year, researchers say.
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The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year.
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Awesome Secrets Spotted in Disney Movies - Now Revealed!!

Awesome Secrets Spotted in Disney Movies - Now Revealed!! | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
RT @dezarn_lesli093: Awesome Secrets Spotted in Disney Movies - Now Revealed!! https://t.co/8qwTUyIoUb
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How To Maintain A Positive Attitude

How To Maintain A Positive Attitude | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
Never underestimate the power of having a positive attitude, because it can have a profound effect on your life and often times in others.
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"Our thoughts leads to feeling, and our feelings leads to actions. Whether you believe it or not, there is a law of attraction occurring everyday of our lives and often times we don’t realize we can change the outcome by shifting our thoughts and emotions."

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Law of Attraction: Can You Really Get Something for Nothing?

Law of Attraction: Can You Really Get Something for Nothing? | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it

One of the reasons many people rail against the teachings of the law of attraction is they think we are being told we don't need to take any sort of action, and everything we want can just float in

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"If you are doing things, not getting results and are feeling badly, the answer is not taking more action or trying harder...trust me on that. Your mind will fight you big time on that little nugget. It is going within and seeing what feelings, thoughts and beliefs you may hold, that aren't serving you. When you shift that, any action that will help move things along will reveal itself, and you'll be acting from a much more effective space."

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The Age of Revolution: 10 Lessons for Leaders of the Change Generation | High Existence

The Age of Revolution: 10 Lessons for Leaders of the Change Generation | High Existence | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams 1) Follow Your Internal Compass and Empower Others to Do The Same Deep down everyone knows the direction they should go in, however, fear and uncertainty can often paralyze the strongest ambition. You […]
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"As your leadership strengthens you will find yourself surrounded by people that share similar qualities. Reach out to the ”heroes” that you admire and listen to their advice."

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14 Essential Google Search Tips for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

14 Essential Google Search Tips for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it

Teaching students how to conduct smart search queries online is an important part of cultivating a digital citizenship culture within your classroom.  Smart searching goes beyond the simple ability to conduct quick search queries to how to effectively locate information online and assess their authenticity and accuracy. In other  words, smart searching encompasses a complex set of interrelated skills and competencies that together make up the holistic picture of what it is to be a search savvy netizen.


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A New Theory of Distraction

A New Theory of Distraction | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it

If the rise of distraction is caused by technology, then technology might reverse it, while if the spiritual theory is true then distraction is here to stay. It’s not a competition, though; in fact, these two problems could be reinforcing each other. Stimulation could lead to ennui, and vice versa.

 

A version of that mutual-reinforcement theory is more or less what Matthew Crawford proposes in his new book, “The World Beyond Your Head: Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Crawford is a philosopher whose last book, “Shop Class as Soulcraft,” proposed that working with your hands could be an antidote to the sense of uselessness that haunts many knowledge workers. (Kelefa Sanneh reviewed it for this magazine, in 2007.) Crawford argues that our increased distractibility is the result of technological changes that, in turn, have their roots in our civilization’s spiritual commitments. Ever since the Enlightenment, he writes, Western societies have been obsessed with autonomy, and in the past few hundred years we have put autonomy at the center of our lives, economically, politically, and technologically; often, when we think about what it means to be happy, we think of freedom from our circumstances. Unfortunately, we’ve taken things too far: we’re now addicted to liberation, and we regard any situation—a movie, a conversation, a one-block walk down a city street—as a kind of prison. Distraction is a way of asserting control; it’s autonomy run amok. Technologies of escape, like the smartphone, tap into our habits of secession.

 


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"Distraction is a way of asserting control; it’s autonomy run amok."

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How To Make Exercise Fun - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

How To Make Exercise Fun - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
The best way to make exercise more fun—especially when you hate the feeling of exercise—is to directly associate it with things that are fun.
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"The best way to make exercise more fun—especially when you hate the feeling of exercise—is to directly associate it with things that are fun. Look at it as “earning” your rewards, and in time, you’ll win the jackpot: a fit and healthy body!"

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The Best Ways to Improve Your Workouts at the Gym

The Best Ways to Improve Your Workouts at the Gym | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
If you've settled into an exercise routine that works for you the next thing you may struggle with is making yourself at home in the gym. We're talking about making sure you exercise properly, make progress, and don't hurt yourself. Luckily, there are plenty of places to turn for good advice. Let's look at some of them. How To Motivate Yourself Into an Exercise Routine You'll Actually Stick To How To Motivate Yourself Into an Exercise Routine You'll Actually Stick To How To Motivate Yourself Into an Exercise Routine If getting active and staying healthy were easy, everyone would do it...but we don't. We come… Read more Read more
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How To Motivate Yourself Into an Exercise Routine You'll Actually Stick To

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This Simple Technique Can Instantly Reverse Negative Thoughts

This Simple Technique Can Instantly Reverse Negative Thoughts | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
Depression is often described as feeling like you're stuck in a fog of negative thoughts and beliefs -- but new research suggests that a simple technique borrowed from cognitive behavioral therapy, also

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"Patients are learning this process of asking themselves questions and being skeptical of their own negative thoughts," 

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Millionaire mindset: Finding success through a different perspective

Millionaire mindset: Finding success through a different perspective | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
Exploring a growth vs. fixed mindset on the road to success. People hold
themselves back by thinking  in a box that limits our growth of
knowledge which sets a barrier in our journey. What if I could tell you
that by tweaking just a few things in your life you could master a
successful mindset and apply that to any aspect of life that you want to.
Achieving a millionaire mindset is not one of the easiest things to do but
once mastered the sky is the limit.
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"Knowledge is power, but yet we limit our knowledge we are setting our self up for failure."

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Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good

Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good | Scoopes for a Better Life. | Scoop.it
For many Americans, an NPR poll suggests, walking is their most consistent exercise. But how much can a moderately paced walk really help your health?

 

Researcher Church says walking has many tangible effects on health — lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and an overall lower risk of heart disease.

 

"The majority of benefits of physical activity — in this instance, walking — occur above the shoulders," he says. The walkers reaped benefits like less anxiety and fewer symptoms of depression. They also discovered something many of us yearn for: more energy.


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"You're actually getting probably 95 percent or more of the benefits when you're walking as compared to jogging."

 
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