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Month: June 2015

8 Ways Science Reveals That Hugging Creates a Physiological Response Equivalent To Drugs

8 Ways Science Reveals That Hugging Creates a Physiological Response Equivalent To Drugs

JANUARY 22, 2015 by JOSH RICHARDSON Hugs make you feel good for a reason and it’s not just the loving embrace that gives us that warm feeling in our hearts. It’s much more. It affects the entire body to such an extent that many scientists claim it is equivalent to the effect of many different drugs operating on the body simultaneously. Even seemingly trivial instances of interpersonal touch can help people deal with their emotions with clarity and more effectively….

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3 Buddhist Beliefs That Will Rock Your World (And Make You Much Happier!)

3 Buddhist Beliefs That Will Rock Your World (And Make You Much Happier!)

You don’t have to practice yoga or follow an Ayurvedic diet to benefit from Buddhist ideas (but if you do, more power to you). Whether or not you think about balancing your dosha, here are three powerful elements of Buddhist philosophy, “The Noble Truths,” and how you can incorporate them into every day. They might just change your life… 1. Dukkha: Life is painful and causes suffering. Many people might say that Buddhism is pessimistic or negative. This is a…

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Certain Foods Can Damage Your Ability To Think Flexibly

Certain Foods Can Damage Your Ability To Think Flexibly

A high-fat, high-sugar diet causes significant damage to cognitive flexibility, a new study finds. Cognitive flexibility is the ability to adjust and adapt to changing situations. The high-sugar diet was most damaging, the research on mice found. This caused impairments in both long- and short-term memory. This is just the latest in a line of studies showing the potentially dramatic effects of diet on mental performance. Professor Kathy Magnusson, who co-led the study, said: “The impairment of cognitive flexibility in…

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Why Complaining Is Holding You Back & How To Stop

Why Complaining Is Holding You Back & How To Stop

January 8, 2014       by Alanna Ketler We all do it at some point or another, usually quite a few times per day and generally too much. We complain about the weather, our jobs, our partners, our friends, our cars, our houses, our headaches, our food, our plants, our animals and pretty much everything else. Why do we do this? I think that we all know that complaining doesn’t actually fix anything or make anything better, but we…

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More Than Two-Thirds of Adults Overweight or Obese

More Than Two-Thirds of Adults Overweight or Obese

Only 25 percent of men and 33 percent of women at a healthy weight, researchers say By Dennis Thompson    HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) – Fewer than one-third of Americans are currently at a healthy weight, with the rest of the population either overweight or obese, a new report finds. About 35 percent of men and 37 percent of women are obese. Another 40 percent of men and 30 percent of women are overweight, researchers said…

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10 Ways to Deal With Irrational People

10 Ways to Deal With Irrational People

It’s hard to believe there is someone out there that hasn’t dealt with an irrational person and even been irrational themselves. When we are irrational, there are usually other things in play behind the scenes. Irrational behavior happens when we’ve reached the tipping point, and we have to just let it out. Even though we all experience our version of irrational behavior from time to time and it is understandable, it doesn’t make it easy to deal with someone who…

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5 No-Fail Ways To Get (And Stay) Happier

5 No-Fail Ways To Get (And Stay) Happier

Do you ever wonder why some people are happier than others? As a life-coach and author, I discovered that despite our vast differences, we are more similar than we realize. We all want love, acceptance, and appreciation. It’s our strategies for achieving these things that vary. In general, people see the world in one of two ways: full of possibilities or full of obstacles. Your interpretation of the world creates your reality. If you’re trying to reach a new goal,…

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8 Psych Tips For Changing Yourself And Other People

8 Psych Tips For Changing Yourself And Other People

Psych tips for how to promote change in yourself. Interested in a psychological tune-up — either for yourself or someone else? Here are 8 tips from recent psych studies covered here on PsyBlog. The first four tips below are about how to promote change in yourself. Click through to page 2 to find out how to change other people (link at the bottom). 1. Self-affirmation opens the mind to change When given advice about how to change, people are often…

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Pot Cookbooks Moving Mainstream As Legalization Movement Grows

Pot Cookbooks Moving Mainstream As Legalization Movement Grows

Michelle Locke, The Associated Press    Published Thursday, August 28, 2014  There are books about cooking with herbs. And then there are books about cooking with herb. Yes, we’re talking cannabis cuisine, a small niche in the culinary world but one that is drawing more interest as the legalization movement moves pot closer to the mainstream. “When I sell books personally at events like Seattle Hempfest and Denver County Fair, response has been huge in those states that have newly…

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How to Overcome Your Own Laziness

How to Overcome Your Own Laziness

Eric Ravenscraft You read productivity tips, you’ve used a million to-do list apps, and you promise yourself every month that you’re going to start being productive, but it never happens. Here’s how to break the cycle when you feel like your problem is just plain laziness. Determine If You’re Really Lazy, or Just Overwhelmed Many active and productive people self-identify as “lazy” because they spend free time relaxing, or have projects they want to do but haven’t finished. In the…

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