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A Connection Between a ‘Calm Mind’ and Better Capacity for Self-Control

A Connection Between a ‘Calm Mind’ and Better Capacity for Self-Control

Summary: People with greater self-control have calmer minds, which in itself generates fewer distractions from stimuli. People who have a “calmer mind”—that is, their neuronal processes take longer on average and whirl around less than others—have greater self-control. This was the finding of Dr. Tobias Kleinert, Prof. Dr. Markus Heinrichs and Dr. Bastian Schiller from the Department of Psychology at the University of Freiburg, together with Prof. Dr. Kyle Nash and Dr. Josh Leota from the University of Alberta/Canada, and…

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More And More People Have ‘Lifestyle Fatigue.’ Maybe You Do, Too.

More And More People Have ‘Lifestyle Fatigue.’ Maybe You Do, Too.

Two-plus years of a pandemic have altered our mental health. Here are the signs and what you can do to cope. Even though we’re armed with COVID-19 vaccines and updated booster shots, the world is still largely in a different (and oft-worried) place compared with before the pandemic. This, experts say, can lead to a feeling of malaise — or “lifestyle fatigue,” in the words of Sean Grover, a psychotherapist who writes for Psychology Today. Lifestyle fatigue can be summed…

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4 Ways To Boost Your Well-Being And Happiness 

4 Ways To Boost Your Well-Being And Happiness 

These are the four psychological pillars of well-being-being. Awareness, connection, insight and purpose are the four pillars of psychological well-being, a study concludes. In the face of rising mental health problems, made worse by the pandemic, these pillars can help everyone improve their emotional well-being. The researchers focus on areas that can be improved with training or other effortful practice: Awareness: being attentive to ones’ environment and one’s own body. Connections: experiencing kindness and compassion. Insight: increasing curiosity and self-knowledge…

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This Sleep Pattern Increases Heart Disease Risk 54% 

This Sleep Pattern Increases Heart Disease Risk 54% 

People who ignore this risk factor increase their odds of developing heart disease or stroke. Less than seven, or more than eight hours of sleep can cause arterial stiffness leading to heart disease or stroke. If you like to stay up late and have a drink or check your emails or watch TV and sleep until mid-morning, remember the quantity of sleep is important for your heart health. The incidence of arterial stiffness is much lower in people who sleep…

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Nine benefits of antioxidants: From disease prevention to healthy aging

Nine benefits of antioxidants: From disease prevention to healthy aging

We explore the well-known — and the lesser-known — benefits of antioxidants What are the benefits of antioxidants? From blueberries to pumpkin, and beyond, there are many antioxidant-rich foods. Although the word antioxidant may be a bit of a mystery, what antioxidants do in the body is straightforward. An antioxidant is a compound that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce chain reactions and free radicals, and therefore has the potential of doing damage to the body’s…

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Almost half of cancer deaths globally are attributable to preventable risk factors, new study suggests

Almost half of cancer deaths globally are attributable to preventable risk factors, new study suggests

Globally, nearly half of deaths due to cancer can be attributable to preventable risk factors, including the three leading risks of: smoking, drinking too much alcohol or having a high body mass index, a new paper suggests. The research, published Thursday in the journal The Lancet, finds that 44.4% of all cancer deaths and 42% of healthy years lost could be attributable to preventable risk factors in 2019. “To our knowledge, this study represents the largest effort to date to…

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Hitting the road? Turn off the GPS, it’s bad for your brain

Hitting the road? Turn off the GPS, it’s bad for your brain

A memory expert in Montreal has found an association between “habitual” use of GPS and spatial memory deterioration. Thinking of trying to squeeze in one last road trip before summer’s end? If so, before you hit the open road, you might want to think about how heavily you rely on a tool that many drivers now go to automatically: GPS (Global Positioning System). It might save you from getting lost, but a memory expert in Montreal has found an association…

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Stretching, range of motion and aerobic exercise all slow cognitive decline, study says

Stretching, range of motion and aerobic exercise all slow cognitive decline, study says

Cheer up couch potatoes! Regular stretching and balance and range of motion exercises are as good as aerobic exercise in slowing the progression of mild cognitive decline, a new study has found. “My worry in the beginning of the study was ‘What if only aerobic makes a difference? Good luck getting the majority of Americans to do aerobic exercise on a regular basis!’ It’s not sustainable,” said study author Laura Baker, a professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake…

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3 Reasons to Avoid Farmed Salmon

3 Reasons to Avoid Farmed Salmon

Not so long ago, Atlantic salmon was an abundant wild species. Born in the rivers of northeastern United States and Canada, after a couple years in freshwater they embarked on an epic migration, navigating 2,000 miles across the Atlantic to feed and mature off western Greenland. Millions of salmon travelled up to 60 miles a day, fending off predators and feeding on zooplankton and small fish. When the time came, instinct and the earth’s magnetic fields led these magnificent fish…

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8 Everyday Activities That Increase Your Mental Health

8 Everyday Activities That Increase Your Mental Health

Which of these uncomplicated activities to you do most days? Do these most days and it will help protect your mental health. 1. Dwell on the positive Positive memories could be used as a way to help boost mental well-being, research finds. People in the study were asked to focus on positive social memories. Participants focused on their own positive feelings from that memory as well as on the positive feelings of the other person. The results showed that people…

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