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Six Ways Physical Activity Benefits Your Brain

Six Ways Physical Activity Benefits Your Brain

Summertime is a great time to be more active, but if you live in the south like me, it can be all too tempting to retreat to air-conditioning and inactivity. Please don't!

One of the books that I've been reading this summer is called The Upward Spiral by neuroscientist Alex Korb. Although the book is often rather technical, it is a fascinating explanation of how our brains are wired, and how we can stimulate various neural circuits to improve our happiness. One of Dr. Korb's first recommendations for creating "an upward spiral" is exercise.

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25 Quotes about Gratitude

25 Quotes about Gratitude

Gratitude has been getting a lot of attention in the world of positive psychology and neuroscience. It turns out that the simple wisdom of counting your blessings has a profound impact on the brain and the body.

Just the act of seeking things for which to be grateful has a positive impact. As we shift our mental energy towards gratitude, it changes the patterns in our brain, stimulating neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine and strengthening the neural pathways that will allow us to feel more gratitude in the future.

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How Meditation Changes Your Brain for the Better

How Meditation Changes Your Brain for the Better

It wasn't that long ago that scientists believed that our brains were fixed at about the age of three, and that they didn't alter over time, except to deteriorate.

In the last ten to fifteen years, however, the scientific literature has been exploding with evidence that this idea was completely wrong. The concept of neuroplasticity has emerged as we've learned how our brains change in response to stimuli - both positive and negative.

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5 Essentials for Building a Better Brain

5 Essentials for Building a Better Brain

"I think, therefore I am." ~ René Descarte

As a culture, we tend to place a high value on a well-functioning brain. Of all our organs, none is so linked to our sense of who we are and our possibilities.

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Six Self-Care Practices to Beat the Blues

Six Self-Care Practices to Beat the Blues

The United States has one of the highest rates of depression in the world.  An estimated 1 in 6 (16.6%) of us are diagnosed with a major depressive episode at some point in out lives and this does not include those of us who suffer from milder cases of the blues that aren't diagnosed. A 2011 study of prescribing habits found antidepressants to be the most highly prescribed class of drugs in the United States. Unfortunately, research has found that antidepressants aren't effective for everyone - especially those with milder symptoms. 

Fortunately there are a number of non-drug approaches to treating and preventing depression. These approaches may be used with or without treatment with medication. Dr. Stephen Illardi, a psychologist at the University of Kansas, has tested a number of them in his practice and has developed a program that he calls Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC). He shares about the six core strategies in his book, The Depression Cure. As you read them, you'll see that many of them are common-sense self-care practices that have many other benefits!

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Eight Ways to Find Your Focus (Part 1)

Eight Ways to Find Your Focus (Part 1)

"Squirrel!"

Around our house, this exclamation has become the signal that someone has wandered off topic. If you've ever seen the movie "Up", you'll remember "Dug" - the dog with attention issues.The truth is, most of our days are filled with "squirrel" moments. Our external environments provide endless opportunities for information-overload and distraction. Our internal environments, left unmanaged, are at the mercy of our "monkey-minds", wilding swinging from thought to thought and often prompting us to behave reactively.

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Wellness Wrap-up - May 2014

Wellness Wrap-up - May 2014

May has provided another busy month in wellness news. Once again, information about exercise and brain health were dominant themes, as were new resources for creating happier, healthier lives.

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