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Study finds a key ingredient in mindfulness training: Acceptance (not acquiescence)

Life can be stress­ful. Whether it’s the stress that comes with hav­ing too much work to do in too lit­tle time, ful­fill­ing care­giv­ing oblig­a­tions, or deal­ing with a major ill­ness or set­back, some­times it can be hard to cope.

In response to stress, many peo­ple today are turn­ing to med­i­ta­tion or mind­ful­ness apps (myself includ­ed). But not all mind­ful­ness prac­tice is equal­ly effec­tive for com­bat­ing stress Read the rest of this entry »

Awesome: Brain scans shed light on the brain networks supporting Awe

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When was the last time you expe­ri­enced awe?

Per­haps you were stopped in your tracks by a beau­ti­ful vista on a recent hike, or cap­ti­vat­ed by a paint­ing at your local art muse­um, or moved to tears at a con­cert or church. Or maybe you were just sit­ting on your couch breath­less­ly watch­ing an episode of Plan­et Earth. What­ev­er it was, you prob­a­bly weren’t think­ing much about your­self or your to-do list.

What makes awe so trans­port­ing, over­whelm­ing, even mys­ti­cal at times? Researchers explored this ques­tion in a recent study pub­lished in the jour­nal Human Brain Map­ping (details below) by exam­in­ing what the brain is doing when peo­ple have an awe expe­ri­ence. Read the rest of this entry »

Will personalized meditation apps be able to replicate the experience of working with a coach?

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Men­tal fit­ness’ start­up Ele­vate Labs launch­es a per­son­al­ized med­i­ta­tion app called Bal­ance (TechCrunch):

While investors are already writ­ing big checks for med­i­ta­tion star­tups, Ele­vate Labs founder and CEO Jesse Pickard said that none of the exist­ing med­i­ta­tion apps can replace the expe­ri­ence of work­ing with a human coach. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Consumers increasingly taking care of their behavioral health via DIY tools like these

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8 con­sumer-friend­ly dig­i­tal tools to sup­port behav­ioral health (mobi­health news):

From vir­tu­al ther­a­py to mind­ful­ness and med­i­ta­tion aids, there’s lit­tle short­age of dig­i­tal tools catch­ing investors’ eyes and break­ing into the crowd­ed behav­ioral health mar­ket. Although a num­ber of these ser­vices are posi­tion­ing their busi­ness to focus on pay­ers and employ­ers, many oth­ers are tak­ing their prod­ucts direct­ly to con­sumers via month­ly sub­scrip­tions, one-time retail pur­chas­es or out­right free down­loads.

Of course, hav­ing a wealth of options and vary­ing qual­i­ty of evi­dence can make select­ing the most effec­tive dig­i­tal tool quite a chal­lenge. Here, Mobi­Health­News has com­piled a selec­tion of eight such con­sumer-friend­ly behav­ioral health tools (Note: Basis, Calm, Sim­ple Habit, Woe­bot, Muse, Vida Health, Head­space, Able­To) that have recent­ly been mak­ing head­lines with new launch­es, fund­ing or major prod­uct updates.” Read the rest of this entry »

Three key insights to celebrate the holidays meaningfully

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There is plen­ty of evi­dence to con­vince us that social con­nec­tion is key to well-being. But rela­tion­ships are com­pli­cat­ed, bring­ing good and bad into our lives. 

Let us share a few key insights from sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies pub­lished in 2018 on top­ics rel­e­vant to lead­ing a mean­ing­ful life. They won’t solve all of our social problems—but we hope they will help you to bet­ter under­stand your­self and the peo­ple around you.

Keep on read­ing!

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