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The State of Mindfulness Science: 10 Key Research Findings to Encourage and Guide your Meditation Practice in 2018

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Dur­ing the past two decades, more and more sci­en­tists have stud­ied mindfulness—a Bud­dhist-inspired col­lec­tion of prac­tices aimed at help­ing us to cul­ti­vate moment-to-moment aware­ness of our­selves and our envi­ron­ment. Their ear­ly find­ings trig­gered an enor­mous amount of enthu­si­asm for med­i­ta­tion.

Some­times, how­ev­er, jour­nal­ists and even sci­en­tists (who should know bet­ter) have over­stat­ed the phys­i­cal and men­tal health ben­e­fits, which has fed grow­ing skep­ti­cism about mind­ful­ness. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Adult education classes, in any subject, can boost mental and physical health

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Health ben­e­fits of evening class­es revealed (Sci­ence Dai­ly):

Those with a taste for adult edu­ca­tion class­es have long known it, but now Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty sci­en­tists have con­firmed that tak­ing part in the week­ly ses­sions can boost well­be­ing — regard­less of the sub­ject stud­ied Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Job satisfaction in your 20s and 30s has a significant impact on your physical and mental health in your 40s

worker-brainsEar­ly job sat­is­fac­tion has strong link to men­tal health (Learn­ing & Devel­op­ment Pro­fes­sion­al):

…the study found job sat­is­fac­tion in your late 20s and 30s has a link to over­all health in your ear­ly 40s.

While job sat­is­fac­tion had some impact on phys­i­cal health, researchers found its effect was espe­cial­ly strong for men­tal health. Read the rest of this entry »

Six events to raise awareness and funds for women’s brain health on May 21st

Move-For-MindsMaria Shriv­er and Ann Rom­ney are host­ing women’s brain health event on May 21 (The Boston Globe):

Near­ly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s dis­ease are women. It’s a scary fact, and that’s why Maria Shriv­er has teamed up with Equinox Sports Club to host “Move for Minds,” an event that aims to raise aware­ness and mon­ey to sup­port research on the dis­ease and women’s brain health. It will take place Read the rest of this entry »

On “ethical placebos,” Medicine, and Mind/ Body interactions: A book review

Cure_bookWhen I was 10 years old, I hat­ed doing the dish­es. In an attempt to talk my par­ents out of mak­ing me do this hat­ed chore, I pre­tend­ed to be ill by hang­ing my head, sigh­ing, snif­fling, and walk­ing lethar­gi­cal­ly to my bed­room, all to no avail—I still had to do those dish­es.

But, the next day, I woke up with the flu —a 104-degree fever and stom­ach pains to match. Boy, were my par­ents sur­prised! And, so was I. But, how many of us have had sim­i­lar expe­ri­ences, where our minds seemed to some­how impact our bod­ies in weird, unex­plain­able ways? How many of us have made doc­tors’ appoint­ments only to watch our fevers drop or held our chil­dren close and stopped their cough­ing fits? Clear­ly, some­thing is going on, isn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »

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