Archive for May, 2016

This Is How Your Body Really Processes Grief

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Here’s what’s going on mentally and physically when you lose someone you love.

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These Are the Best Exercises for Anxiety and Depression

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

If you suffer from depression or anxiety, your workout can play a key role in managing your symptoms, thanks to the powerful link between your physical and mental health.

“We know that the old divisions of body and mind are false,” says Ben Michaelis, PhD, an evolutionary clinical psychologist and author of Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy ($2; amazon.com). “The body is the mind and the mind is the body. When you take care of yourself, you are helping the whole system.”

Needless to say, you should always consult with your doctor about your treatment options, says Michaelis. But it can’t hurt to incorporate exercise, of any kind, into your routine. Research suggests that these three activities in particular could help alleviate symptoms of depression or anxiety.

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5 Science-Backed Life Lessons From ‘The Little Prince’

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The Little Prince would tell you to hold on to your creativity, laugh more often, and sleep better.

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3 important lessons to help you find your calling

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

More and more people are unwilling to exchange their ideals for a paycheck. But how does this work practically? The place most of us begin is wrong. We search for epiphanies when, in fact, we should be learning to live with ambiguity. The clarity we seek is a myth.

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I’m sure there are people who know exactly what they were born to do, who have had a vision of their life since they were six years old. I’ve just never met them. Most who have a dream struggle to articulate it. They don’t know what it is or what it should look like. Often, all they know is this thing that they’re doing is wrong.

So where do you go from there, if all you’ve got is an itch, a vague premonition of an un-lived life?

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8 Fights Divorced People Regret Having (Or Not Having) While Married

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

HuffPost Divorce bloggers are all too familiar with how damaging these recurring arguments can be (or, in some cases, the damage from leaving problems unaddressed and not arguing at all). Below, they share the fights they regret having the most while married.

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Consciousness Works Differently Than You Think, According To This New Theory

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

In a paper published Tuesday in the journal PLoS Biology, an international team of researchers suggests that there’s some lag time between when we actually see something and when we become aware of it.

Data from previously published psychological and behavioral experiments supports this theory, the researchers determined. The two-stage model they devised suggests that our brains first process visual information from the environment while we’re in an unconscious state, and then transfer it to our conscious awareness.

Here’s what the researchers believe happens: First, we rapidly and unconsciously process visual information, which takes only several milliseconds. Then, the features of that visual information are integrated into our conscious awareness in a coherent way, which takes several hundred milliseconds.

This would mean that consciousness comes in a series of 400-millisecond “time slices,” with gaps of unconsciousness in between. Got that?

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Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.

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