Have something in mind?

Read the questions below and note how many of these feelings resonate with you. It was an impossible dream for me to drink just one glass. A clear marker for when to start worrying about my weight You can see your hidden tendencies by examining your own diary. I start …

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How are you different?

I called to her, 'Listen to my voice, follow my voice! I grabbed it and pulled as my neighbours found some clothing from the nearby clothesline and threw it across the broken glass that covered the base of the window frame. Together the three of us lifted her out of …

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On Deserving Goodness

He says, People feel offended when I keep turning down their invitations. But when writing a novel, the ties you have with large numbers of unspecified people--your readers--can be more important than ties you have to those close to you, and in giving priority to that, you pay the price …

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Toy Story and Game Theory

It meant that I was able to let go when I most needed it, so I would be able to get by on other occasions. As Mark Twain famously said, 'Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear'. Let's work your fear through a little process …

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What it Means to Change Your Brain

You wait until the last minute before your deadline and you forge ahead with your manuscript once you have your inspiration. People who are actually active in their fields have very regular routines and habits. The artist Chuck Close says that it's an amateur thought that people draw when they …

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By having good manners

The process of trial and error is no different than that undertaken by an athlete. In short, what this means is that there is value to anything if you take it seriously. If you're able to feel that you have learned all about life from video games, then there's no …

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The courage to see yourself clearly

Toilet paper is flying off the shelves (if it even makes it to the shelves), in the United States there is a run on gun buying, alcohol sales have gone through the roof . The only certainty in the future is change, and it's only going to get faster and even …

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You are wise

Remember, you're more likely to choose the reward in front of you if you're feeling down or stressed. The SCARF model provides a basis for us to better understand what's truly sitting behind many of our fears, enabling us to unpack how we might intercept them. As you read this …

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Family influence

It's not easy learning that a parent, partner, or other family member has a disease as scary and fateful as Alzheimer's. We don't get this kind of preparation in formal schooling. Even in medical school, I wasn't taught the fundamentals of dealing with the psychological aspect to hearing about a …

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Please Kill Me: Severe Depression

The thinking is that improving the sleep patterns of dementia patients could significantly improve their mood and behavior. She accuses me of all sorts of things, from stealing to killing people. A: In the middle to late stages of Alzheimer's, delusions and hallucinations can occur. Devices were embedded in the …

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Changing Your Habits

If everyone cannot attend the meeting in person, use tools like voice-over IP or Skype to make sure everyone can be included. Here is a statistic that I initially found hard to believe: Caregivers of spouses with dementia are up to six times more likely to develop dementia than people …

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I'm in Charge!

Building barriers between you and distractions is a great place to start to create a little more space. Fewer than 30 percent of American adults have signed advance directives stating their health care wishes. Forgoing these documents can be financially ruinous to families--triggering unexpected medical bills and bankruptcies to loved …

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Meditate On What Could Go Wrong

What in the world is this cognitive awareness that people have? In his article, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, neuroscientist David Eagleman says the conscious mind is like a newspaper. This is what happens every day in a given country: Factories are in operation and companies deliver their …

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Mindless Entertainment

Everyone has a unique set of procedures, and isn't our morning flow like a ritual from the moment that we get up? We don't usually think about how much toothpaste to use when we brush our teeth or which tooth to start with, and we don't think about how we're …

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What effect has the narcissist's blame and anger had on you?

Mischel described seeing, over and over again in the marshmallow test, the children who couldn't control themselves suddenly reaching out to ring the bell, then looking away with anguished expressions, as if they couldn't believe what they'd done. It seems that while the actions during those times were without a …

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Afraid that the stock market will crash

An answer lies in the famous marshmallow test conducted by psychologist Walter Mischel concerning this issue. I would like you to pay attention to this marshmallow test, as it will be one of the central themes in this article. This test was conducted on children aged four to five at …

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Benefits of Self-Discipline

The residents may not necessarily know where they are, but they feel that they are at home--and that is precisely the idea. In my opinion, if there's anything that can be developed, it's this cognitive capacity, and not something vague like willpower. But there are some children who used this …

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Feelings of isolation and detachment

But what if a ten-dollar bill is being waved in front of you? It's hard to visualize an apple that you'll be receiving a year from now, and it doesn't really seem to concern you, so you choose the response with the extra day of waiting. The more distant a …

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In this way, not one of us is better than the other

Data sharing can speed research and drug development. As you read this, researchers are hard at work trying to come up with effective therapies. Until we have reliable solutions, one thing top scientists agree on is that when a diagnosis comes in and someone is suffering from a neurodegenerative condition …

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Just take some time to feel and to see

Serotonin balances our sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves and stabilizes our mind. People feel uncertainty if these aren't functioning properly. It's known that serotonin is inert in the brains of people who suffer from depression. In an experiment in which the serotonin level in people's brains was temporarily increased and decreased …

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Time to worry

It can help motivate us to take action as we seek to minimise its presence. The challenge is when it doesn't go away, it's constant and it starts to affect our ability to function in the everyday. Consider for a moment how often you work on a single task, without …

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Don't Answer Your Own Questions

Self Accountability is about learning how to focus on what you can control, not what you can't. It's about taking control of your mindset and behaviour in order to shape that 40 per cent of your happiness that is within your sphere of influence. Human Connection is about exploring how …

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What Makes Me Angry and Sad

By listing your obstacles, you can begin to deal with them. If the critical reason is not I have no time, then you just do not have the skills to start with. Creating an honest list of reasons can also help you see that you simply do not have as …

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Which feelings are most challenging?

It is still not clear whether it was the medications that increased the risk or the underlying malady that required the medication, but the new incidences of dementia were found up to twenty years after exposure to the drugs. Severe depression can frequently cause symptoms of dementia, sometimes called pseudodementia …

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Empowerment, voice, and choice

Data from the Centers for Disease Control suggest that nearly 13 percent of Americans reported experiencing worsening confusion or memory loss after age sixty, but most--fully 81 percent--had not consulted with a health care provider about their cognitive issues. So, how can mediation help us stay more motivated in life …

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Collaboration and mutuality

It is generally believed that these three forms represent the earth (Brahma), water (Vishnu), and Agni (Shiva). Powerful yet widely misunderstood, mother Kali is the goddess of death, time, and holocaust. Despite her immense destructive power, she can be a strong mother-figure and a symbol of kindness-love. Kali is claimed …

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Leaders and the Military

Breathing exercises activate your body by increasing blood flow, which ultimately refreshes your body and mind. The daily practice of yoga causes you to become conscious of the environment by controlling your emotions and stress. Yoga helps you improve your meditation through the breathing exercises you are doing during the …

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Love is supposed to be magical

Once when I was speaking to a teacher about it, he told me (while pointing to his head): They can take away everything you own, but they can never take away this. There will always be bad guys out there trying to steal our possessions and momentarily disrupting our life …

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My little heart loses its limits in joy

Now start exhaling loudly through your nose, then take forceful, deep breaths at a speed of 1 second per cycle. Your breath is entirely through your diaphragm, keeping your head, neck, shoulders, and chest relatively stable while your abdomen is going in and out. Start with a circle of 10 …

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Relational trauma can only heal via relationship

His research across 40 countries shows how deluded we are as a species about the world around us and why we are often wrong about nearly everything. I implore you to challenge yourself to consider that your beliefs are shaped by your environment and experiences; Don't let your beliefs stand …

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The Empath Experience

Devastated and enraged by the news of Sati's tragic death, Shiva rips off his hair and makes Virabhadra, an avid warrior who carries terrifying weapons and embellishes her body with snakes and skulls. Once there, he breaks from the world holding his sword above his head (Warrior I) and meets …

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What do you think you still need to learn?

Find new ways to stimulate your brain through learning and challenging your mind. Prioritize getting restful, routine sleep at night and incorporate daily destressing practices into your routine. Connect authentically with others and maintain a vibrant social life. During the first week, you will start five new habits each day …

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I am too short

Our thoughts and physiology are often affected by our breathing. Deep breathing advocated in advanced yoga training can have a positive effect on both our body and mind. For thousands of years, yoga and Ayurveda have employed respiratory techniques (pranayama) to balance and restore physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health …

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