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Laughter as a Kind of Exercise or The Chemical Payoff of a Belly Laugh With Friends!

For the study, which was published this year in Proceedings of the Royal Society of Biological Sciences, researchers at Oxford University recruited a large group of undergraduate men and women. They then set out to make their volunteers laugh. Most of us probably think of laughter, if we think of it at all, as a response [...]

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Really? Losing Sleep Reduces Your Pain Tolerance

  REALLY? THE FACTS Chronic sleep loss has many downsides, among them weight gain, depression and irritability. But now scientists have found a new one: It also weakens your tolerance for pain. In recent studies, researchers have shown that losing sleep may disrupt the body’s pain signaling system, heightening sensitivity to painful stimuli. Though it is [...]

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Really? Using a Computer Before Bed Can Disrupt Sleep

REALLY? FACTS: In today’s gadget-obsessed world, sleep experts often say that for a better night’s rest, Americans should click the “off” buttons on their smartphones and tablets before tucking in for the night. Electronic devices stimulate brain activity, they say, disrupting your ability to drift off to sleep. But according to the National Sleep Foundation, [...]

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The Power of Concentration: Meditation and Mindfulness

MEDITATION and mindfulness: the words conjure images of yoga retreats and Buddhist monks. But perhaps they should evoke a very different picture: a man in a deerstalker, puffing away at a curved pipe, Mr. Sherlock Holmes himself. The world’s greatest fictional detective is someone who knows the value of concentration, of “throwing his brain out [...]

By | December 23rd, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on The Power of Concentration: Meditation and Mindfulness

Decoding the Science of Sleep

Zlatko Glusica was the captain of an Air India Express plane carrying 166 passengers from Dubai to Mangalore, a bustling port city on India's southern coast. As his Boeing 737 approached the city, Mr. Glusica woke up from a nap in the cockpit and took over the controls. His co-pilot warned him repeatedly that he [...]

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Living the Good Life Inside and Out: Communication

Communication is the exchange and flow of information and ideas from one person to another. One straightforward definition: communication involves a sender transmitting an idea, information, or feeling to a receiver (U.S. Army, 1983). Effective communication occurs only if the receiver understands the exact information or idea that the sender intended to transmit. Many communication problems [...]

By | December 19th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on Living the Good Life Inside and Out: Communication

Challenging 100 Years of Sleep Guidelines for Children

For parents who feel like they're failing to make sure their kids get enough sleep, this may be comforting: Your parents also failed, as did your grandparents and great-grandparents. A new study shows that kids get about half an hour less sleep than than recommended, the same deficit as a century ago, even though the [...]

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How to Improve your Sleep: Practical Tips from UK Sleep Expert

U.K. sleep expert Colin Espie shows how most sleep problems can be alleviated with a few simple changes to your daily routine: During the day The purpose of sleep is to make us effective during daylight hours. Whether you consider yourself to be a good sleeper, or you struggle to get a good night's rest – it's important [...]

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Warning over laughing gas after promising student dies

from The Telegraph London UK 4 October 2012 by Richard Alleyne Joseph Benett with his sister Camille       Photo: RICHARD WEAVER PHOTOGRAPHY The sister of a public school boy has warned of the dangers of the recreational use of laughing gas after he fell into a coma and died using the drug. Joseph [...]

By | October 9th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on Warning over laughing gas after promising student dies

Exercise: The News You Don’t Want To Hear

by Jonny Bowden, PhD, C.N.S. excerpted from the Huffington Post September 11, 2012 In a new book called The Cure For Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages About Health, Fitness and Happiness, Timothy Caulfield summarizes the data on fitness and exercise, and takes apart some of the common myths associated it. And the news (isn’t all) good. [...]

By | September 12th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments