• Daily Grateful: Prepare to Smile!

    April 17, 2014 Nothing much to say about this other than “smile!” 🙂 Why Daily Grateful? [grat-i-tood, -tyood] noun, the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. In an article entitled In Praise of Gratitude,according to the Harvard Medical School, Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other

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  • Daily Grateful: Stephen Fry – “The time to be happy is now.”

    March 25, 2014 Stephen Fry offers up a brilliant animated summary of humanism and a secret to happiness that’s not so secret (has a lot in common with mindfulness, to be honest. 😉 Thanks to “Upworthy” for this one. Yours in Mental Hygiene, ” data-lightbox-gallery=”lightbox[gallery-B5SH] “> The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: Hugs and Smiles

    February 18, 2014 The point isn’t to succeed without challenges or struggles–the point is to succeed by overcoming the challenges and struggles, and move through them. Best restaurant in the world, as Spiritbath so aptly referred to it… Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: It’s a Beautiful Day

    February 14, 2014 Something to remember, regardless of whether you like the weather…! 😉

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  • Daily Grateful: Fox Sounds

    February 11, 2014 Here’s what happens when a grateful creature sees its caretaker: According to the post on YouTube: This is Dawn, one of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6 resident foxes that cannot be returned to the wild. The majority of animals we get in is injured wildlife that is aimed to be returned into the wild, however, Dawn was a young fox that was took into a dog rescue centre as the member of public that found her thought she was a dog! When they realised they bought her into us but it was too late, because

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  • Daily Grateful: Dansons la capucine

    February 10, 2014 Yes, it’s true, yet another cat video, but I hope this one puts a smile on your face! 🙂 Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: Emergency Puppies!

    February 8, 2014 The Daily Grateful is one way to “take in the good,” which is helps rewire yourself, especially if your brain has a negative bias. It helps to experience moments of beauty and really dwell in, or “internalize them,” many times throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be a major event, it just has to a moment or series of moments that make you feel good or simply put a smile on your face. Take the time to embrace the many joys that are available to you; really dwell in those moments, and your brain’s neural wiring will reward you

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  • Daily Grateful: Winter Birds in Vermont

    February 7, 2014 The Daily Grateful is one way to “take in the good,” which is helps rewire yourself, especially if your brain has a negative bias. It helps to experience moments of beauty and really dwell in, or “internalize them,” many times throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be a major event, it just has to a moment or series of moments that make you feel good or simply put a smile on your face. Take the time to embrace the many joys that are available to you; really dwell in those moments, and your brain’s neural wiring will reward you

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  • What is mindfulness again, anyway?

    Of all the things I realized that I’ve never posted, mindfulness is, surprisingly, at the top of the list. Odd. Well, it’s odd for a blog that’s called The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness. So, in an effort to address that void and provide some clarity on the subject from my point of view, I’ve included some brief descriptions and definitions from my brain to yours, below. Being in the Moment: Children are, Adults, not so much. The truth of the matter is that we are comprised of actions and behaviors that become largely ingrained in our brains as “habits.” As

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  • Daily Grateful: Swimming with Orcas

    January 31, 2014 This last day of the first month of the new year, thought I’d share something beautiful and a little scary (isn’t real beauty often a combination of the two?) 😉 What’s interesting–and relevant–about this video is that, for some, this would be the ultimate in “fight/flight/freeze.” Seeing one of the world’s top predators in the wild would make many people, well, less than comfortable. But, like this photographer (we posted about previously), this particular recorder of events was deliriously happy about his encounter with a pod of Orcas. It’s all about perspective. The Daily Grateful is one

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  • Daily Grateful: 100 cats. Big empty store. What’s not to like?

    January 28, 2014 The Daily Grateful is one way to “take in the good,” which is required to really rewire yourself. Helps to do this many times throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be a lot, it just has to make you feel good. Take a moment to embrace the smiles that are available to you, and really dwell in those moments. Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: Simple Smiles :)

    January 21, 2014 OK, I may have gotten a little carried away… 🙂   Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: Sewing the Seeds of Love

    January 19, 2014 This quote reminds me of how compassion and giving makes the compassionate giver feel as least as good as the one on the receiving end. It also reminded me of the incredibly cool pop song by Tears for Fears–remember them? 😉 (below). Tears for Fears Sowing the Seeds of Love by Celtiemama Lyrics: High time we made a stand & shook up the views of the common man And the love train rides from coast to coast DJ’s the man we love the most Could you be, could you be squeaky clean And smash any hope of

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  • Practice does not Make Perfect…

    …but it certainly helps! Imperfection. It’s what enabled the universe as we know it to come to be in the first place. It’s a commonly held belief among astrophysicists and cosmologists that if the Big Bang’s energy had been completely uniform, we would not exist. The imperfections in the heat and dispersal of energy from the birth of our universe actually enabled gravity to take hold and enabled gasses to coalesce into denser and denser matter, enabling gravity to take hold and create stars and planets. All due to the slightest of imperfections. Imperfection, one could therefore say, is the

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  • Daily Grateful – Happy

    January 14, 2014 This will make you smile. It might even make you happy for a few moments! 🙂 Turn it up and make some room. (to my best friends: you make me happy…)

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