• Daily Grateful: Elephant Seal Pups…and a Journalist

    April 10, 2014 Charlie Bird meets seals while travelling through Antarctica following the route of explorer Tom Crean’s final expedition alongside Ernest Shackleton aboard the Endurance in 1914-15. One of the more moving things I’ve seen in a while. We are connected. The animals know it, why don’t we? 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

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  • Daily Grateful: Sweet, Silly Sophie will make you Smile

    March 18, 2014 Sophie the dog is one of the sweetest, silliest dogs you’ll ever see. Just try not to smile at this one. 🙂

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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: 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: Cat Haiku

    January 2, 2014 For the cat lovers out there, this series of “cat haikus” has been making the rounds of the Internet for many years–and it’s still great fun to revisit! But for the uninitiated, you’re in for a real treat.  Remember that laughing is good for your brain–even the act of smiling initiates a “happy” response in the brain, even if you’re not really happy! Please leave a comment if you didn’t laugh out loud!! Or even if you did. Comments, like cat haiku craziness, are always welcomed! Yours in mental hygiene,  The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: Some thoughts for the New Year Ahead…

    December 26, 2013 Looking ahead to 2014 Today, my parents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary (Happy Anniversary Mother and Dad!) :). Some of the things they taught me include thinking about others, empathy, kindness, caring, laughing (a lot), the importance of smiling, giving, and caring. I learned the importance of sitting outside at 2 am with everyone on lawn chairs watching a meteor shower and seeing who could spot the most shooting stars. I remember the joy from the smallest things–a new album that you saved up for, unwrapped and listened to (over and over, much to my parents’

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  • Daily Grateful: Alaskan Husky Pup Howls for the First Time

    December 22, 2013 Taking in the good is a key to rewiring your brain, and sometimes it’s just as simple as experiencing something pure and joyful. God, I love this. Creatures being creatures in the sweetest way possible. The universe can be harsh and unforgiving, but it can also be beautiful. And this is beautiful. Enjoy. Yours in mental hygiene, The ancient brain and modern mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: A Couple of Firsts…

    December 20, 2013 One can be too focused on the past, leading to depressing thoughtsof longing that can lead to looping negativity. But remembrances of times when things were SO incredibly new and fun can be healthy. Just as eyes are less clear over time as we age, so too can our experiences of events and things be dulled (and not just ushumans–think how kittens change into cats who just sort of look at you after a while. They don’t attack your feet as much, ya know?). Enjoy these firsts and rekindle the wonderment of youth! 🙂 THE TRAIN ARRIVAL

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  • Daily Grateful: December 7, 2013

    Charlie Chaplin’s “Great Dictator” Speech Whenever I get down about the state of the human condition, I think about this speech. If you haven’t seen it, you’re in for something special. If you have, watch it again, and feel that sensation of connectedness once more.  Read about the movie here. Seems especially relevant for this date in history. Full Text of the Speech I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man

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  • Daily Grateful: November 29, 2013

    Laughter is contagious! We’ve all been there: one person starts laughing at something, then another, then another, and soon, hilarity ensues. But why? We all know that laughter is contagious, but what’s the reason for it? Turns out that it’s the same reason that people respond to negative stimuli, neural stimuli, and positive stimuli at the group level. According to Adjunct Professor Lauri Nummenmaa from Aalto University: “Sharing others’ emotional states provides the observers a somatosensory and neural framework that facilitates understanding others’ intentions and actions and allows to ‘tune in’ or ‘sync’ with them. Such automatic tuning facilitates social

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  • Daily Grateful: November 26, 2013

    Morning Wake Up Call: “Grateful” for Cats. We’re supposed to wake up and greet the day with new optimism and a sense of promise, but sometimes we just want to giggle a little. This one goes out to all the cat “lovers” out there, who know what I’m talking about. Brings a new definition to “fight or flight”! 😉

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  • Daily Grateful: November 21, 2013

    “I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period. But I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious. When people ask me how I find the strength to laugh now, I reply that I am a professional laugher. Laughing is a characteristic of the Tibetans, who are different in this from the Japanese or the Indians. They are very cheerful, like the Italians, rather than a little reserved, like the Germans or the English.” ~ Dalai Lama And with that, some words of wisdom–and some infectious laughter–from

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