• Daily Grateful: Maternal Instincts Trump All Others

    April 6, 2014 Beautiful story with a twist–thank you oxytocin. Enjoy. Tip ‘o the hat to me mum for this one. đŸ™‚ 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

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  • Free Webinar Series with Leaders in Neuroscience and Brain Plasticity (Starting 1/22/2014!)

    UPDATE: Gold Membership is only $200! What’s great about the “new world” of neuroscience is that amazing discoveries are happening at a furious pace. As researchers continue to discover the incredible things that the brain can do–from building up resiliency to creating new neural pathways ourselves. With so much data and so many leaders in their fields, it’s hard to know where to turn. Too many options can easily lead to brain overload. The good news is that you can now check out, for free, a Webinar series that explains key findings and tools you can use to help improve your

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  • Daily Grateful – Lion Whisperer

    January 10, 2014 “The interactions have always been boisterous. I’ve learned to de-tune my reactions. No two lions are the same. Lions have dwindled to ridiculous numbers; I’m trying to raise awareness. We will not be seen lions in 20 years if we follow along the same path.” ~ Kevin Richardson Lion Whisperer with lions (and hyenas) in the wilds of southern Africa. Um, wow? If a man can insinuate himself into a pride of lions without being torn to shreds, what ELSE is possible?

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  • Daily Grateful: What Love Looks Like

    January 9, 2014 Lovely, wonderful, smile-inducing story of love. đŸ™‚

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  • West Meets East: Neuroscience and Buddhism

    I was watching this video from the wonderful “Greater Good Science Center” Web site the other day, and just today I was reading an interview in Shambhala Sun with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield about mindfulness and Buddhism in the Western world. It’s not news that the world of Western science and the world of Eastern philosophy are coming closer and closer together, but what’s interesting to me is that the Buddha was apparently quite aware of the plasticity of the brain long before anyone actually knew the true functions of the brain. “Letting your frontal lobe support…non-judgmental, present moment

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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: November 22, 2013

    Very moving; very beautiful. Do sharks have oxytocin release systems, too? đŸ˜‰

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  • Daily Grateful: November 20, 2013

    Healthy happy juices are released when you physically connect with another. Go hug, kiss, gaze at, and otherwise physically interact with someone you love (oh, and make sure that it’s reciprocal!!! đŸ˜‰ or give out a nice dose of oxytocin to your favorite critter. It can do wonders…

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  • Love is a Drug (i.e., Oxytocin)

    Okay, well, it’s not actually a “drug,” per se, as much as it is a hormone, but as hormones go, it’s a pretty great one. Ever notice how incredibly great it feels to get your back scratched in just the right way? Of course you have–but you’re not alone. Lots of animals love the feeling they get when they’re scratched (from bonobos to owls), and that’s because we’re all releasing oxytocin. Oxytocin is known for “forging bonds” and new research indicates that oxytocin plays a crucial role not just in happy back and head rubs, and strengthened  social relations, but

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