• Daily Grateful: Happy Mother’s Day!

    May 10, 2014 This Mother’s Day, we celebrate the one who brought us into being on the planet. So, this Mother’s Day, why not show some gratitude to¬†Mother Earth? ūüôā Yours in Mental Hygiene, ‚Äú> The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness  

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  • The Beauty of Life: Amazing HD Video

    The brain reacts to and responds to whatever you present to it, whatever, in essence, you “feed” it. Showing the brain moving, beautiful images and really absorbing them in the moment is actually¬†good¬†for your brain. As Dr. Rick Hanson and others have explained, it takes more than simply thinking positively‚Äďwe must ‚Äúdwell‚ÄĚ in positive experiences for the brain to really internalize positive moment and convert them into enhanced neural networks of happiness. That‚Äôs because¬†our brains¬†developed an innate tendency¬†to help ensure our ancestors‚Äô survival by focusing on the negative, or what’s referred as the brain’s ‚Äúnegative bias.‚ÄĚ If you think about

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  • 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. ūüôā 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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  • Daily Grateful: Pranking it Forward :)

    April 2, 2014 Pretty inspiring story of people making one person’s life better. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person. Enjoy. [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

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  • Daily Grateful: Fox Seeks Help; Humans Oblige

    March 13, 2014 I love this, because a poor little fox cub is in a real bind and how it seeks help is, well, moving… Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: Focus, Music, Longevity

    March 7, 2014 This holocaust survivor talks about the importance of living.  Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Mindful Practice: A Neophyte Buddhist Shares His Story

    I’ve been practicing mindfulness in one form or another off and on for years (reflective humility can constitute mindfulness), but mostly inconsistently–and that’s the one thing that people who want “results” cannot afford to do: practice inconsistently. Nope, it’s only those who practice, practice, practice (consistently) who tend to get results and rewire themselves for their brans for mindfulness. Second, being “solo” and practicing mindfulness on your own can certainly work, but there is a strong argument to be made for self-improvement in a group. After all, we’re wired for the group–it was the only way our ancestors survived and

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  • Daily Grateful: It’s a Beautiful Day

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

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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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  • 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… ūüôā ¬† Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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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: A Visual and Aural Feast

    January 15, 2014 First, I just wanted to say that I’m a visual person: I love graphics, I love pictures, I love movies. I see art, literally, everywhere! The Buddha you see to the right was a bronze statue at my good friend’s house (thanks, Carol!) and I had to mess around with it. (Click here to see the original.) A Visual and Aural Feast, Indeed.¬†So when I saw some amazing pictures from a Russian photographer earlier today (below), I had to share them. They’re absolutely brilliant. I also love music, and because I think the two senses go so

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  • Daily Grateful: A Close Encounter with a Beautiful Lion

    January 13, 2014 National Geographic photographer Mattias tells an amazing story of two creatures: one is human, one is a beautiful lion. Quite an experience (good thing she was probably full!). I absolutely love this mindful, very “zen” explanation from the photographer: “I’m an emotional person, sort of a vulnerable person in many ways. I don’t, for example, think that to do what I do, you sort of a ‘Tarzan”…because you have to be the contrary. You have to be soft, hopefully intelligent; you have to read the environment–you have to be modest.¬†Otherwise I would have been eaten, I think,

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