• 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: 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: Harlow and Indi

    January 3, 2014 I just can’t help it, I love me some critters. And these two are some of the cutest. 🙂

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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: 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 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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