Emotional Well-Being

Practice Generosity!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Emotional Well-Being | Comments Off on Practice Generosity!

Did you know that kinder people actually live longer and more healthier lives? We feel so good when we give because we get what researchers call a “helpers high,” or a distinct physical sensation associated with helping.  This specific term has been coined by James Baraz and Shoshanah Alexander in an article written here by the Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley, CA. Addtionally, researchers show that half of participants in one study report that they feel stronger and more energetic after helping others; many also reported feeling calmer and less depressed with increased...

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It’s okay, take a break- 10 easy tips

Posted by on Sep 19, 2010 in Emotional Well-Being, Wellness | Comments Off on It’s okay, take a break- 10 easy tips

Our western culture, puts a large emphasis on staying busy, productivity, and accomplishing.  This has served our economy, but it has wreaked havoc on our emotional and physical lives. The below studies show some of the repercussions of our current lifestyle: The European Agency for safety and health reports that stress is the primary factor for 50% of absenteeism.  Stress is also acknowledged to be responsible for over 75% of doctor visits by the American Institute of Stress in NY.  Stress is the primary reason for people not exercising regularly, falling off from healthy eating, and...

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Mindfulness at Work

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Emotional Well-Being | Comments Off on Mindfulness at Work

As our lives get increasingly busy and it is harder to achieve work life balance, stress related ailments are costing companies about $200 billion a year in increased absenteeism, tardiness, and the loss of talented workers, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (Der Hovanesian 2003). However, during the past decade, a growing number of companies and organizations have discovered the advantages of offering their staff a chance to learn about meditation, yoga, and other contemplative practices.  Contemplative practices including prayer, meditation, yoga, and...

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Three Steps for Taking in the Good

Posted by on Sep 5, 2010 in Emotional Well-Being | Comments Off on Three Steps for Taking in the Good

Many people in my life have given me feedback that I put out a very positive and happy vibe.  I would say that I am typically a glass half full kind of person and I always try and make lemonade out of lemons, but this is a choice.  I choose to see the good and take in the good as much as I can and this tends to make my life and my experiences happier. Rick Hanson, author of the “Buddha’s Brain” states that the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences, but Teflon for positive ones.  Therefore, until we train the mind, it might actually be more natural to NOT see the...

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Are we too plugged in?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2010 in Emotional Well-Being | Comments Off on Are we too plugged in?

As technology continually advances, we find ourselves more and more plugged into our screens.  The term “Screen Invasion” is a term that has been used by Matt Ritchel who writes a series for the NY Times called “Your Brain on Computers”. Screen Invasion is the phenomenon of us always being plugged into something whether its a phone, TV, or computer.  Research indicates that we take in 3x the amount of information that we did in the 60’s and we check about 40 websites a day, switch programs about 36 times in an hour, and are bombarded with information all day...

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Opening your heart with Metta

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010 in Emotional Well-Being | Comments Off on Opening your heart with Metta

Metta practice is the cultivation of our capacity for lovingkindness.  Metta is a wonderful meditation for soothing our minds and opening our hearts.  Metta practice doesn’t mean that you have to think positively or even feel loving during the practice.  However, when we continually practice metta, the tendency of our mind changes to more positive, wholesome, and loving states.  When we continually practice metta, we may find that lovingkindness becomes the operating motivation in a situation that previously triggered anger or fear. A way in which I have seen the benefits of metta in...

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