Real Happiness Program: The Paw-sitive Things in Life

“If we stop to notice moments of pleasure — a flower poking up through the sidewalk, a puppy experiencing snow for the first time, a child’s hug – we have a resource for more joy.”  — Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness Sometimes, life gives us moldy, sour lemons which are too far gone-off to make lemonade with.  In those cases, it can be really helpful to have a dog. (This is Mister Christopher) Some of the most beautiful moments in life […]

Meditation Found to Increase Brain Size

 “These findings are consistent with other studies that demonstrated increased thickness of music areas in the brains of musicians, and visual and motor areas in the brains of jugglers. In other words, the structure of an adult brain can change in response to repeated practice.” http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2006/02/meditation-found-to-increase-brain-size/?fb_ref=sidebar

“Re-wiring” Your Brain for Healthier Relationships

“Put another way, when you practice mindfulness meditation, you boost your amperage for relationships. Your brain gets better at making sense of incoming emotional information without jumping to conclusions, reacting out of old habits, or getting stuck in emotional dead-ends like worry or grudges.:” http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/rewire-your-brain-love/200910/mindfulness-meditation-neuroscience-healthier-relationships

Link Between Workplace Stress and Coronoray Heart Disease

“New research has produced strong evidence of how work stress is linked to the biological mechanisms involved in the onset of heart disease…” “..we found that chronic work stress was associated with [Coronary Heart Disease] CHD and this association was stronger among both men and women aged under 50 — their risk of CHD was an average of 68% more than for people who reported no stress at work.” “”The effect [of work stress] on the [Autonomic Nervous System] (ANS) […]

Possible Link Between Negative Emotions, Anxiety and Heart Disease

From “Heart 411: The Only guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need” “Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, which is characterized by intense anxiety, tend to have more calcium (a marker of coronary blockages) in their hearts’ arteries than do soldiers without the disorder. On the civilian front, people who suffer from panic disorders face an increased risk of developing heart problems.”  http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/02/do-negative-emotions-stress-and-anxiety-lead-to-heart-disease/251540/