Research shows a direct link between how you breathe, how you feel, and relationship satisfaction. Here's why, and how you can change your life by altering how you breathe. You probably already know that chronic stress wreaks havoc on relationships. Research shows that when stressed, you are more likely to be anxious, depressed, irritable, stubborn, pessimistic, and have a hard time communicating effectively. There's hope. By changing how you breathe you can defuse the impact
Canadian researchers have discovered that other people’s stress can alter your brain as much as real stress. We all know that chronic stress is bad for us. Research just published in the journal Nature Neuroscience shows that other people’s stress can change our brains in the same ways that real stress can. The effects of stress are widespread. Psychologically, stress is tied to depression, anxiety disorders, and PTSD. Physically, chronic stress is linked to inflammation that
Mindful Magazine TOP POST for 2017! Research shows us that we not only have the capacity to pay attention to, and stop the chatter of our stories, but can also reduce our stress, rewire our brains, and reinvent our relationships by responding to them differently. The stories we tell, particularly the ones we’re not aware of, can profoundly shape who we are, and the decisions that we make. Recognizing our stories and how they influence how we relate to others is a hallmark of
With all of the talk of mindfulness it can be hard to disentangle what is most important. Here are 3 mindfulness-based principles that will change your life. Everywhere I go people are talking about mindfulness. It’s been touted as a cure for aches, pains and mental illness, and the secret sauce that gives entrepreneurs and Super Bowl athletes their edge. I often get asked what mindfulness is and how to practice it. Sure, we’ve all heard that it means living in the present mo
I spent nearly a month being tormented by hospital monitors rather than serenaded by chirping crickets. Can a lousy summer have a silver lining? Summer is one of my favorite times of year. I imagine lazy days reading in the hammock, hours puttering in my garden, hikes in the mountains and nights in a tent gazing at the stars. This year I spent many nights looking at the sky from a hospital room, serenaded by the beeping of monitors rather than the chirping of crickets.
“Before you speak, ask yourself’ is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?” Sai Baba Indian teacher, Sai Baba, was a great proponent of silence and intentional speech. As a psychologist and researcher who devotes much of my life to studying human interactions and observing the ways in which we undermine ourselves by speaking first and thinking later, I couldn’t agree more. It may seem as though staying silent and communicating mindfully is a rel
New review of the research finds that mindfulness benefits the people around you. Can mindfulness make you a kinder person? That’s the question Australian researchers asked when they reviewed 31 published studies linking mindfulness and prosocial behavior. The result – those with mindful dispositions, and people who’d completed some form of structured mindfulness instruction were more compassionate and helpful than less mindful individuals and those who hadn’t tried mindfulne