In the News: Wandering mind not a happy mind | Harvard Gazette

In the News: Wandering mind not a happy mind | Harvard Gazette

People spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy. So says a study that used an iPhone Web app to gather 250,000 data points on subjects’ thoughts, feelings, and actions as they went about their lives. The research, by psychologists Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert of Harvard University, is described this week in the journal Science. Source: Wandering mind not a happy mind |…

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In the News: Fed Up Of All The Negativity Around You? Train Your Brain To Escape All The Chaos Peacefully – Indiatimes.com

In the News: Fed Up Of All The Negativity Around You? Train Your Brain To Escape All The Chaos Peacefully – Indiatimes.com

A study reveals that self-guided positive emotional imagery training has great potential to improve the everyday emotional well-being overcoming negative emotions. Read the Full Story Here: Fed Up Of All The Negativity Around You? Train Your Brain To Escape All The Chaos Peacefully – Indiatimes.com  

When Problems Just Go Away

When Problems Just Go Away

It is shocking when problems “just go away” after practicing a powerful technique. I’m not talking about while feeling good in the midst of using a technique but afterwards. Eye Movement stress clearing comes on fast, very fast (like under a minute). Suddenly a troubling thought, feeling, or visualization goes, goes somewhere but in our head, heart, or body. Self-hypnosis has a way of doing its thing so quietly in the background we frequently forget not only the problem but…

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The Bell Curve of Stress

The Bell Curve of Stress

Analogies to Know Series – Learn these analogies and you will know a lot about stress and relaxation Shortly after the turn of the 20th century two Harvard professors developed a bell curve that has remained tremendously important in stress research to this day. Their curve shows in very simple terms where our physiology is when we are relaxation or arousal. Our heartbeat, blood pressure, stress-related hormones, and many other bodily factors change whether are relaxed or stressed out. The…

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Peeling the Stress Onion

Peeling the Stress Onion

Analogies to Know Series Stress seems like such a simple thing when we first start. We know that we are stressed and we know the sources of our stress so we start practicing a relaxation technique. With just a little bit of work we feel stress lift from our body, heart, and head. At last we are free….totally free. If we don’t stop and we keep practicing, we notice things we had not seen in the beginning. Under the first…

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Best Time to Work Relaxation Techniques Hard

Best Time to Work Relaxation Techniques Hard

There are times of particular importance and need when we should work stress techniques hard. Many of these instances will be so charged with energy, mainly negative, it will be a real challenge to do a technique plus handle the situation. This is why we should practice our favorite techniques during the quiet, regular times so we can be really ready to bring them out in the hard spots. Relaxation techniques are not a cure all, at least if we…

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Soaring with Concentration (a.k.a. meditation)

Soaring with Concentration (a.k.a. meditation)

I maintain that it is important to demystify a lot of the ideas around stress-relaxation practices. Scrap away the mystery and we find that we already do many of the essentials of these practices as we go about our daily lives. What we need to do is polish what we already do, add a bit here and there and, boom, you’ve got something powerful. Demystifying Meditation:  It’s Concentration! When we think of concentration, we associate it with worldly concerns and…

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Wearable Biofeedback: Spire

Wearable Biofeedback: Spire

This would seem totally incredible if we were in the early years of biofeedback, say the 1960s: consumer focused, affordable, and wearable biofeedback instruments. A dream then, a reality now. In recent years, we have seen the steady growth of such devices. First it started with heart-rate monitors for runners and then it went into many sleep tracking devices, from watches to bedside EEG monitors to beds holding bio-monitoring hardware. Now we have the first breathing monitors. As we have…

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