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This 23-Minute Morning Ritual Will Transform Your Whole Day. When I learned of Harvard-trained happiness researcher Shawn Achor's recommendations for training your brain to be more positive, I admit, I did a little eye-roll.

This 23-Minute Morning Ritual Will Transform Your Whole Day

I mean, watching your breath go in and out for two minutes a day? I'll get to that shortly (which is part of your morning ritual). But who am I to argue with the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage? Achor says this about how our brains work: If you can raise somebody's level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage. That also means, according to Achor, that a more positive brain gives you a competitive advantage at work.

What knitting is doing to your health that you probably never knew about. While everyone is out looking for new ways to be healthy, you may already have a healthy habit right at your fingertips — literally.

What knitting is doing to your health that you probably never knew about

While knitting may not be considered a contact sport, there are plenty of reasons you should consider adding knitting (or more of it) to your daily routine. Why your brain wants you knitting. Image via the Boston Museum of Science.

Why your brain wants you knitting

Scrolling through a smartphone has become the default gap-filling activity for many people. Stuck on a bus or in a waiting room? Let’s check Twitter for the eighth time this morning. But having something to do with your hands that doesn’t involve an iDevice can be much better for your brain. Freeing yourself from constant sensory input, and allowing your mind to wander enables space for creativity. Use This 10-Breath Trick to Make Your Sad and Anxious Thoughts Melt Away : The Hearty Soul. This article was shared with permission from our friends at

Use This 10-Breath Trick to Make Your Sad and Anxious Thoughts Melt Away : The Hearty Soul

This morning I was shaking, scared, and I felt that I may not be strong enough for my life. I brought one hand to my stomach and one hand to my heart and I remembered, Here I am. Here. There is no tomorrow. Yesterday, gone. Then, I inhaled. Right hand on belly, left hand on heart. Janov's Reflections on the Human Condition: Why Primal Pain Endures. Art Janov, one of the pioneers of fetal and early infant experiences and future mental health issues, offers a robust vision of how the earliest traumas of life can percolate through the brains, minds and lives of individuals.

Janov's Reflections on the Human Condition: Why Primal Pain Endures

He focuses on both the shifting tides of brain emotional systems and the life-long consequences that can result, as well as the novel interventions, and clinical understanding, that need to be implemented in order to bring about the brain-mind changes that can restore affective equanimity. The transitions from feelings of persistent affective turmoil to psychological wholeness, requires both an understanding of the brain changes and a therapist that can work with the affective mind at primary-process levels.

Sign Up. Your Brain Has A "Delete" Button. Will wearing a ratty college T-shirt and sweats to bed soon go out of fashion?

Your Brain Has A "Delete" Button

The pajamas industry is growing, and retailers aren't sleeping on how to reinvent the bygone ensemble. What was once a symbol of buttoned-down '50s attire (think Ricky and Lucy in collared PJ sets, tucking into their separate beds) has slowly inched its way back into pop culture. Look no further than popular TV shows—New Girl, House of Cards, or Scandal—to see protagonists clad in chic silk or cotton designs reminiscent of a tidier bedtime era.

But while earlier decades cherished the ensemble for its conservatism, today's pajamas differ in terms of comfort, style, and intent. For consumers, the revival is partially inspired by recent Fashion Week runways, an overall trend toward healthier living, increased awareness of the benefits of sleep, and fresh new takes on vintage designs. Your Brain Has A "Delete" Button. It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are. By Mark Wolynn Traumas Lost and Found The past is never dead. Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime. Being Lonely Can Warp Your Health And Your Genes. Loneliness has been linked to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's disease.

Being Lonely Can Warp Your Health And Your Genes

Depression is common among the lonely. Cancers tear through their bodies more rapidly, and viruses hit them harder and more frequently. In the short term, it feels like the loneliness will kill you. A study suggests that's because the pain of loneliness activates the immune pattern of a primordial response commonly known as fight or flight. For decades, researchers have been seeing signs that the immune systems of lonely people are working differently. The second brain - All In The Mind. Lynne Malcolm: Hi, it's All in the Mind on RN, I'm Lynne Malcolm in this Science Week 2015.

The second brain - All In The Mind

Today, why the gut has been dubbed our second brain. David Perlmutter: There are some absolutely avant-garde researchers who have finally made a huge leap and have decided to look for brain answers outside of the brain, and that seems somewhat counterintuitive. I mean, they once asked Slick Willie Sutton the bank robber, 'Why do you rob banks? ' Alternate Nostril Breathing. Alternate Nostril Breathing, also known as Nadi Shodhana, is an extremely effective stress relief tool.

Alternate Nostril Breathing

Emphasis: …an extremely effective stress relief tool. It might sound a bit woo woo, but it is in fact a breathing technique that is scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure, increase focus and reduce cortisol (using the gold standard for scientific studies — randomized and placebo-controlled). Not only that, but nadi shodhana is totally free, easy to do and available any time. This breathing exercise is a life hack that will reduce your stress level and your cortisol in a jiffy. Stanford's Robert Sapolsky Demystifies Depression.

We know that depression affects people from all walks of life.

Stanford's Robert Sapolsky Demystifies Depression

Rich. Poor. Celebs. The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions. By Maria Popova “Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation. Dream images are the product of that creation.” For the past half-century, sleep researcher Rosalind D. Cartwright has produced some of the most compelling and influential work in the field, enlisting modern science in revising and expanding the theories of Jung and Freud about the role of sleep and dreams in our lives. In The Twenty-four Hour Mind: The Role of Sleep and Dreaming in Our Emotional Lives (public library), Cartwright offers an absorbing history of sleep research, at once revealing how far we’ve come in understanding this vital third of our lives and how much still remains outside our grasp. Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain.

Photo THIS month, many Americans will take time off from work to go on vacation, catch up on household projects and simply be with family and friends. And many of us will feel guilty for doing so. We will worry about all of the emails piling up at work, and in many cases continue to compulsively check email during our precious time off. Hello My team and I recently joined HR leaders at the Asia-Pacific HR Summit. A pressing topic for organisations is the ongoing challenge of managing change. My keynote presentation about the neuroscience of change was keenly attended and we heard success strategies from organisations such as Campbell Arnott’s, CNH Industrial and QBE. The past couple of months have been full of growth and change for the Langley Group. Your Mind & Body Are Not Separate. This Chart Explains It All.

The Brain Does NOT Create Consciousness. PlantPlus Diet Solution. Why We Procrastinate. Pineal Gland and Activating Your Third Eye. The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions. Train Your Brain To Let Go Of Habits – 10 Methods For Creating New Neural Pathways. When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. How Long To Nap For The Biggest Brain Benefits. How Stories Change the Brain. Five Surprising Ways Oxytocin Shapes Your Social Life.

Langley Group. The Power Of Thought: Alter Your Genes and Cure any Disease. Cellular Biologist Bruce Lipton believes that humans can control their genes by changing their environment. New age gurus, spiritualists and visionaries talk about the power of thoughts and how it manifests into reality. But when the same theory/concept is affirmed by someone from a scientific background, it helps bridge the gap between science and the spirituality.

Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist and bestselling author of The Biology of Belief, advocates the idea that we have significant control over our biology, and with our intentions and beliefs we can ‘reprogram’ or ‘control’ our genes and our lives. This challenges the traditional scientific belief that genes control life and people attribute their illnesses to genetic dysfunctions. For instance if cancer, heart failure or some other disease runs in the family, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a younger member of the family would also get those diseases, contradictory to the belief that diseases are hereditary.