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Improve Your Life: What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Improve Your Life: What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?
10 things that scientific research shows can help improve your life. 1) Get out in nature You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. 2) Exercise We all know how important this is, but few people do it consistently. 3) Spend time with friends and family Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert identified this as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives. 4) Express gratitude It will make you happier. It will improve your relationships. It can make you a better person. It can make life better for everyone around you. 5) Meditate Meditation can increase happiness, meaning in life, social support and attention span while reducing anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue. 6) Get enough sleep You can’t cheat yourself on sleep and not have it affect you. Naps are great too. 7) Challenge yourself Learning another language can keep your mind sharp. 8) Laugh 9) Touch someone Touching can reduce stress, improve team performance, and help you be persuasive. 10) Be optimistic Tags: Related:  Studies in consciousness

There’s a Word for That: 25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary Recently I came across this amazing little Tumblr named ‘OtherWordly‘ – itself a play on words. It consists of a collection of strange and lovely words from different languages through different times. What I like most about this selection of consonants and vowels – little meaning-carrying packages of vibration – is that they all try to point to the unspeakable, the transient or the neglected. That which we forget in the busyness of our daily grind. Words have the power to remind us – and therefore we should choose our words carefully so we are reminded of the things that nourish our souls. You can find my favourite words below – pick five that resonate most, write them down, yes seriously – go grab a pen -, make sure to learn them by heart, teach them to your inner voice and share them with others to guide our collective attention to what truly matters. 1 – Sophrosyne 2 – Vorfreude pronunciation | ‘for-froi-duh 3 – Numinous 4 – Nemophilist pronunciation | ne-‘mo-fe-list 5 – Sillage

How to Reduce Lactic Acid Build up in Muscles: 13 Steps Edit Article Edited by LC108, BR, Jacob, Vahab2121 and 5 others Three Parts:Understanding Lactic AcidReducing Lactic Acid During a WorkoutReducing Lactic Acid Through Your Diet Lactic acid is released into the muscles when they have used up their normal energy stores but still have intense energy needs. Small amounts of lactic acid operate as a temporary energy source, thus helping you avoid fatigue during a workout. However, a build up of lactic acid during a workout can create burning sensations in the muscles that can slow down or halt your athletic activity. Ad Steps Part 1 of 3: Understanding Lactic Acid 1Understand that lactic acid does not cause muscle soreness after a workout. 2Understand that lactic acid causes the burning sensation during a workout. Part 2 of 3: Reducing Lactic Acid During a Workout 1Stay hydrated. 7Stay active. Part 3 of 3: Reducing Lactic Acid Through Your Diet 1Increase your magnesium intake. 4Eat foods containing B vitamins. Tips

La oscura historia del hombre que dio vida a Alicia —Imágenes de Sally Mann Lo primero que recuerdo de Alicia no es la adaptación de Disney que mi abuela guardaba en algún VHS del cajón de las películas. Tampoco el disfraz azul y blanco con el que algunas amigas se vestían en los carnavales del colegio, con esas pelucas rubias que les hacían ser, por un instante, las pequeñas reinas del País de las Maravillas. La primera vez que me encontré con la imagen de aquella heroína fue a los siete u ocho años, cuando encontré una edición blanca de Cátedra de Alicia a través del espejo que mi padre se había dejado en la mesa de nuestro antiguo salón, porque estaba repasando algunos de sus fragmentos para las clases que literatura que impartía en un instituto. Me llamó la atención que mi padre tuviera en su poder un libro cuya portada era una niña pequeña, sonrojada, rodeada de pequeños animales fantásticos que vestían como humanos, y de flores rojas que parecían charcos de sangre. “¿Y qué haces leyendo un cuento para niños?” Creo que es Amor.

9 Ways To Become The Master Of Your Own Mind Many of us spend an exorbitant amount of time and energy -- not to mention money -- taking care of our bodies, and trying to keep ourselves looking and feeling our best. But when it comes to the mind, less attention (literally) is paid. Taking care of the mind can come as an afterthought, and often we think of the mind as something outside of our own control. "Our life is the creation of our mind," according to Buddhist scripture. Buddhist philosophy developed an entire science of training the unruly mind to help anyone overcome its constant fluctuations to achieve stillness, and eventually, enlightenment. But even if it's not enlightenment you're after, developing a good relationship with your mind is critical to building a life that is successful on your own terms. Make time for stillness. Meditation has been around for thousands of years, and it's perhaps the single most powerful tool out there for gaining mastery over your mind. Pursue meaning over pleasure. Read, read, read. Let it be.

Primal Palate What's the secret to enjoying your work? Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity… The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task although flow is also described… as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions. When do you usually feel flow? It’s when you’re challenged but not beyond your skill level. Passive activities don’t create flow. Neither do overwhelming challenges. Via Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life: Flow is generally reported when a person is doing his or her favorite activity – gardening, listening to music, bowling, cooking a good meal. There are a handful of things that need to be present for you to experience flow: Via Top Business Psychology Models: 50 Transforming Ideas for Leaders, Consultants and Coaches: Which moments produced feelings of “flow”? Tags:

7 Must-Read Books on the Art and Science of Happiness by Maria Popova From Plato to Buddha, or what imperfection has to do with the neuroscience of the good life. If you, like me, are fascinated by the human quest to understand the underpinnings of happiness but break out in hives at the mere mention of self-help books, you’re in luck: I’ve sifted through my personal library, a decade’s worth of obsessive reading, to surface seven essential books on the art and science of happiness, rooted in solid science, contemporary philosophy and cross-disciplinary insight. From psychology and neuroscience to sociology and cultural anthropology to behavioral economics, these essential reads illuminate the most fundamental aspiration of all human existence: How to avoid suffering and foster lasting well-being. The question of what makes us happy is likely as old as human cognition itself and has occupied the minds of philosophers, prophets and scientists for millennia. Human rationality depends critically on sophisticated emotionality. Donating = Loving

Video - Hot Blooded WarmUp Workout - Atlanta Holistic Health Prevent injury and lessen fatigue. Warming up seems like it can be a waste of time but it is very important to the health of your body chemistry and your muscles and bone. Warming up is a signal to your body that activity is on its way and is increasing it is a good way to get your metabolism to wake up. Short burst without a warm up When your body cores doesn’t get a chance to thoroughly warm up before entering continuous exercise it thinks it is going it to a “fight or flight” mode and doesn’t work to burn calories efficiently. Warming up is like lighting a candle and setting the mood for meditation Warming up consists of two phases: aerobic activity to get circulation going and flexibility exercises that prevent injury. Make the time If you suffer from asthma that is exercise induced warming a way to prevent an “episode.” To get the latest updates from Atlanta Holistic Health Examiner Tina Ranieri ‘click’ the subscribe button above.

3 Simple Things That Will Make You 10% Happier Ever been really stressed? So stressed you nearly freak out? This happened to Dan Harris… in front of 5 million people. On June 7th, 2004, Dan was a news correspondent on ABC and he had a panic attack on air while reading the news: He knew he had to do something. By coincidence, he was soon assigned to cover stories about religion. But it ended up introducing him to something that helped him get his head straight and, as he likes to say, made him 10% happier. What was it? Feeling skeptical yet? But it turns out his discovery wasn’t the least bit mystic — in fact it was quite scientific. I gave Dan a call and we talked about meditation and the book he wrote about his journey: 10% Happier. And here’s how the neuroscience behind a 2500 year old ritual can help all of us become 10% happier. You Don’t Have To Be A Hippie And Live In A Yurt Dan’s now the co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America. What’s the first thing this Emmy-award winning journalist has to say about meditation? Here’s Dan:

Introduction Growing out of the wisdom of China, India, and Japan, Zen became a powerful movement to explore the lesser-known reaches of the human mind. Today we are rediscovering modern significance in its ancient insights. This course is an attempt to encounter Zen in its purest form, by returning to its legendary masters. This course offers a treasury of Zen tradition: teachings, anecdotes, stories, legends, sayings, and wisdom culled from the classic texts of Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen. When Westerners first encountered the strange Zen dialogues and antics that had been treasured in East Asia for a thousand years, there seemed to be more madness than method. In this course we try to let Zen speak for itself. . . . understanding how the tradition views itself must be the basis for all later criticism.

Adductor Stretch for Inner Thigh Muscles The inner and outer thigh muscles are often forgot about when performing stretches, however these muscles are often the cause of a lot of injury problems. Sports such as football and those require lateral (side) movements can often cause the adductor (inner thigh muscles) to be overstretched. Performing the simple toe grab inner thigh stretch will help to relieve the tension build up within the muscle region. The biggest muscle in the body (Gluteus maximus) i.e. the muscle in the buttock, performs a number of function, and as such is often overworked and tense. To avoid both of these problems, make sure you include the following stretches into your cool down routine. Your core muscles, those of your abdominal area and obliques are always working to keep you body in good alignment, you may not think that your working these muscles when performing an exercise such as a bicep curl, however they are always needing to be contracted to enable the movement to take place.

Neuroscience Of Mindfulness: How To Make Your Mind Happy Everybody is talking about mindfulness… but nobody seems to be able to explain clearly what the heck it really is. Ask people and you’ll hear, “Umm, be in the moment and SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING, uh, meditation.” But is it merely the latest fad? Actually, no. And there isn’t some looming deathmatch between mindfulness and neuroscience, between East and West. Research shows mindfulness works. We’ll look at how neuroscience and mindfulness line up, get real answers as to why our brains so often get anxious, sad, or angry and learn the research-backed way to be happier — and stay that way. Let’s get to it… Your Left Brain Is A Liar My grandmother didn’t like the word “liar.” The right side of your brain sees things pretty concretely. We need Lefty to give meaning to life. Lefty often screws up. Michael Gazzaniga, one of the top cognitive neuroscientists, did some brain studies in the 1970’s with Roger Sperry (who would later win the Nobel Prize.) Lefty can be way off base sometimes. Tags:

Origins Of Popular Jewish Surnames Correction, Jan. 29, 2014: Some of the sources used in the reporting of this piece were unreliable and resulted in a number of untruths and inaccuracies. The original post remains below, but a follow-up post outlining the errors, as well as further explanation, can be found here. Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names. In attempting to build modern nation-states, the authorities insisted that Jews take last names so that they could be taxed, drafted, and educated (in that order of importance). Until this period, Jewish names generally changed with every generation. Jews distrusted the authorities and resisted the new requirement. The easiest way for Jews to assume an official last name was to adapt the name they already had, making it permanent. In Yiddish or German, "son" would be denoted by "son" or "sohn" or "er." MATRONYMICS (daughter of …) The next most common source of Jewish last names is probably places. OTHER HEBREW- and YIDDISH-DERIVED NAMES