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10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today

10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today
Editor's Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list. Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. It’s also no surprise that it’s the Nr.1 value for Buffer’s culture, if you see our slidedeck about it. So naturally we are obsessed with it. I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. 1.Exercise more--7 minutes might be enough You might have seen some talk recently about the scientific 7 minute workout mentioned in The New York Times. Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it’s actually been proven to be an effective strategy for overcoming depression. The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate. You don’t have to be depressed to gain benefit from exercise, though. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 8. 9.

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Don't Be Scared If Your Surgeon Is Wearing Google Glass In The Operating Room For most people, Google Glass still seems like little more than a gimmick. But in health care, doctors are already finding uses for the technology that could one day save your life. Five years down the line, don't be surprised if surgeons are wearing Google Glass in the operating room. In fact, some surgeons--in San Francisco, naturally--are early adopters of the technology already. At Rock Health's recent Health Innovation Summit, Dr. Pierre Theodore, a cardiothoracic surgeon at UCSF Medical Center, described his experience wearing Google Glass while performing surgery, using the glasses to compare the patient's CAT scan images with what he was seeing in front of him.

Interview - Stanford Professor Jennifer Aaker on how to increase happiness and meaning in life: Is a little bit of awe what you need to be a better person? Is your calendar the secret to happiness? What makes for a meaningful life? These are some of the things I talked about with my friend Jennifer. She’s a professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and has published fascinating papers on happiness, meaning, money and how we spend our time.

Increase in cerebral blood flow of right prefrontal cortex in man during orgasm Abstract The functional anatomy of human emotional responses has remained poorly understood, mainly because invasive experiments in humans are unacceptable due to ethical reasons. The new functional imaging techniques such as positron emission tomography and single photon emission computed tomography have made it possible to study the neurophysiology of living humans non-invasively. We studied the regional cerebral blood flow with semi-quantitative 99mTC-HMPAO single photon emission computed tomography in eight healthy right-handed heterosexual males during orgasm. The results showed decrease of cerebral blood flow during orgasm in all other cortical areas except in right prefrontal cortex, where the cerebral blood flow increased significantly (P < 0.005).

How much sleep do we really need to work productively? 9.5K Flares 9.5K Flares × Every one of us, on average, will be sleeping 24 years in our lifetime. That’s a pretty long time if you ask me and makes it even more important to know exactly how the phenomenon of sleep impacts us. And still, there are so many unanswered questions evolving around sleep and how much we need of it. In fact, Most of what we know about sleep we’ve learned in the past 25 years. One of the biggest problems I’ve discovered is that sleep is such an over talked topic.

Emotional Energy In this discussion we will discuss energy focus and manipulation. How you utilize this information and what you do with it, is solely on you. I am simply providing information to help people understand how it works and to get you started on whatever path you choose to walk upon. This Roofie-Detecting Glass Could Prevent Date Rape Memory-melting roofies, aka date rape drugs--which lurk odorless, colorless, and tasteless in drinks--may have met their match. DrinkSavvy, a new line of glassware, plastic cups, straws, and stirrers, detects their presence. When a drink is spiked, stop sign-red stripes show up on the cup’s sides; the clear straw or stirrer changes color, too.

Seven Habits of Optimistic People Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and enjoy health benefits such as fewer colds, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and a longer life. That’s something to smile about. "Children are born optimists and over the course of time, life happens," says Jason Wachob, cofounder and CEO of the healthy living website "Circumstances change and cynicism sets in, but deep down most of us want to get back to the optimism of our childhood."

Writing - for health and happiness? 17 August 2013Last updated at 01:11 GMT By Cathy Edwards Health Check, BBC World Service There are risks and benefits to sharing your emotions online Decades of research have shown that writing down your emotions has concrete health benefits - even helping wounds heal. But as more and more people publish their intimate feelings online, could they be doing themselves more harm than good? High-profile coverage of cyberbullying might make sharing your deepest emotions online sound like a bad idea, but when it comes to the risks and benefits of writing online, advice is mixed. The American Academy of Pediatrics, for example, suggests questions about social media are included in visits to the doctor, a move prompted by worries about cyberbullying, internet addiction and sleep deprivation.

5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Nap Every Day I am a habitual nap-taker. I take one almost every day and have for years. I used to feel a little guilty about it—like I was slacking off or something. Then Sam Moore, my predecessor at Thomas Nelson, admitted to me he too was a napper. Fight or Flight" To produce the fight-or-flight response, the hypothalamus activates two systems: the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal-cortical system. The sympathetic nervous system uses nerve pathways to initiate reactions in the body, and the adrenal-cortical system uses the bloodstream. The combined effects of these two systems are the fight-or-flight response. When the hypothalamus tells the sympathetic nervous system to kick into gear, the overall effect is that the body speeds up, tenses up and becomes generally very alert. If there's a burglar at the door, you're going to have to take action -- and fast.

10 ways to sneak in a workout on a busy day Originally published September 1, 2013 at 5:08 AM | Page modified September 2, 2013 at 7:28 AM We are all busy. Even I, who has built a career out of shooting down “I don’t have time to workout” excuses, have days where my schedule is so jampacked there aren’t enough minutes in the day for a full workout. The Number One Cause of Suffering According to Buddhism (and What You Can Do ... Ever heard of the four noble truths of Buddhism? If you haven’t, it’s basically the four principles of life that govern Buddhism philosophy. They are: The truth of suffering (dukkha)The truth of the cause of suffering (samudaya)The truth of the end of suffering (nirhodha)The truth of the path that frees us from suffering (magga) In this article, we’re going to talk about the second noble truth on what causes our suffering and then discuss strategies we can use to overcome it.