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2011-04-25 14:00:05

Thinking happy thoughts, focusing on the good and downplaying the bad is believed to accelerate recovery from depression, bolster resilience during a crisis and improve overall mental health. But a new study by University of Washington psychologists reveals that pursuing happiness may not be beneficial across all cultures. In a survey of college students, Asian respondents showed no relationship between positive emotions and levels of stress and depression. For European-American participants,...

2011-04-08 08:46:28

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Since the 1960s, meditation has been the focus of increasing scientific research. In over 1,000 published research studies, various methods of meditation have been linked to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activation, and other bodily processes. Now, meditation has been used in clinical settings as a method of stress and pain reduction. "This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the...

2011-02-28 16:16:47

New Research Shows Being Mindful Can Ease Fears of Death and Dying Death can be terrifying. Recognizing that death is inescapable and unpredictable makes us incredibly vulnerable, and can invoke feelings of anxiety, hatred and fear. But new research by George Mason University psychology professor Todd Kashdan shows that being a mindful person not only makes you generally more tolerant and less defensive, but it can also actually neutralize fears of dying and death. "Mindfulness is being open,...

2011-02-24 22:24:44

The body is a dancer's instrument, but is it attuned to the mind? A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that professional ballet and modern dancers are not as emotionally in sync with their bodies as are people who regularly practice meditation. UC Berkeley researchers tracked how closely the emotions of seasoned meditators and professional dancers followed bodily changes such as breathing and heart rates. They found that dancers who devote enormous time and effort...

2011-02-24 19:16:06

Deep meditation and spiritual support - mindfulness - can help people deal with life's difficulties The key to dealing with some of the challenges life throws at us - including pain, suffering, illness, grief and loss - is to truly appreciate the positive aspects of our life, and not simply focus on the negative. It is important to acknowledge the setbacks, but equal attention and value need to be given to what is going well. This lesson in living, based on the teachings of Buddha, is given...

2011-01-22 08:44:19

Mass. General-led study shows changes over time in areas associated with awareness, empathy, stress Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report the results of their study, the first to document...

2010-12-07 18:39:00

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy appears to be similar to maintenance antidepressant medication for preventing relapse or recurrence among patients successfully treated for depression, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Relapse and recurrence after recovery from major depressive disorder are common and debilitating outcomes that carry enormous personal, familial and societal costs," the authors write as...

2010-12-07 08:00:00

TORONTO, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ - A new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy -- using meditation -- provides equivalent protection against depressive relapse as traditional antidepressant medication.  The study published in the current issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry compared the effectiveness of pharmacotherapy with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) by studying people who were initially...

2010-11-16 00:00:55

Is it possible that dogs are wonderful teachers of mindfulness practice? According to psychologist Jonathan Kaplan dogs demonstrate an enviable level of concentration and focus on the present moment, and emulating these characteristics can help us feel more grounded and joyful, and less stressed. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) November 15, 2010 "Have you ever tried to eat lunch in front of a hungry dog?" asks Jonathan Kaplan, Ph.D., author of Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose...

2010-11-04 13:19:08

Positive psychological changes that occur during meditation training are associated with greater telomerase activity, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, San Francisco. The study is the first to link positive well-being to higher telomerase, an enzyme important for the long-term health of cells in the body. The effect appears to be attributable to psychological changes that increase a person's ability to cope with stress and...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.