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Brain Neuroplasticity

Pixar's ‘Inside Out' Reminds Us to Manage Emotions by Training Our Brain

Richard J. Davidson | Posted 07.24.2016 | Home
Richard J. Davidson

Thanks to neuroplasticity, we know that the brain's structure and function can change throughout life, even as adults. It means you can train your brain to better manage which emotions surface when and for how long. So how do you move emotions like anger and sadness to the backseat to make room for more joy and to increase well-being?

Why Mindfulness Should Be Part Of Your Everyday Life

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

The areas that are exercised when we practice mindfulness have to do with what we call ''direct experience.'' When we're experiencing something directly, we're fully enveloped by whatever we're doing. We are not thinking about the past, the future, or even about ourselves.

A Radical Shift to Better Pain Relief

Peter Abaci, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Peter Abaci, M.D.

I want to propose a radical shift to how we approach treating chronic pain. In very basic terms, I suggest that we redirect treatment toward remodeling the brain as opposed to just focusing our attentions and therapies on painful body parts like the back or neck.

Mental Health Notes: Stuart Smalley and Neuroplasticity

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

What we now know about neural functioning indicates pretty strongly that what we think can and does change our brain. In the last 20 years there has been an explosion of new understanding in brain science.

How Meditation Changes Our Brains

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

By using our attention during a mindful meditation, we are training our brain to become more and more connected to the current moment. This has the effect of allowing ourselves to see what's actually happening, without getting caught in our opinion of the situation.

Being Predictable -- the Relationship Kiss of Death

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Reardon

Being predictable does two things none of us should want: (1) Makes us easily managed by others who know how we'll react, and (2) Makes us boring. Neither is good for relationships, personal or professional.