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A Simple Formula for Growth

Tarif Shraim | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Tarif Shraim

We are a month into the New Year and, perhaps, it would be useful to dedicate this moment to taking stock of our nascent resolutions and intentions. ...

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress--Episode Eleven: The Dopamine Dialogues

Catherine Armsden | Posted 01.12.2016 | Women
Catherine Armsden

A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding cr...

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress -- Episode Ten: Is the Honeymoon Over?

Catherine Armsden | Posted 01.04.2016 | Women
Catherine Armsden

A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding creative work of their careers.

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress--Episode Nine: The Dopamine Diaries

Catherine Armsden | Posted 12.21.2015 | Women
Catherine Armsden

A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding cr...

The Scientific Reasons Why Introverts And Extroverts Are Different

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living

This article first appeared on QuietRev.com I’m standing in the crowd in front of the stage at the small gritty music club. My two friends&mdas...

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress--Episode Three: Not the Worst Thing

Catherine Armsden | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Armsden

People often describe someone who's risen above great challenges as having an "indomitable spirit." For those with a serious illness, I believe indomitability might begin organically, not by choice, during a drawn-out diagnostic process.

The Neuroscience of Witches

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 10.29.2015 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

Sex, bias, and mind-bending properties of natural products are at the core of witchcraft. The Tarot cards and highly intuitive witches who read them in New Orleans were fun, but all of this natural and supernatural human behavior--witch's brews, witchcraft, and witch hunts--is neuroscience.

How to Stimulate Your Sense of Wonder

James Stoddah | Posted 10.26.2015 | GPS for the Soul
James Stoddah

We are all motivated by different triggers. Creative people can find wonder in art, music or a book; spiritual people can find it in their faith or search for personal enlightenment but it's often found in something as simple as the conclusion to a good film, video game or personal achievement.

A Little Good News for a Change

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

A while back there was one of those "Maybe-I just-need-to-stop-reading-the-newspaper-for-a-while days. There wasn't a lot of uplifting news in the wor...

Runner's High Is A Lot More Complicated Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living

It turns out that the runner's high isn't just thanks to endorphins. The hormone leptin, which is more commonly associated with appetite,...

Overcoming Garden Variety Moodiness

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Ever feel moody without it descending into a full blown mood disorder? Moody usually means that you're disappointed in someone, something or in yours...

Using Music to Help Change Your Genes

Dawson Church | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dawson Church

That song you can't get out of your head might be doing something more than prompting you to hum the tune, according to a new scientific study on genes and music.

Losing One's 'Dopamine Fix'

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

After my husband died, I had a very hard time adjusting to singlehood. Although living in a retirement community helped me survive those awful first m...

This Is Your Brain On Love

Fusion | Taryn Hillin | Posted 02.13.2015 | World

They don’t call love a drug for nothing. When we fall for someone, our brains release a cocktail of chemicals, creating feelings of euphoria and ple...

Hacking Into Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins and Oxytocin

Thai Nguyen | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Thai Nguyen

Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are the quartet responsible for our happiness. Many events can trigger these neurotransmitters, but rather than being in the passenger seat, there are ways we can intentionally cause them to flow.

Tinder and Human Nature: How and Why Tinder Works

Ross A. Rosenberg | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross A. Rosenberg

"Chemistry" is not just the inexplicable adrenaline-charged sensation when two would-be lovers meet. It is the igniter, the catalyst for all forms o...

Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up?

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Barry Kaufman

Introversion is one of the most misunderstood dimensions of personality. What is the essence of introversion? Let's explore the core of the extraversion-introversion dimension of personality.

'I Woke Up and I Could Walk': Sleep as a Cure for Neurological Disease

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

The miracles of sleep are too numerous for the scope of this article, but there is plenty of undisputed evidence to show that healthy sleep improves our mood, our heart, our ability to eat healthy, to exercise, and perform at our best during the day at work or school. It is even linked to lower cancer rates. But can it take away what appears to be Parkinson's disease and make a little girl walk?

Teenagers With Anxiety and Depression: There's Hope -- Big Hope

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

I recently began a series of classes on mindfulness and meditation to help those challenged with chronic pain, depression and/or anxiety. About two we...

Stop! Don't Buy That! Be Happy!

Nancy Deville | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Deville

Conspicuous consumption is kind of a fun concept. We've all done it. Clothing. Cars. Jewelry. Homes. Does buying more things make you happier? Actuall...

Having Guts Could Solve All Our Economic Problems

James C. Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
James C. Gibson

When I played soccer in college I noticed there was one thing every one of my teammates had in common. They all had confidence. After the long years o...

A Breakthrough In Understanding Restless Legs Syndrome?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

For a condition that has often confounded experts, and caused such discomfort, disruption, and sleeplessness to so many patients, this study brings both welcome and encouraging news.

Scans Yield Big Surprise About Beer's Effect On Brain

Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

By: Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 04/15/2013 01:31 PM EDT on LiveScience The taste of beer, without its alcoholic effects, may ...

Why Can't I Curb My Cravings?

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

Although curbing cravings can be difficult, particularly if you are already in a pattern of indulging, it is possible to better understand your cravings and make even small changes that have a lasting impact on your willpower.

Winter Blues and How to Make New Year's Resolutions Stick

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Why do we seem so incapable of accomplishing a goal that we set for ourselves and truly desire? Part of the answer has to do with timing. Winter is not an ideal season to successfully execute big changes.