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Why Mental Illness Saddens Me

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.03.2016 | Impact
Matt Hartman

These people suffering from mental illness, especially severe mental illness, are like the rest of us. They have dreams, hopes and feelings. Many, like the homeless man I regularly see, are full of intelligence, love, passion and resilience, yet we're blind to all of those qualities.

8 Companies with Enviable Wellness Perks

Alan Kohll | Posted 08.03.2016 | Business
Alan Kohll

Check out these eight companies that offer wellness perks we all want to take advantage of. Even if you don't have the means for these specific wellness perks, consider them as inspiration for innovative wellness ideas of your own.

Counter Computer Hunch and Boost Productivity With These 6 Tips

Diane Gottsman | Posted 08.03.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Whether you travel to a traditional office or telecommute from a coworking space, sitting for hours can lead to poor posture and pain, along with an assortment of other maladies. Spending multiple hours every day parked at your desk, hunched over a computer or smartphone takes a toll on your neck, shoulders, spine, and overall good health.

Marry Someone Smarter Than You Are

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 08.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Entrepreneur Jim Rohn famously said, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." While I am not convinced by the math behin...

Mental Wellness And Safe Spaces

Minaa B | Posted 08.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Minaa B

I am a strong believer in the idea that we absorb things on a conscious and unconscious level. Whether it be through the conversations that we are ...

New Body, New Mind, New Medicine

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Read More: By Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD   Since One of US (Deepak) Began Advocating the Mind-Body Connection Thirty Years Ago, A Time of Great Opposition Among Physicians to the Very Notion That Thoughts Have Physical Consequences, The Trend Has Been Entirely Against the Physicalist Position, i.e., That the Human Body Is a Machine That Needs Fixing When It Gets Broken.  One Research After Another Has Validated What Should Have Been Obvious in the First Place: Mind and Body Are Too Intimately Related to Be Seen as Separate Entities.   Several P, And Yet Which Have Had Minimal Impact in a Doctor's Daily Practice.     This Is an Impressive List of Mind-Body Insights, And the Rising Field of Integrative Medicine Takes Advantage of Them, Unlike Mainstream Medicine, Which Remains Wedded to Two Fix-Its: Drugs and Surgery. in the Ancient Indian System of Ayurveda One Can Find a Level of the Mind-Body Connection That Is Profound, And the Same Holds for Other Traditional Medicines Around the World. but for the Average Person, The Actual Pivot Point Where Positive Input Improves Well-Being Hasn't Been Touched.  Ultimately, The Mind-Body Connection Will Not Vie With the Physicalist (Body as Machine) Position Until It Is Proven That Cells, And Especially the Gene, Predictably Responds to Experience.   the Point Here Is That Experience, Although a Very Broad Term, Can Be Divided Into Positive Input for Our Cells or Negative Input. a Cell Innately Knows How to Thrive, Nourish Itself, Repair Damage, Repel Invaders, And Multiply Without Our Conscious Intervention. This Much Was Already Known in Modern Medical Science. What Wasn't Known and Slowly Became Convincing, Is That While the Cell Is Processing Its Own Existence Biologically, It Is Also Processing a Person’S Entire Range of Life Experience, From Birth to Death, From Joy to Sorrow, From Hopes to Fears, Optimism to Pessimism, Victory to Defeat, And on and On. Much of This Occurs via Epigenetics - Chemical Modifications to Our Genes Resulting in Changes in Their Activity (Expression) Programs.   What That Says, If You Extend the Logic, Turns Out to Be Both Simple and Radical. Perhaps Experience Holds the Key to Wellness, Healing, Anti-Aging, And Psychological Fulfillment. the Reason Each of These Things Has Become Impossibly Complex as Far as Medical Science Is Concerned Is That Experience Has Been Left Out of the Equation. in a Sense, We Have Treated the Human Body Like a Car Whose Engine We Understand Incredibly Well, Only We Insist There Is No Driver. Experience, Processed by the Mind and Recorded in Our Cells, Is the Driver in the Case of the Mind-Body System.   With That in Mind, Perhaps the Real Future of Healing, Wellness, Self-Care, And Anti-Aging Lies With Some Kind of "Experience Medicine, " or to Use a Better Term, Qualia Medicine. Qualia, From the Latin Word for Quality, Is What Each Experience Is All About. the Five Senses Deliver the Qualia of Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, And Smell. Our Emotions Color Experiences With Other Kinds of Qualia, Such as Happy, Sad, Hopeful, Anxious, Depressing, Etc. at the Deepest Level Our Hidden Beliefs, Wounds, And Lifelong Condition Cause US to Interpret Experience a Certain Way, Adding Another Level of Qualia.   the Mind-Body System Is an Almost Infinite Qualia Processor. Through Each Person's Unique Lens, Personal Reality Gets Created Day by Day, Minute by Minute. This, We Believe, Is the Pivot Point Where Experience Gets Metabolized Into Cellular Activity. Qualia Medicine Would Be Based on Quantifying How That Transformation Works. a Skeptic Would Say That the Whole Enterprise Is Apples and Oranges.  Qualia and Quantity Are Opposi, Or So It Seems. We Don't Say "I Need an Optimistic Bag of Flour" or "My Hope Weighs Seven Ounces." but There Actually Is a Junction Point, And It Is Very Real: the Cell. When a Cell Reacts to Your Feelings of Joy or Grief, Qualia Turns Into Quantity--a Feeling Gets Metabolized Into Changes in Gene Expression, Biochemistry, And Proteins in the Brain and Body. in the Same Way, When Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure, A State of Awareness Turns Into a Physical Change.   Skeptics Would Say That We May Have Misrepresented a Key Point. Meditation, They Would Claim, Is a Physical Process to Begin With, Occurring in the Brain, So the Actual Subjective Experience Doesn't Matter. but This Objection Is Misguided; It Is Mounted Simply to Defend Physicalism, Which as Research Abundantly Proves, Is Totally at Odds With the Mind-Body Connection. in the Placebo Effect, When Someone's Headaches Improve Because They Believe That a Dummy Sugar Pill Is Actual Medicine, The Outcome Is Physical but the Input (Believing That You Will Be Cured) Is Completely Mental. the Placebo Effect Is One of the Solidest Scientific Proofs of the Mind-Body Connection. We Will Cover This Topic in Our New Book, Currently Being Written.   We Choose to Celebrate the Victory of the Mind-Body Perspective. But, It Will Take a Fusion of Psychology, Genetics Research, Brain Studies, And Wisdom From the World's Healing Traditions to Actually Break Though to a Practical Kind of Qualia Medicine. the Challenge Is Clear, And So Is the Positive Trend Toward Solving It. on This Basis, The Possibility of Radical Well-Being Exists Here and Now, With Every Hope That It Will Expand Into an Unlimited Future.   Deepak Chopra MD, Founder of the Chopra Foundation and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Is a World-Renowned Pioneer in Integrative Medicine and Personal Transformation, And Is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism.  He Is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. the World Post and the Huffington Post Global Internet Survey Ranked Chopra #17 Influential Thinker, Including Numerous New York Times Bestsellers. His Latest Books Are , Potamkin Prize, The Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, And Was on the 2015 TIME100 Most Influential People in the World List. He Also Co-Authored the New York Times Bestseller, “Super Brain” and “Super Genes” With Dr. Deepak Chopra., Facp, GPS for the Soul News
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD Since one of us (Deepak) began advocating the mind-body connection thirty years ago, a time of grea...

5 Simple Yoga Poses To Soothe Your Aching Back

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 08.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Yoga can provide many benefits for people who are suffering from back pain–it can help increase strength in the back and abdominal muscles, promote ...

8 Summer Habits We Should Practice All Year Round

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 07.29.2016 | Healthy Living

Every summer the beach beckons us, vacations ramp up and the weather is toasty ― it’s no wonder we’re sad to see it go when the fall starts to m...

Saying No And Why It's Good For Your Soul

Tamara Grant | Posted 07.29.2016 | Women
Tamara Grant

A while ago, I was at the store and a woman came up to me and gave me a compliment on my skin. We talked for a moment and she went on to say that she ...

Women Unite: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.27.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Each week at The Pollination Project, we bring seven seed grant recipients to the center stage, shining a light on their passions to make the world a ...

5 Lessons About Being A Woman, Learned From My 94-Year-Old Great Aunt

Amy Schreibman Walter | Posted 07.26.2016 | Women
Amy Schreibman Walter

Ida passed away in the early hours of New Year's morning. I like to believe that she waited until after the ball had dropped, until after midnight, because she never liked to miss a party. She knew this would be the last party of her lifetime, and she stayed until the end.

This Insanely Fun Trampoline Workout Will End Your Boot Camp Boredom

Maya Kashyap | Posted 08.09.2016 | Healthy Living

We expect our workouts to produce results. But it’s the rare, truly revolutionary routine that leaves us feeling not just in shape, but closer to ou...

6 Big Nutrition Myths, Debunked By Experts

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 01.10.2017 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

We live in a society where many people tend to gravitate toward “black and white thinking” and extremes. The health and wellness industries are fr...

Biking On A Bus Is A Thing Now

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 07.26.2016 | Business

Have you ever been in the middle of a bike ride and thought, You know what would really make this better? If I were biking inside of a bus! If you’r...

Is There A Difference Between Employee Wellness And Employee Well-Being?

Alan Kohll | Posted 07.21.2016 | Business
Alan Kohll

A lot of people use the words "wellness" and "well-being" interchangeably. Still others define them as two separate concepts. I wanted to take a close...

Why It's So Important To Make Yourself A Priority

Rachael Yahne | Posted 07.20.2016 | Women
Rachael Yahne

Last week was a harrowing one, and with this Monday we begin again, facing a new week with a familiar sense of trepidation, of disharmony, of fear that we've come to expect if still not comfortable with. I'm certain as the national conventions kick off in both political parties this week, the unrest will continue. What I hope, sincerely but desperately, is that as conflict

Why Your Office Needs More Nature

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

He notes that most companies and interior designers pay scant attention to nature and sunlight exposure, or neglect them in order to keep costs down. But, he suggests, if we want to improve well-being at work, we may want to look at environmental factors more closely.

6 Lessons My Grandpa Taught Me

Alexis Shaak | Posted 07.22.2016 | Women
Alexis Shaak

On June 24, 2016, I lost one of the most important men in my life, my grandpa. Exactly one week after he entered the hospice program he took his last ...

The Sleep You Didn't Know You Were Missing

Hugo Mercier | Posted 07.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Hugo Mercier

So what exactly does this lesser-known phase of sleep do for your body? A lot, as it turns out, that you can't live without. Here's what you need to know about your brain on deep sleep.

Harness The Power Of Steadiness With 5 Key Steps

Brant Secunda and Mark Allen | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Brant Secunda and Mark Allen

When we start feeling like a yo-yo from all the highs to lows, we can practice these five key tips for regaining steadiness:

Anyone Can Do Yoga

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 07.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

I watched as her belly rose, her waist stretched for the corners of the room, and her chest lifted toward the ceiling. Just when I thought the exhale was approaching, she invited in more and more air, and then, as slowly as she took it in, she let it go.

5 Models Share Their Favorite Core Exercises

Teen Vogue | Posted 07.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Teen Vogue

For Teen Vogue, by Amanda Chan. Courtesy of Instagram/@iamiskra You hear a lot about how important it is to "strengthen your core," but what...

Women, It Is Time To Break Your Silence

Carol Bysiek | Posted 07.11.2016 | Women
Carol Bysiek

In the end, the only reason not to accommodate family friendly (and well-being friendly) policy changes is a collective will not to do so on the part of your management and society and an even stronger will to maintain the status quo.

Can Your Building Make You Healthier?

Dan Probst | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
Dan Probst

New building technology doesn't just score energy savings and corporate social responsibility points--it also boosts workplace wellness and employee p...

Trust Only Love

Psyched in San Francisco | Posted 07.11.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Psyched in San Francisco

We have to listen to the signals and not ignore them, of people trying to take advantage of us, of the pitfalls of taking a particular route in life, and internally, of the different emotions (including hate) and sensations that are trying to signal something to our conscious minds.