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Robert Piper
Robert Piper is a speaker, journalist, and author of Meditation Muscle: America's New Workout for the Mind to Increase Happiness, Build Resiliency, and Excel Under Pressure. He has a rescue dog named Lucille. You can find him at his website on Facebook and Twitter.

Entries by Robert Piper

Changing Chicago: Reducing Violence in the Windy City

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Chicago is home to some of the greatest architecture, culture, food and people in the country. Frank Sinatra sang about the people in the song My Kind of Town he said, "My kind of people, too. People who smile at you." If you walk along North Ave Beach during the...

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Meet Gander a Celebrity Amongst Dogs

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:29 PM


Gander is a celebrity; everywhere he goes he's photographed, on Facebook he has over 250,000 Facebook likes. Gander is a service dog, one of several in America that help improve the quality of life for thousands of people with disabilities. Service dogs are...

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Veterans Find Help From Horses

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 1:16 PM

2014-08-29-Horse1.jpg (Photo Credit: Tricia Carzoli)

Several different cultures around the world have depended on horses for thousands of years. There are many different theories that suggest horses may have begun being domesticated around 4,500-2,000 BC. Horses have been used for battle, to gather...

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Veterans' Well-Being: Improving Veterans Access to Health Care

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 3:33 PM

America's military is made up of brave men and women who put their lives on line by volunteering to serve and protect their country. They should get access to healthcare that they deserve. Veterans should be given more options for their healthcare; they shouldn't have to be put on a...

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Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Anderson: On Life, Snowboarding and Staying Calm

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Watching Jamie Anderson go down a hill on a snowboard is similar to listening to a well-performed Beethoven Concerto No. 5: It's smooth, flawless, and exquisite. She recently took gold in the first-ever women's slopestyle snowboarding event in Sochi with a performance that will go down in history.


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The Mental Game: Why High Performance Athletes Should Meditate

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 11:18 AM

How many times in a conversation about sports have you heard the phrase, "It's all mental"? Well in one way or another, it's true. A mind that is not under control is a mind that makes mistakes. Mistakes that could lose a game. Extreme stress causes a wild mind. Stress...

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What You Should Know About Some of the Most Vulnerable Children in America

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 9:27 AM

Childhood hunger is a major epidemic occurring in America; It's estimated that one out of five children suffer from it. Some of the most vulnerable children in America are going to school without being fed, and its impacting every area of their academic performance and lives.


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Happiness Is in the Belly

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 5:17 PM

I like happiness a lot. I look at all the latest scientific evidence on the subject, I study it in myself. I try to engage with as many people as possible who are happy. I exercise because I love the happiness feeling that you get when you're done. But out...

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Change the World With One Simple Act at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:56 PM

Changing the world starts with very simple acts done on a daily basis. It starts first with changing our habits, beliefs, and roles we have within society, by becoming more mindful of the actions we are partaking in on a day-to-day basis. It starts with understanding our emotions, and the...

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Your Cell Phone Is Not Part of Your Body -- You Can Let It Go

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 3:31 PM

A recent Internet trends report by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers suggested that the average person checks their smartphone 150 times a day. I see this problem as one of the biggest plagues in our society since the bubonic plague.

The only difference between the "cell phone...

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Why Is America Not Really Happy?

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:59 PM

America is a country home to some of the richest and most successful people in the world. A country that leads the world in trends, that gave birth to Google, and that introduced the world to Facebook. Go to any city in the world and you'll probably hear an American...

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10 Reasons Why Every Athlete in the World Should Meditate

(15) Comments | Posted June 15, 2013 | 10:24 AM

With all the scientific evidence coming out in the past several years, meditation is becoming something that can't be overlooked. As anyone who's ever played a sport knows, the biggest opponent is always inside. Meditation gives you ways to come to terms with this opponent.

It doesn't matter what...

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6 Reasons Why Everyone in Corporate America Should Meditate

(6) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 2:36 PM

Let's face it -- we all want to lounge in the sun all day on a beach in Hawaii. But we just can't, we have to go to work and go head to head with stressors that follow the daily grind coming from corporate America.

A survey...

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10 Reasons Why Meditation Is America's New Push-Up for the Brain

(49) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 8:20 AM

The push-up is an incredible tool to help you get in great physical shape; that's why it's used in almost every gym in America. With all the scientific evidence pointing to mindfulness meditation, the practice is literally becoming America's next push-up for the brain.

Here are 10 reasons why...

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America's New Workout for the Brain

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 6:04 PM

Half of America exercises at least three or more times a week. I'm not sure why at least half of Americans don't do meditation, considering the benefits. America is one of the most resilient countries in the world; the DNA of this country is made up of people...

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Meditation: The Diamond in the Rough

(2) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Running marathons is cool. Triathlons are cool. Tough Mudder -- an event that hosts a 10-12 mile obstacle course that was designed by the British Special Forces -- is cool.

Lighting incense, closing your eyes, and listening to hippie music is currently not cool. I see possibly...

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Revolutionizing Healthcare in America: An Interview About Changing the System

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 11:14 AM

America's healthcare system is broken. As a nation, we spend up to $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs. About 65 percent of Americas are overweight, and almost 75 percent of America's health care costs are spent on preventable diseases. A recent documentary entitled

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Working to Improve the Lives of Veterans: Project Welcome Home Troops

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 3:44 PM

The human brain is one of the most resilient and sophisticated pieces of matter in the universe. Countless stories in history of individuals overcoming some of the most extreme hardships are the result of a resilient brain. Project Welcome Home Troops is working to improve the quality of life for...

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Why Every CEO in America Should Be Encouraging Meditation in the Work Place

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 1:57 PM

Ingrained into the fabric of America is the idea that we have to be the best. There's nothing wrong with that idea; this is a country that gave birth to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and even put a man on the moon.

However, stress is beating us up really badly....

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The Future of Health Care: Military and Special Forces' Use of Integrative Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 6:08 PM

The future of health care in America and the world at large is integrative medicine. Things like mind-body practices, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, nutrition, and other complementary practices are here to stay.

The Samueli Institute is one of several organizations looking to make integrative medicine available to society as a whole;...

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