I was very interested to read this BBC article, and have found that optimism can be learnt. We can work with the brain to enable and empower ourselves. To read more about this study see below.
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Mindfulness has been backed up with a lot of scientific evidence proving that mindfulness is an activity anyone can undertake to be more happy with life.
"Put simply, mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment. It draws on eastern meditation traditions and was introduced as a clinical therapy in the 1970s by American professor Jon Kabat-Zinn. Therapeutically, it trains people to focus their minds and understand that negative thoughts may come and go..."
A lot of research has been carried out on mindfulness and has proved it has many benefits when practiced at work.
"There is an increasingly nuanced understanding of the potential benefits and risks of mindfulness strategies (including meditation and yoga) in the workplace. A recent Harvard Business Review article entitled “How Meditation Benefits CEOs”discusses the empirical research that has established the effectiveness of mindfulness strategies for enhancement of resilience, emotional intelligence, empathy, creativity, and mental focus.
The neuroscience of mindfulness techniques also is more convincing than ever. This research demonstrates that mindfulness techniques can induce..."
Great 5 steps that can help you sidestep Alzheimer's disease.
"Alzheimer's disease is characterized by progressive damage to nerve cells and their connections. The result is devastating and includes memory loss, impaired thinking, difficulties with verbal communication, and even..."
Many people think meditation can only be done sitting still, but that is far from being true. Meditation involves taking the mind to a peaceful place and encouraging self-development.
"Contrary to popular belief, meditation doesn't always mean sitting in lotus pose with your eyes closed. In fact, most people are unaware that you can practice meditation virtually anywhere -- sitting still is not a requirement..."
There are so many benefits that a person practicing mindful meditation can enjoy.
"Everyone gets stressed, and we all deal with our stress in different ways — meditation, exercise, or eating chocolate, to name a few examples. But new research out of Carnegie Mellon’s psychology department shows that mindfulness meditation, a state of focusing on the present and interacting nonjudgementally with thoughts, may..."
Yoga is really beneficial for anyone and it can help those with excess stress in their lives. Yael Stone is an advocate of this and helps to combat ill physical and mental health by teaching yoga in a New York shelter.
"When she’s not portraying inmate Lorna Morello on the Netflix prison drama Orange Is The New Black, Yael Stone chips away at the trauma caused by incarceration in an unexpected way..."
Just like yoga and meditation, a hobby like knitting will decrease the stress you may be experiencing in your busy and active life. You may even be able to sell on your knitting pieces!
"Dr. Herbert Benson, a mind-body medicine pioneer and author of The Relaxation Response, says that the repetitive movement of needlework can encourage a relaxed mind/body state just like you get from meditation and yoga. It can even lower..."