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How to break bad habits using neuroscience

How to break bad habits using neuroscience

Your brain is fundamentally lazy. When it can, it wires thoughts, emotions, or behaviors into circuits deep below the surface where they become automated. Automated thoughts, feelings or behaviours ARE habits. And habits allow your brain to work on autopilot. During the course of a day, hundreds of habits—automated chunks of thought, emotion, or behavior—come online… Continue Reading

Does meditation stress you out? Here’s what I do instead.

Does meditation stress you out? Here’s what I do instead.

Has mindfulness mediation become the latest bandwagon to jump on? Over the past few years I’ve written about mindfulness and meditation numerous times, both on this blog and elsewhere. I’ve read the research on the ‘neuroscience of meditation‘, and how such practices can ‘change your brain’, improve your health and wellbeing, and train your attention. I’m aware… Continue Reading

Nurture your mind and it will nurture your body.

Nurture your mind and it will nurture your body.

Today’s blog post ‘The Body Whisper’ comes from the wise and super smart Xian Hu, a.k.a. Mandy, who studied Neurobiology at the University of Amsterdam and majored in Science Communication. Who she is? A writer, a traveller and a dreamer. She is still searching for her voice in science writing, but to get an idea of her… Continue Reading

My top 5 brain health stories for 2014.

My top 5 brain health stories for 2014.

As 2014 draws to a close I’ve crunched the numbers and come up with the the top 5 most popular blog posts I’ve written this year. To everyone who has read, commented, shared or liked – THANK-YOU!!! Here are the top 5 most-read posts for 2014 (in descending order, just to keep the suspense!!).  Enjoy, and see… Continue Reading

Are you afraid of happiness? Take a quiz to find out.

Are you afraid of happiness? Take a quiz to find out.

Are you afraid of happiness? Take a quiz to find out. Underlying much of the traditional research on happiness is the assumption that personal happiness is a valuable goal that should be actively pursued: HAPPINESS is one of the most important values guiding individuals’ lives, if not the most important. UNHAPPINESS on the other hand is to be prevented,… Continue Reading

27 minutes of mindfulness meditation a day changes brain structure

27 minutes of mindfulness meditation a day changes brain structure

  I confess that I’m struggling with my new meditation practice. I’ve diagnosed myself with a severe case of monkey-mind. Monkey-mind = a buddhist term meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”. But I’m persisting with my study, and in the blog today I’m sharing with you some research that shows the brain’s… Continue Reading

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