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7 New Strategies for Happiness

7 New Strategies for Happiness | CALM | Scoop.it

New research from the science of positive psychology has found a number of practical exercises you can do to boost your happiness and decrease your depression.

Choose one of the following 7 exercises and practice it for 1 week...


- See more at: http://blog.viapros.org/2013/01/03/7-new-strategies-for-happiness/#sthash.HrGv5n1R.dpuf

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How to Manage Negativity and Use It to Your Advantage

How to Manage Negativity and Use It to Your Advantage | CALM | Scoop.it
We live in a world of ups and downs, but handling the positive aspects tends to come a bit easier than the negative. With the right skill set, however, you can manage negativity when it comes your way.
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7 Reasons You Should Meditate

7 Reasons You Should Meditate | CALM | Scoop.it

Sitting in total silence, palms facing upward and eyes closed, mouthing the traditional "Ommmmm" sounds, would seem a practice for monks and other ascetic humans. Turns out, various types of mindful meditation (no Tibetan temple needed) can fit perfectly into the lives of a 9-to-5 business man or woman. And plenty of science suggests the benefits can be great. Here are seven enlightening benefits from Mind Games.

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Better sex, better problem-solving, the list goes on ...

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When you're at rest, your brain's right side hums

When you're at rest, your brain's right side hums | CALM | Scoop.it
There's plenty of brain activity even when people are thinking nothing at all.

here's plenty of brain activity even when people are thinking nothing at all. But it's the brain's right side — for most people the less-dominant half — that stays busiest while you're at rest, according to surprising new findings.

Researchers found that during periods of wakeful rest, the right hemisphere of the brain chatters more to itself than the left hemisphere does. It also sends more messages to the left hemisphere than vice versa. Surprisingly, this remains true whether the owner of the brain is left- or right-handed.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/10/18/when-youre-at-rest-your-brain-right-side-hums/#ixzz2abLSg7zf


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The benefits of doing nothing at all! I feel more calm already! 

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How To Turn Your Run Into A Meditation

How To Turn Your Run Into A Meditation | CALM | Scoop.it

By Headspace Running most certainly has its benefits: It's good for our hearts and our heads. Many have turned running into a daily habit. And while there's much to gain from performing the physical activity, there's a lot we're missing out on when we slip into a semi-conscious state when doing the exercise. It’s pretty normal for the mind to wander when you’re running, regardless of whether the thoughts are related to the running itself, or something quite separate. But the only way to ensure that you’re performing to the very best of your ability, is to leave the thinking behind and allow the body and mind to work together with a combined physical and mental focus. So here is a mindfulness exercise from the meditation experts at Headspace to use next time you go for your run.

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Excellent step by step guide to getting more out of the mind while moving the body...

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The Moments In-Between Are Moments Worth Treasuring - 7 Tips for Mindfulness

The Moments In-Between Are Moments Worth Treasuring - 7 Tips for Mindfulness | CALM | Scoop.it
What too many of us realize too late in life is that the more impatient we become with the waiting, the less we enjoy where we are and what we have right now.


If you want to enjoy the future, you must relish the present, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Each moment has it’s purpose and no moment is ever wasted, unless we, ourselves, waste it. 


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Learning to live in the now...not the past and not the future...but what exists between these two extremes...this moment. Full article 

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Change Your Life With This Simple Exercise

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Gratitude is a foundational strength. When you feel gratitude, a lot of other strengths can be built on top. For instance, the ability to love and be loved would be difficult, if not impossible, without gratitude.

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John Michel's curator insight, July 29, 2013 1:55 PM

Gratitude is the thankful appreciation of things received, whether tangible or intangible. It helps us connect with something outside ourselves, often transcendent and larger than ourselves. I have been practicing a gratitude exercise, and you can do it too. It's very simple. Each night I reflect on my day. I recall three things I'm grateful for and write them in a gratitude journal. The things I'm grateful for are those amazing moments, wonderful conversations with friends and family, or even just watching birds or squirrels going about their business. It might be a moment of beauty that is striking or uplifting.

Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, July 29, 2013 3:53 PM
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Very nice article (based on scientific reserch) about importance of gratitude. in addition to the mentioned excercises, I would also say:

- "use" other people like a mirror to understand who you are because when for instance you are angry with somebody, it's not the other person's fault but it is a way to feel what kind of emotions you have inside. if you accept to change perspective and start to say "which part of myself can I see through this person/situation?" Then you will rapidly evolve and you will have the key to give a different direction to Life!

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 29, 2013 7:15 PM

"Being grateful for people and things in my life makes me more aware of my own good fortune, and it helps rewire my brain to be more optimistic. If you are feeling down, how blue can you feel if you have a fat journal of things you are grateful for? Writing my gratitude journal keeps me mindful and aware of what's great in my life. I've noticed clients who have practiced this exercise are happier, far less stressed and get through their day with less difficulty than they used to."

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Use Yogic Breathing To Calm Down In 6 Seconds

Use Yogic Breathing To Calm Down In 6 Seconds | CALM | Scoop.it
To calm down when we're flustered or angry, most therapists teach us to use our breathing. Everyone thinks that the secret is in the inhalation. The more I can inhale and fill my lung, the more calm I am, right? 
Wrong. 
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Managing Stress - Brainsmart - BBC

Brainsmart website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/brainsmart/ Stress is all too natural. But here are some tips for keeping it under control.
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Fun and informative 2 minute video explaining the biological process of stress and how to handle stress more effectively. 

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Coping Skills

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This page lists positive coping skills for difficult times.

Essentially taking an active role in your healing ('approach coping') is better than taking a passive role or avoiding the problem. Approach/tackle coping means learning about your condition (be it PTSD or other), learning coping skills and seeking social support. Things not to do are going into denial, self blame and partying too hard. Those are called avoidance coping and they keep you from healing more quickly. (Bloks et al., 2004)

Other helpful things that researchers recommend are activities such as moderate exercise, information seeking and relaxation. (Broder, 1996)

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This list of coping skills is hard to read but good content about grounding, staying present, breathing, stress and effective boundaries. 

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My two selves went walking

My two selves went walking | CALM | Scoop.it

My two selves went walking through the woods of Glad Mountain. 

The first Me took my iPhone, complete with the RunKeeper app to track my progress. My stride was purposeful and measured. My goal: to walk the 1.9 mile loop of descents and inclines at a brisk enough pace to strengthen muscles, burn calories, and build bone mass.

Later, the other Me took a walk. I took my iPhone, but this time the app was set on Instagram. My stride was easy and relaxed. My goal: to walk the 1.9 mile loop and drink in the beauty of God’s creative genius.

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An illustraion of intentionality and life balance. 

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» 20 Ways to Relax & Unwind

» 20 Ways to Relax & Unwind | CALM | Scoop.it
Sometimes when we’re exhausted, we gravitate toward activities that drain us even more. Or we think we don’t deserve to take a break, so we ignore our
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Compassionate Mind, Healthy Body

Compassionate Mind, Healthy Body | CALM | Scoop.it

Decades of clinical research has explored the psychology of human suffering. Yet that suffering, as unpleasant as it is, often has a bright side: compassion.'

 

Human suffering often inspires beautiful acts of compassion by people wishing to help relieve that suffering. What led 26.5 percent of Americans to volunteer in 2012 (according to statistics from the US Department of Labor)? What propels someone to serve food at a homeless shelter, pull over on the highway in the rain to help someone with a broken down vehicle, or feed a stray cat?

 

By Emma Seppala

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/compassionate_mind_healthy_body

 


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Compassion is the best medicine for suffering.

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Mindfulness: Finding ways to calm the busy brain

Mindfulness: Finding ways to calm the busy brain | CALM | Scoop.it

“It’s hard on our brains – being connected all the time,” Hillesheim says. “If you never get a break from it, you operate like it’s the norm.”


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 21, 2013 1:46 AM

In the constantly connected world we live in, this is big.

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Meditation for Beginners | The Mindfulness Meditation Institute

Meditation for Beginners | The Mindfulness Meditation Institute | CALM | Scoop.it
Meditation for beginners is often quite confusing. This article takes the mystery out of meditation for beginners through clear and simple guidelines.
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Relaxation_Exercises.pdf

This relaxation resource guide was produced at the Trauma Center, with the funding of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), under a

federal Anti-Terrorism Supplemental Grant (ATSG), to aid Victims of and Responders to the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. It is not intended to

supplant professional support.

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Relaxation Exercises

Nice simple instructions for basic and proven relaxation tecniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, meditation on the breath, and guided imagery. Scooped by Amy Fuller PhD

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The Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure

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The Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure

8 habits that stimulate your vagus nerve and keep you calm, cool, and collected.

When was the last time that you had to perform gracefully in a high-pressure situation? How did you handle it? Did you choke or did you have grace under pressure? Researchers continue to confirm that daily habits of mindset and behavior can create a positive snowball effect through a feedback loop linked to stimulating your vagus nerve.

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This is an excellent explaination of how calm looks and is created in the body. The author describes in plain language how the vagus nerve creates calm and provides practices which are not exacty what you would expect, but definelty worthy of reading! 

Quote: As with any mind-body feedback loop, messages also travel "downstream" from your conscious mind through the vagus nerve signaling your organs to create an inner-calm so you can “rest-and-digest” during times of safety or to prepare your body for “fight-or-flight” in dangerous situations.

The neurobiology of grace under pressure

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Self-Compassion Step by Step - Kristin Neff

Self-Compassion Step by Step - Kristin Neff | CALM | Scoop.it

A Six-Session Training Course for Transforming Your Relationship with Yourself

6.5 CE credits available!

Why does it feel so natural to be compassionate and kind to those we care about—yet so hard to treat ourselves the same way? "Our culture teaches us to use self-criticism for motivation and to build self-esteem by constantly measuring ourselves against everyone else," says Dr. Kristin Neff. "We need to re-learn the essential skill of being genuinely nurturing and supportive toward ourselves." With Self-Compassion Step by Step, this groundbreaking researcher reveals the clinically proven power of self-kindness, with practical training for cultivating an enduring and unshakable sense of your fundamental human worthiness.

 

Self-Compassion: The Mainstay of Happiness and Well-Being

 

Course objectives:

Define self-compassion as a practice to increase happiness, optimism, and curiosity in our lives, while decreasing anxiety, depression, and stress.

 

Discuss how self-compassion motivates with love—providing clear vision and nurturance needed to reach our full potential

 

Discuss how to turn toward our emotions withcuriosity, openness, and non-judgement to counter the Default Mode Network.


Define empathy, self-esteem, loving kindness, and equanimity as related to compassion for ourselves, our loved ones, and all beings.

 

Practice and utilize guided meditations and experiential exercises in mindfulness meditation, loving kindness, interconnectedness, and working with difficult emotions as a way to embrace our lives and cultivate kindness toward ourselves.

 


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Don Karp's curator insight, August 16, 2013 11:05 PM

I'd never realized the relationship of self-confidence to self-compassion. In fact I'd never considered the concept ot self-compassion. This is good!

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How to Calm Your Inner Critic ...In 5 Minutes A Day

How to Calm Your Inner Critic ...In 5 Minutes A Day | CALM | Scoop.it

How to Calm Your Inner Critic ...In 5 Minutes A Day

Do you have a voice inside your head that just won't let up? That points out all your flaws, mistakes and screw ups? That if you're wondering if you look fat, assures you that you do? Or when nervo...

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Tranquility Quotes: 18 Peaceful Sayings To Bring Calm

Tranquility Quotes: 18 Peaceful Sayings To Bring Calm | CALM | Scoop.it
Peace, calm and serenity: three components of The Huffington Post's Oasis that make it the tranquil space it is. Attendees have been seen napping, practicing yoga and clearing their heads.
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Great quotes about peace, calm and tranquiity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/tranquility-quotes-peace-sayings-calm_n_1854917.html 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 2013 7:37 PM

I liked this. We need more oases for peace, calm and serenity

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Acceptance Of What Can't Be Changed Is Key To Satisfaction In Later Life ... - Huffington Post

Acceptance Of What Can't Be Changed Is Key To Satisfaction In Later Life ... - Huffington Post | CALM | Scoop.it

new study has found that during the difficult changes of later life -- moving into residential care and losing a certain level of independence -- an acceptance of what can't be changed is a major predictor of life satisfaction.

Researchers at Deakin University in Australia found that when it comes to life satisfaction in one's later years, the ability to accept what cannot be changed is equally important to the feeling of being able to exert control over one's life.


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13 Ways to be Happier

13 Ways to be Happier | CALM | Scoop.it
Without realising it, many of our thought habits get in the way of our happiness and cause us to get stuck into negative patterns of thinkin
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5 Unique Ways to Forgive and Let Go

5 Unique Ways to Forgive and Let Go | CALM | Scoop.it

The past has no power over the present moment. Eckhart Tolle

 

There is great value in every act of forgiveness.  You can forgive yourself, you can forgive others, and you can forgive even when you don’t know exactly who to forgive, because forgiveness is not about who is to blame or who is at fault.  It is about letting go, completely and permanently within yourself.


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Ivo Nový's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:46 AM

great article from http://www.marcandangel.com

Tony Kent's curator insight, July 10, 2013 11:17 PM

Whatever way to helps you forgive and move on...use it. Forgiveness is one of the 7 secrets of Making a Magical Life!

 

"Forgiveness refreshingly cleans the slate and enables you to step forward.  Here are five unique ways to make this step possible:" http://buff.ly/15xyJYQ

 

www.MakeYourLifeMagical.com/Discover

Nebiyu Hailemichael's curator insight, July 11, 2013 6:51 AM

Forgiveness is the key to cure and restore our inner peace. Through forgiveness we can get rid of any wrong doing and get the wisdom to love others. Forgiveness helps us to maintain good relationship with people around us. Without forgiveness we never be loved by people and our creature. 

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The Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy - Spirituality and Practice

The Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy

spiritual practices from all traditions . . . the letters to know to read the world spiritually and to spell meaning in daily life

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 12, 2013 12:34 AM

This is a really cool resource! The Alphabet of Spiritual Literacycreated by  Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat is a list of beautiful words which are actually spiritual practices from A to Z from all traditions. In the right column, each word has its own explanation with quotations, stories, books, book excerpts, film, music, art, spiritual exercises, etc. Blessings! Amy Fuller PhD

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Sacred Selfishness: A Guide to Living a Life of Substance

Jungian analyst, Dr. Bud Harris talks about his book, Sacred Selfishness: A Guide to Living a Life of Substance. He defines Sacred Selfishness as valuing our...
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A book about what it means to live and be fully human.

The first chapter of Bud Harris's new book, Sacred Selfishness, from http://thecsr.org/resource-directory/bud-harris-ph-d/ is available online at The Center for Spiritual Resources HT Hugh N Blair

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Dr. Amy Fuller, Marriage & Family Therapist passionate about healing & empowering a fuller life through Relational, Emotional, Mental & Spiritual Health/Growth. www.AmyFullerPhd.com