Be Grateful for the Far-Reaching Health Benefits of Gratitude!

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With the Thanksgiving holiday as our annual reminder to give thanks, an increasing body of evidence shows that expressing gratitude benefits the givers even more than the receivers.  UC Davis Professor, Journal of Positive Psychology editor and gratitude expert Dr. Robert Emmons has studied the immense positive effects that individuals feel in their own lives when they consistently express gratitude.

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SMILE when you don’t want to, or for no reason at all!

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Many of us have been told to “smile more”, as this sends off a more friendly and inviting signal to the outer world.  However, the act of smiling (even when we don’t feel like it) has powerful internal effects as well.  Researchers have shown that the mere act of smiling, even when “forced”, sends a signal to the body’s “fight or flight” response system that the coast is clear.

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Meditate to Both Reduce Anxiety and to Prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

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A recent study by Dr. Linda Mah shows that higher levels of anxiety in study subjects were associated with a greater prevalence of Alzheimer’s and dementia.  This raises the question of whether reducing anxiety could prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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