You take care about your body… but what about your brain?

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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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Fancy a change? ‘Self-Talk’ is your answer #Mindfulness

We all have things in our lives that we’d like to do better:  exercise more, eat healthier, feel better, have more energy or a better attitude, etc.  In fact, most of us have made New Year’s resolutions along these lines– “I’m going to work out 5 days per week”, “I’m going to read more”, or the countless other things we hope to accomplish or change in our lives.  Yet, so often by January 15 these resolutions are nothing but a distant memory.  Why is this?

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Want to look younger? Research says to start with your diet

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While behavioral factors such as avoiding sun exposure, getting adequate sleep and not smoking are crucial to your skin’s health, there is a a tremendous opportunity to improve your skin’s appearance and quality with a healthy diet, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).  The AAD says that diets high in fiber, lean proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables can lead to healthier skin.

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Excuse me? Improve your hearing in the face of distractions, says new study

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Did you know it was possible to improve your hearing in a noisy environment?  A new study from researchers at UCSF shows that, by training our brains and hearing, we can actually improve our hearing in the face of distractions.  The UCSF team developed a training technique for individuals to suppress distracting sounds.  Over the course of the study, as subjects trained with this technique, their ability to hear and distinguish sounds in the face of distractions showed significant improvement.

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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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Increase brain health, alertness and relaxation by writing in cursive

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The numerous requirements of writing in cursive can positively impact brain health in many ways.  By stimulating both sides of the brain simultaneously, requiring dexterity and triggering norepenephrine (responsible for attention), cursive writing can help your brain’s health in ways that printed writing and typing cannot.

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