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More research needed into ‘unpleasant’ meditation experiences

A recent study has found that over one quarter of regular practitioners of meditation have experienced unpleasant psychological experiences as a result, indicating a need for further research into the potential negative effects of meditation. The study, led by University College of London researchers and published in PLOS One, asked participants if they had experienced [...]

When Being Alone Is Good For Your Mental Health

A recent story in the Atlantic examined solitude and found choosing to be alone can boost health, if it happens in the right context. “Solitude can be restorative,” Brent Crane wrote. “Yet, because the study of solitude as a positive force is new, it’s hard to speak in precise scientific terms about it: We don’t [...]

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Is The Default Mode Of The Brain To Suffer?

When you don’t give its human anything to do, brain areas related to processing emotions, recalling memory, and thinking about what’s to come become quietly active. These self-referential streams of thought are so pervasive that in a formative paper Marcus Raichle, a Washington University neurologist who helped found the field, declared it to be the [...]

Is The Mindfulness Craze Turning Us Into Suckers?

Getty Images Mindfulness sounds pretty great. Who could be against teaching people to be more present in the moment, to try to worry less about the past and future? But in the Sunday New York Times, Ruth Whippman, author of America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of [...]

Should Happiness Be Part Of The School Curriculum?

Pixabay Images Meditation is just one strand of new “positive education” methods starting to build momentum and gravitas in schools. The key idea is to teach good practices such as mindfulness and gratitude that will promote resilience and, it is thought, help children lead healthier psychological lives. Until recently, these might have been [...]

Beyond McMindfulness

shutterstock Suddenly mindfulness meditation has become mainstream, making its way into schools, corporations, prisons, and government agencies including the U.S. military. Millions of people are receiving tangible benefits from their mindfulness practice: less stress, better concentration, perhaps a little more empathy. Needless to say, this is an important development to be welcomed — [...]

Want ‘Sustained Happiness’? Get Religion, Study Suggests

Chad Mizelle sits in silent meditation during service at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington. (Erin Schaff/For The Washington Post) A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone’s “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a [...]

Why We Need to Learn How to Relax

iStockphoto Are you feeling tired and stressed but don’t have enough time to relax? Are you a stress athlete? Are your students or clients exhibiting characteristics of being anxious and/or tired? When we are stressed or anxious our autonomic nervous system is activated into fight, flight or freeze, triggering the sympathetic nervous system and a cascade [...]

Demons’ Fast Starts a Result of Pre-game Meditation

Tom McDonald has benefited from pre-game meditation MELBOURNE has added meditation to its pre-game preparation this season, with the players using the technique to narrow their focus and switch on for the contest ahead. Meditation has been part of the Demons' program since the end of 2013, but defender Tom McDonald has seen [...]

7 Easy Happiness Boosters According to Harvard Research

"Each activity listed below not only gives us a quick boost of positive emotions, improving our performance and focus in the moment; but if performed habitually over time, each has been shown to help permanently raise our happiness baseline…” - by  Shawn Achor Source: 7 Easy Happiness Boosters According to Harvard Research | TIME