How to Stop Taking Things Personally

My Mind 1.12.2014

As social beings, we define who we are in part, by, and through the relationships we have. Most of us interact with an assortment of people on a daily basis, from our most intimate relationships to strangers on the street. Obviously, how involved we are with certain individuals will color the level and intensity of … Read More

I Wish I Could Concentrate But I Get Interrupted

My Mind 26.11.2014

Have you ever watched someone perform an activity with deep concentration? It is fascinating to observe. What allows people to have great concentration? 12 Qualities: 1. They are doing what they love to do. 2. They stay with it 3. They are not afraid to give themselves over to something completely 4. They relinquish distractions for a something that compels them deeply 5. They tolerate discomfort on … Read More

Balance One Place On Your Body for Mental Clarity

My Mind 20.10.2014

Yogis believe subtle energy has as much to do with life balance as the more obvious actions of eating a balanced diet and balancing on your head.  A system called the “chakras” (literal Sanskrit translation: spinning wheels) corresponds to seven main whirling energy centers in your body. If your energy is blocked in any of … Read More

7 Discipline-Mastering Practices

My Mind 10.9.2014

A craftsman masters his trade by repeated practice, with care and continual learning, with devotion to the purpose. It takes the same kinds of things to master the craft of discipline: Repeated practice Single-minded devotion to the purpose Continual learning Care I’ve been giving some thought to what it takes to master the craft of … Read More

Legal Marijuana for Parents, but Not Their Kids

My Mind 22.8.2014

When the antidrug educator Tim Ryan talks to students, he often asks them what they know about marijuana. “It’s a plant,” is a common response. But more recently, the answer has changed. Now they reply, “It’s legal in Colorado.” These are confusing times for middle and high school students, who for most of their young … Read More

Do Brain Workouts Work? Science Isn’t Sure

My Mind 6.8.2014

For a $14.95 monthly membership, the website Lumosity promises to “train” your brain with games designed to stave off mental decline. Users view a quick succession of bird images and numbers to test attention span, for instance, or match increasingly complex tile patterns to challenge memory. While Lumosity is perhaps the best known of the brain-game websites, with … Read More

Is Work Your Happy Place?

My Mind 23.7.2014

Do you feel more stressed out at work or at home? While work is widely viewed as the major source of stress for Americans, new research shows that people have significantly lower stress levels when they are at the office compared to their time at home. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University tested the cortisol levels … Read More

A 4-Step Program to Recover From Your Inbox Addiction

My Mind 24.6.2014

That little smartphone alert telling you a new email has arrived has conditioned you to scoop up your phone and swipe it, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Checking email, text and updates has become a terrible itch we are all scratching to our own detriment. A Rutgers University study said this … Read More

Brain Games: Our Top 6 Picks To Make You Smarter

My Mind 5.5.2014

You know you need to exercise to stay healthy, but did you know that your brain needs exercise too?  Fortunately, giving your brain a good workout can be as simple as playing a game on your smartphone. As we age, our brains age with us. Firing up neurons by training your brain could actually be … Read More

Don’t Let Emotions Hijack Your Life

My Mind 16.4.2014

Ever say or do something (or press “send”) in a heated or pressure-filled moment and think later, “OH WHY did I say (or do) that?”  In today’s fast-paced world, we feel like we must take action immediately and make no mistakes.  However, tight deadlines and fear of failure are big challenges. Most of us think … Read More

Collecting Data on a Good Night’s Sleep

My Mind 14.4.2014

Computers and mobile devices are enemies of a good night’s sleep,interrupting slumber with text alerts and disrupting natural sleep rhythms with their glowing blue screens. But a new generation of apps and devices may also be the way to improve sleep. Manufacturers are coming out with gadgets like cellphone alarm clocks that wake people at the most … Read More

This Is Your Brain on Coffee

My Mind 14.4.2014

For hundreds of years, coffee has been one of the two or three most popular beverages on earth. But it’s only recently that scientists are figuring out that the drink has notable health benefits. In one large-scale epidemiological study from last year, researchers primarily at the National Cancer Institute parsed health information from more than 400,000 volunteers, … Read More