12 Indispensable Mindful Living Tools

My Mind 21.4.2014

The focus of my life in recent months has been living mindfully, and while I don’t always remember to do that, I have learned a few things worth sharing. The first is a mindful life is worth the effort. It’s a life where we awaken from the dream state we’re most often submerged in — … 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

Put Down That Phone: Unplug Now to Improve Your Focus

My Mind 14.4.2014

You probably knew about the fifth annual National Day of Unplugging that took place a few weeks ago. Surely a tweet or Facebook post informed you of the news, right? After all, with instant access to even the tiniest bit of information always at our disposal, there’s a good chance you saw something about it. … Read More

Meditation Can Change Your Life Today

My Mind 25.3.2014

Want to be focused, get sick less and laugh more often? Try meditation, an ancient practice that can support calm and inner peace as you grapple with the challenges of everyday life. How does meditation work? 1. It frees your mind of clutter.  When you meditate, you practice focusing your attention on one neutral object, … Read More

Unforgettable: How Your Mind Can Remember Anything

My Mind 24.3.2014

An essential part of life is being able to recall what happened earlier, whether that’s seconds, days or even years ago. This process of recollection — our memory — has various aspects, with each one taking in information, storing it and accessing it as needed. There are three types of memory that we continually call … Read More

Imagination Can Change Perceptions of Reality

My Mind 2.2.2014

Researchers in Sweden have found that our imagination can change our perceptions of reality. Your mind can literally play tricks on you by changing illusions of what you think you hear and see into what seems like reality. The new study from the Karolinska Institutet is published in the scientific journal Current Biology. The findings offer new clues on how the … Read More

Treating Depression Without Medication: 5 Holistic Approaches

My Mind 11.2.2014

Depression can be a very serious condition, and even with a mild case, it’s important to seek a doctor’s advice. Many people with mild forms of depression, however, find it possible to go without prescription medication by shifting focus to more natural ways of dealing with depression. Always consult your doctor first when dealing with … Read More