Wednesday, May 24, 2017
If you need one more reason to be thankful, here it is. More and more researchers are finding that gratitude doesn’t just make you feel like a better person, it’s actually good for your health.
“Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. “It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.”
One recent study from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that people who were more grateful actually had better heart health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms.
“They showed a better well-being, a less depressed mood, less fatigue and they slept better,” said the study’s author, Paul J. Mills. “When I am more grateful, I feel more connected with myself and with my environment. That’s the opposite of what stress does.”
Another study found that gratitude can boost your immune system. Researchers at the universities of Utah and Kentucky observed that stressed-out law students who characterized themselves as optimistic actually had more disease-fighting cells in their bodies.
But Emmons said there’s even more evidence.
People who keep a gratitude journal have a reduced dietary fat intake — as much as 25 percent lower. Stress hormones like cortisol are 23 percent lower in grateful people. And having a daily gratitude practice could actually reduce the effects of aging to the brain.
Being thankful has such a profound effect because of the feelings that go along with it, Emmons said.
“Gratitude works because, as a way of perceiving and interpreting life, it recruits other positive emotions that have direct physical benefits, most likely through the immune system or endocrine system.”
Research shows that when we think about what we appreciate, the parasympathetic or calming part of the nervous system is triggered and that can have protective benefits on the body, including decreasing cortisol levels and perhaps increasing oxytocin, the bonding hormone involved in relationships that make us feel so good.
But if you’re still not feeling the love, experts say gratitude is something you can learn.
“Some people may not be grateful by nature but it is a habit you can get accustomed to,” said Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a psychiatrist and author of “Winter Blues.”
“One very good way is being aware of comparing up. It’s a formula for unhappiness because you can always find a person who is more advantaged than you are.”
Mills says all you have to do is think about being grateful and you’ll become more grateful.
A good way to do that is by journaling.
“Some people say they don’t have anything to be grateful for,” Mills said. “If you take such a person to find one little thing to be grateful for and focus on that, you find over time that the feeling of gratitude can transform the way they see their lives.”
Learn completely from the source, http://www.today.com/health/be-thankful-science-says-gratitude-good-your-health-t58256
Monday, April 24, 2017
Exposing your little one to the world of art and culture has always been deemed beneficial. Extra curricular and group activities always help in developing children's personality as well as social skills. Experts from the University of Washington have found that using playground swings for play activity can teach children how to get along with each other. The measured synchronous movement of children on the swings was found to encourage preschoolers to cooperate in subsequent activities, experts suggested.
"Synchrony enhances cooperation, because your attention is directed at engaging with another person, at the same time. We think that being 'in time' together enhances social interaction in positive ways" said Tal-Chen Rabinowitch, University of Washington.
Researchers paired four-year old kids in three groups - those who swung in sync, out of sync and the ones who didn't swing at all. The kids were assigned to take part in various activities to assess the level of cooperation. It was found that the children who swung in synchronization completed the tasks faster and indicated better cooperation when compared with their counterparts. For kids moving in sync can create a feeling of "being like" another child that may encourage them to communicate more and try to work together, experts said.
"We didn't know before we started the study that cooperation between four-year-olds could be enhanced through the simple experience of moving together," said Meltzoff.
Some of the previously conducted studies analysed the association between music other pro-social behaviours. Similar results were noted suggesting that such activities, when done in sync with other children, can heighten the sense of helping, sharing and empathising among young children. In this study, researchers sought to focus on movement alone, without music, and examined how children cooperated with one another afterward. The study was published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you're grateful, you'll see God open up new doors.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Given the overwhelming evidence, it seems obvious that we should all be physically active. It's essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age.
It's medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:
- up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
- up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
- a 30% lower risk of early death
- up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
- up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
- a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
- up to a 30% lower risk of depression
- up to a 30% lower risk of dementia