Why Mind-Wandering Can Be a Detriment to Happiness (and One Way to Refocus)

When a person’s thoughts start to stray, they can tend to go in one of two directions. Sometimes people find themselves dreaming of an upcoming vacation or looking forward to a get-together with friends . . . . . . or, maybe they’re distracted by worries about approaching deadlines or unpaid bills. Even though the…

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Could Mindfulness Be Just as Effective as Medication in Treating Recurring Depression?

To test this theory, Willem Kuyken, PhD, and his team at Oxford University, first needed to come up with a safe and ethical protocol for working with participants having a history of depression. You see, it wouldn’t be either ethical or safe to randomly select some people and ask them not to take their medications…

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How Does Mindfulness Change the Brain?

Mindfulness has been shown to be effective in relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even chronic pain. But how does that happen? The other day, I told you about a study that looked at how mindfulness can change the anxious brain. As it turns out, scientists have confirmed another brain connection, with a surprising twist….

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A Mindfulness Program That Works for Mild to Moderate Depression

Many of the mindfulness studies that I come across examine either healthy volunteers or patients who have severe clinical conditions. But what about people whose symptoms fall somewhere in between? Could mindfulness practice be effective with them too? That’s why this recent research study done by Wendy Pots, DClinPsych from the University of Twente (Netherlands),…

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The Impact of Mindfulness in the Lives of At-Risk Youth

Research is starting to show that mindfulness is impacting new populations. But can it help at-risk youth who are exposed to negative role models, experience unstable homes and are getting in trouble with the law? To look at this issue, Dr. Karen Bluth and her team of researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel…

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60 Minutes of Mindfulness – How Anderson Cooper’s Meditation Experience Changed His Life (and His Brain)

It’s always exciting to me when I witness more and more people from all walks of life begin to see the value of mindfulness training. And just recently, Anderson Cooper and the folks at CBS just put out a 60 Minutes episode on that very topic. This really underscores just how mainstream mindfulness has become….

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