Jeff Haden, in a 2020 Inc. Magazine article, suggested that, in times of uncertainty, we can regain our sense of purpose and direction by remembering the best compliment we’ve ever received. Not the grandest compliment, but “the compliment that spoke to a deeper meaning about who you try to be, what you try to do. One that has stuck with you because it went beyond the (however exceptional) superficial to strike a genuine chord inside.
That compliment reveals what truly matters to you — and what you need, especially in turbulent times, to stay focused on.”
I received one such…
Keeping a journal has been a key habit of successful people dating back to the thirteenth century or even earlier. Long before the days of YouTube, blogs, and podcasts, famous visionaries like Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Marco Polo, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Winston Churchill, just to name a few, practiced jotting down their thoughts and daily musings.
There’s no guarantee that we will become famous, but there are a host of benefits we can get from keeping a journal. Journaling helps reduce stress, sharpens our memory, encourages goal achievement, increases well-being, and boosts our…
Instead, over consumption of carbohydrates might be to blame.
Obesity affects more than 40% of U.S. adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and severe obesity has increased to over 9%.
Obesity-related conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer are among the leading causes of preventable, premature death. The key word in this equation is preventable.
In the U.S., over $147 billion was spent on obesity-related illness. Medical costs for people who had obesity was almost $1500 higher than medical costs for people at a health weight.
The commonly held…
Cognitive resilience, or the general capacity of cognitive processes to be less susceptible to differences in brain structure from age- and disease-related changes, can be increased by the availability of supportive listening, according to new research published in the journal Neurology.
“Cognitive resilience is the difference between an individual’s expected and actual cognitive performance, given their underlying brain structure and level of vulnerability to neuropathological changes. Cognitive resilience is a condition in which an individual has observed cognitive performance better than expected given their brain’s structure. …
Mindfulness is a protective factor.
Families caring for children on the autism spectrum often report high stress. In the Journal of Child and Family Studies, researchers discussed the number of unique challenges affecting families of children with ASD, such as:
It is commonly known that regular physical activity improves your overall health, from building muscle to decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and certain neurological conditions. And, according to a new study published in the journal Molecular Metabolism, exercise physically alters your DNA.
Researchers collected tissue biopsies and tested VO2max capabilities of a small group of participants before and after they exercised. ( VO2max is the maximum rate of oxygen your body is able to use during exercise, which powers your cells and allows them to release carbon dioxide.) …
New research reveals another concern.
You’ve probably heard the news that high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Keep your blood pressure under control to avoid these health risks, scientists say.
When your blood pressure, the force flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently high, it typically poses these health risks, according to the American Heart Association:
A study just published in the journal JAMA Neurology suggests that the length of your sleep time plays a major role in brain health, including the prevention of early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In numerous studies, sleep quality research has shown that quality of sleep is associated with cognitive function. One study, for example, in the Nature journal, tested working memory, executive functions, and several processes involved in procedural learning in a group of healthy young adult university undergraduates ( Zavecz et al., 2020).
It is widely accepted that when you experience poor sleep quality (including difficulties falling asleep…
“The mystery of human existence lies not just in staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky
Purpose in life refers to having a sense that one’s life has meaning, a sense of direction, and a set of goals derived from personal values. “In the face of adversity, purpose in life provides an orientation toward goals and motivates actions that are aligned with personal values, thereby promoting resilience and protection against illness,” said researchers in a recent article in the journal The Gerontologist.
Having a sense of purpose motivates you and drives you toward a satisfying future…
A sense of purpose involves having goals and intentions for the future that contributes to a sense that life is meaningful ( Willroth et al., 2021). It is fundamental to psychological and physical well-being.
One’s sense of purpose is more than just an experience of happiness. Happiness can be thought of as a feeling of joy or pleasure that can be fleeting. A sense of purpose, on the other hand, is whatever you believe in. …