"Emotion regulation using mindful-acceptance was associated with reductions in reported pain and negative affect, reduced amygdala responses to negative images, and reduced heat-evoked responses in medial and lateral pain systems. Critically, mindful-acceptance significantly reduced activity in a distributed, a-priori neurologic signature that is sensitive and specific to experimentally-induced pain. In addition, these changes occurred in the absence of detectable increases in prefrontal control systems." … [Read more...] about Does “Mindful Acceptance” Reduce Pain and Negative Emotions?
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One element of the human blueprint, as Christakis illustrates in his book Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society is love for partners and offspring. Primatologist Frans de Waal, in Mama’s Last Hug, agrees that “love and attachment are rarely listed as basic human emotions, but they strike me as essential for all social animals.” … [Read more...] about Love Yourself First? What a Mistake
As I answered my friend, “social media may be here to stay – but you have to decide for yourself whether or not you’ll stay on it, and if so, how.” Though the genie is out of the bottle, we may find, as Shakya and Christakis put it, “online social interactions are no substitute for the real thing,” and that in-person, healthy relationships are vital to society and our own individual wellbeing. We would do well to remember that truth and not put all our eggs in the social media basket. We would do well not to blindly follow the social media siren, which while promising connection and democratization, actually degrades well-being, makes us more opinionated and less related, empowers and enriches a few, monetizes our relationships and strips away our privacy. … [Read more...] about Is Facebook Destroying Society and Your Mental Health?
But it doesn't have to be that way. It's true that we don't actually have control over our kids, who, after all, are human beings and will make their own choices. And it's true that our ideas of what our child "should" do often won't align with our child's ideas. But there are ways to avoid many of the struggles to begin with by: … [Read more...] about My Valentine’s Wish for You
It’s clear that we must do something. From polarization in Congress to our families and communities, chronic stress has compromised the health of our bodies, our relationships, and our ability to work together as citizens to solve our country’s problems. Perhaps the first thing Americans can do during this election year is to practice greater mindfulness so we can think more clearly, listen to each other, develop greater compassion for ourselves and one another, and begin healing this beautiful country we call home. … [Read more...] about Does Stress Make Us Selfish?