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In Personality

Can personality traits predict your longevity?

The longevity research reported that people who are persistent and careful live the longest lives. Surprisingly, to live a long life you do not need to be particularly happy. In fact, the people you might expect to live longest — cheerful, happy-go-lucky types — actually have the shortest lives. The reason is that cheerful, laid-back people tend to be more careless about their health. Persistent and conscientious people, though, get that check-up and are more committed to their work. The…

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In Stress and Coping

Two Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Resilience

Resilience expert Linda Graham presents two ways you can ease anxiety and fear with the research-backed benefits of self-compassion. 1. Try a Self-Compassion Break This is an exercise in shifting our awareness and bringing acceptance to bear on the experience of the moment, in the moment. It helps to practice this when emotional upsets are still reasonably manageable—to create and strengthen the neural circuits that can do this shifting and re-conditioning when things get really tough. Any moment you notice a surge…

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In Stress and Coping

What is Mindfulness?

Where does mindfulness come from? Naturally, you might hear this question a lot. It has been addressed on several occasions but there is no final answer, no last word on the matter. The many mindfulness teachers and advocates who encouraged the society to start Mindful, believing that mindfulness is an inherent human capability that belongs to anyone. It is your birthright. What is it exactly? Since it’s a quality of mind, it’s not easy to have a single, agreed-upon-by-everybody, one-size-fits-all…

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In Stress and Health

Does Your Sleeping Position Affect Your Health?

During our waking hours, we’re told to consider our posture. Our form when we’re exercising. How we lounge when we’re watching TV. We’re told that it’s vital to concern ourselves with our spinal alignment, that we can seriously injure ourselves if we’re not careful, and that anything from the functioning of our organs to the number of migraines we get can be affected by something as simple as positioning. It turns out that the same is true for our sleeping…

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