Grace Under Pressure: Avoiding Emotional Override

In the heat of battle with a friend or significant other, they suddenly throw a power punch. Heat prickles across your skin. Your heart rate increases. Your chest tightens. "Name one time..." they say. It was an easy question prior to the fight; now you're at a loss. Neuroscientists and psychologists call this experience "amygdala hijack" based upon the neurochemical mechanism underlying it. Most lay people call it the "fight or flight response." In a nutshell, we all have…

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Professions That Promote Pessimism, and How to Stay Happy Against the Odds

Lawyers, accountants and other professionals may be training themselves to be unhappy. Research indicates that careers that require people to look for mistakes or problems can also train the brain to be pessimistic. Now that we've unloaded that bad news, here's the good news- optimism is easier than you'd think. Learn how giving, striving, savoring and other psychological tactics can help you achieve perpetual happiness in this article. 

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Wednesday Wisdom: Meditate and Cogitate!

Meditation is a hot topic in the news and online, but is all the hullabaloo justified? Science suggests it is. Indeed, fMRIs (images capturing the location of activity in the brain based on blood flow) indicate that meditation improves one's focus, memory, anxiety levels, and creativity. Check out this article to learn more about meditation's cognitive benefits.

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