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The secret to honesty revealed: it feels better

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It is a mystery that has perplexed psychologists and philosophers since the dawn of humanity: why are most people honest?

Now, using a complex array of MRI machines and electrocution devices, scientists claim to have found the answer.
Researchers at University College London discovered that at a physical level the brain finds decency far more satisfying than deception.

The trial revealed that, despite accumulating a large amount of money, most participants derived no deep-seated satisfaction if the success was gained at the expense of others.

 

Ill-gotten gains evoke weaker responses, which may explain why most people would rather not profit from harming othersDr Molly Crockett

Published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the study indicates that, at least at a psychological level, the old adage that “crime doesn’t pay” is right.

“When we make decisions, a network of brain regions calculates how valuable our options are,” said Dr Molly Crockett, who led the research.

“Ill-gotten gains evoke weaker responses in this network, which may explain why most people would rather not profit from harming others.

“Our results suggest the money just isn’t as appealing.”

The research team scanned volunteers’ brains as they decided whether to anonymously inflict pain on themselves or strangers in exchange for money.

The experiment involved 28 couples of participants who were paired off and given the ability to give each other small electric shocks.

They were given the option of selecting sums of money that were related to a shock either for themselves of their partner.

TO BE CONTINUED ON

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/05/01/secret-honesty-revealed-feels-better/

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Quantum Theory Sheds Light on What Happens whe We die: the Afterlife. Consciousness More than the Brain?

 

The biggest question so many of us have in life, one that we have been seeking to answer for years: what happens when we die?

Even modern day science seeks to answer this question. Where does human consciousness come from and what is its origin? Is it simply a product of the brain, or if the brain itself is a receiver of consciousness. If consciousness is not a product of the brain, it would mean that our physical bodies are not necessary for its continuation; that awareness can exist outside our bodies.

Asking these questions is fundamental to understanding the true nature of our reality, and with quantum physics gaining more popularity, questions regarding consciousness and its relationship to human physicality become increasingly relevant.

Max Planck, the theoretical physicist credited with originating quantum theory — a feat that won him the Physics Nobel Prize in 1918 — offers perhaps the best explanation for why understanding consciousness is so essential: “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”(source)

Eugene Wigner, also a theoretical physicist and mathematician, stated that it’s not possible to “formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”

Does Consciousness Move on After Death? 

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http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/01/14/quantum-theory-sheds-light-on-life-after-death/

William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus” a poem about resistance but about resilience

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The poem below from William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus” is not a poem about resistance but about resilience. Resilience is an attitude of indifference displayed (a kind of passive resistance) that allows any man not to allow himself to be reached and destabilized by what makes him suffer. Nelson MANDELA was able to endure many years […]

via William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus” a poem about resistance but about resilience — boldcorsicanflame’s Blog

9 Easy and Brilliant Ways To Get a Great Posture

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Although many strive to have the correct posture, only a chosen few achieve this goal, and the Bright Side team is not an exception.

That’s why we’ve found several fantastic tips on how to make your back straight and beautiful, and we would like to share them with you

1 – Do exercises that improve your posture

Find some time to do exercises that will help you improve your posture. Try to spend 10-20 minutes a day exercising. Don’t overstrain yourself, otherwise you’ll only make it worse. If you are an office worker, don’t forget to do a warm-up for your back, neck, and shoulders daily.

2 – Organize your work place

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https://brightside.me/inspiration-health/nine-invaluable-tips-to-give-you-great-posture-118855/

6 Things To Do Before Getting Out Of Bed In The Morning

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When the alarm clock goes off, most of us either hit snooze or groggily get out of bed without much thought about how we’re starting the day. But if you can spare 10 extra minutes, you can make a world of difference to your mental and physical health — all before leaving your bed in the morning. Use these tips to get up on the right side of the bed from now on.

1. Put down your cellphone

Time needed: 30 seconds

After the alarm goes off, put your phone back down on the nightstand. Get into the habit of guarding your mental health, which means resisting the temptation to scroll through your social media feeds or checking the news.

Research has some startling things to say in this department. For example, frequent social media useis linked with high rates of depression and low self-esteem. In addition, it’s well established thatwatching or reading the news negatively impacts our mental health. That’s because the news you see on your feed may be violent and emotionally-charged, causing you to feel more anxious and angry. Over time, it may even alter your world view, leading you to believe the world is more dangerous than it actually is.

Whoa! The last thing you need in the morning is to activate your sympathetic nervous system, which simulates the flight or fight response. Instead, simply opt out. In his book “4-Hour Workweek,” author and lifestyle designer Tim Ferris says, “I never watch the news and haven’t bought one single newspaper in the last five years.” He prefers to hear a quick recap of the news from friends and colleagues. Now there’s something to consider.

2. Think of 10 things you’re grateful for

 

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Source: 6 Things To Do Before Getting Out Of Bed In The Morning

How Dogs Help People Get Along Better | Greater Good

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Casey, is one of my favorite beings on the planet. Not only is he extremely cute, his presence calms me, makes me happy, and helps me to meet new people…especially when I take a walk with him.

My husband and I often joke that if everyone had a dog like Casey, there simply wouldn’t be any wars—the assumption being that everyone would just get along if he were around. Now, a new study suggests that we might be onto something.

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Researchers at Central Michigan University gave small groups tasks to do with or without a companion dog in the room. In the first experiment, groups generated a 15-second ad and slogan for a fictional project—a task requiring cooperation. In the second experiment, groups played a modified version of the prisoner’s dilemma game, in which individual members decide whether to cooperate with one another or to look out only for themselves. All of these interactions were videotaped.

Afterwards, participants reported on how satisfied they felt with the group and how much they trusted group members. In addition, independent raters analyzed the video recordings, looking for displays of cooperation, verbal and physical signs of bonding or closeness, and expressions of vulnerability that indicated trust.

Regardless of the task, groups with a dog showed more verbal and physical signs of closeness than groups without a dog. Also, raters observed more signs of cooperation during the first task, and group members reported that they trusted each other more during the second task, if a dog was in the room.

These results suggest that there is something about the presence of a dog that increases kind and helpful behavior in groups.

“When people work in teams, the presence of a dog seems to act as a social lubricant,” says lead author Steve Colarelli. “Dogs seem to be beneficial to the social interactions of teams.”

Why would that be? Could it be that dogs make us feel good, which then impacts our social behavior?

To test that idea, the researchers asked independent raters to watch 40-second videos of the groups edited from the first study—with the sound off and no evidence of the dog in the room—and to note how often they saw indicators of positive emotions (like enthusiasm, energy, and attentiveness). The raters noticed many more good feelings in groups with a companion dog in the room than in groups with no dog, lending some support for their theory.

Although the dogs didn’t seem to impact performance on the group tasks during this short experiment, Colarelli believes that the observed social and emotional benefits could have impacts on group performance over time.

“In a situation where people are working together for a long period of time, and how well the team gets along—do they speak together, have rapport, act cooperatively, help one another—could influence the outcome of the team, then I suspect a dog would have a positive impact,” he says.

Of course, not everyone likes dogs, and some people may even be allergic. Colarelli says that we shouldn’t just start bringing dogs into every workplace—there would be a lot of factors to consider.

But his work adds to a body of research that suggests that dogs impact social interactions and personal well-being. Past studies have shown that people accompanied by dogs tend to elicit more helpful responses from others and that dogs in the workplace can reduce stress. Though most of this kind of research has been done on individuals or pairs, Colarelli’s study shows the positive impacts of dogs may extend to groups.

While the study is relatively preliminary, Colarelli believes that his results tie into another area of research finding positive effects when people are exposed to natural elements—which he thinks could include dogs and other animals—on wellness in the workplace.

Perhaps it’s time I consider letting Casey come to our next staff meeting…for everyone’s sake.

Source: How Dogs Help People Get Along Better | Greater Good

Here are 20 rituals validated by neurosciences to be happier.

  • well_being2Express your gratitude: Say “thank you” more often.
  • Breathe: focusing on our breathing several times a day is soothing. Try the 6 breaths per minute, it’s even more beneficial (heart consistency).
  • Savor: instead of eating on the go, slow down and “listen” to your sensations. Mastiff and taste in full consciousness. In addition, you will eat less.
  • Walk: A 30-minute walk a day ventilates the mind and keeps it healthy.
  • Get closer to nature: nature does us good. Look at it, touch it, feel its benevolent presence.
  • Verbalize your emotions …: “today I feel”
  • … And your needs: “I need to …”
  • Smile: the smile has a retroactive effect. It improves mood.
  • Call or meet people you like: our brain is neuro-social and physical contact (like cuddling) releases the hormone of happiness (oxytocin).
  • Give, help: altruism makes you happy. Do not expect anything in return.
  • Make decisions: this reduces anxiety.
  • Make a list of your wildest wishes and then store it somewhere.
  • Draw: Draw makes happy, clarifies thoughts and facilitates emotional expression. Why not make a small drawing a day?
  • Sing and dance: the body influences the mind. Dancing and singing give fishing.
  • Weeping: Tears lower stress and allow a saving emotional discharge. If you can not, listen to sad music.
  • Meditate: Regular meditation has incredible effects on us.
  • Turn off the TV and do a digital detox treatment: start a few hours and then whole days.
  • Get involved in a project that is very close to your heart: take advantage of every action that contributes to this project. Become aware of your path.
  • Attract your curiosity: open magazines you’ve never opened, browse books on unknown themes, sign up for new lectures for you, explore new music, …
  • Simplify your life: throw, sell, empty, …

Last tip: sleep. Lack of sleep depresses and degrades our health.

Rhythm of Breathing Key to Controlling Fear and Emotional Behavior : Waking Times

We live in a fearful world with exposure to a deluge of stressors everyday. As much as fear is a result of reacting to the actual or perceived events in our lives, it is also a biological function of the human body, and when equipped with an understanding of how the body manages the emotional system, we can easily outsmart it, tricking ourselves into emotional balance.

This perspective is scientifically validated by new research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago Illinois, which discovered how the various rhythmic patterns of breath profoundly impact memory recall and the emotional body, specifically the fear response.

The amygdala is decisively liked to the processing of emotions, especially those related to fear, while the hippocampus is strongly linked to memory recall, and the breath, which originates with the diaphragm, plays the critical role of regulating their function.

“Breathing is modulated at the diaphragm, and it is also the location where many physical symptoms associated with fear and anxiety manifest.“ ~Brett Wilbanks

The differences in brain activity which occur during unique breathing rhythms were recognized by looking at brain activity during the introduction of fearful or surprising human faces, finding distinctively heightened activity during inhaling. Knowing this can be highly advantageous when you realize that your fear reaction is working overtime.

“We can potentially use this fact to our advantage. For example if you’re in a dangerous environment with fearful stimuli, our date indicate that you can respond more quickly if you are inhaling through your nose.” ~Christina Zelano

Furthermore, this further validates the importance of meditation, which commonly centers of developing control of the breath in order to quiet the mind and normalize physiological function in the body. The long-term results of a dedicated meditation practice include more stable and optimal emotional reactions to the world around us, indicating again that breathing is a critical component of living a fearless life.

This is viewpoint is backed up by this research, as noted by Zelano.

“When you inhale, you are in a sense synchronizing brain oscillations across the limbic network.” ~Christina Zelano

Source: Rhythm of Breathing Key to Controlling Fear and Emotional Behavior : Waking Times

This 90-Year-Old’s Advice To Combat Loneliness Is Making Us Cry

Break out the tissues, folks.

Derek Taylor, a 90-year-old man from London, England, felt lonely and isolated following the deaths of two loved ones. So he decided to do something about it, and now he’s sharing his wisdom with the rest of the world.

I’d lost a partner, and my sister had passed away,” Taylor told the BBC. “And the older you get, the less people seem to contact you. And I thought, ‘What can I do to stop being lonely?’”

Taylor created a list of tips, all of which require action, to help him cope. His suggestions were published in a booklet distributed by the Manchester City Council, which seeks to improve life for seniors in the city through an initiative called Age-Friendly. Taylor’s heartwarming advice includes:

1. Make an effort to make new friends

2. Join a hobbies club

3. Visit your local community or resource centre and find out what’s on offer

4. Learn to use a computer at your local library

5. Seek help from your local social services

6. Consider taking in a lodger or paying guest

7. Use your telephone more often to contact people; don’t wait for people to contact you

8. Contact friends and relatives you haven’t spoken to recently

9. Make friends with your neighbors

10. Do voluntary work if you are able to

His suggestions are even backed up by science. Research shows being generous is beneficial to your health, and a 2013 study revealed that people who volunteer improve their overall wellbeing and life satisfaction in comparison with those who do not. Studies also suggest that hanging out with friends can relieve stress.

While the internet helps us stay more connected than ever, we’re also living in what some might call the “age of loneliness.” An estimated one in five Americans lives with chronic loneliness, according to John T. Cacioppo, author of Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection. That can take a toll on health: Loneliness can raise the risk of physical and psychological issues, including heart disease and depression.

One of the best ways to combat loneliness in real time is to take action, which is just what many of Taylor’s tips suggest. By reaching for the phone, getting a hobby or building a relationship with your neighbor, you immerse yourself in the larger community around you.

And if Taylor is a case study, it seems to work: “You feel as though you are alive again,” he said after engaging in the activities.

Sounds like pretty sage advice.

Source: This 90-Year-Old’s Advice To Combat Loneliness Is Making Us Cry | The Huffington Post

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