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Disney, Brain Science and Understanding Emotional Intelligence

I never thought seeing a kid's movie would become the inspiration for a new blog on emotional intelligence. Seeing <i>Inside Out</i>, the new movie from Disney/Pixar got me thinking about how we think.<p><i>photo courtesy of Disney/Pixar</i><p>Almost the entire animated movie takes place inside the brain of a young …

Emotional Intelligence

Mascotas sanas, personas sanas

<i>Las mascotas pueden ser una compañía saludable tanto para los niños como para los adultos, pues se sabe que los animales domésticos tienen la</i> …

As Hong Kong marks 18 years since handover, many not proud to be 'Chinese'

Each July 1 for the last 18 years, citizens in this former British colony have marked the territory's return to Chinese sovereignty with a protest march that coincides with official commemorations of the anniversary.<p>This year's rally was the first since last fall's massive pro-democracy protests, …

The Future of Depression Treatment

<b>2014</b><br>Jessica is depressed again. After six straight weeks of overtime, her boss blandly praised her teamwork at the product launch party. And the …

Neuroscience

An artist’s panoramic coffee cup illustrations are a better introduction to Japan than any guidebook

The prettiest coffee cups in Japan do not hold any coffee. Instead the serve as one-of-a-kind canvases for finely-observed panoramic scenes of Japanese street life by the Tokyo-based illustrator Adrian Hogan.<p>First created for an exhibition about coffee culture in Tokyo, Hogan’s impressive …

Japan

5 Reasons Why Facebook Can Be Dangerous for People With Depression

Last week I fell into panic mode. It started with intense chest pains each time I logged onto Facebook to check the groups I belong to as well as scroll through my main feed. Each visit became shorter as the physical symptoms of anxiety and depression overwhelmed rational thought. By Tuesday I had …

21 Anxiety Triggers That Might Surprise You

If you suffer from anxiety, you're not alone. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million U.S. adults, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.<p>Doctors typically diagnose patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder if they suffer from symptoms of anxiety (constant worry, insomnia, …

How God responds when we\'re running on empty

In church we're not always that open about depression, but the Bible doesn't shy away from the topic. Maybe that'swhy Elijah's story has always been …

Here's what 'The Navy SEAL Art of War' says about finding success in any organization

Consider the prophetic words of Sun Tzu: "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every …

Penguin Random House

Where to Stay in Montreal

Montreal is all about F words -- fun, food, fashion, fitness, French and a whole lot of fabulousness!<p>On a recent trip to Quebec, I spent some time in Montreal exploring some of its higher-end hotels and figuring out what makes each one of these properties unique. While there, I visited, toured, …

Hospitality

10 Steps to Living a Life of Greater Ease and Health

With spring in the air and summer right around the corner, comes a renewed zest for life! In my work as a family doctor and mind body medicine coach, …

Anxious? This Mindfulness Website Animates Letting Go of Your...

Past hurts and emotional triggers have a way of keeping us stuck. It can be difficult not to ruminate on negative thoughts.<p>Pixel Thoughts asks you to …

10 Amazing Benefits of Mindfulness Backed by Science

Mindfulness, the practice of staying aware and in sync with yourself and your surroundings often characterized by sitting in total silence with legs …

Kyoto's Geisha Real or Imagined, Still Captivating

One would think that Kyoto, Japan was in the middle of a geisha boom, the way the streets are filled with kimono-wearing women, shuffling down the sidewalks in their six-inch high wooden geta and split toe socks. The jangly metal fan ornaments and flower blossoms in their hair called <i>kanzashi</i> bob …

Japan

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: Your Cheat Sheet to Boxing's Biggest Match

The superfight between F<b>loyd Mayweather</b> and <b>Manny Pacquiao,</b> billed as the Fight of the Century, will take place this Saturday, May 2, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Here, a breakdown of everything you need to know about it, courtesy of supermodel trainer extraordinaire <b>Michael Olajide, …

Depression Can Physically Change Your DNA, Study Suggests

More evidence that the disease is much more than a mood disorder.<p>Researchers from the UK have found evidence that depression doesn't just change our …

Eating Baked Fish May Improve Your Memory

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>Fish is often described as "brain food," and that is largely because it contains omega-3 fats. Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, an omega-3 …

'When I get mad, my brain gets a headache': Children reveal what it's REALLY like to have a temper tantrum (and how they calm down again)

• <b>Children star in new video from Oprah Winfrey's OWN TV network</b>• <b><br>The youngsters explain how it feels to get angry and lose control</b>• <b><br>They then explain how</b> …

The Meditation Practice That Makes You Nicer, Healthier And More Focused

Compassion is often presented as something you provide for others, but it can also be something you have for yourself.<p>According to new research, a compassion-infused meditation tradition may help you reap the benefits of more positive thinking and self-kindness. Simply named 'compassion …

Mindfulness

Haruki Murakami excerpt from Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

One Saturday night, Tsukuru and Haida were up talking late as usual when they turned to the subject of death. They talked about the significance of …

How Imagination Works

A small new study images the brain's "mental workspace."<p>Look at these shapes for a few seconds. Then close your eyes, and try to imagine how they look. Try to take the mental image of one of them and break the shape into pieces in your mind, or combine it with another shape to make something …

Christianity

19 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting South Carolina

South Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful (and romantic) places in the U.S.<p>Lakes, beaches, mountains, forests -- South Carolina truly has everything you could want in a vacation destination. It <i>also</i> has the best barbecue in the South, better peaches than Georgia and more intense college …

South Carolina

Rethink Mental Illness

Depression<p>This section might be useful to you if you have depression or if you think you might have depression. It explains the symptoms, causes of …

Mental Health

My Daughters, My Doctors and God: My Three Pillars of Support | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Personal Stories<p>My Daughters, My Doctors and God: My Three Pillars of Support<p>I am 49 years old. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was 13. My …

Mental Health

Facebook use can worsen, as well as improve, mental health conditions

Facebook can help people recover from mental health problems but it needs to be used cautiously and strategically as it can also make symptoms worse, …

Mental Health

Personal Stories

All Things Can Be Good<p>The voices in my head were real and kept getting louder... Fear began to take control. Instinctively, I knew that panic would …