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How This Scientist Discovered Coffee Was Reorganizing His Brain

Stanford University neuroscientist Russell Poldrack is the proud owner of the most studied brain in the world.<p>During an 18-month period, Poldrack underwent a 10-minute fMRI scan every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and took weekly blood samples to analyze gene expression.<p>"We've never had this amount …

The Brain

How to Be Happy and Grateful: 6 Sacred Secrets Shared by Grandmothers, Mutants and Cajuns (and Proven by Scientists)

<b>Choose to be grateful. It will make you happier.</b> This was the premise of Arthur C. Brooks' <i>New York Times</i> article that ran Saturday, Nov. 21. In this piece, Brooks cites scientific research that suggests some of us are hard-wired to feel grateful.<p>We, the happy souls who tend to find the good in the …


Giving thanks could be the key to lasting relationships

Now think about how you <i>reacted</i> to that little act of kindness.<p>Research suggests that people who are grateful — not just by saying a quick "thanks" but also by internally processing that gratitude — get a happiness boost.<p>More importantly, they also tend to feel more connected to their significant …


How anxiety scrambles your brain and makes it hard to learn

Levels of stress and anxiety are on the rise among students. Juliet Rix has tips to control the panic and thrive academically<p>Olivia admits she’s always been a worrier – but when she started university, her anxiety steadily began to build. One day she was simply too frightened to leave the house. …

Mental Health

Cultivating Happiness In Your Life

There are many people in the world with amazing, magical qualities. I have my own, very special magical gift. I can, for a seemingly endless amount of time, re-play a bad experience over and over in my head . . .<p><b>I Gotta Grudge</b><p>It's almost like a loop tape, screening the same bad memory. Repeatedly. …