Prof. Lakshman's Collection

By Prof. Lakshman Madurasinghe | Collections on Mindfulness, Stress, Healthy eating, Neuroscience and Cosmology

Generosity makes you happier

Researchers have found a connection between happiness and the performance of selfless acts. Giving to others, they say, activates an area of the …

Happiness

Imagine Being Able to Explore the Brain Like a Website

The human brain is smaller than most people imagine, it can be held in one hand and weighs about 3 pounds. However, the innocuous looking gray matter …

The Brain

Projecting a visual image directly into the brain, bypassing the eyes

Brain-wide activity in a zebrafish when it sees and tries to pursue prey (credit: Ehud Isacoff lab/UC Berkeley)Imagine replacing a damaged eye with a …

UC Berkeley

12 Ways to Turn Your Crippling Stress into Happiness

Today, whenever I work, stress still lingers in my body like the shadow of my dark past. But now I know how cope with it. Let me teach you how.<p>1. …

Happiness

3 Toxic Behaviors that Drain Your Mental Energy

Let me share three quick stories and some life-changing lessons with you…• “On my nursing shift at the hospital this evening, I was forced into a …

Leukemia

What the Dalai Lama Taught Daniel Goleman About Emotional Intelligence

Two decades before Daniel Goleman first wrote about emotional intelligence in the pages of HBR, he met his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Amherst …

Emotional Intelligence

4 Mental Habits to Break If You Want to Be Happier and More Confident

Committing to true happiness is a day-to-day job; it's not enough to simply focus on the positives and hope for the best (though that definitely …

Self-improvement

5 Ways to Rewire Your Brain to Be Positive

How to train yourself to be happier.<p>Whether you realize it or not, the negative experiences you have lived through often influence your decisions. Your brain learns from difficult situations and painful memories, and these experiences get sealed into your brain.<p>Your brain naturally wants to do …

Mindfulness

Ketogenic Diets for Psychiatric Disorders: A New 2017 Review

What can a low-carbohydrate diet do for your mental health?

Diets

How 10 Minutes Of Meditation A Day Changed My Life

Want to Be Happier and Improve Every Aspect of Your Life?Meditation is no joke. It’s the best way to improve your life and build a foundation for …

Mindfulness

Productivity vs Presence. Which One is Driving You?

Presence can actually lead to increased productivity. Here's the key ingredient that brings presence and productivity together and out of opposition.<p>The mindfulness and wellness industry is growing fast with over $1 billion in revenues in 2015 (according to IBISWorld), over 1,000 mindfulness apps …

Mindfulness

10 awesome health benefits of doing yoga for just 15 minutes a day

From weight loss to a boost of energy, yoga has many advantages<p>Many of us attend weekly yoga classes, which are good for our general health and …

Yoga

Science Says This 1 Daily Practice Can Literally Change Your Brain And Make You More Successful

Discover how mindfulness can literally change the way your brain works, making you more happy, efficient and fulfilled in whatever you do.<p>Many people, especially those in the business world, see the words "mindfulness" or "meditation" and immediately freak out. It's hard to blame them. The term has …

Mindfulness

Understanding And Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation has become quite a vital part of my daily routine, it's just as important as eating and exercising. Whilst the body needs looking after, so does the mind.<p>I recently wrote about an eight-week Mindfulness meditation course I completed that has provided me with meditation …

Ancient Philosophers Reveal 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happier

Alright, you’ve probably read a zillion articles about happiness online and you’re not a zillion times happier. What gives?<p><i>Reading ain’t the same as</i> …

Happiness

How Living In The Present Helped Me Take Control Of My Life

I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. It is sure that planning a wedding can be very stressful. Especially when you have the tendency to be a bit of a control freak like myself? So when everything seems to fall on top of you and you feel weighed down. What do you do? How do you cope?<p>I remember …

‘Mind reading’ technology identifies complex thoughts, using machine learning and fMRI

(Top) Predicted brain activation patterns and semantic features (colors) for two pairs of sentences. (Left: “The flood damaged the hospital”; …

Machine Learning

How to Mindfully Make Important Life Decisions

Important life decisions can be challenging to make. By tapping into your gut’s wisdom and harnessing your brain’s mindfulness, you can determine the …

Mindfulness

Thought Of The Day. Moment!

<i>As I visited today’s Sunrise, I gave thought to the word</i> <b>Moment!</b> <i>As Merriam Webster defines it: a minute portion or point of time.</i><p><i>Waiting for the</i> …

Mindfulness

How an autism gene mutation alters brain development

By analyzing the brains of mice, researchers have discovered how mutations in a gene called CHD8 may alter brain development and cognitive …

Neuroscience

Forgetful? It might actually make you smarter, study says

You know those people who always boast about having a perfect memory? Maybe they shouldn't, because having total recall is totally overrated. That's according to a new paper in the journal Neuron, which concludes that forgetting things is not just normal, it actually makes us smarter.<p>In the new …

Human brain structure inspires artificial intelligence

Scientists are looking at how the brain processes information, and how that can be used in AI<p>The human brain is the most powerful supercomputer on …

Artificial Intelligence

A 10-Minute Meditation to Work with Difficult Emotions

​​Can you feel the heat?Life feels a little more intense these days: at home, work, out in the world. When life begins to feel more intense than …

Mindfulness

The Perfect Meditation Technique for People Who Can't Meditate

A couple years ago, I heard <i>ABC News</i> anchor Dan Harris speak at Chicago Ideas Week. He told all of us in the audience how mindfulness meditation …

Meditation

At The Molecular Level: A New Study Examines The Deep Benefits Of Meditation, Yoga And Tai Chi

<b>Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA</b> …

T'ai Chi