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July 11, 2018

Flow, a mental state of complete yet effortless concentration, is a concept that was coined by Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in 1975. Colloquially, people may recognize the feeling as being “in the zone” or “in the groove.” Csikszentmihalyi was a prisoner during World War II and became interested in human happiness and how people become...

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July 9, 2018

In 2012, social psychologist Amy Cuddy delivered a TED talk in Edinburgh, Scotland. She discussed a 2010 study she co-authored that concluded “power poses,” basically standing like a superhero with your hands on your waist and your chest puffed out, actually produce feelings of power in the brain. The video of the talk has over...

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July 2, 2018

If you’re alive in 2018, there’s nearly a 100 percent chance you’ve been phubbed. You may not have heard the word before, you’ve likely phubbed someone yourself. To phub is to phone snub, get it? Basically, phubbing is when a conversation is interrupted, slowed, stalled or affected by the use of a cell phone. This...

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June 27, 2018

Mindfulness, the state of being conscious and aware, has been trending lately. It’s commonly discussed as the goal of mindful meditation, a popular practice that uses breathing techniques and concentration to help focus and destress the mind. There is even an app called Headspace that guides beginners and experienced meditators through mindful meditation. With this...

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June 25, 2018

According to The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, a 2015 book by neuroscientist Alex Korb, there are things you can do everyday to rewire your brain for happiness. Depression is a complex mental health issue that the National Institute of Mental Health estimates has...

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