The health benefits of art…:)

Ignite Your Life Though Action

My recent travels into researching therapies to help a friend recover from a stroke have yielded some interesting results. Art appreciation was recommended by research conducted at the University Tor Vergata School of Nursing in Rome. Compared were stroke survivors who enjoyed art and their quality of life after a stroke and those who did not. The numbers from the 192 study participants were a fairly equal split. Art in this study was described as music, painting, theatre. Recovery outcome for art lovers was described as:

“…of positive physical and mental health benefits. They had more energy, better general health and improved mobility. They were also happier, less anxious or depressed and had better memory and communication skills”.

If this does not sound positive enough, lead author Dr. Ercole Vellone, assistant professor in nursing science at the University Tor Vergata, said:

“The results underscore the value of lifelong exposure to…

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I never thought this was possible, but we live in a fabulous age of all kinds of possibility!:)

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 Some folks do have all the luck — and psychologist Richard Wiseman can teach you how to be one of the lucky few.

BY Daniel H. Pink | June 30, 2003, http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/72/realitycheck.html

 “It’s better to be lucky than smart.” “You make your own luck in life.” “Some folks are just born lucky.” In an environment marked by rising tensions and diminished expectations, most of us could use a little luck — at our companies, in our careers, with our investments. Richard Wiseman thinks that he can help you find some.

Wiseman, 37, is head of a psychology research department at the University of Hertfordshire in England. For the past eight years, he and his colleagues at the university’s Perrott-Warrick Research Unit have studied what makes some people lucky and others not. After conducting thousands of interviews and hundreds of experiments, Wiseman now claims that he’s cracked the code. Luck…

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Loneliness

For most of my life I didn’t understand what people meant when they said that they were lonely. I always liked being alone. Then, one day, loneliness hit me from behind and overwhelmed me. I was bewildered to the point of tears. And, perhaps, the strangest thing was that I wasn’t alone.

Here are a few tips, from our fellow bloggers (and a few other places), on how to deal with loneliness and disconnection if you find yourself in a similar situation. Think of it as your loneliness emergency kit.

Loneliness Is Not Alone – loneliness is contagious. Did you catch it from someone else?

Loneliness: Craving a Connection – loneliness when away at school for the first time: life change, associated emotions, what to do

How to Cope with Loneliness

5 Ways to Beat Loneliness

How to Fight Depression and Loneliness without Outside Help

Loneliness in Seniors; Loneliness is a Major Health Issue

Get Over Divorce Loneliness

All By Myself – How to Be Alone – love this what-to-do-when-lonely video

Loneliness – the positive side

P.S. and,  if you’re just feeling blue because you’re alone, remember that being alone may be the best thing that’s happened to you. (That’s the conclusion I came to.) 😀

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meditation as treatment for addiction, anxiety…

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Physicians Explain How Stress, 12-Step Programs Change the Brain

When Bill W. and Dr. Bob created Alcoholics Anonymous 77 years ago, they borrowed principles learned from a Christian fellowship called the Oxford Group to create their 12-step recovery program.

“They knew that their spiritual program was effective where other ‘cures’ had failed, and over the years, there have been many theories as to why,” says Dr. Harry Haroutunian, physician director of the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, and collaborator with Dr. Louis Teresi on the book, Hijacking the Brain: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hijacks our Brains – The Science Behind Twelve-Step Recovery (www.HijackingTheBrain.com).

“Now we know that stress is the fuel that feeds addiction, and that stress and drug and alcohol use cause neurological and physiological changes,” Haroutunian says. “The changes are primarily in the deep brain reward centers, the limbic brain, responsible for decisions, memory…

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PDResources

Reducing Substance Use by Reducing DepressionPeople who have problems with substance misuse often have other mental health challenges. Depression is a commonly co-occurring psychological condition among individuals with substance use problems. Although it has yet to be determined if substance use precedes depressive reoccurrence or depressive symptoms precede substance relapse, it is well known that these co-occurring conditions (COD) are more treatment resistant and result in poorer outcomes than having one condition alone. Research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective approach for reducing depressive symptoms. Therefore, Sarah B. Hunter of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, theorized that addressing depressive symptoms as part of a substance use treatment plan could minimize negative moods, which would reduce the need for negative coping strategies such as substance use.

Hunter and her colleagues administered 16 sessions of group cognitive behavioral therapy for depression (GCBT-D) to 140 individuals being treated at an inpatient facility for

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Pinocchio

Understanding Compulsive Liars, Top 10 Secrets of Effective Liars, How to Tell If Someone is Lying, How to Spot a Liar, Lie to Me – Reading Emotions and Deceit Through Facial Expressions, TED Talk – How to Spot a LiarThe Torment of a Liar, Why People Lie

Disney’s Pinocchio

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