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Ahhhhh, summer break! School’s out for kids, educators might be able to take some time off from their jobs, or at least have a modified schedule without as many of the kids in the building, and lots of families will try to take some sort of vacation. Whether a stay-cation or a trip to some exotic location, give yourself the gift that keeps on giving: real time away from work. …

Sometimes people need to hear the message from a variety of sources. So, watch away! Anderson Cooper reports on what it’s like to try to achieve “mindfulness,” a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today’s world of digital distractions. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mindfulness-anderson-cooper-60-minutes/ The following is a script from “Mindfulness” which aired on Dec. 14, 2014. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta, producer. Matthew Danowski , editor. …

When was the last time you really lost your temper? Not the “Gee, I’m kind of upset” kind of losing your temper, but the kind when you’re screaming, crying, ranting, or raving. The kind where you think back about what you said and how you acted and are embarrassed beyond words that you let your emotions get so out of control. How did your body feel inside? Was your heart …

So much to do, and so little time to do it. That’s a saying that held true for many of my life experiences until I decided to replace it with a new one: Begin with the end in mind! Knowing where I’m headed is always helpful. I knew this when I drove a car; I cannot begin to imagine why I didn’t apply the lesson to other parts of my …

The Science of Happiness, a UC Berkley edX distance learning opportunity in which approximately 100,000 people around the world are currently enrolled, enables those in the class to learn about scientific research focusing on topics such as generosity, forgiveness, compassion, and mindfulness. One of the videos presented as a part of the class involved Dr. Philip Zimbardo and the nonprofit organization he founded, The Heroic Imagination Project, that teaches people how …

The human brain is a true marvel. With its assistance, we can plan, learn, coordinate, analyze, and apply all the information we receive. At night, while we’re sleeping, our brains can cull information, deleting the non-essentials yet leaving the data we use most often and find more necessary. The brain is also given major responsibility in helping turn repeated behaviors into habits. This is wonderful when one thinks of the …

You feel lonely or left out. You want to make a change, but don’t know how to do it. You want to reach out and expand your social circle, but are worried about the comments from the people you’re typically around, and can’t begin to imagine how to get started anyway. Consider this. When you take a car trip, you know where you want to go or you follow some …