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Video: Friendly People Have Better Immune Function

In this study, after controlling for potential confounding variables, research psychologists discovered that the most friendly, openhearted people have the lowest rates of cancer and the most optimally functioning immune systems. In other studies, friendly, openhearted people also had less heart disease.

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Video: Your Friends and Family May Save Your Life

A study done in the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda County) over a nine year period showed that the people with the highest quality and quantity of social support and connections had the lowest rates of sickness and death. An eight year follow-up with the same study group showed the same results – those who […]

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Video: The Mind and Healing

“The human mind is the most underutilized and poorly utilized health resource available to us” (M. Rossman, MD). As important as it is to eat a nutrient-dense diet, get plenty of daily exercise and sleep, if you are not training your mind and working to improve wellbeing, you are not optimizing your health. There are […]

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Video: Attributes Most Associated with Wellbeing and Mastery

By adopting the behavior of the happiest people, you will increase your level of wellbeing and increase psychological flexibility, thereby reducing stress, which contributes to improved health.

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Video: Form Good Working Relationships with Your Doctors and Staff

Establish relationships with the office staff. Practice feeling gratitude for the ways they are helpful. Write down all the things about your doctors, nurses, techs, office staff, and others for which you feel some appreciation. Practicing the expression of gratitude feels good and will make for better working relationships with staff, which will actually result […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this blog and the entire website is to provide evidence-based information on how to live a vibrant, meaningful life while living with chronic health challenges or other life challenges. I post to this blog three times per week. Monday posts are evidence-based published articles on mindfulness research and mindfulness-based practices, especially as […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this blog and the entire website is to provide evidence-based information on how to live a rich, rewarding life despite living with chronic health challenges. It is also for anyone wanting to know how to optimize subjective wellbeing by learning how to fully engage in a life of practice that is based […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this blog and the entire website is to provide evidence-based information on how to live with self-care mastery. It is for all medical patients, caregivers, and advocates who want to learn how to collaborate with physicians to optimize health. It is also for those living with a debilitating medical condition who want […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this blog and the entire website is to provide evidence-based information on how to live with self-care mastery. It is for all medical patients, caregivers, and advocates who want to learn how to collaborate with physicians to optimize the efficacy of your medical care. I post to this blog three times per […]

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Video: Practice Gratitude for Health and Wellbeing

In this video, Dr. Berkelhammer mentions the research demonstrating the correlation between authentic gratitude and health. In epidemiological studies, after controlling for potential confounding factors, those people who practice and genuinely feel appreciation or gratitude for others every day tend to have better health and states of well-being. A recommended mindfulness practice is to notice […]

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