When epidemiologists controlled for all possible confounding variables, they found that healthy social connections correlated more strongly than any other factor with optimal health. People with the most friends had much better health than people with the fewest number of friends.
Video: Healthy Relationships and Social Support Correlate with Better Health (part sixteen of series)
Learn how to experience bad news and difficult situations as challenges rather than as defeats. Patients diagnosed with metastatic cancers who viewed the diagnosis as a challenge and as an opportunity to become a fighter had better recovery rates than those who were convinced they would die. Epidemiological studies from my book In Your Own […]
Focus on what you want rather than on what you don’t want. It is vital for health and wellbeing to find ways to live with hope and optimism. Choose to be around people who help you feel that way and stay away from those who have the reverse effect on you.
One of the most evidence-based behaviors to improve wellbeing is relationship-building and the cultivation of healthy, supportive relationships with friends and family. However, it is important to identify the particular life values that are most important to you, regardless of what they are, and to then take action in harmony with those values.
A quick walk around the block will give you an energy boost and is a lot healthier than using caffeine. Working out in a gym generates endorphins. Also, working out in a gym provides for social community, which is extremely healthy in and of itself. Sometimes fatigue is a warning that we need a nap; […]
Numerous epidemiological studies reveal a strong association between health and doing volunteer work. The reason is not well understood, but the results are clear. If you do volunteer work on a regular basis, you are likely to improve your health. These were well controlled studies that consistently showed that those who volunteer to help other […]
This is a brief description of a formal mindfulness practice involving the most evidence-based method of conscious breathing. Breathing is an automatic process that, with training, can be tweaked to enhance health and wellbeing. Simply, it involves a long slow exhalation until we reach a still point, followed by a shorter inhalation, all of which […]
This very brief conversation is about having a formal sitting practice versus having mindfulness as a way of life. Krishnamurti was opposed to having a formal sitting practice because he wanted people to live mindfully throughout the day as a way of life; he believed that too many people viewed mindfulness as an isolated formal […]
This discussion is about the importance of mindfulness practice to help us disengage or defuse from unhealthy thoughts such as a belief that we’re going to have a bad day, which otherwise becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. It’s important to learn how to acknowledge that thoughts are nothing but transient, insubstantial mental phenomena, which otherwise dictate […]
This video recommends the healthy use of distraction to improve mood, take our mind off pain or malaise, and to even improve physiological functioning. Although orthogonal to mindfulness practice, it is an effective, quick, easy, and pleasant self-treatment whenever we’re not feeling well. The next time you’re not feeling well, put on some music that […]
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- Body Centeredness
- Cancer and the Mind
- Chronic Illness and the Mind
- Gratitude and Well-Being
- In Your Own Hands
- Living by Personal Values
- Meaning and Purpose in Health
- Mindfulness Practice
- Practice is Everything
- Practice Living by Choice
- Q&A Ask Dr. B.
- Self-Efficacy and Self-Mastery
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