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Why Your Brain Loves To Laugh

Who doesn’t love a good laugh? We all do and for good reason. There aren’t too many other things that you can do that feel good and are good for you at the same time. Laughing is not just a fun way to kill time. It has neuropsychological benefits, including improving your mood, exercising your[...]

How I Get Through The Holiday Season (When It’s Filled With Painful Memories)

When I start to see the red bows, wreaths, and the twinkly lights going up on houses, which happens earlier every year, I begin feeling this gnawing dread and heaviness in my heart. It’s not just that I abhor all the unhealthy eating, consumerism, and waste that the holiday season brings. It’s that these sights[...]

You May Have Been Given A Cactus, But You Don’t Have To Sit On It

In the past even though I did my very best to try to steer clear of anything I thought could lead to pain or discomfort, it always had a way of finding me. When I was teenager, my parents divorce rocked my world, and as a 19-year old college freshman, I was raped. In my early[...]

Pain Is In Your Brain (and can end there)

The word pain has its roots in the Latin word meaning punishment. Fitting, right? But pain isn’t just your body’s way of playing some sadistic trick on you. Pain is actually an injured body’s reward and penalty system telling the person not to do something that might cause further damage and rewarding them with relief when[...]

Hurts So Good: Dopamine Is Involved In Pleasure And Pain

Pleasure and pain can be felt simultaneously.  Think of a marathon runner, women in child birth, or the classic example of sadomasochistic sex.  Although they may seem to be opposites, pleasure and pain, surprisingly, are similar biochemical events and engage the same brain circuit. In his book The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make[...]

Mind Power

I have practiced  Bikram yoga for over 5 years.  A class is 90 minutes of yoga in a room heated to 110 degrees with 40% humidity.  It’s insanely hot and muggy.  Today, the yoga teacher was prepping a first timer prior to entering the room. He instructed her repeatedly to not leave the room during[...]