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Angela Hui – Foodie with Eating Disorder Stuck Between Passion and Pathology

Earlier this year, Refinery29 published an article about the curious paradox of being a foodie recovering from an eating disorder. The author’s hesitant conclusion was that an epicurean tongue may be impeding her efforts to regain her health, but do eating disorder recovery and a deep love for food need to be mutually exclusive? In tenth grade, I was obsessed …

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Dr. Michael Murray – The Importance Of Being “Awe Inspired”

Our emotional state has great influence over the degree of inflammation we may suffer from.  Feeling “awe inspired” has been found to be the most powerful emotion in fighting inflammation. Introduction: The field of positive psychology is providing valuable insights on exactly how our emotions influence our physiology. One are of body function that is very closely tied to our …

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Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. – If Mindfulness Is This Popular, Why Is Everyone So Mindless?

On the surface, mindfulness practice seems tailor-made for increasing welfare of its adopters. Drawing upon centuries-old Buddhist and Vedantic rituals, it refers to a set of activities & exercisesperformed to focus one’s mind on experiencing the present, one moment at a time. Mindfulness exercises often involve meditation in some form. The practitioner focuses on a single concept continuously for a period ranging from a few minutes to …

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Casey Coates Danson – WHICH ASPECTS OF NATURE IMPROVE OUR HEALTH?

“We know that exposure to nature enhances our well-being, but we know less about the specific features that create these positive effects,” said MaryCarol Hunter, ASLA, University of Michigan, at the ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. A set of fascinating studies by Hunter and Marc Berman, a psychologist and neuroscientist at the University of Chicago, are beginning to converge on …