Now more than ever, we’re bombarded with messaging like “7 Tips to Calm Your Mind During a Pandemic,” but that messaging– to calm down, to be present, has been around for a while. Being present is marketed as the solution for a troubled mind, to decrease distressing, negative thoughts that pop into our minds and increase happiness. But being present can be so elusive! What does science say about being present, and how to silence negative thoughts and refocus your mindset?Continue reading “Mindfulness Meditation: The Path to a Better Headspace”
My first memory of knitting wasn’t of my grandmother making a scarf by a roaring fire, though it did involve a stern matron overlooking my work as her needles clacked together, knitting a blanket as we took out our pencils and our Scantrons. Continue reading “Knitting: For Senior Citizens or Scientists?”
Dogs and their human family members have always shared a special bond. It’s no mystery to a dog owner where the phrase “man’s best friend” came from. While it’s tough to know exactly what your pet is thinking, it is possible to train them and communicate with them to foster a loving relationship. Lynn Meador is an expert dog trainer who works for Constant Companion Dog Training. Lynn’s goal is to work with dogs and their human family members to teach the two species how to communicate with each other and cohabitate in a supportive, loving manner. Continue reading “Training your Dog with Science”
Kerry Morgan Hughes is the founder and president of Harmony 4 Hope, a non-profit organization that brings music therapy to hospitalized children with rare diseases. Continue reading “Music Therapy for Children with Rare Diseases”
Normal earbud headphones fall out of my ears with just a gentle nudge, as I am too lazy to buy specialty sports earbuds. I don’t want headphones that cover my ears, though, because, despite the science that tells me otherwise, covering my ears with anything warms me up considerably, almost as much as wearing an extra layer. As someone who sweats just thinking about the sun, I opt to keep my ears well ventilated. Continue reading “Music: A Legal and Healthy Performance Enhancer”
The United States is facing a major health crisis, and you may not have heard much about this one in the national news: according to the National Institutes of Heath, about 1 in 12 Americans abuse illicit drugs.