Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, explains how being mindful and curiously aware may help us break the behavioral spell of even the most addictive bad habits.
America has come a long way in terms of how its citizens view smoking cigarettes. Indeed, there was a time in the 1950s when medical doctors would appear on television endorsing a particular brand of “smokes.” But new laws in the 1990s restricted the use of cigarettes in many locations and thus the culture began to change. States had so much success curbing smoking that the World Health Organization now lists the U.S. below many other nations, such as England and Australia, in prevalence of overall tobacco consumption. Continue reading
Psychological research shows that the negative emotions which are cultivated when holding a grudge can contribute to increased stress, higher anxiety, increased pain perception and even a decrease in heart health. With this in mind, watch as the folks at SoulPancake highlight the many psychological and physical benefits of simply forgiving and forgetting.
This infographic gives a brief overview of the history of the use of placebos in medicine. It explains how placebos were originally a derogatory term used to describe medication prescribed by false physicians, but how, in light of the “placebo effect,” medical perception has since changed to the extent that placebos now play an active role in medical treatment. Continue reading