Human Development

Look Into My Soul

“The key element that allows onlookers to discern whether a couple love each other or just like each other is the amount of time the couple spend looking into each other’s eyes. Even if this is something you haven’t done very much since you were dating, you can recreate the intense feelings of intimacy it offers at any point in your relationship together. In mid-life it is particularly valuable because you feel you are looking deep into the soul of the person you have chosen to share your life with, part way along that journey…Hold hands and gaze into each other’s eyes for a few minutes. Don’t talk. Enjoy the feelings of intensity that arise through this process of reconnection. This is a way of being with each other, rather than talking at each other or co-existing alongside each other.” (p. 113)

Vyas, B. 1999. Simply Radiant. London, U.K.: Thorsons.

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Activity Prescription

“The mental strategy of taking control of your physical activities can be a make-or-break situation for those who are either increasing their participation after a long time of being sedentary or simply have little desire to increase the demands on their body. How you visualize and perceive a physical activity program can be just as important as carrying out the tasks. A positive outlook means viewing the activity not as a chore, but as an undertaking whose results you share a genuine interest in bringing to fruition.” (p. 159)

Smith, I. 2001. The Take Control Diet. New York, N.Y.: Random House.

Plastic Surgery Warnings :: PART 2 :: It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle

Imagine going in for cosmetic surgery, with dreams of improving your looks and image, only to come out with horrific scars or health issues? That’s what happened to our guests, who share their plastic surgery nightmares so that others don’t face the same fate. With more people having cosmetic surgery than ever before, this IYC tells viewers what to look for in a professional and weighs the pros and cons of such procedures.

Power of the Pen

“If you understand the linkages between your past experiences and current emotions, your stress will begin to lift,” Peterson said. He pointed to the work of James Pennebaker, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, who had found that students who wrote about the worst thing that had ever happened to them felt sadder initially, but six months down the road were visiting doctors less frequently. Dozens of subsequent studies by Pennebaker and others showed similar benefits to physical and psychological well-being. Asking people to document difficult emotional experiences was shown to improve immune function, lower heart rate, and ease blood pressure. (p. 140)

Kamenetz, A. (2013). Power of the Pen. Oprah Magazine, 14 (12), 140-143.

RSA Replay: How to Tame Your Mind

Ruby Wax – comedian, writer and mental health campaigner, visited the RSA to explain how and why our busy, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and depression, and to provide ways of taming our out-of-control minds. Ruby was joined by Alastair Campbell – writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy.

The event is chaired by Alastair Campbell.

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Walking Keeps Your Memory Fit

“Walking for a better memory: Reducing the circulation of blood flow and oxygen to the brain is a major cause of memory difficulties. Any activity that improves your cardiovascular and pulmonary systems as walking does is going to help your thinking and memory alike. Any activity that promotes creative thought, problem solving and any other mental activity will also help maintain an active memory. Memory is greatly dependent on mental relationships and is stimulated by other thoughts; we are reminded of things by similar or related concepts or objects. Keep exercising your mind as well as your body and the dividends can be enormous. Walking will allow you to do this more easily by thoroughly oxygenating your brain, and you will worry less about stressful circumstances.” (p. 102)

Carlson, B. and Seiden, O.J. 1998. Health Walk. Golden, C.O.: Fulcrum, Inc.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

“Remember: Happiness doesn’t just happen- we have to make it happen…It comes from the simple pleasures in life that bring inner happiness -those that satisfy your soul, make you smile with contentment, or make you shout with joy…Research has shown that the simpler your activities, the happier you will be. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reported that brief, moderate, regular happiness is longer lasting than intense joy. Those with small, repeated bouts of happiness are the most content with the highest state of well-being…The moral of this study was: if you can’t be very happy all the time, then be a little happy most of the time. So add a little happiness to your life right now by doing something that makes you smile, giggle, or sigh with blissful contentment. And you’ll be outsmarting your fatigue with fun!” (p. 197-198)

Waterhouse, D. 2001. Outsmarting Female Fatigue: The 8 Energizing Strategies for Lifelong Vitality. New York, N.Y.: Hyperion.

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