Among the many amazing functions our brain is responsible for, scientists have just found another—specific brain cells that evolved for the sole purpose of monitoring how we breathe and helping us regulate stress. Researchers from Stanford University discovered what are being called “pranayama neurons”—named after the ancient form of breathing practiced for millennia in Yoga and in other contemplative practices—in the primal brain regions of mice. It appears that others mammals and even humans are suspected to have these same neurons that connect the brain’s respiratory center with its stress regulatory system. How you choose to breathe really does affect how you choose to be! Read more…
Society teaches us that happiness is a result, something you achieve or gain through accomplishments.
But a growing body of scientific research shows the opposite. Happiness is a state of mind, an attitude that can be nurtured and nourished regardless of external factors.
In fact, science demonstrates that people who are happy first are more successful later on: they have more energy and show more passion. And their enthusiasm is contagious. This is the foundational idea behind ABSRI: happiness matters now.
We unleash the passion of individuals, teams, customers and others by helping them put happiness first. We harness happiness to make a difference in lives, in businesses—and in the world.
It’s not Disneyland, it’s Denmark! This tiny Scandinavian country of just over 5 million people has taken the top spot in the 2017 United Nations’ Happiness Index Report. The United States, on the other hand, didn’t even make it into the top #10 and ranked #13, just above Costa Rica! So what makes Denmark the happiest country in the world? It’s not the sandy beaches, sunshine or swinging nightlife, but the Scandinavian emphasis that happiness results from investing in social capital. Work-life balance, free health-care and education, income equality and access to nature are among the many socio-economic factors that consistently earn Denmark the #1 position annually. Denmark’s claim as the happiness haven of the world also has to do with the Danish concept of hygge—an untranslatable word that conveys the inner feeling of joy and contentment experienced from the coziness of being warmed by a fireplace inside on a cold winter day to a walk along the beach with family on a summer sunset. It’s this pursuit of the simple pleasures in life that brings us happiness—and the Danes excel at it! Read full article here.
Not only are dogs great companions that make us smile, laugh and love, man’s best friend might also know the difference between right and wrong. A new study reveals that the canine brain is possibly wired similarly to that of humans when it comes to expressing morality and empathy. When dogs perceive that humans are acting selfishly or unkindly, they are less likely to interact with them. The experiments showed that our canine friends are more likely to engage with humans who are cooperative and kind to others. The reason might go back to the fact that dogs and humans have been co-habitating for thousands of years. The ability for dogs to interpret moral actions is likely a product of the special social bond that humans and dogs share. Read full article here.
One of my greatest joys in life as a professor is having the chance every year to co-teach the Happiness class at Chapman University. What our students love most when learning about the new “science of happiness” is that it’s a discipline that doesn’t require a college degree and one that you and your loved ones can readily learn from in the greatest classroom of all—life!. Perhaps the greatest revelation students discover throughout the semester is that achieving happiness is much more than just a personal pursuit. In the Happiness course, they discover how happiness is positioned as a societal issue that dynamically impacts our economy, politics, religion and social health. I’m delighted to share the latest Huffington Post Blog by my friend and gifted co-teacher of our Happiness course, that reveals how you can benefit from the tools we advance in our course to help you achieve happiness in the classroom of life.
We all know the power of love is both a joyous and painful part of being human. Regardless of what defines us on the outside—the color of our skin, the religion we practice, or even the gender we’re attracted to—our hearts love equally and fully. In this day and age when it’s far too easy to focus on our differences, the key to love and happiness is in recognizing our similarities. Comparison makes us hate, compassion makes us love. However you express the diverse and sacred forms of love in your life, we know you will enjoy this beautiful and moving video. From all of us here at Applied Brain Science Research Institute, Happy Valentine’s Day. Love Has No Labels!
This powerful and “must-watch” video is simply amazing! A wonderful reminder that our “Stone-Age Tribal” brain wants to label and view the world in an “us versus them” mentality. Recognizing our common humanity and extending compassion allow us to release our common fear and redefine our tribe! Thank you, Denmark! Mange Tak, Denmark! Watch Video
Let’s face it, we’re living in some stressful times! It seems more of us are feeling a higher degree of anxiety at the moment. While I can’t wave a magic wand and make all the sources of stress in your life disappear, there now appears one thing that can help — meditation! A recent study from Georgetown University Medical School affirms how powerfully meditation positively affects your brain, body and being. Download our popular Happiness Strategy Guide with insights from cutting-edge brain science research to help you take the first steps to achieve greater health and happiness today.
In case you missed this video, here’s a wonderful reminder of why following your passion is an important and valuable key to finding happiness. This beautiful and moving online Adidas ad shows how we make the “Currency of Happiness” possible for each other.
HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at the Applied Brain Science Research Institute. As it is our goal to help you achieve greater health and happiness in 2017, we’ve created our “Happiness Strategy Guide” that we know you will enjoy. Discover how the four sabotages and strategies of happiness, established in brain science research and affirmed by spiritual wisdom, can benefit you today! Click here to download and explore your Happiness Strategy Guide.
While money is certainly a currency we need to survive, when combined with compassion it becomes the currency we need most to thrive! This heart-warming and true story reminds us that we are fundamentally social beings driven by love and kindness! After watching this video, we think you will agree how compassion is one “Currency of Happiness” worth spreading around in the Holidays. Get ready for a pleasant surprise watching these police officers “assault people” in a way that will leave you smiling.