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Powerful News For THE HAPPY PEOPLE!!!! Proof Of Benefits From Doing Meditation!!!!

GOOD NEWS for the members of THE HAPPY PEOPLE who use Meditation as one of their paths to a HAPPY Lifestyle!!!!!

The regular practice of the right type of Meditation appears to be beneficial to the immune system, according to new research by scientists in Spain.

People who practise Meditation were found to have higher levels of leucocytes and lymphocytes in their blood than people who don’t meditate, in the recent study. Leucocytes and lymphocytes are white blood cells which play an important role in the body’s immune system by fighting infection.

Researchers at the Hospital in Badajoz, Spain, set out to evaluate the immune systems of people who Meditate.

The scientists studied who had practised Meditation..

The white blood cells of the Meditaters were compared to those of a control group of healthy adults aged 22 to 35 who had not previously done any meditation.

None of the individuals involved in the study were undergoing medical treatment or were obese or played regular sports. All participants followed a Mediterranean diet.

After analysing blood samples taken from both groups, the study found that those who practised Meditation had higher levels of lymphocytes and leucocytes than those who did not. They also had higher levels of Natural Killer cells – cells which combat viral infections and tumour formation.

The researchers concluded: “The technique of meditation studied seems to have a significant effect on immune cells. This effect shows itself in the different circulating levels of lymphocytes analysed.”

The researchers are not certain why Meditation works in this way, but suggest it might be due to the reduction of overall stress levels that the right type of Meditation causes

The researchers said:  “A number of researchers have shown that the right type of meditation can improve immune functions. Our results agree with previous studies that have been done.”

These previous studies on the effects of Meditation on the body showed that it was “an easy form of physical and mental relaxation.” They pointed out that the studies have shown that all people practising Meditation show increases in the good hormonal concentrations, low levels of anxiety and depression, and improved levels of health.

Be Flexible!

Be FLEXIBLE!
It’s one personality tool that will help you to enjoy a really SUCCESSFUL life. Throughout your life there will be situations you won’t be able to control and people who will rub you up the wrong way!
The ability to change your behaviour and attitude to EVERY situation and person that is bothering you will let become a winner more often.
Be FLEXIBLE!
It’s one personality tool that will help you to enjoy a really STRESS FREE life.
Now you are living The Happy People lifestyle. A SUCCESSFUL and STRESS FREE cruise on a sea of GOOD FEELING. LOL
Be FLEXIBLE, you’ll enjoy it so much.
The Happiness Guru

Why Not Try MEDITATION For A Bigger Better Brain!

Meditation

Meditation (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

More Meditation will give you the power move mountains mentally. Do you want a super charged brain? A more powerful brain? A brain operating at higher levels?  Meditation will do that for you. Trust me. The scientist have found evidence to show this..  It will give you into a more positive, happier, enjoyable life.
How  will it do that?  Well,when you start meditating, the actual grey matter in a part of you brain called the hippocampus will grow thicker and bigger. As a result of this:
1) Your can deal with stress and its dreadful effects with greater ease.
2) Your ability to do creative thinking will grow.
3) You will learn new stuff more easily
4) Your memory will be stronger.

Experts on brain scanning at Massachusetts, U.S.A General Hospital say:

“You can actually change the brain and this will add increased power to your thinking, your well being and your quality of life.”
 How can YOU get these gifts?
From meditating every day!
I have always known this. But it’s good to see the scientists PROVING that what I’ve  taught to people for 35 years (i.e meditating is the most beneficial, powerful and life changing thing you can possibly do.
Why not try it? You may end up running the country.
And probablydo a better job than the mugs doing it now. LOL

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Love, Peace and Happiness, Tommy.

Depression Not Poverty Kills Happiness!

Shiny Happy People II

Shiny Happy People II (Photo credit: s.o.f.t.)

happy kid from Iran

happy kid from Iran (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happiness And Money
If you want to be Happy, having money isn’t the most important thing. Depression is the main cause of  unhappiness and not a lack of money.

How much money you get only has a small direct affect on on how happy you feel. According to Lord Richard Layard, of the London School of Economics, in an article in the Metro. Some quotes from the story are given below in italics:

Metro: Size of salary has only a small effect on our overall wellbeing, according to a report which claims to offer the first complete snapshot of the nation’s happiness. Income matters but it’s not the only thing that matters,’Poor mental health can reduce life expectancy at the same rate as smoking – is highlighted as one of the biggest issues affecting the nation’s happiness.

As I have said, in many, many articles, Depression, not poverty, is the enemy of true Happiness. Some people are rich and unhappy, others are poor but happy. To put it another way, some people are rich AND depressed. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m NOT saying that you should be poor if you want to be happy. The aim of The Happy People is to never be depressed AND have money. And these are two different aims. At present, we are working on getting rid of depression and building up Happiness.
There is been lots of studies of poor countries where the people are very happy. More so than in the rich countries. These studies show different areas of life, rather than wealth, which can produce much happiness.These people do not get depressed about their poverty. You can use these areas to make improvements in your mental health BUT money, used the right way, can also bring lots of Happiness.
You must always be working on ways of building up the amount of Happiness in your life AND the amount of money in your bank account.

Children And Happiness 

Metro: And ‘emotional health’ in childhood is singled out as the most important factor in adult wellbeing.‘It has a major influence on children’s subsequent success – their relationships, physical health

I take it that by this they are talking about children having  ‘a happy childhood’. If you consider yourself one of The Happy People, and I cannot emphasise this enough, you have the sacred duty to make sure that EVERY child that you are hear of, know or are responsible for is protected from abuse, nurtured to full healthy development and is Happy. There must be no weakening on this. It is your full duty and fully affects your KARMIC balance more than anything I know of. A depressed child is a sin against nature. KARMA knows what you should do and what you fail to do. if you truly want to be one of The Happy People, don’t fail this duty.

Metro:  and whether they can get a good job,’ said Lord Layard. The Measuring National Wellbeing report was ordered by the government. New data will be collected each year and taken into account alongside traditional economic measures of prosperity.

They said this last year but I’ve seen no evidence, have you?

Metro: Lord Gus O’Donnell, of the Cabinet Office, said the new approach could ‘revolutionise’ policy-making – but work was needed to turn the report’s findings into practical ideas.

This blog has 300 articles. All full of good, practical ways to be Happier. Don’t wait for the government. Start to study the articles NOW!  LOL!

Back soon, Love,Peace and Happiness,
Tommy

Here is a link to the original Metro story:   http://tinyurl.com/a88fs5j

Happier, Smarter And Fitter? Here’s How!

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smiley happy people (Photo credit: madhavaji)

Who Wants To Be Happier, Smarter And Fitter!
The Happy People already know about this stuff but it is nice to know that the experts are proving it to be true. Here is a great article about it. There is a link to it at the bottom of this post. Make sure that you read it. If you are not already one of the Happy People, it could get you started on a new life. It could make you HAPPIER, SMARTER and FITTER. And you’d like that, wouldn’t you? Of course you would! That’s the great thing about doing this stuff. It’s so much fun once you get started.
I don’t think anybody really needs any help about how to get started doing light exercise. (If you are not already exercising, you should start off on a light routine) But perhaps you may like to know how to become one of The Happy People?
Would You Like To Be One?
Here are three great arguments for being one.
1) It’s EASY
2) It’s FREE and
3) You will become HAPPIER person!
Three great reasons, aren’t they? I can’t think of better ones, can you? LOL!
Here’s How To Be One
Just decide to be one! LOL! That’s how easy it is. You are now one of us but now you must behave in certain ways. You must start thinking, talking and doing things in a new ways. Happiness is often a choice and you must learn how make that choice. You will learn how by studying this blog and  by exploring the material that is published there or recommended (such as this article)
Here are sections from the article plus my comments in italics:

 Happier, Smarter And Fitter

You already know that exercise will help improve your fitness level, can reduce your risk for chronic disease, and can help slim your waistline. But did you also know that getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity may also make you smarter and happier?

ME:  The Happy People know that.

Three studies add to the multitude of research that proves you really should make time in your busy schedule for at least 30 minutes each and every day.

ME:  30 minutes is a longish stretch. Make sure you keep it light, as I said above. Three 10 minutes sessions a day is a good way to start. I won’t go on about it because there are beginners’ exercise programmes everywhere. I only mention it because so many beginners overdo it.START OFF LIGHT! 

William Killgore PhD and Zachary Schwab BS, of the McLean Hospital at Harvard University, asked 25 healthy adult men and 28 women from the Boston area to report on their weekly exercise habits and then take a test known as the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence. At least for the women surveyed, those who exercised more frequently each week had higher intelligence scores.
“Overall, these findings suggest that physical exercise is significantly related to relatively stable intellectual capacities among healthy adults,” the authors wrote in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills.

While in this small study, the relationship between physical exercise and measured intelligence was most evident for women, there is no reason to believe that men would achieve similar mental benefits from putting in a workout each day.

ME:  Other  bigger reports show that men do achieve similar mental benefits from a workout each day. 

Another recently released study found that people who exercise may be better protected from age-related changes in the brain, particularly for elderly adults. Participants in a study published by the University of Edinburgh found that people over 70 who exercised regularly showed less brain shrinkage over a three-year period than those who did little exercise. Brain shrinkage is linked to problems with memory and thinking.The researchers found that in the brain’s white matter – the wiring that transmits messages through the brain – was less damaged in those who exercise. Additionally, grey matter, the part of the brain with nerve cell bodies, was also greater in volume.

ME: More good news. There are lots of my blog posts covering this.

Dr Alan Gow of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology who led the research, said, “Our results suggest that to maintain brain health, physical activity may be more beneficial than choosing more sedentary activities. Increasing physical activity – even a short walk each day – can only be encouraged.”
Professor James Goodwin, Head of Research at Age UK added, “This research re-emphasizes that it really is never too late to benefit from exercise, so whether it’s a brisk walk to the shops, gardning or competing in a fun run it is crucial that, those of us who can, get active as we grow older.”

ME:  Again, I repeat, it is very important for beginners to start off light!

Not only will that boost in activity help your brain stay young and active, it can also lift your mood after a hard day. Researchers with Penn State found that exercise really does make people happier.

Jaclyn Maher, a graduate student in kinesiology, studied men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 – a period in life when people appear to be most dissatisfied. “”Emerging adults are going through a lot of changes; they are leaving home for the first time and attending college or starting jobs. As a result, their satisfaction with life can plummet,” explains Maher.

The participants were divided into two groups who made diary entries either every eight days or every 14 days. The volunteers were assessed for their personality and took questionnaires asking about happiness levels and life satisfaction. They also reported on physical activity levels during the study period.

“We found that people’s satisfaction with life was directly impacted by their daily physical activity,” said Maher. “The findings reinforce the idea that physical activity is a health behavior with important consequences for daily well-being and should be considered when developing national policies to enhance satisfaction with life.”

ME:  So the people who were tested were in a highly stressed out stage of their life and it worked for them. People who are not under so much stress as these students would be  would get even better results. Please note that by ‘enhance satisfaction with life’ they mean felt happier! LOL1

“Based on these findings, we recommend that people exercise a little longer or a little harder than usual as a way to boost satisfaction with life,” said David Conroy, professor of kinesiology.

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English: Photo patient in carrying out tests with physical exercise on bicycle Русский: фото пациента при выполнении пробы с физической нагрузкой на велоэргометре (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The CDC recommends 150 minutes each week, which sounds like a lot of time, but it doesn’t have to be accomplished all at once. Try doing a moderate intensity or vigorous workout for just 10 minutes at a time a couple of times a day. The benefits will add up, both physically and mentally

ME:  And, of course, join The Happy People. A great way of getting Happiness is to share it with other people. Get this bonus right now! Share this post with all your friends. Make them into Happy People.LOL!
People of ALL ages benefit from this programme. See  Schools with fitter children perform better (abc.net.au) and   Exercise May Protect Aging Brains (medicalnewstoday.com) 

Tommy

Here is the link to the article:   http://tinyurl.com/8jl83d5

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Get Happy, Ready For The Winter!

English: Mixed nuts and dried fruit

English: Mixed nuts and dried fruit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happiness, You And Winter!
You should be Happy all year round, but nature and your body tend to work against that. The shorter days and lack of sunshine make lots of changes in your body. It slows down your production of certain hormones. This can make you feel tired, sluggish and even depressed.It is called SAD (seasonal affective disorder) Now The Happy People never want to feel like that!. So, if you want to be one of The Happy People, what can you do about that?
Well, here are some of the problems and 5 ways to help you beat them and

smiley happy people

smiley happy people (Photo credit: madhavaji)

stay Happy
1) Happiness And The Winter Blues!
In Winter, the days are shorter. Missing out on sunlight, can cause SAD and this can cause mental dullness, depression and feelings of tiredness. Some people are strongly affected by SAD and others are hardly aware of it. If you are affected by it you should get out into the daylight for at least half an hour a day. This should be when the light is at it’s strongest Usually this is between 6am and  1opm. I’ll just repeat that:- outdoors, for at least half an hour, between 6am and 10pm.
This will help you beat SAD by resetting your bodyclock . If you can do some fitness training in the morning as well, that is great. Even if you have to get up half an hour earlier. This will lift your energy levels for the rest of the day and get your endorphin(Happiness) hormone pumping around your body up to seven hours afterwards.
2) Winter Happiness Diet!
In the winter, the body produces less of the Happiness hormone, Serotonin. The Happy People (You and Me. LOL) are always looking for ways to increase Serotonin, not to cut back on it! This is because it makes us feel so good! Because of this need we tend to eat more carbs. Cut down on the naughty white carbs like pasta, bread, rice and potatoes. These will put pounds on you and are the reason why so many people put weight on in the winter months. Instead eat low calorie carbs such as Swedes, carrots, sweet potatoes etc.
The body makes serotonin from a chemical called tryptophan, which is in foods such as dairy products, fish, bananas, dried dates, soya, almonds and peanuts. Combining tryptophan-rich foods with wholegrain carbs – such as brown rice, wholemeal bread or oats – helps the body release insulin, which boosts the amount of tryptophan available for your body to use.The bonus is that you will not put on that winter bloat and have to try to lose it next summer. And that will be a BIG happiness bonus LOL
P.S Don’t forget your iron intake. Eat red meat, fish, eggs, bread, fortified breakfast cereals, pulses, green leafy vegetables and dried fruit.
3) Get A Life!
Don’t stay in. Get out and meet or visit friends a few nights a week. Join a gym or club of some sort.  Don’t let the dark nights keep you indoors.
4) Set Yourself A Target!
Plan some area of your life. Learn a new language, perhaps for your next holiday. lose weight, get fitter, stop  smoking, start dance classes. Dancing is a great activity, if you really want to become one of The Happy People. It exercises your whole body, brings a tremendous flow of all the Happiness Hormones and gets you in touch with the opposite sex. It cannot be beaten for Happiness training, pure exercise and social grouping. I dance as much as I can. You can get as high as a kite without abusing alcohol.
5) Keep Your Sex Life Buzzing!
In the Summer you have high levels of the Happiness Hormones  serotonin and dopamine, and of the sex hormone testosterone, putting you in the mood for love. Everybody feels sexier in the Summer because of this. This is why all those sunshine holidaymakers act the way they do. And why not? If you  are not in a relationship, get one now. You’ll feel happier, I guarantee it! LOL It’ll give you something to do on those dark nights.
6) Walking With Nature!
Recent research shows that walking in a city increases depression but walking in the open outdoors will boost your mood, give you Happy feeling and increase you feelings of well being. So get out in the open as much as possible. you’ll feel better for it. I prefer  to walk at the sea side or by a river because the ozone level is higher and this makes me feel great.
Staying Happy!
So there you have 6 ways to beat the Winter blues.
Here in the U.K we have had a really horrible, dreadful, depressing summer .Many, many people tell me how down they are. And I can also see and hear even more people just by observation. Do not waste any time! Start the programme as soon as possible.This is Happiness you are losing out on.
The one thing that you must never ever waste. You have probably missed out on lots of Happiness in your life. This is the time for you to change all that. You are going to reach your two hands into the Happiness bucket and take out as much as you can. And keep on reaching in and taking out.LOL
Don’t worry, you’ll never miss out on any more. I’ll teach you how to do it.
The day you start the above programme could be the most important day in the rest of your life
BECAUSE
the plan is EVERGREEN. The plan itself is not seasonal. It will work in the Summer as well as in the Winter. If you start on it now, you will be in full flow when Winter comes. You will be bubbling with a high level of Happiness. AND when you see the Summer sunshine you will continue with the plan and hit an even higher level of Happiness.
This is not all talk or wishful thinking. It is all stuff that the scientists are proving by pooling research done in Universities, laboratories and out in the streets   in many, many tests all over the world. The amazing results come from being able to pool all the  results using computes. Here are some others things that you can do.
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Love, Peace and Happiness,
tommy

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Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 3

More Happiness Facts!

Shortly after finishing  writing Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 2 (and Part 1), I came across this excellent article (Find links to these in Related Articles section below). This article gives a more realistic view of how long it takes to get really amazing results using Meditation to add to your enjoyment of life, your  Happiness and your health, both mental and physical.
Here are some interesting excerpts in italics and my comments.

Yi-Yuan Tang said that meditation helps the brain stay organized.

Yi-Yuan Tang said that meditation helps the brain stay organized.

What does it take to become a better thinker? Do you need to meditate for hours and engage in gruelling cognitive training? Or could the path to a healthy mind be as simple as walking 40 minutes a day? At a symposium on training, performance, and neuroplasticity at the 24th APS Annual Convention in Chicago, three researchers presented their own methods for improving cognition and for tightening the neural circuits that underlie an efficient mind.

APS Fellow and symposium chair Yi-Yuan Tang, from Texas Tech University, began by discussing his work on integrative body-mind training (IBMT), a meditation technique that he and his colleagues have adapted from traditional Chinese medicine. IBMT combines physical and mental relaxation techniques, “because you really need to train the body to train the mind,” Tang explained. Using detailed fMRI analysis, Tang has been able to pinpoint the neural changes that underlie meditation-induced improvements in mood and cognitive performance.

Me: The Body-Mind connection is at the core of the Taoist and Zen (both words mean Meditation) principles that I use and teach. Tang has used brain scanning to prove this to be true and to show that meditation increases Happiness.

Many studies on the effects of meditation examine lifelong meditators who have thousands of hours of practice under their belts, but Tang found positive effects in students who performed IBMT for less than a week.

Me:- This is what I was seeing on my classes 40 years ago. I wrote this in Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 2.

After 20 minutes of meditation a day for five days, the students demonstrated improvements in their conflict-resolution abilities and creative problem solving skills, as well as decreased blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Me:- Which means a reduction in stress.

Tang found that patients who had been practicing IBMT longer (two to four weeks) had increased blood flow to the anterior cingulate cortex and insular striatum, two brain regions associated with self-regulation. Additionally, these brain areas had increased white-to-gray matter ratios, suggesting that the detectable changes associated with meditation might be mediated by increased networking in these areas.

Me:- The researchers I mentioned in parts 1  and 2 were talking about people with thousands of hours of Meditation training/study. At a normal level of 30 minutes a day these researchers were talking about training for about twelve years while waiting for a good result.
The researchers proved lots of good results but were completely adrift in this area. The people whom this research is supposed to help are not looking to learn the Buddhist, Hindu or Sikh religion. They are mostly unhappy, depressed or dysfunctional and are looking for tools of change that work and do not carry lots of baggage. Baggage they do not need or want. This surplus baggage is why they are talking about thousands of hours of training. Not the 2 to 4 weeks of 30 minutes a day that Tang and I are talking about.
Thousands of hours! What an unbelievable waste of time if you are desperate for quick but real results.
Don’t get me wrong. Religion will give some people some help and happiness. But the right type of clean, pure meditation will completely change most people. If you are looking for Happiness that you can use to move your life forward and the strong, agile and flexible mind that will allow you to grow and use that Happiness then you must choose carefully. If you are looking for therapeutic tools of change choose a Meditation that is not a part of a religion.
Why not Join The Happy People? It’s FREE and you can use the nearly 300 blog posts that will help you make the changes that you want in your life. Even if you never join The Happy People, you can read the blog LOL. We are here to make friends not money.

Me:- There is a vast amount of information in the article, including:

……..changes in brain structure ……….Participants’ brains, in effect, were becoming more organized through meditation.

APS Fellow Randall W. Engle, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, focused on a different method for mental improvement. He developed a cognitive training strategy designed to enhance working memory capacity.

Me:- The more powerful your brain, the better you can use it for Meditation and building Happiness.

Using arduous memory tests (and generous financial compensation),……..Of course, training can have impressive returns, especially when participants are paid for performing better.
……APS Fellow Kramer’s research suggests a physical workout could improve memory. In adults aged 59 to 80, Kramer found that walking 40 minutes a day, three times a week, helped to reverse the effects of age on brain circuits involved in attention and decision making.

Art Kramer found that walking could help reverse the effects of aging.

Art Kramer found that walking could help reverse the effects of aging.
However, the deterioration of these networks might be reversible through exercise. Kramer asked two groups of self-identified “couch potatoes” to spend a year either walking or stretching three times a week and used fMRI to monitor the strength of brain networks at the beginning of the study, after six months, and after a year. The results were promising. The walking group improved their performance on cognitive tasks and increased the strength of certain brain networks, even to the point in which their brains resembled the brains of much younger people. Kramer also observed increases in hippocampus volume, measures of neural organization, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the walking group.

Me:- Great stuff!

The finding that exercise helps cognition is not new, but Kramer’s attention to the strengthening of networks suggests that the effects of exercise might be based in the same decision-making networks that allow us to play video games.

What can we learn from these disparate lines of research? Taken together, they suggest that cognitive training alone isn’t the secret to improving cognitive function. Instead, strengthening the connections between body and mind through meditation and walking may be the key to a better brain.

Me:- Why take chances? Do as I do! Do cognitive exercise ( Crosswords, Sudoku, etc. ), exercise and meditate. And of course, lots of Happiness training!

What Matters in Training?

“Everyone gets training,” says APS Fellow Eduardo Salas, a psychological scientist from the University of Central Florida. “But what matters? What works? What influences learning and skill acquisition?”

Me:- Or what training works and gives improved results? The answer is generative training. Training where the skills you get enable you to train even better. And that better training gives you even better results. You are involved in an upward spiral of more and more improvement (This is an advanced level of NLP). This plan is not infinite. You can’t keep it up for ever. Or can you?
Myself and The Happy People are determined to try! LOL!
Why don’t YOU join us? It’s FREE. You have nothing to lose except an UNHAPPY life style. Believe me, you will have A LOT OF FUN!
PLEASE share this article with everybody that you know. Help to make the world a HAPPIER place.
Love, Peace and Happiness,
Tommy

Here is the link to this great article in full. Make sure that you read all of it:

Boosting Brain Power Through a Mind-Body Connection – Association for Psychological Science.

Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 2

Meditation

Meditation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today at Sarvodaya's Early Morning meditation

Today at Sarvodaya’s Early Morning meditation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happiness, Mental Health And Meditation!
Hi! Here is the post I promised you. It’s a follow on to my last post. As in my previous post, “Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming!” I’m talking about Meditation being used as a way of stopping the negative thought patterns that emerge when we allow our brains to ‘Day-dream‘. In other words how to increase your Happiness. Here is another article (Link at bottom of post) which links strongly into the previous along with my comments. Again I have put excerpts from the article in italics.

Meditation can shut off the part of the brain associated with daydreaming as well as autism, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders, according to a Yale study released Monday.

Me:- Here are more reasons why you should meditate. It helps with lots of mental disorders.

Experienced meditators ……… can quiet the brain region known as the default mode network, which consists of the medial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortex. This region of the brain is responsible for lapses in attention.

Me:- The lapses in attention, or daydreaming is when the mind quite often drifts into negative ways of thinking that, again, often makes them sad, troubled or depressed i.e it stops them being Happy.

The researchers, led by Judson Brewer, an assistant professor of psychiatry, analyzed the brain activity of 24 meditators — half with thousands of hours of practice and half who were novices — with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
For the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the participants took part in three meditation exercises and their brain activity was recorded for 4 1/2 minutes. In all three exercises, the experienced meditators were able to deactivate the default mode network. The novices, however, did not change the activity in this brain region.

Me:-This has not been my experience at all. I have taught thousands of people how to meditate. Some, and I admit only a tiny ‘some,’ have had a tremendous result after one or two classes. I’m talking about mental state,positive emotions and even direction in life. And these results were permanent. To suggest that people need thousands of hours to  achieve these great results is not what I know can happen.
This gives a bad impression and would stop people from trying this marvellous therapy. I feel is because all the new research that I read about is about using types of  meditation that is linked to a spiritual or religious agenda.

The researchers also conducted brain imaging of the subjects with their minds at rest. Even when they weren’t meditating, the study found that the brain activity of the experienced meditators was different.. ………

Me:- I agree. If people carry on meditating, they will carry on making improvements in these skills and results.

he said, their brains were constantly suppressing urges to daydream or indulge in thoughts focused on themselves. A preoccupation with one’s own thoughts….. is a trait of such disorders as autism and schizophrenia. Brewer said more research is needed to say whether this means that meditation could ward off these disorders or be used to treat them, but he added that the results are promising. The results also suggest that meditation could help treat depression. Brewer cited earlier studies. If meditation can train the mind to focus, Brewer said, it could increase a sense of well-being.

Me:- I agree thoroughly. I would also repeat that some people show good improvement in the first couple of classes, most are doing it after 10 session and the longer they carry on meditating the stronger they will become mentally. I am talking about 30 minutes a day.

A meditator himself, Brewer said he wasn’t surprised that his study revealed the positive effects of meditation. “You get these delayed benefits that are really remarkable,” he said. “You’re less stressed, and hopefully you’re less of a jerk.”Brewer said many of his patients who struggle with nicotine addiction have successfully used meditation to kick their habits.
Earlier studies have shown that the mind wanders a fair amount. Researchers at Harvard published a study earlier this year that found up to 47 percent of our waking hours are devoted to daydreaming (http://bit.ly/dtZPhj, abstract only). So it’s no surprise that it has become a popular subject of study among neuroscientists.

Me:- More reasons to start meditating as soon as you can.

Earlier this year, for instance, a study out of Wake Forest University School of Medicine found that meditation was more effective at reducing pain than drugs, including morphine (http://bit.ly/fLnHKk, abstract only).

Me:- Even more reasons! LOL!

Fadel Zeidan of the department of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest, that study, said that the findings of the Yale study were plausible. While the Yale research focused on experienced meditators, Zeidan said, his study found that people could reap benefits after practicing meditation for only four days.The more studies on meditation are published, he said, the more the medical establishment will accept meditation as a form of treatment.

Me:- Exactly what I have found. The type of meditation that I do and teach has absolutely no spiritual or philosophical content at all. I believe in philosophy and spirituality but not in connections with my meditation. My type of meditation is an exercise to make my mind strong, healthy and fast moving. It is used to bring high levels of Happiness into my life.
Professor Brewer said that it would help to cure depression and he is right. It is the perfect way to bring Happiness into your life. And as you carry on, to make it stronger. When you start meditating, you will soon find that you get that feeling of  Happiness after a session. But make sure that it is the right type of Meditation for getting what you want.
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Love, Peace and Happiness,
Tommy.
P.S Here is the link to the full article:

via Study: Meditators Shut Down Daydreaming Part Of Brain – Hartford Courant.

Happiness Can’t Be Bought For Cristiano Ronaldo!

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Holiday-Depression-2010 (Photo credit: Hallicious)

Money Equals Happiness
Or so a lot of people think.
But it ain’t necessarily so. Lots of research has been done on this idea and it has been shown that  money is very important but that having lots of money doesn’t always mean that you will be happy.
Some people are wealthy beyond belief and are still unhappy. Here is an example:
How Happy Is Ronaldo?
Ronaldo Cristiano is one of the best paid football stars of all time. He is also one of the best looking and skilful soccer stars of in the world today. He plays for world famous Real Madrid, who paid an unbelievable 94 million euros for him. He is presently earning about 11 million euros per year. How wealthy is that? And now he wants MORE! His present contract has 3 years to go but he is asking for a new contract for 6 years for a record breaking 30 million euros a year. This is nearly 3 times what he is earning at present. Here are just some of the newspaper headlines:
“Enough in enough”
“CR unsettles Madrid and activates the alarm bells”
“CR unsettles Madrid and activates the alarm bells”
Etc., Etc., All stories have photos showing him looking depressed and sad.
” Not Happy!”
Ronaldo admits it and claims that it is for professional reasons. People in the business say that the increase from 11 to 30 million euros will sort out his unhappiness. Can you believe it?
So Happiness Can’t Be Bought
Not for 11 million euros a year, anyway! (Just give me a shot at it! LOL).
Unhappiness Is Harmful!
Here is a lesson for The Happy People. At a time when Ronaldo needs to impress the money men that he is worth the increase to 30 million euros per year, at a time when he needs to display his most dazzling skills, his game is slipping!
That’s right, his unhappiness is causing him to perform below his usual level.
Yes.  His money unhappiness is causing  to play below normal. This is the point that I want to make. Just imagine the mental agony when people are saying bad things about his performances. This is how emotional problems can spring up. One causes another one and it goes on. Until a person who should really be happy can find himself surrounded by problems.
I’m not saying that he shouldn’t ask for more money what I am saying is that he should not allow his financial tactics to affect his emotional level.
The lesson for The Happy People that you must build up, control and guard your emotional states at all times!
(The positive ones of course LOL!)
You may not be a footballer, but all of life  is a game and  must play with every ounce of their skill
and positive emotions.

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Love, Peace and Happiness,

Tommy

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)