“It’s Like We’re On The Same Wavelength!” – Metaphor or Neuroscience?

We all love those moments of meeting someone, or spending time with them, and everything just “clicks.” We say the same thing at the same time, feel the same emotions, or have the same opinions. Often, we refer to this type of encounter as “being on the same wavelength” with someone. But is this statement more than just a metaphor?Psychologist, Suzanne Dikker, at New York University conducted a study which demonstrated that “engaged groups are literally in sync on a brain-to-brain basis.” … [Read more...]

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Expressing gratitude makes us healthier: Who wouldn’t be grateful for that?

Gratitude journals, #grateful quotes, appreciation lists, oh my! Expressing gratitude seems to be a growing trend right now, but are these seemingly small practices of expressing gratitude enough to have an impact on our overall well-being?New research by Stephen Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins for the National Communication Association's Review of Communication shows that, "Gratitude consistently associates with many positive social, psychological, and health states, such as an increased … [Read more...]

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Can You Be Mindful And Still Feel Angry?

Mindfulness is a powerful technique for helping individuals develop a healthier relationship with their emotions.  Unfortunately, many individuals have fallen under the misunderstanding that practicing mindfulness means they will be completely at peace at all times. Then, when this doesn't occur, they become more upset or believe that mindfulness doesn’t work.To combat this, we must first understand what mindfulness really is. Mindfulness is, essentially,  the ability to experience your emo … [Read more...]

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Eating Your Salvation: Are YOU Orthorexic? Take the Quiz.

In a recent interview, "Domestic goddess" Nigella Lawson takes on what she refers to as the current cultural obsession with "clean eating."To put it bluntly, $10 cold-pressed green juices and quinoa bowls are a lifestyle choice — it doesn’t make you virtuous. “There is a way in which food is used either to self-congratulate — you’re a better person because you’re eating like that — or to self-persecute, because you will not allow yourself to eat the foods you want,” the 55-year-old British ch … [Read more...]

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5 Steps To More Joyful Living

Today on More2Life Radio, Lisa and I revealed what our Catholic faith and the latest studies from positive psychology have to teach us about living more joyfully.Does God Want Us to Be Happy?A lot of Christians question whether God wants us to be be happy.  I've even heard people say, "God doesn't want us to be happy.  He wants us to be holy."  But as I argue in Broken Gods:  Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart, the two are far from mutually exclusive.   To be holy is … [Read more...]

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God Wants to Give You an Incredible Gift! What It Is WILL Surprise You!

(The following is excerpted from my latest book, Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart (available in stores June 2).  Order your copy TODAY!)The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.  ~St.  Thomas AquinasImagine that you were to wake up tomorrow to discover that, by some miracle, you had become a god overnight. Not THE God--omnipresent, all-knowing, al … [Read more...]

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Is Your Spouse Making YOU Sick?

Previous research has demonstrated a strong link between marital quality and physical health.  This most recent study examined to what degree a spouse's stress indirectly impact his or her mate's health. Researchers discovered stress and relationship quality have both direct and indirect effects on the cardiovascular system, confirming previous research. They also discovered that it is important to consider the couple as a whole rather than the individual when examining marriage and … [Read more...]

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Just Wait a Minute! (Why Patience Isn’t What You Think)

We were talking about patience on More2Life Radio today.  What it is, what it isn't, and how to get more of it.Patience, of course, is the virtue we all love to hate.  We all know we need it, but we sure as heck don't want to ask God to give it to us.  And yet, perhaps some of that reluctance is due to the fact that we don't really understand what patience is.Patience---> HappinessPsychologists refer to patience as the ability to delay gratification and we know from research that t … [Read more...]

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