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What Mindfulness Can Do For the Nation

What Mindfulness Can Do For the Nation

Psychologists often dream of a better world in which the field's discoveries are applied to society's major problems. If Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has his way, the dream will become reality. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., a Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, reviews Ryan's book, A Mindful Nation.

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Spirituality Can Boost Your Mood

Spirituality Can Boost Your Mood

People do turn to spirituality after a bad day, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. And good news for spiritual folks, it works. "We find that having a really spiritual day, committing to a power higher than yourself, carefully considering a purpose larger than yourself, it ends up leading to a lot of well-being," said study researcher Todd Kashdan, a psychologist and senior scientist at The Center for Consciousness and Transformation at George Mason University in Virginia.

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Four Ways to Discover Your Strengths

Four Ways to Discover Your Strengths

Your strengths are ultimately the keys to your success. "When we do things we're already good at, our business acumen is quicker," says Todd Kashdan, psychology professor at Mason and senior scientist at CCT.

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Yoga: How We Serve First Responders

Yoga: How We Serve First Responders

Lisa Wimberger created the Neurosculpting® Institute in 2012 to serve civilians and private law enforcement personnel. She began serving first responders in 2007 teaching mindfulness Neurosculpting® trainings at national law enforcement agencies.

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CCT Scholar Paul Rogers on How We Can Help Teachers Go From Good to Great

CCT Scholar Paul Rogers on How We Can Help Teachers Go From Good to Great

For more than 30 years, Mason’s Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) has been working to improve the quality of writing instruction with a powerful model of professional development by bringing together 25 of the best teachers in Northern VA to examine the most pressing issues related to teaching and learning across the curriculum, demonstrate and reflect on their own best practices and strategies, and study current research in the field.

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Psychologist Carol Ryff on Wellbeing and Aging: The FPR Interview

Psychologist Carol Ryff on Wellbeing and Aging: The FPR Interview

Dr. Carol D. Ryff, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, speaks with science writer Karen A. Frenkel about well-being in the United States and Japan, and different attitudes towards aging.Since 1995, Dr. Ryff and her Wisconsin team have been studying 7,000 individuals and examining factors that influence health and well-being from middle age through old age.

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How Will You Teach Your Child Morality Without Religion?

How Will You Teach Your Child Morality Without Religion?

Todd Kashdan, senior scientist for the Center for Consciousness and Transformation of George Mason University, writes for Psychology Today, this is from his latest article. "My wife and I have hit a slew of parenting workshops. We absorbed great tips. If there is one thing I have learned as a psychologist and scientist its that 'averages fail to tell the story.' Don't let what works for the average parent with the hypothetical average kid guilt or control you. Use expert advice as a template to work from, not an instruction manual to follow sequentially."

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More Doctors Are Prescribing Meditation

More Doctors Are Prescribing Meditation

A joint study by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School actually discovered that 6.3 million Americans, or roughly 1 in 30 of us, are being referred by doctors to practice activities like meditation. The high number of referrals showed that doctors are recognizing the benefits of meditation and yoga.

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