Making the decision to live healthier often involves important steps such as losing weight and exercising more. These are significant goals and everyday lifestyle habits that you should commit to. But there's another type of "makeover" that can benefit you in equally important ways.
That's changing your general outlook on life by boosting positivity. This mental tweak will put you in ...
Research has long shown how psychological disorders lead to poor physical health. Now scientists are learning more about the flip side of emotions, how living a purposeful life may have as many physical benefits as inspirational ones.
Having purpose in life is simply believing that your life has meaning and that you live according to goals you set for yourself.
Are you trapped in an exercise routine that's good for your body, but isn't motivating your spirit? It's time to find your exercise style.
One way is to make a list of the pros and cons of the exercise options that are most convenient for you and that you really like. For instance, exercise classes offer a lot of variety, but if the commute is too long or you're uncomfortable in a gro...
The feeling of "oneness" may make you more satisfied with your life, new research finds.
Oneness is the belief that everything in the world is connected and interdependent.
Two surveys of nearly 75,000 people in Germany found a strong link between life satisfaction and higher scores on concepts associated with oneness -- such as social connectedness, feeling close to nature ...
Optimism may be key to coping with chronic pain, claims a new study of soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. And you don't need to be a vet to benefit from a positive attitude, the research suggests.
Among nearly 21,000 veterans, those with a positive outlook before they were sent abroad reported fewer bouts with pain after deployment, including new back pain, joint pain and fr...
Instead of popping a painkiller, a little mindful yoga might go a long way toward easing longstanding pain, a new study suggests.
The review of 21 clinical trials involving nearly 2,000 people looked at the effects of two drug-free options for chronic pain: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and a program called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). It combines meditation and gen...
Women who are "mindful" in their everyday activities seem to suffer fewer menopause symptoms, new research suggests.
The study couldn't prove that it was the mindfulness that was keeping symptoms at bay, but it does add to evidence for a link, said lead researcher Dr. Richa Sood. She's a women's health specialist at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn.
Being in tune with the present moment -- called mindfulness -- can relieve stress and make you an actor rather than a reactor, a wellness expert says.
Focusing on what's happening right now allows people to notice things they might otherwise miss, said Dr. Timothy Riley. He is an assistant professor in the family and community medicine department at Penn State Health.
Yoga has many benefits, from increasing flexibility to reducing stress.
The practice offers so much because of its multi-dimensional nature. In addition to its fluid exercises, called asanas or poses, it focuses on correct breathing, posture and meditation with a philosophy that strives for a balance of body, mind and spirit.
There are many styles of yoga offered in the Unit...
Feel yourself being pulled in a million directions and losing track of what's really important? The meditative practice called mindfulness can help you get centered and re-focus on what's meaningful to you.
And it doesn't take time that's already in short supply on your busy schedule. You can reap the benefits in less time than it takes for a coffee break.
Pain sends more people to the doctor than any other ailment. But if you don't want relief from a medicine bottle -- or when that relief isn't enough -- consider complementary and integrative health approaches for their emotional as well as physical benefits.
Though certain types of movement can feel painful, especially if you're in the midst of an osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthriti...
Mindfulness meditation may take the edge off of pain, a new study suggests.
"Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment," explained lead researcher Fadel Zeidan. He's an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
For seniors who feel years younger than they really are, a new study suggests it might not be their imagination.
"We found that people who feel younger have the structural characteristics of a younger brain," explained lead author Jeanyung Chey. She is a professor in the department of psychology & program for brain sciences at Seoul National University in South Korea.
Your surroundings can play a big role when it comes to overeating. Learning how you respond in various circumstances can help you curb the calories.
One study showed that people eat and drink less when their dinnerware is red -- and more when it's blue -- because red acts like a stop sign. But another study found that using your favorite color -- whatever that is -- can prompt you to ...
Exercise is a known stress buster, and different disciplines relax and tone you in a variety of ways. So, you can pick and choose from many types of exercise to go beyond physical fitness to better mental health.
Exercise's mind-body boosts:
Improves your mood by releasing natural feel-good chemicals.
Seeing too many social media posts from friends about their fitness activity can harm your body image, a new study contends.
"When people received more posts about exercise, it made them more concerned about their weight -- more self-conscious -- and that's not a good thing," said study co-author Stephen Rains. He's a professor of communication and an associate professor of psycholog...
For college students stressed out at exam time, a new study suggests there is a simple way to improve their mental health -- mindfulness training.
Mindfulness is an ancient practice that has gained some popularity among those feeling rushed by the often hectic pace of modern life. It involves being focused on the present, what you're thinking and feeling, as well as what's happening...
The brain gets priority over muscles when both are competing for energy, a new study finds.
Tests with 62 elite rowers at a British university, who averaged 21 years old, revealed that when they had to think fast and exert themselves at the same time, the brain was first in line to receive energy-providing glucose.
This is likely an evolutionary trait because quick thinking ...