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Mindful : December 2017
Dying: Not as bad as we think? Thinking about death is scarier than actually facing it, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed the jour- nal entries of terminally ill patients and the last words of death row inmates, and compared them to those written by people asked to imagine imminent death. Those actually con- fronting death were much more posi- tive, leading researchers to conclude that “the experience of dying may be more pleasant than one imagines.” Who’s meditating? Around 4.3 million US adults engage in mindfulness meditation, says a new analysis of the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. Among those exclu- sively practicing mindful- ness, the most common motivations were to improve stress levels, emotional well- being, and general health. Rover feels your pain That was the word from the Clever Dog Lab in Vienna, Austria, when 53 dogs heard recordings of people, pooches, and rustling leaves. Sounds of negative emotions—whether from a crying person or whining dog — elicited signs of distress in the canines themselves. Clever researchers! Fast walk, strong heart If you’re a slow walker, you may be at greater risk of developing heart disease. After analyzing data gath- ered over six years from nearly half a million people, British researchers discovered that those who identified as “slow walkers” were about twice as likely to die from heart disease as “steady” or “brisk” walkers. Overall fitness level likely has much to do with it, the researchers noted, but interestingly, other risk factors, such as smoking, diet, or body mass index, did not. Perhaps we can learn to walk more mindfully and swiftly. If you tend to see the glass as half-empty... ...good company may help. University of Maryland researchers pinged 127 students on their phones several times a day for a week, asking questions about their emotional status and who they were with. Par ticu- larly for those with a more negative disposition, interact- ing with close friends or loved ones brought a big boost in mood and optimism. A. Solar Photography Kit | $14.95 Using “sunography” and everyday objects, this type of printmaking employs sunlight to produce richly hued images. By Uncommon Goods, uncommongoods.com B. 52 Weeks of Thanks Cards | $29.95 Remember to express your gratitude often with this set of thank-you cards that comes with a gratitude journal. By Compendium, live-inspired.com C. JubiliteTM Dance Party Lamp Kit | $44.99 (basic kit) or $64.99 (deluxe kit) This DIY disco lamp project exercises creative design skills, while also teaching basic engineering and electronics. The kits are available for pre-order, and will be distributed star ting in February 2018. By Brainy Yak Labs, brainyyaklabs.com D. Stick Candles | $36 These rustic beeswax candles, cast from young tree branches, will add a cozy glow and offer a 17-hour burn time. By Stick Candles, stickcandles.com Mindful’s Mini Holiday Gift Guide PHOTOGRAPHSBYSUNOGRAPHY,JUBILITE,COMPENDIUM,LUISMOLINERO/FREEPIK,GRATISOGRAPHY C D B A December 2017 mindful 13