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Mindful : October 2017
Research gathered from Greater Good Science Ctr. at UC Berkeley, Ctr. for Healthy Minds at U of Wisconsin–Madison, Ctr. for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, and American Mindfulness Research Association. PHOTOGRAPHYBYALEXISBROWN/UNSPLASH Wander No More We all want to concentrate better, and there’s no shor t- age of online tools offering to help. Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark randomly assigned about half of a group of 95 people (average age early 40s) to a month of mindfulness training using the Headspace app. The other half did Lumosity brain training. Before-and-after measures of per- formance on a task requiring sustained attention showed that the mindfulness training significantly reduced mind-wandering, while the brain training did not. A Healthy Dose of Friendship Want to be both happy and healthy as you age? Cultivate strong friendships. That’s the conclusion of two studies by a Michigan State University researcher involving almost 280,000 people. While many studies have shown that close family relationships enhance health and well- being, the impact of friendship has been less clear. In the first study, William Chopik, an assistant profes- sor of psychology, analyzed multicountry interview data from 271,000 people ranging in age from 15 to 99. He found that throughout the lifespan, people who said they highly valued their relationships with family and friends were both happier and healthier. Among older adults, though, good relationships with friends were better predictors of hap- piness and good health. Chopik then looked at data from a study of 7,500 over- 50 adults in the US, which included more detailed ques- tions. Here, too, the impact of friendship was strong: When friends were a source of support, people were hap- pier. But those who said their friendships were sources of strain had more chronic ill- nesses over a six-year period. “Keeping a few good friends around can make a world of difference for our health and well-being,” Chopik said. “It’s smar t to invest in the friendships that make you happiest.” ● AD The World Needs You! “In a world that reinvents itself on a daily basis, we empower students and credentialed coaches to adapt, integrate, and flourish from the inside out – for the betterment of all sentient beings.” – Founder & Director Ann-Marie McKelvey, LPCC, MCC ICF Master Certified Coach, Licensed Psychotherapist, Buddhist Chaplain www.MindfulnessCoachingSchool.com (505) 989-3374 ... and more! Becoming a Mindfulness & Wellness Coach: You And Your Clients September 18 – ovember 6, 2017 Skillful Means: The Coaching Skill Set September 18 – ovember 6, 2017 The Dynamic Trio: EMDR, Positive Psychology, and Coaching September 19 – ovember 7, 2017 Mindful Eating: Mindful Life September 27 – ovember 15, 2017 NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR: Get certified from your home! All classes are live and interactive via phone and/or Internet video. ICF CCEs and optional counseling CEUs available. Mindfulness Coaching School 16 mindful October 2017 what’s new