By Madelaine Romero
People always say to focus on the present instead of dwelling on the past. However, recent studies carried out by the University of Southampton actually suggest that frequently thinking of good memories can actually boost well-being and lead to a larger feeling of overall satisfaction in life. For those who live in a cycle of depression, its often the continual negative thoughts which bring them down and keep them there. This can be remedied by making an effort to create a new happy memory. In the 2006 Southampton study, researchers found that even bittersweet childhood memories can cause a large boost ...
By Madelaine Romero
Have you ever gone to the store, knowing you need milk, bread, and…you can’t remember what else? Maybe you showed up an hour late for an appointment because you thought it was at 4 PM instead of 3 PM.  Or perhaps your child missed a sports practice because you forgot the coach added an extra one.  Most people experience memory lapses from time to time.  Generally, it’s not a serious issue if you can’t remember what page you fell asleep on while reading your book or misplaced your car keys because you switched purses or coats. Your brain only processes ...
By Madelaine Romero
Imagine yourself sharing your most precious memories with your children, grandchildren, or dear friends. Sharing your memories is a unique way to connect with others and offer comfort and joy.  Preserving your precious memories is easy with these five hands-on ways:Take Photos and VideosCreate a ScrapbookJournalingCreate MemoriesShare with OthersGetting involved in preserving your memories helps you build a record for a lifetime of precious moments.1. Take Photos and Videos Have you ever heard the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words?’  Taking photos and videos helps preserve your memories in a unique way. Visual records of important events help mark ...
By Madelaine Romero
Remembering something pleasant can make you feel happy, relaxed, and grateful. Remembering a painful experience can make you upset, angry, or sad. Memories evoke feelings, both good and bad. But memory plays even more crucial roles in our lives.When naming the different types of memory, scientists also describe the role each type of memory plays. Without the different kinds of memory, we would not function well or manage life’s demands. Researchers define five types of memory and the roles they play in our lives. Sensory Sensory memory is how the brain stores the input from the world around us. According to a study ...
By Madelaine Romero
According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, wisdom, or personal growth, most often comes from bad experiences like failed relationships or serious illness. How does a person turn these bad memories into personal growth instead of seeing them as a personal failure?  Psychologists believe that your worst memories can be used for personal growth by conscious reflection instead of rumination.Rumination is dwelling on the problems you faced in the past and magnifying your misfortune. Rumination is a “pity party” you replay over and over again in your mind. Being stuck in your worst memories creates a ...
By Madelaine Romero
While you’re busy eating right and doing physical exercise, don’t forget to keep your memory healthy too. Scientific research on memory shows that keeping your memory healthy is just as important as keeping your body healthy. Researchers and doctors offer these six tips to keep memory healthy:Keep LearningSocializeBe OrganizedUse All Your SensesGet Enough SleepManage Chronic ConditionsKeep LearningNo matter what age you are, you can add new memories. A study published by the National Academy of Sciences showed that training your memory through new experiences increases your working memory and keeps it healthy. The older you are, the more experiences you have stored ...
By Madelaine Romero
There are a lot of people in the world who are trying to find ways to lose weight quickly. In this article I write about a simple change that worked for a lot of people. If you have always liked the wrong types of food and drinks, the result is you may have always been on the large side. You have been very careful what you eat as you seem to gain weight very easily. If you have tried many weight loss programs or diets, and none of them worked in the long term, and you have always looked for a ...
By Madelaine Romero
How many times have you heard a friend say, "I am on a diet"? Then what happens is your friend would lose some weight for a while before putting them all back on again.I'll bet you have also seen someone say that "Cardio is the best for losing weight". This person would then religiously pound the treadmill but results are agonizingly slow. Soon, he gives up and gains back all the weight he had lost, and sometimes even gaining some extra kilos! Ah, so you thought you've finally found the answer to permanent weight loss. You went on a strict diet ...
By Madelaine Romero
We hear it all the time…lose weight for your health. Few people however, realize the extent to which this is critical to their physical well-being and ultimately their life expectancy. In January 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association featured a study finding that obesity appears to lessen life expectancy, especially among young adults. The study showed an obese 20-year-old white male, (5'10")178cm and weighing (288 pounds) 130kg was estimated to lose 13 years of his life as a result of obesity. It is now well researched that a Western diet that leads to obesity may actually act to stimulate the ...
By Madelaine Romero
In a nutshell, a healthy diet involves:(1) More home-cooked food, less eating out.(2) More fresh fruit as snacks.(3) More fresh vegetables as snacks and with meals.(4) More beans as sides or in stews.(5) More dense chewy bread, less refined white breads and bread snacks.(6) More fish, skinless chicken/turkey, less red meat.(7) Smaller servings of red meat, larger servings of vegetables.(8) Eating low fat dairy foods.(9) Adding less fat in the form of butter, mayo, sour cream, to the food on your plate. This is a huge source of excessive calories.(10) Stocking up with healthy snack foods to keep hunger at ...