Meditation is a practice, where an individual uses a technique to focus one’s mind on a particular object, thought, or activity so as to train attention and awareness. By engaging in a particular meditation practice we can learn the patterns and habits of our mind.
Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is the energy expended for any physical activity we do, excluding sleeping, eating or intentional exercise. It includes the physical movements in our lives that aren’t planned exercise or sports, for example, activities such as cooking, shopping, and...
An epidemic of narcissism has swept across the student population during the past one and a half decades all over the world. Usually, the oldest people have the highest rates of narcissism but, surprisingly, the epidemic has been sweeping across the population of the Millenials. So this is clearly a
Psychologically, the term aggression runs the gamut of behaviors that can result in both physical and psychological harm to ourselves, others or objects in the environment.
Traditionally, the teachings of Buddhism and some other religious faiths urge us to be mindful about every act, at every moment, every day of our lives. Mindfulness is the act of paying full, non-judgmental attention to our moment-to-moment experience. It gives meaning to every action.
The subject of walking after eating meals has been surrounded by controversies since people have different opinions about it. Still many like to have an after-dinner stroll for improved digestion and health.
Phubbing, a new buzzword, means snubbing someone we are talking to by looking at or using our phone. It’s almost certainly part of our everyday life. Just think about how often a conversation stalls because our friends or we have pulled out a phone and got busy with it.
A power nap is a nap that’s long enough to get an individual through the day, but not so long that it makes the person groggy or unable to sleep at night. Twenty to thirty minutes is the ideal nap length if one wants to wake up feeling alert. Some experts differ regarding the length of a nap.
Human beings are social animals, and most of us yearn for close relationships with other people. Relationships involve a strong, deep, or close association or acquaintance between two or more people that may range in duration from brief to enduring. This association may be based on inference, love,
A judgment formed on the instant without deliberation is called snap judgment. It can be likened to one's instincts which come with the first impressions of another person. They appear invisible to our conscious awareness. Sometimes we just have a gut feeling about something, but we can't explain wh
Infidelity takes various forms. Its boundaries are so ambiguous that even couples have its different views about it. But the general rule is that any behavior that causes feelings of betrayal and rejection in a partner is defined as infidelity.
We so commonly hear the worlds – conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious mind. We are familiar with the idea that our behavior is less rational than we believe to be because of significant role our sub-conscious mind plays in our life.
Fructose is a monosaccharide, the simplest form of carbohydrate. It contains only one sugar group and, therefore, it can’t be broken down any further. Natural fructose - Fructose is produced by plants and is found in most fruits and root vegetables. It has the same chemical composition as...
Oxidation is a chemical reaction, in which there is loss of electrons by a molecule, atom or ion, resulting in an increase of its oxidation state. The opposite process is called reduction, which occur
The intestinal micro-flora is a complex ecosystem consisting of over 400 bacterial species. The micro-flora is sparse in the upper gastrointestinal tract with the bacterial concentrations of predomina
Cognitive decline is among the normal processes of aging, which simply means that the brain doesn't work as well as it used to. Cognitive decline, which can lead to dementia or other brain diseases,
Loneliness is an unpleasant emotional response to a lack of connection and communication with other beings. However, it can be felt even when surrounded by other people. It is universally prevalent th
Human brain shows specific changes with age. Its volume and/ or weight decline with age at a rate of around 5% per decade after age 40. The actual rate of decline possibly increases with age particula
Emotions play very significant role in everyone’s life, though they can be quite painful at times. Emotions are experiences characterized by intense mental activity and a high degree of pleasure or di
Many of us have heard that exercise lowers cholesterol levels in the body. Exercise programs such as walking, jogging, and aerobics have been encouraged as a means to reduce total cholesterol, low-den
Radon is a chemical element having an atomic number 86. It is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas. Being a noble gas, radon is chemically not very reactive. It is the densest of al
Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy, developed by Zeno of Citium around 300 B.C. that teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions. For centu
Collective consciousness, also called collective conscience, or collective conscious, is the set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes, which operate as a unifying force within society. In gene
Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep pace with the removal of old bone. Weight training is not only important for muscles but for bones as well, preventing osteoporosis.
Philosophers, religionists and spiritualists all have given different definitions of spirituality and, that is why, there is no single, widely accepted definition. Spirituality can be defined as an i
Human beings have a mini ecosystem in their bodies, which is constituted by myriads of microflora (also called microbiome or microbiota). Human microflora is made up of communities of symbiotic, comme
Historically, most cultures in the world were polygamous but, in the fullness of time, they have evolved into presumptive monogamy or legal monogamy. In spite of this, we haven’t evolved beyond our bi
Objective observation involves watching people and their behaviors and actions in various situations in an unbiased manner without attaching labels. Labels are stereotype thinking usually formed from
Gossip came into existence with the advent of human society. Anthropologically, it has undergone evolutionary changes over many generations. It has evolved into a social skill through many generation
Glycated hemoglobin is an important measurement that is used to monitor and manage diabetes.
Studies in mice and humans indicate that the FTO gene plays a role in nervous and cardiovascular systems and has a strong association with body mass index, obesity risk, and type 2 diabetes.
Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness that involves focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness and enhanced suggestibility. During hypnosis, a person is said to have heightened focus and con
Karma yoga is a way of performing actions, in which we put our 100% effort without being attached to their outcome. When action is performed selflessly with full focus and attention, it brings fulfill
Every one of us is unique in many respects from others, hardly resembling them in certain ones. On account of this individual uniqueness, we sometimes fail to understand others fully, as result of whi
Dementia is characterized by symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or beha
Empathy is the ability to feel or imagine another person’s emotional experience. The ability to empathize is an important part of social and emotional development, affecting an individual’s behavior t
Many of us will be aware of buzzwords - leptin diet and leptin lifestyle, which are making their presence felt everywhere in the media as well as in our interpersonal communications. These two buzzwor
Many of us may know that our hunger is regulated by certain hormones: ghrelin and leptin. These two hormones perform opposite actions, that is, ghrelin increases appitite, whereas leptin decreases it. They are two big players in the regulation of hunger and, therefore, play an important role in our...
Zen has been described variously by many. And that is why it is a bit confusing for some. Zen is a state that involves total focus on the present moment, incorporating total togetherness of body and mind. It is way of being. It is also a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusions and seeing...
My previous hub – Three important basics of weight loss: Made easy – has lucidly explained how diet and regular exercise contribute to weight loss, which if done consistently can work wonders over a c
Many may be surprised to know that human brain is also a social organ. That is why the term social brain has been applied to its some specific parts. Social brain can be defined as parts of the brain
Broken heart syndrome is a temporary condition that is brought on by a stressful event such as death of a loved one. It is caused by the heart’s reaction to a surge of stress hormones. Broken heart sy
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a carbon based synthetic compound belonging to the group of diphyenylmethane derivatives and bisphenols with two hydroxyphenyl groups. It is a colorless solid soluble in organic solvents. BPA is employed to make certain plastics and epoxy resins. It is used to make a variety of...
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a type of arrhythmia, in which there is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heart beat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow or with an irregular rhythm. Normally, the heart contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. In atrial fibrillation, the...
High intensity interval training, also called high intensity interval exercise, is an exercise strategy that employs alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. Anaerobic exercise is used by athletes in non-endurance sports to develop strength, speed...
An individual encounters many ups and downs over the course of a spiritual journey. Discover how to work towards your own spiritual awakening.
It is a fact that most adults are moderately to severely sleep deprived. Most healthy adults need between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best. So, a good sleep isn’t a luxury but is a necessity. Typically, sleep falls into two categories – NREM sleep and...
What are thoughts exactly is quite enigmatic, so it is difficult to define them clearly. Thoughts can be idea-like, memory-like or picture-like. They are usually short-lived and discrete events. The thoughts are directly triggered by external stimuli. Thoughts are electrochemical reactions...
Endorphins are endogenous opioid peptides which are produced endogenously by the pituitary gland, spinal cord and hypothalamus. In other words, they are morphine like substance originating from within the body. They function as neurotransmitters, which mean that they transmit the signals throughout...
The human brain is an astonishing organ capable of great feats of memory but susceptible to damage. It is remarkably adaptable to change. The scientists claim that the average human brain is three times the size of what it should be in relation to our body size. Human beings have a much larger...
Fear is a primary emotion which every one of us has experienced and keeps on experiencing in life. Small toddlers don’t fear anything so they touch things, which can harm them; they pick up any thing and put in their mouth which can harm them; they can go on the road unaware of the danger of...
Also called epidermal cyst or keratin cyst, a sebaceous cyst is a sac-like swelling arising from a hair follicle. A skin trauma can also induce a cyst to form. It normally contains a cheese like substance of keratin (a protein) inside. The sebaceous cysts usually occur in scalp of head, neck, face...
As we all know so well that the Diabetes Mellitus is a serious disease, which if not managed efficiently can lead to serious and like-threatening complications. The following are the important steps to manage it properly. Stay at the ideal...
A good night’s sleep is one of the pre-requisites to good health. There is growing evidence that people who get too little sleep have a higher risk of weight gain and obesity than people who get seven to eight hours of sleep a night.