10 Ways to Improve Yourself – Life-Changing New Research – Oprah.com | Nothing But The Best (We are/do/get)

10 Ways to Improve Yourself – Life-Changing New Research – Oprah.com | Nothing But The Best (We are/do/get).

10 Ways to Improve Yourself – Life-Changing New Research – Oprah.com

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1. Optimism

Never mind if you don’t have hours a day—even a few minutes spent in quiet contemplation once in a while yields noticeable benefits. A group of adults who meditated an average of six hours and 13 minutes over the course of five weeks developed patterns of brain activity typically associated with positive moods.

From the December 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine

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lemonsorbet
Posted: Mon 6/25/2012 6:18 AM
The Hawthorne Effect showed that people worked harder due to the attention they received from the researchers. It had nothing to do with the lightbulbs. People want recognition for their work.
hazel0308
Posted: Thu 6/21/2012 7:47 AM
I’m with dawnip – indeed, how many grams of chocolate for us versus the mice? House Wren
dawnlp
Posted: Mon 2/6/2012 11:53 AM
If a mouse eats 5 grams of dark chocolate, how many grams does a human have to eat to have those results?
andreahopethepoet
Posted: Mon 1/2/2012 7:40 PM
the study on lights seems a bit swayed. how can we compare an incandescent in a lamp to fluorescent in overhead light? in an environmental sense the fluorescent is the real bright idea! fluorescents produce less heat and are at least 3 times for efficient than incandescents
Mindy Erickson
Posted: Sat 12/24/2011 7:49 AM
Learnin and improvin!
5718arnhem
Posted: Fri 12/30/2011 1:01 PM
I hear ya girl…I am learning and improving myself…Have a Happy New Year and You!!! Thanks Oprah for helping us out with our lives…Where were you when I was 18???
Tammie Burris
Posted: Fri 12/23/2011 10:52 AM
U CAN NOT BEAT PEACE AND QUIET WITH YOUR FATHER,HE SHALL TELL U NO WRONG.
Tammie Burris
Posted: Fri 12/23/2011 10:49 AM
LADY O, THIS IS TRUE,IF I FIND MY SELF WITHOUT PHONE,TELEVISION,F/B,NO FRIENDS,JUST ME AND MY FATHER I CAN THINK. SOMETIMES MY MIND IS SO CLUTTERED I CAN NOT THINK AT ALL. I ASK MY DR,IF IT WAS POSSIBLE TO GET SO MAD THAT U-BLACK OUT,HE NEVER ANSWERED ME.I AM A VERY LOVING AND GIVEN PERSON BUT FOR SOME REASON PEOPLE TAKE IT FOR STUPIDITY, I THINK I AM TO GIVEN FOR A PERSON WHO HAS NOTHING AND DOES IT FROM THE HEART. NOT 4 A REWARD BUT;BECAUSE I LOVE YOU SO HOW CAN YOU REPAY ME BY TREATING ME LIKE TRASH.
vijeta1986
Posted: Thu 12/15/2011 1:15 AM
I am an MBA graduate from India was once a very ambitious girl to have everythingBut,I also had a dream to fall in love once and marry that guy only ,its lot more to do with my family tradition and principles that I have seen.I met a guy while doing my 1st year MBA ,I was very smart,intelligent and humourous. Today, I am in a moderate depression patient and I am jobless from a long time.I could not concentrate on anything than the guy.I went in search of job in Delhi because he also lives and works there but he never gave me the love and care I vouched for.Each day it became my main motive to have him my side and make him say words of love to me but he’s a workoholic and he deserts me because of his work.Last time I decided to finally take any job in Delhi and love there so that we spend at least some time together but I did not clear the interview after reaching final round with the director of the company.I called him to tell how bad day I had and he confirmed saying we would meet tomorrow ,I went to his office and waited there 12 hours but he was still not ready to meet happily.Everytime he meets now he says I m in office when free from office he’s tired enough not to take out for me.That night when he finally agreed to be with me,I told him all my problems and told him my love tank is empty I need you,he loved me a little but then again left me alone in the road saying he cant handle all this and promised he would meet tomorrow as I was leaving for my home in Bhopal.That night I spent in a footpath and he did not pick my call all night.Next day I messaged him sorry and to meet he denied saying too busy in office.I was broken with all the failures in my failures in my job and love life. I had 17 job failures and the love of my life for whom I did not became selfish he makes no acts of love,care or attention to me.I am currently out of my social circle,my cell phones are off my family is scared to see me.he is taking 2-5mins in a day to talk to me when I buzz.

grannyc13
Posted: Fri 12/23/2011 12:40 PM
Another person can not make you whole. You must fix yourself first. Backoff from this man who you are obsessiong over and work on yourself. He can not fill your needs. You must fill your own needs before you can have successful relationship with another person.
cjobrown77
Posted: Wed 12/21/2011 9:56 AM
Vijeta, what caslin has said is true, and also you would benefit greatly from “The Magic of Making Up”. I admire this work greatly. Go to the website. Lots of info there to help you.
caslin3
Posted: Wed 12/21/2011 5:31 AM
I have been in that place you are at now. Maybe not so depressed but, none the less, the same feelings.
If you are not working now, it is the perfect time to do something for others. Maybe volunteer or help some children, old people or animals. I found when I did for others my worries were few and my spirits lifted. In return, you will see that everyone loves to be around someone with a smile on their face and happy and I found it is what makes this world a better place. We are never as bad off as we think we are. good luck and I will keep you in my prayers. XO
carolynmariemorman
Posted: Tue 12/6/2011 7:46 AM
Deep Breathing and writing in a journal can bring you consulation as well, because when I write poems it is like a release that I can’t explain and it seems like I am always looking for the next step to take me to the next level… Hopefully one day I want need to be constantly picked up, I’ll just be happy and at peace with myself and I will not look to others for approval…Carolyn M. Morman marieelizabeth45@yahoo.com.
BhavnaShrestha
Posted: Thu 12/1/2011 12:04 PM
My dear lovely team at Opraah! My humble request is – if its possible to get the main source of information about the topic Longevity (Gift 8) which states the scientific study on volunteering. The reason is , I am an active volunteer at the moment in UK . We are having an event and I am creating signpost and other creative stuff to encourage community to volunteer. And this information on Opraah about volunteering gave me sparkles :). But before putting it on a public post I would need to know if I can get the main source..which will help me to put my point across. As always you all doing a great amazing marvelous job !!!!! . Wish to meet you all one day 🙂 Bhavna (Sentiments)
makiclay
Posted: Wed 11/30/2011 11:55 PM
Oprah reading your newsletters have been uplifting to my soul. Thanks for everything.
Maggima
Posted: Tue 11/29/2011 4:59 PM
I was wondering why some people are molested and others are not.I was molested many times by my paternal uncle and rapped more than four times by a group of different boys.Needles to say I continue being bullied by my collegues at work, and some of my family members.Is there a reason why.Do you know?
Mystic Keller
Posted: Wed 11/30/2011 9:18 AM
I’m sorry to hear about your childhood trauma. When we are young, niave, and pure, we do not understand the existance of evil. Nor, do we have the power to control what happens around or to us. In spite of evil we as children remain innocent. As adults we have the ability to heal. Not, change the past, but, learn and grow from it. Some of the darkest experiences of my youth have now brought new understanding of the power of my own choices. Choices of my thought process. The transition between victom to survivor is difficult. The shift that occurs is remarkable. As you grow, become comfortable with yourself, love grows where fear used to exist. Acceptance, love, and respect for yourself is the only way to teach others how to treat you. Its not about blame or victomization. It’s about faith. God, knows you more than you know yourself and loves you. It would be beyond arrogant to think God wrong. If we choose to continue to relive painful experiences( no matter what they are) and not learn to grow, love, and forgive, we are stuck in pain.
Blythe Fraser
Posted: Tue 11/29/2011 1:29 PM
I was just wondering about the source of the daydreaming about nature study? Can you share it? Thanks!
gvbelaire
Posted: Tue 11/29/2011 1:07 PM
oprah , At one time i was all the woman i could be but as years past ,,people in your life take all that away from you , i was married at the age of 16 yes got myself pregnant,got married and then went on a down hill adventure from there,, raised two lovely boys ,,finally left there dad in 2004 because of all the drugs and verbal abuse,, on my own for a few years started to recup but then thought i met the man of my dreams well verbal abuse is worse and that through out the many years has tooken me to a state of bad drepression,, to the point i cant even drive all the time , my head is truely screwed up,,i have nothing in life except for my boys to lean on ,,i really wish i would just wake up ,, i pray every day i will ,, but i am so far down i cant bring myself out,, i do run my own auto detail shop and i am very good at it and i have a lot of clients but i cant move it to the next step ,, i am so stuck,,
one day i wish i would own a nice home and with a nice big garage so i can do my work successfully ,,but instead i fear i am stuck here in this 14×70 trailer and continue doing most of my work outside rain or shine , cold or hot,, i have a small garage the the new husband has pretty much tooken that over with his hobbies,, i try so hard and i dont know who i am or where i am at , i believe i am lost in life
Mystic Keller
Posted: Wed 11/30/2011 9:38 AM
You are worthy of Love. That’s who you are. Believe it. Know it. Then live it.
Mystic Keller
Posted: Wed 11/30/2011 9:28 AM
You are worthy of love. That’s who you are. Belive it. Know it to be true. Then, live it.
markdawnshow
Posted: Tue 11/29/2011 10:45 AM
I just want to say how much I LOVE LIFE CLASS !!You are a very special soul.
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