If you’re really thirsty and you’re given a glass that’s not brimming over with water to quench that thirst, what’s your reaction? Well, if you’re a person who sees that glass as being “half full,” you’ve been practicing gratitude. One writer for the American Heart Association has described this outlook well: “Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible.” If you’re still focusing on the water that wasn’t there and a little peeved about that, you may be in some negative habits of mind that can have some unfortunate health effects. Don’t worry – at the end of this article you’ll find some options that can help you cultivate a grateful outlook.
In our last blog post, we made a general introduction to the concept of circadian rhythm (CR) and its importance in maintaining balance in our daily routines and sleep. In this blogpost, we’re going to take a little closer look at one particular aspect of the impact of CR: supporting the maintenance of healthier food intake and more efficient weight control.
Many of the cycles in nature – like bears hibernating or deciduous trees losing their leaves – are often calibrated by the light of the sun. Its daily appearance and disappearance over weeks and months is like a slow-rocking cradle for our systems, balancing between periods of activity and rest. Sleep is a crucial part of maintaining this balance for humans.
Even though we all know that we need a good night’s sleep, one in three adults in the U.S. don’t, according to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released in early 2016. While most of us have good intentions to get to bed on time, bad habits before, during, and while you sleep are negatively impacting how you catch some zzz’s.
Finals are a stressful time whether you are a freshman or a well-seasoned senior. With late (sometimes sleepless) nights, our bodies are simply exhausted and this is inevitably reflected in our test scores. Finals are inescapably hard on the mind, but they do not need to be stressful. Here are some ideas to keep your body well rested and your noggin sharp.