My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

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Exercise Makes You Smarter | Psych Central News

New research shows that a regular exercise routine can boost cognitive function.

Psych Central exercise makes you smarter

Exercise Makes You Smarter | Psych Central News

I like this study 😀  (naturally)  Another great reason to be active.

In the study, previously sedentary adults were put through four months of high-intensity interval training. At the end, their cognitive functions — the ability to think, recall and make quick decisions — had improved significantly…

My favorite part is

…began a twice-a-week routine with an exercise bike and circuit weight training.

Just two days a week!  Who can’t do that?

Read the rest of the article here & a link to their source.


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Memory Training May Help Relieve Depression | Psych Central News

New research suggests memory training that helps individuals recall specific events may reduce symptoms of depression.

Psych Central Memory Training May Help Relieve Depression

Memory Training May Help Relieve Depression | Psych Central News

In a study to be published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, researchers investigated whether a particular training program, Memory Specificity Training, might improve people’s memory for past events and ameliorate their symptoms of depression.

In Iran, the researchers recruited 23 adolescent Afghani refugees who had lost their fathers in the war in Afghanistan and who showed symptoms of depression.

Twelve of the adolescents were randomly assigned to participate in the memory training program and 11 were randomly assigned to a control group that received no training.

A very interesting study.  I can see the merit of this technique.  My memories of childhood have always been very spotty.  A lot of it wasn’t very happy for me, so have shut much of it out.  Over the last several years I have been trying to remember more it, good & bad.  It feels important to be able to go back to some of those painful memories of my childhood & get a grown up perspective on them.  Most of them have become a lot less scary to me & I feel a little bit of the weight I’ve been carrying around fall away.  I’ve also been helped by recapturing some of those happy memories of childhood.  Something that has really helped is connecting with my siblings & remembering things.  We can laugh & commiserate, & it gives a new, shared perspective on things making them less of a burden.

Reading the entirety of this describing the trainings & how the two groups were measured, I did have one thought: what about the possibility those in the training groups were helped by the group experience?  Being with people with a similar experience sharing memories both good & bad?  The don’t say if they shared the memories out loud, but if they did it would be a very group therapy type experience.  In my experience though, even if they write the memories down rather than share them to the group, people talk.

If given the option, I was definitely participate in this type of training.  It also sounds like something that could easily be done on your own.

Here is the complete post.  Take a look & let me know what your thoughts are on it.


Good Foods Boost Moods | Psych Central News

New research reveals that some common foods enhance moods with a striking similarity to valproic acid, a widely used prescription mood-stabilizing drug.

choc covered strawberries

Good Foods Boost Moods | Psych Central News

I have a particular interest in food & exercise as medicine for mental illness.  I talk a lot about running because I do that & can tell a real difference because of it.  The food is a bit trickier, & I don’t see too much out there discussing how diet impacts mental illness.  I see a lot that says it does, but mostly it’s eat healthy, avoid caffeine & sugar; pretty basic, nothing very specific or in-depth.  Naturally this one stuck out for me, especially since they talk about Bipolar Disorder & mood swings, & usually these studies just look at Depression.

Here’s a clip:

“The large body of evidence that chemicals in chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, teas and certain foods could well be mood-enhancers encourages the search for other mood modulators in food,” she added.

While people have recognized the mood-altering properties of food for years, Martinez-Mayorga’s team is looking to identify the chemical compounds that moderate mood swings, help maintain cognitive health, improve mental alertness and delay the onset of memory loss.


I would like a prescription for chocolate covered strawberries, please!

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Some Of My Favorite Shares From My Facebook Page

There is no specific definition of “beauty.” I can see beauty in a woman of any color, nationality and yes, of any size! Remember, the most beautiful part of who you are is not what the human eye can see. What really makes you beautiful comes from within you and shows up in the way you treat others and the way you treat…yourself.
~Richard Simmons (fb page)

A drawing of a rabbit & a turtle running.

It doesn’t matter which one you are… JUST RUN!

I’ve been wanting to do this for a few weeks, because I share a lot of things on my page I don’t use here, & I thought it would be nice to blog a list of my favorites from each week.  Here some of them, but I make no promises it will actually happen each week -_-   I have a bit of a build-up, so I thought I’d practice my in-page jumps & make a little list.






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