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How Meditation Can Change the Brain and Body

A study with 35 unemployed men and women found great differences in the blood work and brain scans between one group, which practiced meditation and listening to their bodies, and the other group, which focused on relaxation and distracting themselves from worries and stress. Read on.

It’s Official! Study Says Regular Holidays Make You Live Longer

In a surprising bit of research, the study showed that not taking an annual holiday increased the chances of death by 20% in men, and increased chances of heart disease by 30%! As for women, the study proved that women who vacationed once in six years were at significantly higher risk of a heart attack when compared with women who vacationed at least twice a year. Read more.

3 Ways to Get Employees to Actually Take a Break

Employees want better work-life balance and greater flexibility, and employers are responding with new paid time off (PTO) policies. Although many companies have adopted unlimited vacation policies, some employees aren’t likely to use those days when the office gets busy. And when your best performers don’t take time off, they put a serious strain on themselves and the team as a whole. Read how to change that.

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Rudeness in Medical Settings Could Kill Patients

Another reason to be nice! It could literally save lives. A study on the impact of rudeness on medic team performance published in Pediatrics found that a rude comment from a third-party doctor decreased performance among doctors and nurses by more than 50 percent in an exercise involving a hypothetical life-or-death situation. Get more details.

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Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier

In addition to building our own happiness, choosing gratitude can also bring out the best in those around us. A USC study proved that when the competence of people with high power but low emotional security was questioned, the subjects tended to lash out with aggression and personal denigration. When shown gratitude, however, they reduced the bad behavior. Click for more insights.

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