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Mindfulness Is Everywhere

There are many types of mindfulness practice. Some are meditative and draw on traditional practices such as transcendental meditation, Zen Buddhist meditation, yogic meditation, and the walking meditation popularized by the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Some types of mindfulness practices are task-oriented and rooted in daily life. Mindfulness teachers urge their students to instill …

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The Most Lethal Alcohol-Drug Combinations

Addiction is not the worst possible consequence of substance abuse. If you risk abusing drugs or alcohol, you risk your life. A fatal overdose is always a possibility for anyone choosing to misuse drugs and alcohol. The biggest risk is to combine alcohol with drugs. Mixing substances is always dangerous, but certain combinations are riskier …

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Why Are Some People More Resilient After Psychological Trauma?

Approximately 10 percent of people suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a severe trauma, while others go on to experience varying levels of emotional stress. Around one-third of those who develop PTSD will have symptoms for the rest of their lifetimes, while others are able to recover fully from a severely traumatic event …

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Why We Hurt Ourselves and Others — and How to Stop

Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies. Even worse, we aren’t always willing to acknowledge the damage we cause to our own well-being. For example, imagine a man whose upbringing was overshadowed by a parent’s alcoholism. He determined he wouldn’t fall into the same addictive patterns, yet he thinks nothing of drinking daily as an adult. …

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Take These Steps to Beat Your Gambling Addiction

Gambling is a habit that can ruin your life. For most people who gamble, the activity is just a hobby or an occasional form of entertainment. If you have a tendency to be impulsive, seek risks and become addicted, you may find that gambling becomes a bad habit you can’t stop. Before long you find …

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