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Listening to This Song Can Reduce Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent

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Sound therapies are fast becoming a very popular way of relaxing, reducing anxiety and restoring one’s health. For centuries many cultures have used the power of music to enhance their well-being and improve general health conditions. Many people who suffer from anxiety or stress turn to holistic help from meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques. Stress can increase the risk of health issues such as heart disease, obesity, depression, gastrointestinal problems and asthma.

Music therapy has been used with some success in the past to help reduce anxiety. Neuroscientists in the U.K. have found a single song that resulted in a dramatic 65 percent reduction in overall anxiety and a 35 per cent reduction in a persons usual physiological rate.

This 8 minute piece of music called “Weightless” was produced by Marconi Union. The Manchester musicians teamed up with the British Academy of sound therapists to carefully arrange beautiful harmonies, relaxing rhythms and calming bass lines, which were found could actually help to slow a listener’s heart rate and blood pressure, while also lowering stress hormones like cortisol. In fact, the music was found to be so effective, that many of the female participants tested became drowsy — to the point where lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson advises against listening to it while driving.
Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only the regions responsible for processing sound but also the areas associated with emotions.

So the next time you feel the need to relax and de-stress, don’t go for a quick fix like a chocolate bar, instead play this wonderful piece of music. Just sit back and relax in a nice warm bath or a comfortable chair, close your eyes and chill out to the soothing sounds.

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5 Clever Hacks to Maximize Your Productivity at Work

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Clever Hacks to Maximize Your Productivity at Work

No one wants to feel as though they are wasting their time at work. But being productive is not always easy. If you feel like you could have done more at the end of the day, or you don’t know why you still have a pile of work on your desk each day, you might start to feel frustrated and stressed. (more…)

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Carl Sagan’s: Pale Blue Dot

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Carl Sagan's A Pale Blue Dot

One of the first things that I do every morning, is write in my journal. At the top of each page of The 5 Minute Journal there is usually a motivational quote or some words of wisdom. This morning it simply read: YouTube Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot, watch and share. I filled in my goals for the day, and as I had never heard of this video, I opened YouTube and searched for “Pale Blue Dot” If you have never seen this short video, I have put it below. I have also put a transcript of the video below.
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How to Find Your Life Purpose

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How to Find Your Life Purpose

It is one of the biggest questions you can ask yourself in a lifetime: What is my life purpose?

People often use such a question as a sweeping generality, assuming that it is too big of a question to accurately answer. But, that is not necessarily true. In fact, many people can give answers to such a question. Some people might suggest that their purpose is a certain career or lifestyle. Others might say their spouse or children are their purposes. (more…)

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