The Gratitude Antidote

General Health, Mental Health
There are many ways to develop a positive attitude, but one easy way to begin is with the habit of giving thanks. Here's an excerpt on what I call "the gratitude antidote" from my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. (more…)
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Study says smoking marijuana may have long-lasting effects on brain development

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
USA Today reported, "Teenagers respond differently to drugs than adults, and early use may lead to long-lasting effects on brain development, according to new research." Staci Gruber, of Harvard Medical School, presented the study "at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, in San Diego," noting "people who start using marijuana at a young age have more cognitive shortfalls." Gruber "evaluated 29 non-smokers and 35 chronic marijuana smokers," and said she found that "while the smokers performed tasks quickly, they did not learn from their errors when corrected -- a hallmark that the part of the brain that governs executive function is impaired." Notably, "functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) backed that up." Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse show that "marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the…
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