Let’s Commit to 10 Servings of Fruit and Vegetables a Day

A recent February 2017 New Zealand study published in Journal PLOS One grabbed my attention this morning. The study reported that eating 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day for as little as 14 days improved psychological well-being, specifically in the areas of, motivation, vitality and flourishing, in young [...]

Satya, Chitta, and Ananda

All of my favorite health and wellness bloggers were making delightfully wholesome round sweets such as truffles and macaroons for the holidays and I decided that it was time for me to make a handcrafted contribution to the spherically sweet corner of the culinary universe. It was a given that [...]

The Therapeutic Potential of Massage

“Soothing touch, whether it be applied to a ruffled cat, a crying infant, or a frightened child, has a universally recognized power to ameliorate the signs of distress. How can it be that we overlook its usefulness on the jangled adult as well? What is it that leads us to [...]

Celebrate Earth Day with Mindfulness

On April 22nd every year we pause and reflect on the state of the planet. First celebrated in 1970, the Earth Day we celebrate in our present times honors what is considered the day on which the modern environmental movement was born. On this day, every year, we resolve to [...]

Five Reasons you Should Eat Ghee

The Sanskrit word for Ghee is Grhita, which means flowing luminosity, radiance and clarity. Take one look at a cup of freshly made warm ghee, and you will know that the ancients were right on their money. Ghee is the filtered golden liquid oil that is leftover when you gently [...]

We are Such Stuff that Dreams are Made On; Lucid Dreaming and Metacognition

A January 2015 study published in the prestigious Journal Neuroscience established a firm connection between metacognition and lucid dreaming. Metacognition is the brain’s ability to think about thinking. Lucid dreaming is a state of dreaming where the dreamer is aware that she/he is dreaming. Not only is the dreamer aware [...]

A Hug can Prevent the Flu!

We are in the thick of the flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the flu activity in the United States peaks between the months of December and February. According to health experts, this year’s flu vaccine was based on the A-H3N2 virus strain that [...]

Walking, Wordsworth and Creativity

Can walking turn you into a poet or an artist? Can it bring forth the innate creativity that lives in you? It just may, says a Stanford April 2014 study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. The study was performed by recruiting 176 participants comprising of college [...]

The Healing Power of a Bath and an Autism Study

In her 1963 book, The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath wrote, “There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” Her words ring true even today; a hot (or warm) bath is a cure for pretty much anything that ails you. [...]

Words of Gratitude

I was going to write about the scientific research behind gratitude, but decided that the blog post was for another day. Gratitude, after all, is not an analytical exercise. It is a feeling and an exalted one at that. So, today, on the day of Thanksgiving, I offer you a [...]