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Whole-Being Health

Whole-Being Health

Embracing new experiences and gratitude for your existence, at this moment, lifts you from conflicts or disappointments you might be experiencing. That expanded perspective is part of whole-being health.

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Beautifully articulate. Truly love they phrase 'whole-being' health. Love they practice / way of life of it too.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 3 Overlooked Ways to Boost Mental Health

2. Embrace the Anxiety of Uncertainty…and Life’s Impermanence

Research highlights turning fear into positive energy for growth.

  • A study published in the journal Emotion reveals the overlooked positive impact of experiencing uncertainty in your daily life.
  • Tolerating, and even embracing, the unpredictable nature of life stimulates greater appreciation for simply being alive; for enjoying what is, in this moment of time.
  • Savoring the “small things” in life pulls you out of immersion in daily ups and downs.
  • That understanding adds to a healthy, whole-person recognition of life and helps you appreciate this moment that you occupy, in your brief lifetime.

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That Feeling, "This Is Why Life Is Worth Living"

Overall, the new experiences contribute to the feeling, “This is why life is worth living."

  • These findings highlight a link with feeling grateful for just being alive.
  • Gratitude in this sense is deeper than feeling grateful for all you’ve achieved or acquired in your external, material life.
  • Rather, it’s inner life awareness of your continuous connection with life in all its forms; an awakening of being part of a continuous whole, from the beginning of time.

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1. Seek New and Diverse Experiences
  • A study published in Psychological Review found that an important but overlooked dimension of well-being is seeking out new life experiences, especially ones that may emerge unexpectedly - those marked by novelty or complexity, and that may require a change of perspective.
  • It might be learning something new; participating in an activity beyond your zone of familiarity; or perhaps traveling somewhere you’ve never been.
  • One implication of this research: When you consciously seek out and open yourself to new experiences, you stimulate growth and expansion of multiple facets of your being.

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 “Mental” Health is Better Understood as “Whole-Being” Health
  1. You’re a bio-psycho-social-spiritual entity, within your societal and cultural matrix. Every one of those facets of your being impacts every other.
  2. A simple example: We know that the microbiomes in your gut directly influence your mind and emotions, your longevity potential, and the health of your physical infrastructure.
  3. The same can be said for each other “part” of your being: “Mental” health is better understood as “whole-being” health.

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Summary - All The Above Lead To Life Appreciation & Mindfulness

All of these findings underscore the overall mental health implications of engaging fully with life - appreciating it within this brief moment of time we occupy—and staying mindful of how transitory and impermanent everything is.

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3. Talking and Listening to Others

Another overlooked way to grow the “health” part of mental health sounds simple, but research finds it has particular benefit for your essential cognitive and mental capacities as you age: engaging in small talk with people, and listening to them in return.

  • It might be an encounter with a grocery-store clerk, or passing the time for a few moments with a neighbor.
  • This study of over 1,800 participants found that connecting with others in meaningful ways tends to make people happier, and that connecting with others in deep and meaningful ways increased well-being.

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Ability To Focus And Orient Yourself Improve With Age

New findings from Georgetown University reveal that age does not automatically lead to declining mental abilities.

  • Contrary to prevailing thinking, this large-scale research found that those capacities—especially the ability to focus and orient yourself to whatever you’re engaging with - actually improve with age, as you use them.
  • These findings add to evidence of the interconnectedness of all dimensions of your being, as your healthy cognitive capacities stimulate the other facets of your self.

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Engaging With People Is A Buffer To Aging

Similarly, an NYU study published in JAMA Network Open found that engaging with people on whom you can count to simply listen to you when you need to talk and connect with others is associated with greater cognitive resilience as you age; it’s a buffer to the effects of brain aging and disease.

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Negative thoughts are natural
  • People live not only in the physical world, but also in an inner world made up of their thoughts and feelings.
  • Some people are more prone to negative emotions. This is called "dispositional negativity."
  • There are ways people can begin to change their disposition to negativity, such as by approaching their minds with acceptance and compassion.

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The reason we have “attention” is to solve one of the brain’s big problems: There is far more information in our environment (and in our own minds!) than the brain can fully process. Without a way to filter, the relentless sensory input would leave us overloaded, incapable of functioning effectively. The attention system is like a flashlight. It allows us to select and direct our brain’s computational resources to a smaller subset of the information. We can narrow our sights onto our conversation partner and boost her voice in a crowded room while dimming down other sights and sounds.

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Depression as Chronic Sadness

Depression and mental illness are long associated with being sad and mentally ill people and those fighting mental disorders are judged by the misleading emotional states like happiness, which have nothing to do with the underlying disorder.

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