You Mind Changes Your Body

WedFeb28CI.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today is from the University of Pittsburgh that has identified connections between the cerebral cortex and the adrenal medulla.

MAKING CHANGES: The basis for a mind body connection may have been physically discovered, but people who practice gratefulness have known for years.

FACT OR FICTION: The answer to folding paper.


In The News

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health and Sciences have discovered a neurological connection between your cerebral cortex and adrenal medulla, an organ sitting at the top of your kidneys responsible for secreting cortisol during stress.


Daily Health Tip

Practicing gratitude has a specific and positive means of affecting your health.

Making Changes

Expressing gratitude and feeling grateful actually improves your health. Here are several strategies to help you get started.

  1. Keep a gratitude journal. Write in it at least twice a week and record things that happened that day for which you are grateful. They don’t need to be big things - the barista who was kind, the guy who held open the door or the police officer who didn’t write you a ticket.
  2. Make writing in your journal a habit by associating it with another activity - such as unfixing your bed, or shutting down your computer. If you choose to do it a couple days a week choose two consistent days so you remember - such as every Wednesday and Sunday or Tuesday and Saturday.
  3. Express your gratitude to someone to their face. Saying thank you to someone makes them feel good and improves your health.
  4. Write a letter to someone to whom you are grateful - even for something small. You may choose to not send it - but do write it.


Daily Affirmation

My family interactions also require negotiation. When my kids try to use pity to sway my decisions, I counteract that with striking a compromise.

Fact or Fiction?

How many times do you think you could fold a piece of paper 8” X 11”?  Prior to 2000 scientist thought the number was just 7. But the record was set just over 10 years ago by Brittany Gallivan who folded a piece of A4 paper 12 times.

Paper roughly doubles in thickness with each fold. Believe it or not - if you were able to fold paper 10 times it would be the thickness of your hand - another 10 times and it would be higher than Mount Everest - all from a piece of paper.

Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team


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