Counting breaths to measure mindfulness

One of the greatest challenges to the scientific study of mindfulness is finding a way to objectively measure how mindful someone is. Only with a clear, unbiased measure we can we feel confident in when and why a person’s mindfulness changes, and what greater levels of mindfulness can mean for us. But mindfulness is a…

For your new year’s resolution, get more grit

Once again, the thoughts of the nation are turning toward New Year’s resolutions: lose weight, quit smoking, eat healthy, save money. Statistically speaking, about a third of people are going to slip up on those resolutions before the end of the month (and anecdotally speaking, I will be one of them). So once again, the…

Bad for the Teeth, but Good for the Mind

If your mind is feeling worn out (a phenomenon known as ego depletion) but don’t have time to wander around in nature, science now offers an alternative: gargling with sugar water. The power of sugar has been hinted at since 2007, when one study showed that drinking sugar could restore mental muscles that had been…