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Noah Rue

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There’s a reason that you tap your feet to a tune involuntarily or why you run faster to certain songs. Music affects our brains and bodies in many different ways. The McGill University in Montreal has an entire department that is invested in researching the neuropsychological effects of music. In one study, they compared self-assessed anxiety levels and lab-tested cortisol levels between a group of patients that simply listened to music and a group of…

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you and your family can relax and feel comfortable. Your home should be a place of safety and should allow your mind to be at ease. A mindful and relaxing home environment can do wonders for your mental health and can help recharge you for life outside of your sanctuary. However, not everyone feels so relaxed in their home. In order to create a home that feels comfortable, it’s…

Sustainability is a trending topic nowadays. There’s a ton of buzz about the environment, eco-tourism, reducing energy consumption and keeping climate change at bay as long as possible. However, the personal benefits of going green are often neglected — of being spiritually fulfilled by living in sync with the natural cycles and rhythms of the world. Let’s discuss three approaches to improving your sense of happiness and spiritual well-being by being more eco-friendly: 1. Choose Eco-Responsible…

Being a teenager is such a transformative time in a person’s life. For years, teenagers bridge the gap between being a kid and being an adult. Social expectations begin to change, emotions are everywhere, and life begins to unfold without offering much sense of where it’s headed. Being a teenager can feel chaotic, so being mindful is incredibly hard to do during this time. Truth be told, it’s hard for adults to master mindfulness as…

Our environment has a way of affecting how we feel. Feng shui principles were created with this idea in mind in order to promote positivity and mindfulness in our surroundings. Because our environment can have such a big impact on us, there are ways to use this to our advantage. The connection between organization and prioritization is significant, so organizing an area around your goals and priorities can do wonders for you. After deciding on…

There are a lot of New Year’s plans we make, only to break them come February. This may be a result of thinking short-term and setting unrealistic goals that are easy to shrug off when they aren’t met. Strategic long-term planning allows you to shoot for personal and professional goals within reach, such as continuing education for a profession you are already in. As we continue into 2019, reassess your resolutions that you have made for…

Birds do it, bees do it, people do it, but talking about it can feel uncomfortable. Talking about sex can be difficult, especially when you have a new partner. However, engaging in these potentially awkward conversations is necessary, not only for achieving intimacy but for your health. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common and are becoming an even bigger problem. In fact, according to a press release by the Center…

When you set out to get healthier by changing your diet and incorporating more exercise into your life, it can sometimes feel like too much of a challenge. This can ring especially true during the holiday season when there are tempting treats and festive meals everywhere, and the snow and cold are making it especially difficult to leave your house … or nice, warm bed for that matter. But even outside of the holiday season,…

My father-in-law died on my partner’s birthday. It wasn’t a sad thing; it was a blessing. My partner said it felt like a final gift from his dad — knowing he was no longer suffering. He was finally at peace. He had been battling cancer for over three years and had been dying from it for over three months. As hard as it was to accept his death, it was harder watching him struggle through…

Human beings are creatures of habit. Yet many reject the idea of a “daily routine” in favor of open-ended schedules and an unrestricted workflow. While this may work for some, research suggests that the benefits of keeping a routine are numerous. In fact, people who don’t stick to a routine tend to suffer from increased stress, poor sleeping and eating habits, poor physical condition and ineffective use of time. A solid routine can help elevate the…