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Three Things that will End Fear and Lead to a Better Life

The Mission News, 11/30/2017

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” –Frank Herbert, Dune

These three studies have us facing our fears and stepping up our game.

1. Eye Contact

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have confirmed that,Making eye contact with an infant makes adults’ and babies’ brainwaves ‘get in sync’ with each other — which is likely to support communication and learning.” Eye contact, just like all those IRL connections, matter a lot. In person is how real relationships and trust are formed. We leave fear behind when we’re brave enough to look people in the eyes and risk making a deep connection.

2. Avoid Tech Addictions

Will smartphones be the savior or cigarette of our generation? Researchers from the Radiological Society of North America are starting to find that it might be the later:

“Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).”

We’ll keep you updated on the best ways to avoid technological addictions and the latest research as it comes out. Smartphones are amazing tools, but it’s looking like they’re increasingly becoming horrible masters.

3. Marriage

Scientists have analyzed married versus unmarried couples, and it looks like that being married carries some perks. From SD and BMJ:

“Marriage may lower the risk of developing dementia, concludes a synthesis of the available evidence published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Lifelong singletons and widowers are at heightened risk of developing the disease, the findings indicate, although single status may no longer be quite the health hazard it once seemed to be, the researchers acknowledge.

They base their findings on data from 15 relevant studies published up to the end of 2016. These looked at the potential role of marital status on dementia risk, and involved more than 800,000 participants from Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

Married people accounted for between 28 and 80 per cent of people in the included studies; the widowed made up between around 8 and 48 per cent; the divorced between 0 and 16 per cent; and lifelong singletons between 0 and 32.5 per cent.

Pooled analysis of the data showed that compared with those who were married, lifelong singletons were 42 per cent more likely to develop dementia, after taking account of age and sex.”

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