Meditation - one of the few PROVEN ways to protect and even repair & lengthen your telomeres (those caps on the end of your chromosomes that stop them 'unraveling').
Longer telomeres are associated with being younger - biologically.
There are many different types of meditation - and I do a mixture of these depending upon my mood - and what I feel I need on any given day.
I tend to gravitate towards Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditations most of all, although Yoga Nidra is excellent - especially of I'm having trouble falling asleep.
I also love to practice the Relaxation Response - created by the Grand-Daddy of Mind/Body Medicine, Dr Herbert Benson. I had the huge privilege of training under him at Harvard Medical School's Benson Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine.
Watch for meditation downloads coming to this site very soon!
How do you meditate? I'd love to hear what works for you.
Happiness takes practice - it doesn't just happen - as if by magic. Practice gratitude, be mindful, even do my 'fake it 'til you make it' trick (where you put a pencil horizontally between your teeth - which engages the smile muscles and tricks your neural pathways into thinking you are happy - and then you feel happy!) All of these are proven to work happiness growth strategies. How do you grow your happiness levels?
Choosing to be happy - or even joyful - is vitally important to your health.
Here's why . . . Our brains rewire themselves constantly to reflect our most frequent thoughts and emotions - it makes it easier and quicker for us to access those states in future. So, if, for example, you dwell on sad, dark and depressing thoughts, your brain will wire itself to be better at accessing those thoughts faster and more easily - obviously, we don't want this! It is also true that if you associate with depressed or negative-thinking people, your brain will 'mirror' these states - again, allowing you to be able to access these down states more easily. Allowed to continue, this becomes your default brain state.
So, it is extremely important to take responsibility for accessing positive brain states, such as happiness and joy - and the more you practice these states, this will become your default - so that you just become naturally happier overall - more easily and more sustainably.
Jayney's top happiness tip: I use Metta Meditation for example to help me in my happiness practice. It is a form of meditation in which you send loving kindness to yourself, others and to our beautiful planet. There are many free to access Metta Meditations all over the internet and please check back as I will be posting a Metta download here later for you. With love and happiness! Jayney xx
The original text of the poem Ode to Joy by Friedrich Schiller - 1785 which was later used by Beethoven for his 9th Symphony.
Jayney Goddard is one of the world's leading experts in the field of complementary medicine and natural healthcare. Her passion is natural anti-ageing; Jayney teaches people how to rewind their biological clocks so that they are more resilient to the diseases of ageing. The strategies Jayney uses are grounded in excellent science and have been shown to halt and even reverse those conditions we associate with ageing.