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Holiday Happiness Part 2: Sounds, Smells, and Self-Reflection

Holiday Happiness Part 2: Sounds, Smells, and Self-Reflection

In a previous post, we discussed the stress-reducing benefits of loving interactions with close friends and family during the holiday season. In addition to family, there are many mood-shaping habits and activities that characterize the holidays: the smell of...
Holiday Happiness: Gratitude or Gifts?

Holiday Happiness: Gratitude or Gifts?

Studies investigated the anxiety of gift-giving, the effects of social support in stressful situations, and what impact meditation has on heart rate, ECG, and blood pressure.

Electrocardiography (ECG)

Electrocardiography (ECG)

Electrocardiography (ECG) is a graph of electrical activity of the heart (cardiac) muscle as it changes over time. The basic principle of the ECG is that periodic waves of propagated electrical stimulation cause cardiac muscle to alternately contract and relax.