Why the Military Just Got More Mindful
The Benefits of Mindfulness
These days, the term mindfulness is more likely to conjure thoughts of smartphone apps than rooms wafting with nag- champa. Business guru Tim Ferris and journalist Dan Rather
week, over a period of nine weeks. The other group of students received instruction about escaping worries and fake stress relief strategies.
profess an almost cult-like devotion to the practice, and multinationals like Goldman Sachs, Google, and Bank of America all offer mindfulness training to their employees. Recently, another large organization has jumped on the bandwagon: the United States military. So, what’s all the fuss about? For years, mindfulness devotees professed that cultivating it as a practice could alleviate the symptoms of myriad conditions, from high blood pressure to anxiety. Historically though, critics were dismissive, claiming studies onmindfulness andmeditation weren’t rigorous enough, because they didn’t include a placebo. Unlike participants in traditional studies, where half the group believes they are being treated but are only taking the equivalent of a sugar pill, participants inmeditation studies usually know whether or not they are meditating.
Evidence already supports that stressful environments reduce cognitive function and memory, and during the course of the study, all the students experienced an increase in external stressors —midterms and finals. When Jha retested the students at the end of the study, she found that the control group of students, when retested, did significantly worse on the tests later in the term. Stress had eroded their cognitive function. The group of students who received mindfulness training, however, became more accurate and focused. Jha’s findings suggest that not only is meditation a way to improve performance, but it is also a way to inoculate yourself against the effects of stressful situations. Dr. Jha continued to study the effects of mindfulness and meditation, and in 2019, she published a second study that examined its effects on a different group: soldiers in a special operations unit. This time, Dr. Jha found that not only were soldiers trained in mindfulness better able to discern important information in a chaotic environment, but they also saw gains in their working memory.
One researcher changed that in 2016. Neuroscientist Dr. Amishi Jha conducted a study where students at the University of Miami were split into two groups and then put through a series of cognitive tests. One group received mindfulness training and practiced it for a combined one hour a
Thanks in part to Dr. Jha’s research, mindfulness is edging its way into the United States military. Army infantry soldiers in Hawaii began using mindfulness this winter, for example, to improve their shooting skills and reduce the risk of civilian harm. The idea is that by strengthening working memory through mindfulness, soldiers will be less likely to make impulsive decisions. Large organizations have the resources to carefully vet the training and benefits they provide to their employees, and on the topic of mindfulness, Google, Bank of America, and the U.S. military all agree: Mindfulness works. If you’re looking for improved cognition and focus, you need to look no further than your own breath, an instructional app on your smartphone, and one hour of practice a week.
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One of the greatest things about March Madness is that you don’t have to be a huge college basketball fan to get in on the fun. Kids of all ages can fill out brackets — or have a parent fill one out for them— and watch their picks duke it out on the court. While healthy competition among family members can be fun all on its own, check out the following tips if you’re looking to go the extra mile and reap as much fun from March Madness as you can.
pieces of candy on who will have the most points to create great family bonding opportunities.
Reward the winners with prizes.
Offer prizes to each round winner as well as the overall bracket winner to get the whole family involved. Small prize ideas for each round can include a homemade dinner of the winner’s choice, a week’s supply of his or her favorite snack, or a coupon for getting out of a chore. Whoever wins the whole tournament (or makes it the furthest with the bracket) deserves a bigger reward. Offer the winner a chance to see a favorite movie or go to a special restaurant.
Turn each game into an event.
Not all kids may like watching basketball, but if they fill out a bracket, then they might gain at least a passing interest in who will win each game. To elevate their interest, turn each March Madness matchup into a little party. It doesn’t have to
kids would be interested in understanding the inner workings of the ranking system or studying where some of the qualifying colleges are located on a map of the United States. They may find it so interesting that they don’t even realize they’re learning valuable skills.
Create a learning opportunity.
be fancy; make fun snacks to eat while you watch or bet
Learning math or geography might not sound like your child’s idea of fun, but it can be when learned through the lens of March Madness. See if your
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As is tradition, Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin will be providing free cab rides for St. Patrick’s Day this month. It is a very popular drinking holiday and can often lead to driving under the influence, which can be incredibly dangerous.
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We hope everyone stays safe and takes advantage of the free cab rides we are providing in our community. If you live in the Terre Haute area, you can call (812) 251-TAXI for a free cab ride on Saturday, March 14, andTuesday, March 17, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. At the Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin Law Firm, we are constantly trying to come up with new and great ways to give back to our community. Whether it’s paying a dollar to wear jeans to raise money for numerous charities, installing and stocking a Blessing Box with free
Safe and Sober is just one of our law firm’s many community projects. Launched on New Year’s Eve 2008, the Safe and Sober Free Cab Ride Home program provides a safe transportation alternative during many of the holidays traditionally celebrated with high alcohol consumption. Cab rides are made available on New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, Terre Haute Blues at the Crossroads, Terre Haute Zombie Crawl, Halloween, and Thanksgiving Eve to area residents who otherwise might attempt to drive home after drinking. If you have any questions about this community event or any others, please feel free to contact us at 1(800) 618-4878.
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This St. Paddy’s Day, try taking a festive spin on a classic staple. If you have red velvet lovers in your family, they’re sure to love this equally decadent treat.
1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs
3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
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2/3 cup sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 oz green food coloring (gel works best)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract Green sprinkles, optional
Directions 1. Heat oven to 350 F, and line a 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, combine crumbs, butter, and food coloring. Press into the baking pan. 3. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together. 4. Add eggs one at a time and stir in vanilla. 5. Pour mixture over the packed crumbs. 6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the center is set. 7. Let cool completely before adding sprinkles and slicing.
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