Dogs Sniff Stress: Is it Time to Adopt a Four-legged Therapist?

A cute dog sitting on its owner's lap. Can dogs sniff stress?

The next time your dog is busy sniffing you, it may not be just about food. Perhaps your pet is measuring your anxiety levels and offering itself as comfort. As author Dean Koontz once suggested, “Petting, scratching and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost … Read more

Power Up With A Nap

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We’ve all experienced it. That early afternoon, post-lunch lull that can mean the difference between tremendous productivity and exasperating sleepiness. For some, the fix is simple: a power nap. A nap is considered any act of sleeping for a short period of time. A power nap is limited to under 30 minutes, according to Jessica … Read more

Travel and The Brain

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Whether they are enjoying a relaxing cruise, a trip to an exotic country or a simple journey through the woods to Grandma’s house, most travelers readily agree that escaping daily routines and surroundings, even for a short time, improves their mental health. What may be less obvious is that new scenery and new activities also … Read more