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Welcome to Articles of the Heart, a new section presenting the Institute of HeartMath’s most important and informative newsletter stories. Read our selections covering global consciousness, the science of stress reduction and proven ways for increasing heart coherence and achieving greater resilience.

Index of Articles of the Heart

Community Connections

(4 articles)

  • Published August 22, 2012

    Communication, they say, is a skill and an art, something we must learn and work at to refine. Whether it's a business, family or friendship interaction, communication is an important tool throughout our lives.

  • Published January 03, 2014

    We reach out to those in pain, take in stray animals and dash off our checks to help strangers suffering across the globe. Humans are compassionate toward those in need. In fact, considerable scientific research suggests, we may …

  • Published November 13, 2011

    We feed them, groom them and sometimes even dress them. We coddle them in a multitude of ways, taking great pains to make sure they are healthy and worry when they are not.

  • Published September 25, 2012

    So what makes a good community? Human beings probably began to wonder about that soon after the earliest communities formed, but in modern times the question has evolved into What makes a healthy community?

Our Military Service People

(5 articles)

  • Published October 10, 2012

    The physical dangers and mental and emotional stress that the nation's servicemen and women face in Iraq, Afghanistan and other trouble spots are well chronicled daily in the press. The hardships of those they leave behind garner …

  • Published January 15, 2013

    HeartMath is teaching thousands of personnel in the U.S. Armed Forces how to use its science-based tools and technology to self-regulate their emotions and build energy and resilience, whether they are awaiting deployment or are …

  • Published January 14, 2013

    The most commonly identified psychological clinical disorder stemming from the war is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and a more general category that affects a higher percentage of combat troops is now known as combat …

  • Published January 16, 2013

    Licensed clinical social worker Travis Slonecker works at the Fort Knox Army installation in Kentucky, where he is a civilian contractor working with returned combat veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) …

  • Published July 15, 2012

    Moving frequently is cited as one of life's greatest stressors, especially for children, but for military families, who typically can expect to move an average of every three years, the effects are magnified.

Global Connections

(7 articles)

  • Published September 21, 2012

    Coherence implies order, structure, harmony and alignment within and amongst systems whether in atoms, organisms, social groups, planets or galaxies.

  • Published September 10, 2012

    Each individual's thoughts, attitudes and emotions emit energetic fields. These individual field environments not only affect you, your health and perspective on life, they also can influence your relationships and experiences in …

  • Published November 13, 2011

    A planetary shift is under way. Many sense this shift internally and we perceive that time is accelerating. It's hard to keep up. We're constantly bombarded by an ever-increasing number of choices. Emotions peak and ebb to …

  • Published September 27, 2012

    Most people understand that certain people in our lives can have a profound influence on us: our parents, friends, teachers, co-workers, spiritual and world leaders, philanthropists, musicians and artists among others. There are, …

  • Published January 07, 2013

    Those who have followed the Global Coherence Initiative since its launch in 2008 know that while much remains to be done in the years ahead, a great deal already has been accomplished in the project's infancy. Early indications …

  • Published September 25, 2012

    Can individuals who achieve high states of heart-rate variability coherence (HRV) raise the HRV coherence levels of individuals without such training when they are in close proximity?

  • Published October 08, 2012

    Consider the amazing human heart, the organ that pumps life-giving oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood throughout our bodies on a precise schedule. Now researchers are learning that this marvelous machine, the size of a fist and …

Personal Development

(7 articles)

  • Published October 12, 2012

    Psychologists once maintained that emotions were purely mental expressions generated by the brain alone. We now know this is not true. Emotions have as much to do with the heart and body as they do with the brain. Of all your …

  • Published October 14, 2012

    Most people have attitudes they want to change. These include being judgmental, impatience, edginess with others and getting down on yourself. When you have an attitude habit that you want to change, learn to replace it with a …

  • Published September 30, 2012

    Heart intelligence is the flow of awareness, understanding and intuition we experience when the mind and emotions are brought into coherent alignment with the heart. It can be activated through self-initiated practice, and the …

  • Published September 03, 2012

    HeartMath founder Doc Childre explains Heart-based living refers to all intentions and actions that express qualities of the heart in daily life. These heart qualities can include things like appreciating or caring for others, …

  • Published October 02, 2012

    Care is love in action, Institute of HeartMath founder Doc Childre once said. The capacity to care in human beings and other living creatures is an expression of love that is marvelous to behold.

  • Published October 10, 2012

    From childhood through our golden years, we all are bound to experience our share of challenges; mentally, physically and emotionally. Personally or through our relationships, we all are touched by life's challenges.

  • Published July 09, 2012

    When we are born, the deoxyribonucleic acid/DNA in our bodies contains the blueprints for who we are and instructions for who we will become.

Kids

(9 articles)

  • Published October 11, 2012

    From childhood through our golden years, we all are bound to experience our share of challenges, mentally, physically and emotionally. Life's filled with them, and It doesn't matter whether we are rich or poor, where we come from …

  • Published November 25, 2012

    Decades of monitoring the weight of the world clearly show the number of overweight and obese people is rising fast and the crisis is as severe in many parts of the world among children and adolescents ages of 2-19 as it is among …

  • Published September 24, 2012

    The amount of time children spend using media technology today, including computers, cell phones, video games and MP3 players among others, is setting off alarms. The fear is not only that this technology is replacing traditional …

  • Published November 28, 2012

    Officials at the Institute of HeartMath announced recently that the results of a study in which children in 19 preschools within the Salt Lake City School District participated in the Early HeartSmarts program will be published …

  • Published March 25, 2014

    HeartMath has partnered with many institutions in the last 20 years to conduct research, deliver training programs and provide its products and community outreach services. One of its longest-running associations has been with …

  • Published September 28, 2012

    One in every 88 children in the United States has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to a study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Although today's methods of diagnosis and …

  • Published September 26, 2012

    The headmaster of the K-12 StarShine Academy says HeartMath has been a hit with many of the school's 105 students and has helped at all grade levels. Teachers were so enthusiastic with the results of the HeartMath/Safe Place …

  • Published July 16, 2012

    Bullying among children has reached such critical levels that parents, educators, state legislatures, health professionals and many others, including the president of the United States have sounded the alarm that enough is …

  • Published September 26, 2012

    The Wild Ride of the Heart offers parents and educators a fantastic opportunity to teach children about emotions in a way that is both meaningful and fun. The Wild Ride gives kids the chance to learn about many different …

The Science of the Heart

(10 articles)

  • Published October 11, 2012

    If there is one word you should add to your vocabulary today, tomorrow or soon, it is coherence. All the research shows that when you have it, your life can be so much better than when you don't. Add coherence to your personal …

  • Published September 30, 2012

    Over the years, the Institute of HeartMath has actively pursued a variety of avenues to inform people about its tools, programs, technology and the HeartMath System generally, especially through professional peer-reviewed …

  • Published October 06, 2012

    Heart rate variability (HRV), which is at the core of research the Institute of HeartMath conducts, is a measure of the naturally occurring beat-to-beat changes in heart rate/heart rhythms. It serves as a critical method for …

  • Published October 07, 2012

    Researchers with the Institute of HeartMath and other entities have shown that the human heart, in addition to its other functions, actually possesses the equivalent of its own brain, what they call the heart brain, which …

  • Published October 08, 2012

    The preliminary findings of a recent study provide evidence of another facet of that bond and demonstrate further that electromagnetic waves produced by one person's heartbeat can be detected by the brains and nervous systems of …

  • Published July 17, 2012

    In conjunction with the continuing intuition research at the Institute of HeartMath, IHM Research Center Director Rollin McCraty said recently the findings of a new study further documents the ability of humans to experience …

  • Published March 31, 2014

    Research shows how intimately the heart is involved in the processes and proper functioning of the human body. Therefore, even the nonscientist might easily accept the premise that certain aspects of heart rhythms can be …

  • Published January 21, 2014

    Having a well-functioning memory is something we all think about more and more as we age. Memory and other cognitive processes gradually diminish as we grow older, but research in the last several decades shows those who …

  • Published March 03, 2013

    Institute of HeartMath Research Director Dr. Rollin McCraty recently went online to present a special and timely webinar, How Practicing Coherence Enhances Cognitive Functions and Helps Offset Cognitive Decline, and offered IHM …

  • Published October 08, 2012

    Intuition is the process of perceiving or knowing something without conscious reasoning: knowledge of events such as an act of nature that has yet to happen; or knowledge of a distant material object such as an unseen obstruction …

HeartMath Tools & Techniques

(14 articles)

  • Published October 15, 2012

    Many of us have already had good insights about what we need to do to change repeating patterns that result in stress, damaged relationships or other unwanted outcomes. We feel the need for change and we're motivated, but when …

  • Published September 27, 2012

    Researchers say the anger, resentment and blame people hold on to, often for years, accounts for a lot of today's health problems, and learning how to forgive could prove to be curative and preventative.

  • Published August 20, 2012

    Heart-focused breathing is about directing your attention to the heart area and breathing a little more deeply than normal. As you breathe in, imagine you are doing so through your heart, and, as you breathe out, imagine it is …

  • Published January 09, 2013

    Monica Houweling was 13 years old that summer in British Columbia, when she was introduced to Dirk Stroda's PeakPerformance Mental Coaching, featuring some of HeartMath's techniques. Like all riders, Monica knew her success …

  • Published January 14, 2013

    We live in a world in which we teach and ask our children to show compassion to one another, but often we fail to stress the importance of self-compassion. Too often, when it comes to extending compassion to ourselves, the …

  • Published September 23, 2012

    Institute of HeartMath President Sara Childre offers the following advice for attaining your personal state of ease, connecting with the qualities of your heart and maintaining emotional balance for less stressful days.

  • Published October 02, 2012

    The brain basically operates as a pattern-matching system that scans for a familiar response. When a stressful situation occurs, the brain scans its memory banks looking for previous stressful experiences and how we responded, …

  • Published January 15, 2013

    The presence of sincere patience means the absence of so many byproducts of impatience: negative emotions like anger, disappointment, frustration and blame among others. Rather than draining yourself and creating negative energy, …

  • Published January 16, 2013

    HeartMath's Shift and Shine Technique is a powerful tool developed especially for ages 3-6 that has proven effective in giving children an early start on how to manage their emotions and engage in socially accepted behavior, …

  • Published March 02, 2013

    We have frequently received reports from students, professionals, and other practitioners of the HeartMath techniques that the tools help significantly to increase focus, mental clarity, and the ability to retrieve information …

  • Published March 03, 2013

    Researchers at the Institute of HeartMath have explored the physiology of emotions for over 20 years and conducted studies in which participants have learned to take the significance out of negative events or emotions such as …

  • Published January 07, 2013

    HeartMath teaches that ease, or the state of ease can serve each of us as a refuge for action in our hearts and minds. In ease, instead of reacting in the same old ways to the stresses and challenges of our harried world, we can …

  • Published July 17, 2012

    Members of the women's volleyball team at Azusa Pacific University shouted and flashed plenty of the usual signals during a close game, but a peculiar one proved to be their secret weapon that day. 'Link up, link up!' the players …

  • Published March 03, 2013

    A weight-loss pilot program developed by HeartMath where volunteers self-administered a six-week regimen that incorporated HeartMath tools and the emWave technology emphasizing learning skills for stress reduction and …

Index of Articles

(1 article)

  • Published July 22, 2012

    Welcome to Articles of the Heart, a new section presenting the Institute of HeartMath's most important and informative newsletter stories. Read our selections covering global consciousness, the science of stress reduction and …