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Why Some Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

The idea that we can achieve happiness by maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain is both intuitive and popular. The truth is, however, very different. Pleasure alone cannot not make us happy. Take Christina Onassis, the daughter of shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. She inherited wealth beyond imagination and spent it on extravagant pleasures in an attempt [...]

By | March 15th, 2015|Pain Awareness|0 Comments

The Power of Touch

When Nicolae Ceaușescu came to power, in the mid-nineteen-sixties, Romania saw the proliferation of leagăne—literally, “cradles,” otherwise known as institutional homes for the very young. Ceaușescu wanted to increase Romania’s industrial output, and he thought that that required a larger population. In 1966, he enacted Decree 770, which restricted contraceptives, banned almost all abortions for [...]

By | March 10th, 2015|Pain Awareness|0 Comments

Scientific Proof that We Can Heal Ourselves

In this TEDtalk, Lissa Rankin explores the spiritual and scientific implications that the placebo effect has over us. She discusses how our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology when we believe we can get well. The placebo effect is concrete evidence that the body has its own innate self repair system. A study was conducted with 3500 [...]

By | February 24th, 2015|Pain Awareness|0 Comments

What Science Can Tell Us About ‘Good’ Vs. Chronic Pain

Pain is all in your head. But that doesn’t mean it’s not real. We feel pain because our brains tell us to. Sometimes it’s in our best interest – a warning meant to keep us from injuring ourselves further. Other times, as in the case of chronic pain, it doesn’t seem to serve a purpose [...]

By | February 13th, 2015|Pain Awareness|0 Comments

Learn How to Conquer Pain

By Ted Swing, Ph.D. Chronic pain can affect people’s lives in many ways. They may stop doing the activities they used to love, spend less time with their friends and family, and experience negative feelings. Unfortunately, these changes can become self-defeating as the lack of activity may make the pain worse or recovery slower. Negative [...]

By | January 15th, 2015|Pain Awareness|0 Comments