Better quality of life. Using qualitative and quantitative measures, nursing students reported better quality of life and a significant decrease in negative psychological symptoms following exposure to mindfulness-based stress reduction training (Bruce, Young, Turner, Vander Wal, & Linden, 2002). Evidence from a study of counselor trainees exposed to interpersonal mindfulness training suggests that such interventions can foster emotional intelligence and social connectedness, and reduce stress and anxiety (Cohen & Miller, 2009).
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I have a home with an area that was originally considered a garage workshop that the builder made so it could easily be converted to living space (a bedroom with walk-in closet, laundry room, and a walk-in pantry. It is accessible from the rest of the house through an open hallway (no leftover doorway), is heated and cooled with the home’s existing central air unit, has continuous flooring and paint that is the same as the rest of the house with no odd threshholds. It has a walk-in closet, window that exactly matches the other windows and identical amenities to the rest of the house. The one big kicker: the addition was never permitted. At one time this home had a master bedroom with sitting area which was converted to an additional bedroom including a closet and is accessed by the hallway, not the master bedroom. This was also not permitted. All work is beautifully done and the work is sound and structurally equivalent to the rest of the home. On the tax records, this home is listed as a three bedroom, two bath, but now is a five bedroom two bath. How are the unpermitted but completely seamless rooms considered in the value of the home? The reasoning was that as long as additions were made “under the existing roof and no exterior walls, supporting walls or roof structure were breached that it was “okay” not to get a permit.