Emotional Health

The Joy of Giving

Are you making a list, checking it twice? Holiday gift-giving doesn’t just make the people in your life happy, it also may improve your own wellbeing, NerdWallet reported Dec. 17. Research shows that the act of giving makes you happy, so much so that charity appeals often focus on the joy of giving. The amount […]

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Don’t Let Technology Short Circuit Your Relationships

Texting at the dinner table or while hanging out with friends may be rude, but burying your head in your devices while you are supposed be having quality time with your significant other could damage your relationship, Today reported Dec. 5. The problem, dubbed “technoference,” is surprisingly common. Researchers found that 70 percent of married […]

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Depression Most Common Among Women Ages 40-59

Major depression strikes about 8 percent of Americans over age 12, with the highest rate being among middle-aged women, NBC News reported Dec. 3. The depression rate among women ages 40-59 is 12 percent, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Teenage boys have the lowest rate of clinical depression. Little more […]

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Fructose May Change Stress Response

Fructose seems to alter how the brain responds to stress and could make depression and anxiety worse among teens who consume large amounts of the sweetener, which is commonly found in processed food, researchers say. Fox News reported Nov. 18 that Emory University researchers compared animals fed a normal diet and one high in fructose. […]

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How to Buy Happiness

The relationship between money and happiness has less to do with how much you have than what you do with what you have. To get the most wellbeing bang for your buck, Health.com recommends: Spend your money on experiences, not things. Don’t worry if you’re not making a six figure salary: the happiness benefits of […]

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Greet Each New Day with Hope and a Plan

Want to get your day off to a better start? Here are some ways to get yourself mentally ready to face the world even if you aren’t a morning person, from Fox News: visualize how you want your day to play out make a step-by-step list of what you want to accomplish meditate to enhance […]

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Mindfulness, Defined

“Mindfulness” is a term that gets tossed around a lot, but beyond “being present in the here-and-now,” the definition can get a little fuzzy. Here’s what 10 mindfulness teachers told the Huffington Post what the concept means to them: Tara Brach: “Mindfulness is a pause — the space between stimulus and response: that’s where choice lies. […]

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Improve Your Happiness By Making These Changes

There may not be a perfect formula for happiness, but as CNN reports, you can improve your mood by making some significant changes in your outlook and behaviors, including: switch from pessimism to optimism: optimists not only are happier, then tend to live longer work less if you can focus on experiences, not material possessions […]

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How to Buy Happiness

Money can sometimes buy happiness — depending upon how you spend it. Time reported Oct. 29 on five ways to turn cash into fulfillment, including: pay for experiences, not things spend money on others — by giving to charity, for example splurge on inexpensive indulgences purchase stuff you like, not because you’re trying to keep […]

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Think Yourself Happier

Happiness is a state of mind, and changing how we think can be the key to greater happiness. Writing in the Huffington Post, psychotherapist Joyce Marter offers some important reminders on how to choose to be happier, including: Avoid attaching your happiness to anything external. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Give freely of yourself. Receive […]

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