Emotional Health

Study Explores Interaction of Drugs and Diet

The effectiveness of the medications you take could be influenced by your diet. Medical News Today reported Oct. 20 that a study found that antidepressant drugs seemed to work better among people who ate a diet high in fatty fish. The findings is especially noteworthy because 42 percent of people who receive SSRI-class drugs for […]

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Make Your Commute More Mindful

Stressed out by the daily grind? Take control of your commute with a few minutes of meditation. The Washington Post reported Oct. 19 that “mindful commuting” has taken hold among some Metro riders in Washington, D.C. “It gets me into the mind-set I want to be in for work,” said Denise Keyes, a commuter who […]

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Wellness Wise, Kids are a Mixed Blessing

Kids can make you laugh, but they also can be a big source of stress. (Tell us parents something we don’t already know.) Data from the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index finds that people who live with children under age 18 are more likely to report smiling or laughing on a given day (84.1 percent) than […]

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Exercise a Prescription for Depression Prevention

You can reduce your risk of depression by 16 percent by exercising three times a week, Reuters reported Oct. 16. Each additional weekly exercise session reduced depression risk by 6 percent, according to researcher Snehal Pinto Pereira of University College London’s Institute of Child Health and colleagues. The study involved more than 11,000 adults whose mental […]

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Don’t Let Healthy Eating Slide into Obsession

Most Americans need to eat better, but a few of us take healthy eating to an extreme that can wind up being unhealthy, DailyBurn reported Oct. 7. The condition is called “orthorexia,” and is characterized by anxiety over consuming food considered unhealthy and the extreme pursuit of “purer” foods. In some cases, the result has been radical […]

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Not ‘Just a Facebook Friend’

Don’t discount your online relationships: to your brain, they may be just as real as the ones you have with the neighbors and friends you see every day, the Atlantic reported Oct. 2. Paul J. Zak, a professor of neuro-economics at Claremont Graduate University, compared virtual and real relationships and found very little difference between […]

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For Happiest Societies, Look South

Costa Rica and Panama score highest on an annual index of the world’s happiest places, while the United States doesn’t even crack the top 10, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The Americas, overall, had the highest percentage of citizens considered “thriving” under at least three out of five of the Index’s well-being criteria: purpose, […]

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Shaming People About Their Weight Often Backfires

Criticizing people about their excessive weight isn’t just mean, it’s ineffectual. A study from the U.K. found that those who were “fat shamed” actually gained more weight compared to people who did not report weight-based discrimination. LiveScience reported Sept. 11 that about 5 percent of adults surveyed said they had been discriminated against because of […]

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In Marriage, Men’s Happiness More Dependent on Wives’

Men who keep their wives happy profit by being more satisfied with their lives themselves, Fox News reported Sept. 9. “Older husbands and wives in better marriages are more satisfied with their lives,” said study co-author Vicki Freedman of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. “But overall life satisfaction for an unhappily married […]

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Great Apps for Staying Sharp and Easing Stress

A smartphone app alone may not be enough to maintain your well-being, but DailyBurn reported Sept. 9 on some apps that can effectively boost your mental health, including: Luminosity: games to improve memory, attention, problem solving, processing speed, and flexibility of thinking. CogniFit Brain Fitness: games that aid memory and concentration Personal Zen: anxiety fighting game that […]

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