Emotional Health

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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40 Percent of People with Mental Illness Don’t Get Help

Stigma against people with mental illness is a major reason why four out of 10 people with mental-health problems don’t receive care, PsychCentral reported Sept. 7. It’s also a prime factor in people failing to complete treatment even when they seek it out, researchers say. “The prejudice and discrimination of mental illness is as disabling as […]

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800,000 People Commit Suicide Every Year

If suicide was a war, it would be an epic slaughter: the World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 800,000 people worldwide commit suicide each year. Reuters reported Sept. 8 that a new WHO report finds that suicides are most common among people ages 70 and older, but also is the second-leading cause of death […]

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Well-Being Scores Lower Among Gay and Lesbian Americans

Well-being scores among gay and lesbian Americans lag behind those of heterosexual men and women, according to data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The average well-being score among Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is 58, compared to an average score of 62 among non-LGBT Americans. LGBT men scored an average of […]

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Mindfulness Therapy for Depression Has Physical Benefits, Too

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can not only help people cope with depression, it also may reduce healthcare visits for non mental-health reasons, Canadian researchers say. Participants in a mindfulness therapy group averaged one-half fewer healthcare visits for physical health problems annually when compared to participants in other types of depression therapy, according to researchers at Canada’s Centre […]

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One in 10 People May Be Friendless

Having a best friend can be great, but don’t let it drag you down if you don’t have a special girlfriend or “bro” in your life: about one in 10 people have no close friends, a new study finds. Today reported Aug. 18 that the study by the U.K. group Relate said there could be […]

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Thrill of Travel Should Start Well Before You Go

Anyone who has ever dragged tired children around Disney World in the summer heat can tell you that it’s easy to be unhappy even in the ‘Happiest Place on Earth.” Vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing, but as Yahoo Travel recently reported, you’ll need to start planning early to ensure happy travels, including: […]

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