Emotional Health

Negative Outlook Among Stroke Risk Factors

Mad at the world? You could be setting yourself up for a stroke. Medscape reported July 10 that psychosocial factors that can increase stroke risk include depression, chronic stress, or feelings of hostility and cynicism. Researchers said that while intuition might suggest that stroke risk is related to negative emotions, this study provides empirical support […]

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Can Social Ties Prevent Male Suicide?

A new study says that men with more social ties may be less likely to commit suicide, NBC News reported July 14. Men with strong social connections (with spouses, family, friends, church, etc.) were half as likely to kill themselves as loners, according to a study of 35,000 men ages 40-75 conducted by researchers at […]

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Obesity Hurts Social Wellness

Obese Americans are least likely to be thriving socially, while those who are underweight are most likely to be suffering socially, according to data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. While 43 percent of normal-weight people reported that they are thriving socially, that drops to 41.6 percent among overweight individuals, 39.3 percent among underweight people, and […]

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Stress Relief in Less than Half an Hour

Just 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation can reduce your stress level measurably, the University Herald reported July 2. Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that people who briefly meditated for three days exhibited less stress during speech and math tests. However, they also showed signs of higher cortisol levels — a biomarker for stress. “When you […]

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Study Confirms: Even Observing Tension Can Raise Stress Levels

Watching someone else struggle with a tense situation can cause spikes in stress hormones even in observers who are not directly involved — a finding that researchers say may apply to watching suffering portrayed on TV shows, as well. Details reported June 19 that German researchers found that 95 percent of study subjects compelled to […]

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Exercise, Friends Make You More Resilient in Midlife

Middle age brings a variety of challenges from becoming empty nesters to aging parents, but exercise and strong social connections can help give you the resiliency to face these changes head-on. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab Resilience in Midlife study found that ”the most resilient adults have a strong sense […]

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Depression Causes More Than One Type of Heartache

Women under age 55 who suffer from depression face double the risk of having a heart attack, have heart disease, or die of any cause than women who were not moderately to severely depressed, CNN reported June 19. Similar associations were not seen among men or older women, according to researchers led by Amit Shah of […]

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Stress Can Make You Forgetful

It’s no coincidence that we tend to do things like misplace the car keys or get lost while driving at the worst possible time: research shows that stress negatively affects the brain’s ability to remember locations and the relationship between objects, CNN reported June 17. Elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol have been linked […]

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Hate Stress? Don’t Move to Florida, Report Says

Florida is more cloudy than sunshine and Georgia is no peach when it comes to stress-free living, according to a survey from real-estate blog Movoto. Newser reported June 9 that Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, California and Nevada top the list of most stressed-out U.S. states. The rankings were based on factors like commuting times, unemployment, housing […]

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The Price of Happiness, American Style

A majority of Americans say they would be happy making less than $100,000 per year, and a quarter say that they would be satisfied making $50,000 and $74,999, CNN reported June 5. About 10 percent told CNN/Money that they’d be fine with making less than $30,000 annually, while 23 percent said they wouldn’t be happy […]

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