Emotional Health

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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Obese People More Likely to Be Depressed

For every overweight person who is “big and proud” there’s another who suffers from low self-esteem, and that’s reflected in new research showing an association between obesity and depression. HealthDay reported Oct. 16 that 43 percent of adults with depression are obese, as are 55 percent of individuals taking antidepressant medication. Though no cause-and-effect relationship […]

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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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