Emotional Health

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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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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