Emotional Health

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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Depression Endangers Your Physical Health, Too

It’s not just your psyche that suffers when you are depressed; the disease takes a toll on your body, too — another good reason to seek help if you are feeling depressed. Better Medicine reports on the ways depression affects your physical health, including: increasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes making obesity more […]

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Help Your Community, Help Yourself

Well-being scores among people who volunteer in their communities are higher than those for people who don’t work to better their communities, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Individuals who said they have received recognition for community service in the past year had a well-being score of 70, compared to 58.5 among those who had […]

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Students Burdened with Loans Have Lower Well-Being

Young Americans with high levels of student debt score poorly on a wide range of well-being indicators, according to a Gallup survey. Researchers found that students with $50,000 in undergraduate student debt scored just 25 on financial well-being, compared to a 40 score for those who had no debt. High-debt students also scored significantly lower […]

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Suicide Among Elderly Isn’t All About Depression

Depression is assumed to be the underlying cause of many suicides among the elderly, but researchers say that older people who have contemplated ending their own lives are more likely to cite struggles with illness, disability, financial concerns, family difficulties, and bereavement as the reason. The New York Times reported Aug. 1 that while many of […]

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Control Your Anxiety, No Drugs Needed

Feeling anxious shouldn’t make you panic: it’s an unavoidable part of the human condition. And while anti-anxiety drugs are widely available, there are many ways to cope with and control this form of stress without the use of pharmaceuticals. Fox News reported Aug. 2 on 10 natural anxiety antidotes, including: deep breathing allowing yourself to […]

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Within Limits, Gaming Can Benefit Kids

Playing video games can actually be good for young kids — as long as it’s limited to about an hour per day, Today reported Aug. 4. Video games are a big culprit in the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic, but gaming isn’t without its virtues, researchers say. For example, like other types of play, gaming can […]

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