The power of an authentic voice

I’ve found that one of the great things about getting older is I’m much more comfortable expressing my opinion than I used to be, even when I’m with folk whose views widely diverge from mine. This doesn’t mean I’m closed to other ways of ...

May 13

Categories: Self-Confidence

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Laugh Often to Live Well

You have heard it time and again - laughter is the best medicine. Humor and mirth offer a multitude of preventive and healing effects and a new study is offering more evidence that laughter has quantifiable benefits for the brain.

May 12

Categories: Happiness

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Tackling test anxiety may help prevent more severe problems

Showing students how to cope with test anxiety might also help them to handle their built-up angst and fretfulness about other issues. The results of a new study by Carl Weems of the University of New Orleans show that anxiety intervention programs ...

May 12

Categories: Child Development, Stress Management

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Gratitude Is the New Willpower

Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to building capital. But as with most virtues, it's not always easy to muster, since it usually requires resisting temptations for gratification on the sooner side. Should you put the extra $1,000 ...

May 10

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Sleeping less than 5 hours, or more than 9, can lead to cognitive ...

A group of women tak­ing part in the Nurses' Health Study were asked about their sleep habits in 1986 and 2000, and were inter­viewed about mem­ory and think­ing skills three times over a later six-year period. Devore and her col­leagues ...

May 10

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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Psilocybin inhibits the processing of negative emotions in the brain

Emotions like fear, anger, sadness, and joy enable people to adjust to their environment and react flexibly to stress and strain and are vital for cognitive processes, physiological reactions, and social behaviour. The processing of emotions is ...

May 9

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One in three people struggle to cope at work due to depression or ...

An omnibus survey of 1,200 people across the UK has shown that a third of people struggle to cope at work because of depression, stress or burn out, with 83 per cent of those affected experiencing isolation or loneliness as a result. Only half of ...

May 9

Categories: Stress Management, Workplace Issues

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Which kind of mindfulness meditation to choose?

Let's say you want to be more mindful - that is, cul­ti­vate inten­tional, non-judgmental atten­tion to each moment. Med­i­ta­tion is the core of mind­ful­ness, but there are many dif­fer­ent forms of med­i­ta­tion. Which one is best ...

May 8

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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Dubious shrinks, political prisoners inside China's mental health ...

Wu Yuanhong, a man suffering from schizophrenia in China's southeastern Jiangxi Province, was forced by his mother to live in a small metal cage for 11 years after he beat a young boy to death. Reports of Wu's dire situation surfaced in Chinese ...

May 8

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Why Can't We Stop Eating?

We have long known the simplest recipe for weight loss: eat less and exercise more. Yet despite our understanding of the causes of weight fluctuation and the serious health risks associated with obesity, our collective weight continues to rise.

May 7

Categories: Eating Disorders

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How Does Stress Increase Your Risk for Stroke and Heart Attack?

Scientists have shown that anger, anxiety, and depression not only affect the functioning of the heart, but also increase the risk for heart disease. Stroke and heart attacks are the end products of progressive damage to blood vessels supplying the ...

May 7

Categories: Stress Management

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Overlap of research and clinical practice is finding new ways to ...

Linda (not her real name) was living a model life. An executive overseeing 300 staff with a supportive family, the 46-year-old was flying high. Then one day everything changed. Seemingly out of the blue she could not focus, could not concentrate and ...

May 7

Categories: Depression

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Promising biomarkers to predict suicide risk

In a new review published by Professor Kees van Heeringen from Ghent University in Belgium and John Mann from Columbia University in the USA, they discuss the stress-diathesis theory of suicide, in which a predisposition or diathesis interacts with ...

May 6

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk

If you are unable to think of a catchy, creative way to present sales data or begin a newspaper column, take a walk. A brief stroll, even around your office, can significantly increase creativity, according to a handy new study.

May 6

Categories: Creative Blocks

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You Don't Know What You're Saying

If you think you know what you just said, think again. People can be tricked into believing they have just said something they did not, researchers report this week.The dominant model of how speech works is that it is planned in advance - speakers ...

May 6

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