Nostalgia For The Past Boosts Optimism For The Future, Study Suggests

Thinking fondly about the past can make you more excited about what's to come, according to a new study. Nostalgia seems to spur optimism for the future because it "raises self-esteem which in turn heightens optimism," study researcher Dr. Tim ...

Nov 30

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Where we drive affects how we drive

According to the International Transport Forum Malaysia has one of the highest death rates from road traffic accidents in the world. While the number of road deaths continues to rise in Malaysia the number in the United Kingdom is much lower and ...

Nov 30

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Art therapy to help children recover from illnesses

They may not always know how to convey what they feel through words, so art can be a medium to help young patients in recovering from injuries and illnesses. An art therapy programme started by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) for ...

Nov 29

Categories: Art Therapy

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Children in orphanages suffer emotionally

Children should not be kept in orphanages as it compromises their mental health, says a counsellor and foster care specialist. Mental health counsellor and foster care specialist Lari Baty Cannon said keeping children in orphanages affected their ...

Nov 29

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development

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Creativity can last well into old age, as long as creators stay open ...

Doris Lessing, the freewheeling Nobel Prize-winning writer on racism, colonialism, feminism and communism who died Sunday at age 94, was prolific for most of her life. But five years ago, she said the writing had dried up. “Don’t imagine ...

Nov 28

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Creative Blocks

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The Good News in Bad News

TAU researchers say repeatedly exposing yourself to a negative event may prevent it from affecting you. Psychology shows that it doesn't take much to put you in a bad mood. Just reading the morning news can do it. And being in a bad mood slows your ...

Nov 28

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Canadian Red Cross provides ‘psychological first aid’ to Tyhoon ...

Even after a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines, kids have energy to burn. Toronto social services worker Sandra Damota is in one of the devastated areas to ensure that some of those kids have a mentally healthy outlet for ...

Nov 28

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma ...

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Haste makes waste, but not if you're neurotic

The faster people do things, the more mistakes they make. Also known as the speed-accuracy trade-off, this rule is considered by many fundamental to human behaviour. Not so, according to sports psychologist James Bell and his colleagues. They've ...

Nov 28

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ADHD linked to social and economic disadvantage

Scientists have found evidence of a link between social and economic status and childhood attention deficit disorder (ADHD) in the UK. A team led by the University of Exeter Medical School analysed data from the Millennium Cohort Study, a database ...

Nov 27

Categories: Adult ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Mental Trauma Haunts Philippines Typhoon Survivors

Rodico Basilides visits a forlorn cross that stands as a memorial to his family who died in the catastrophic Philippine typhoon, one of countless survivors who are being forced to grieve without professional counseling. “This is for my wife, ...

Nov 27

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma ...

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The secrets of the world's happiest cities

Two bodyguards trotted behind Enrique Peñalosa, their pistols jostling in holsters. There was nothing remarkable about that, given his profession – and his locale. Peñalosa was a politician on yet another campaign, and this was Bogotá, a city ...

Nov 26

Categories: Happiness

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Can Autism symptoms be turned into strengths?

A novel approach to treating children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder could help them navigate their world by teaching them to turn their symptoms into strengths. In the article “Symptoms as Solutions: Hypnosis and Biofeedback for ...

Nov 26

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Dalai Lama's guide to happiness

This video looks at 'Buddhism and Happiness', as we ask are they a match made in heaven or something else?

Nov 25

Categories: Happiness

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Australia ranks second in anti-depressant prescriptions in the world

The latest health 'snapshot' of the 33 OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations has revealed that Australia is now the second-highest prescriber of anti-depressant medications.

Nov 25

Categories: Depression

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Philippines: “Depression can be as much of a disability as ...

As the acute emergency phase following Typhoon Haiyan subsides, the next major hurdle for the people of the Philippines is how they will cope with the psychological impact of the disaster. Ana Maria Tijerino, psychologist and mental health advisor, ...

Nov 25

Categories: Depression, Mental Health in Asia

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