Want to be happier and live longer? Protect green spaces

A new study in Psychological Science reveals that the benefits of urban green space—and the more of it, the better—extend far beyond the purely ornamental. Increases in green space correspond to increases in happiness, decreases in depression, ...

May 20

Categories: Stress Management


Self-affirmation improves problem-solving under stress

It's no secret that stress increases your susceptibility to health problems, and it also impacts your ability to solve problems and be creative. But methods to prevent associated risks and effects have been less clear - until now. Published in PLOS ...

May 4

Categories: Self-Confidence, Stress Management


Social stress and the inflamed brain

Depression is the leading cause of disability with more than 350 million people globally affected by this disease. In addition to debilitating consequences on mental health, depression predisposes an individual to physiological disease such as heart ...

Apr 23

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Stress Management


Why Some Stress Can Actually Be Good for You

Watch this video by the Univresity of Rochester on why not all stress is bad

Apr 22

Categories: Anxiety, Stress Management


Reframing Stress: Stage Fright Can Be Your Friend

Fear of public speaking tops death and spiders as the nation’s number one phobia. But new research shows that learning to rethink the way we view our shaky hands, pounding heart, and sweaty palms can help people perform better both mentally and ...

Apr 10

Categories: Anxiety, Social Anxiety / Phobia, Stress Management


Negative Emotions in Response to Daily Stress Take a Toll on ...

Our emotional responses to the stresses of daily life may predict our long-term mental health, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Psychological scientist Susan ...

Apr 3

Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management


Mindfulness from meditation associated with lower stress hormone

Focusing on the present rather than letting the mind drift may help to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, suggests new research from the Shamatha Project at the University of California, Davis. The ability to focus mental resources on ...

Apr 2

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation, Stress Management


Dwelling on stressful events can increase inflammation in the body, ...

Researchers discovered that when study participants were asked to ruminate on a stressful incident, their levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of tissue inflammation, rose. The study is the first time to directly measure this effect in the ...

Mar 14

Categories: Stress Management


Preventing chronic pain with stress management

For chronic pain sufferers, such as people who develop back pain after a car accident, avoiding the harmful effects of stress may be key to managing their condition. This is particularly important for people with a smaller-than-average hippocampus, ...

Feb 26

Categories: Pain management, Stress Management


Loneliness, Like Chronic Stress, Taxes the Immune System

New research links loneliness to a number of dysfunctional immune responses, suggesting that being lonely has the potential to harm overall health. Researchers found that people who were more lonely showed signs of elevated latent herpes virus ...

Jan 21

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Stress Management


Stress-Resilience/Susceptibility Traced to Neurons in Reward Circuit

A specific pattern of neuronal firing in a brain reward circuit instantly rendered mice vulnerable to depression-like behavior induced by acute severe stress, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health has found. When researchers used a ...

Dec 13

Categories: Stress Management