February 27, 2023
by Elizabeth Pratt
Enjoying time in nature close to home is associated with a greater sense of wellbeing compared with longer and more intense nature excursions.
Research published in People and Nature found that nearby nature engagement had greater positive outcomes overall compared to experiencing nature second hand through media or through more strenuous excursions in nature. [More]
December 21, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi
New research presented at the 59th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting looked at the link between an increased risk of heart disease and stress hormone sensitivity. The study has been published in the Journal of Hormone Research in Paediatrics. “In clinical practice, healthy subjects are characterized by differences in glucocorticoid sensitivity that may influence the therapeutic outcome and any adverse effects of synthetic glucocorticoids,” study author Nicolas C. Nicolaides told us. “Thus, it would be very helpful for clinicians to have a fast and accurate methodology that would enable the classification of individuals based on their tissue sensitivity to glucocorticoids." [More]
September 6, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi
New Zealand has a $1 billion well-being budget with five priorities for the happiness of its citizens (mental health, family violence, clean energy, digital innovation, and supporting indigenous people). Supporters of the budget feel happiness is a better metric for wellbeing than economic measures. Critics feel it’s a marketing campaign that minimizes the importance of GDP and the government’s role is to focus on economics metrics rather than individual happiness. [More]
August 19, 2019
by Elizabeth Pratt
More than half of Americans say they experience stress a lot throughout the day. But experts say stress isn't necessarily a bad thing. [More]
August 15, 2018
by Kimberly Lucey
Exercising is well known to have strong ties to positive mental health, however the benefits diminish when working out becomes excessive. We interviewed the medical director for St. Francis Hospital who responds to a recent study regarding exercise and mental health. [More]
What is the one activity of childhood that is, in all likelihood, universally accepted as an effective way to withdraw from the pandemonium of daily life?
What will occupy the mind and restore serenity in less time than one can measure?
What is the diversion that has been adopted by the world of adults and has sold over 12 million units of functional escape from reality as the numbers continue to grow? [More]
September 29, 2016
by Henry M. Pittman, MA
Many people talk about that they need to find happiness. The reality is that you do not ‘find’ happiness. Happiness is something that you create for yourself. [More]
On his program, The Daily Show, on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart put up with little or no “bull”. He gleefully punched holes in the comments of the pompous and hypocritical. He maintained an enthusiastic following for sixteen years.
On April 1, 2016 (it was no April Fool’s joke) Jon changed his stance and went out of his way to save a bull named Frank.... [More]
There is currently, on YouTube, a video with the title, Undercover Video Appears to Show Pigs Conscious, Shaking in Pain as They Face Slaughterhouse Death, “Compassion Over Killing” [More]
Although the brain is complex, it requires regular maintenance in order to operate at its full capacity. Mindfulness is likened to closing the apps running in the background on a smart phone in order to increase speed and performance. Slowing down and living in the moment can actually improve the function of the mind, body, and overall life experience (Albeinz & Holmes, 2000). [More]