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Arts-Based Activities Boost Emotion Regulation, Study Finds

We all know from life experience that creative expression makes us feel good. Now, a new study reaffirms that arts-based activities boost positive emotions and reduce negativity.
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Writing as Self Development

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Life After 50
How does writing promote the self development?

Lessons from the Grave of Timothy Piazza

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Presence of Mind
Timothy Piazza didn't have to die but group dynamics and barriers to bystander intervention insured that he did.

All the Lonely People—Where Do They All Come From?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 15, 2017 in Talking Apes
Social networks are vital for good health and well-being, but it is quality and not quantity of relationships that counts.

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Stanford Researchers Identify Life-Changing Power of Mindset

Mindset plays a surprisingly significant role in our health and longevity, according to a new study from Stanford University.
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Food Educates Every Part of You

Food trains every part of you—especially the ones you don't think about.

Does a Happy Meal Really Make Us Happy?

We know that what we eat impacts our physical health. But what about our psychological health? How does what we eat impact our happiness?
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Mental Health Stigma in Healthcare

Access to mental health and substance abuse care is at risk.

You Must Be Strong

How are Syrian refugees coping without mental health services?

“Dr. Google,” Friend or Foe?

Here are a few of experiences I’ve had with Dr. Google, first as friend, then as foe. I hope they serve as a guide to using Google wisely. It’s not easy to do, that’s for sure.

A Social Cure

By Jolanda Jetten Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Social Cures
Feeling under the weather? Did you know that your social connectedness might have something to do with that?

Five Tools That Help Women Accept a Mental Health Problem

Wondering what tools help women accept a mental health problem? Women's resilience is manifold.

John Sarno, M.D., An American Hero

The medical model has failed millions of people with chronic pain. John Sarno understood how the brain creates pain through stress and emotions. By David Hanscom, M.D.
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How to Develop a Successful Personal Recovery Plan

Taking action without planning is a sure recipe for disappointment.

Will Social Prescribing Be the Next Wellness Phenomenon?

"Social prescribing" is a relatively new non-medical approach to psychological, physical, and financial well-being that has the potential to dramatically improve people's lives.

Listening For Golf Balls

Why do patients tell doctors things that don't seem relevant? Who cares if they got hit by a golf ball 30 years ago? Patients do! Doctors should too. But they have to listen.

"Cholesterolphobia" and Eggs: What Do We Know?

There are green eggs (and ham), golden eggs from that golden goose, and Faberge eggs from Czarist Russia, but what about cholesterol-laden whole eggs and cardiovascular disease?

How a Sense of Purpose in Life Improves Your Health

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on July 14, 2017 in Minding the Body
Why bother getting out of bed in the morning? Having a good answer to that question may help you stay healthier and even live longer.

How Our Bodies Age, Part 4

What are the age-related changes that occur and what are the implications for us?
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How Much Booze Is Best?

How much alcohol is safe?

Is Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Unnecessary?

Over the past decade, mounting evidence has questioned whether arthroscopic knee surgery is effective at relieving the knee pain associated with aging joints.

Smoking Fetishes Examined

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in In Excess
Those individuals with smoking fetishes (capnolagnia) are presumed to be rare but there has been a growing amount of psychological research looking at sexualised smoking behavior.

Feeding Critically Ill Pediatric Patients

New guidelines released for nutritional support in critically ill pediatric patients
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Nine Truths About Losing Balance You Won't Read in Books

By Carol Svec on July 12, 2017 in Balance
I thought I knew everything about balance…until I temporarily lost it. These notes from that time are a window into the world of someone struggling with vestibular problems.

Do You Have #hashtag Friends or Real Friends?

Popular people are more resilient, live longer, and report fewer severe symptoms of the common cold. But be careful, true friends are different from #hashtag friends.
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Hey Doc, I'm Not Crazy! - Part I

Ever wonder why your primary care physician referred you to a psychologist? This may provide some insight.

Holding the Right People Accountable for Vaccination Deaths

We must face uncomfortable truths if we want to reduce sources of medical error.

I Feel Your Pain—Is That a Problem?

Empathy is one of the greatest triumphs of humanity. Or is it? Find out why empathy is both great and terrible.

“Is Psychotherapy for People of Color?”

By Mariel Buque M.A. on July 10, 2017 in Unpacking Race
“Is Psychotherapy for People of Color?” Ways in which psychotherapy can be effective with Clients of Color.

I Have Cancer; Do I Need to See a Therapist, Too?

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
When cancer's emotional and physical pain makes one feel defective or alone, a place to find support, compassion, and build coping skills has the potential to go a long way.

Anxiety Is Now Public Enemy No. 1

Anxiety has become a nationwide epidemic that is creating a public health crisis. The good news is that there are drug-free ways to lower your anxiety by engaging your vagus nerve.

The Rise of Bullying Bosses and Incivility in the Workplace

By Ray Williams on July 09, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are at a crossroads where one road leads to a uncivil workplace dominated by abusive bosses and the other to a kinder, civil workplace led by humanitarian leaders.

Baby Care: 3 Rs for Raising A Happy Child

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Depression is epidemic and even touches babies. How do early life's 3 Rs: recognition, resonance, and respect, mitigate against depression--for all of us?

The Life-Changing Magic of Going Your Own Way

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Living Single
Guest blogger Ellen Worthing watched all the kayaking couples go in one direction, and she went the other. It did not turn out the way any of them anticipated.