Hope for Fighting Depressing

If you only take away one thing from this article, remember that depression is treatable. With time and treatment, you can feel better. Consider talking with your doctor or a mental health professional about how you’ve been feeling to see if talk therapy or medication may be right for you. There are also things you […]

Why Kindness Is Good for You

When you help others, they benefit from your kindness. But did you know that it also makes you happier and healthier? It may sound a bit selfish to look at how being kind to others is beneficial to you personally, but the research surrounding kindness is so fascinating that we can’t ignore it. Kindness is […]

Digital Detox

I have a confession to make. I’m addicted. Yes, you read that right.  Let me explain.  I don’t smoke, do drugs, or drink alcohol. Neither do I use opioids or painkillers. My addiction isn’t to any kind of substance that I ingest. My addiction is to a little three-inch by six-inch oblong-shaped box made of […]

How to Help a Depressed Friend

lthough everything in life seemed right, there was, nevertheless, something very wrong for Jamie. Upon graduation from college, she’d been hired into her “dream job” as a media advisor for a professional association. She had a good salary, exceptional work colleagues, a large circle of friends, and a supportive family.  “Still, I felt so miserable,” […]

Light in the Darkness: Coping With Holiday Sadness and Depression

For many people, the holiday season inspires feelings of belonging, connection, and joy, but for others, it is a time of increased sadness, loneliness, and depression. While there is no single reason for holiday depression, the season does seem to contain these triggers for sadness: family conflict and dysfunction, heightened feelings of loneliness, additional expenses, […]

Do Politics Make You Angry?

Anger triggers a fight or flight response that floods the body with stress hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. Your heart rate and blood pressure increase, and you experience a surge of blood sugar. When you’re in an argument, this stress response reduces your ability to discuss a situation rationally. It also reduces your short-term memory. […]

Headline Stress Disorder

If hearing news about politics, world crises, natural disasters, and crime heighten your sense of anxiety and stress, you may have what some experts refer to as “headline stress disorder.” Researchers have found that all that bad news can wear on your sense of well-being, making you more likely to worry and imagine worst-case scenarios […]

Stop the Stress Cycle

We’re living in the age of anxiety. People now report being more worried about stress and anxiety than any other heath concern, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sounds like it’s time to find a way out of the overwhelming stress spiral. Imagine this: You’re at the doctor’s office for an annual checkup. Excitedly, you […]

8 Ways to Get Happier

1. Challenge yourself Whether your dream is to write a book or climb a mountain, set goals for yourself that are specific, realistic, and attainable, says author and fitness motivator Joan Price. Break your big goals into smaller, manageable action steps—small steps lead to lasting changes, and happiness. 2. Make friends According to research published […]

5 Ways to Improve Memory

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16 million people in the U.S. suffer with cognitive impairment, a condition that causes difficulty with “remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday life.” The risk of cognitive impairment increases as we age, but the good news is that […]