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 […]

Common Holiday Stresses—and How to Calm Them

Does anyone ever have enough time to prepare for the holidays? It seems like the season for carols, Christmas decorations, and gift giving arrives long before anyone is truly ready. And after a few rushed, jam-packed weeks, it’s all over, leaving you with little to show for it except credit card bills and a few […]

Is Your Food Putting You in a Bad Mood?

A hard day at the office, a rude comment, heavy traffic, everyday hassles—it can all put you in a bad mood. But those aren’t the only things affecting your attitude. What you eat can also affect your mood and your risk of depression.  People often turn to food for comfort during difficult times, but certain […]