One of the many surprising keys to happiness

One of the most impactful things I’ve done over the last few years has been taking on a gratitude practice. It started with a seemingly simple, insignificant process. Using a journal, I would write down three things that I was grateful for each morning. Quick and easy. Some days, coming up with three things to … Read moreOne of the many surprising keys to happiness

How to take care of yourself after witnessing violence

It’s important. When white nationalists descended in droves upon Charlottesville, Virginia, counterprotesters showed up to take a stand against racism and anti-Semitism. There were violent clashes, which resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and the brutal beating of Deandre Harris by a group of white supremacists with poles. The counterprotesters who put their … Read moreHow to take care of yourself after witnessing violence

The 6 step negativity detox

Even the most positive people experience negativity from time to time – it’s part of what makes us human. In very small doses, negativity can actually be pretty helpful, since it’s our mind’s method of keeping us safe by highlighting the bad in things. In larger doses however, it can dramatically limit our potential and … Read moreThe 6 step negativity detox

Making this 1 simple change skyrocketed employee productivity, happiness, and creativity

Here’s the policy one company tried for seven weeks. It worked. Really, really well. As workplaces try to mimic the brag-worthy benefits and culture of tech giants, many employees are left with well-intentioned (but poorly executed) perks and work environments. In place of on-site chefs, there are drawers overflowing with junk food. The open floor plan? Don’t … Read moreMaking this 1 simple change skyrocketed employee productivity, happiness, and creativity

Cannabis for pain and PTSD ‘lacks high-quality evidence’

There is not enough high-quality scientific evidence to support the use of cannabis as an effective and safe treatment for chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder. This was the conclusion of two systematic reviews conducted by the United States Department for Veteran Affairs and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The use of cannabis, or … Read moreCannabis for pain and PTSD ‘lacks high-quality evidence’

Domestic abuse ‘workshops’ reduce repeat offending and harm to public

The first domestic abuse policing strategy in UK history to be trialled under experimental conditions has found that an inexpensive two-day course in behaviour management for first offenders resulted in 35% fewer men reoffending against their partner, and reduced further harm to victims by over a quarter. Researchers at Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology worked … Read moreDomestic abuse ‘workshops’ reduce repeat offending and harm to public

Depression may alter brain’s white matter structure

Depression has been shown to alter the structure of the brain’s white matter, which contains the circuitry that allows brain cells to communicate with each other, and which underpins brain function. So concludes a major study from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, both in the United Kingdom, that used cutting-edge imaging … Read moreDepression may alter brain’s white matter structure

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. In most cases, the symptoms develop during the first month after a traumatic event. However, in a minority of cases, there may be a delay of months or even years before symptoms start to appear. Some people with PTSD experience … Read moreSymptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

6 secrets to a happier life

Whether you’re a web designer, teacher, fire-fighter or Army officer, you are encouraged to keep checking things off the to-do list, amassing accomplishments and focusing your efforts on the future. There’s always something more you can do to further yourself at work: an extra project or responsibility you can take on, more schooling you can … Read more6 secrets to a happier life