Psychological impacts of natural disasters on youth

Research examines how a new criterion for studying post-traumatic stress disorder better suited for children exposed to a natural disaster Children’s mental state plays an important factor in their developmental growth. After recent storms devastated parts of the U.S. — Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida and the Caribbean and Hurricane Maria in … Read morePsychological impacts of natural disasters on youth

‘Distraction from happiness’: Writer encourages people to live with less

You could call Joshua Becker an early pioneer of the minimalist movement.   If you haven’t read his books on minimalism, you might recognize him from the documentary “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.” The Wall Street Journal bestselling author was born in Aberdeen, S.D., and attended junior high and high school in Wahpeton, … Read more‘Distraction from happiness’: Writer encourages people to live with less

4 Things science says you can do to be happy

People spend years chasing happiness, only to learn the hard way that it wasn’t where they thought it was. They assume career success, riches, retirement or the “perfect relationship” will bring the happiness they’ve always wanted. In the process, they miss the enjoyable moments all around them. But what will make you happy? To find out, … Read more4 Things science says you can do to be happy

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life“ is a song which was written by Eric Idle and featured on Monty Python’s Life of Brian. It’s more than just a song, though, because as well as being funny and entertaining, it describes the British trait of the “stiff upper lip”, or remaining positive in spite … Read moreAlways Look on the Bright Side of Life

Molecular changes may impact risk of PTSD

New research suggests the reason some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder while others do not may be because of molecular changes, specifically alteration in micro-RNA as related to gene regulation. In a controlled study involving military personnel on deployment to a combat zone in Afghanistan, researchers from the Netherlands discovered evidence that blood-based miRNAs may … Read moreMolecular changes may impact risk of PTSD

15 Easy ways to attract more love and positivity into your life

If you want to feel less negative during the day, create better relationships, and score some amazing career opportunities, then you’re going to want to do what you can to attract more love and positivity into your life. And that usually involves changing how you think. Yes, it also includes positive daily affirmations and gratitude lists. … Read more15 Easy ways to attract more love and positivity into your life

Here’s why being grateful leads to happiness (and not the other way around)

Be grateful for the big things, the little things, and everything in between, and happiness will follow. Experts who study gratitude loosely define it as a sense of appreciation and thankfulness for the good things in life—both big and small—and it may be the fastest route to enduring happiness. Yes, you read that right; many … Read moreHere’s why being grateful leads to happiness (and not the other way around)

7 natural treatments for mild depression

It’s not uncommon to feel a little down every now and again. Work stress, family life, and even the weather can all contribute to feeling sad. These blues are a normal, healthy part of life. However, there’s a completely separate condition: depression. It’s more serious than just feeling sad, and it should be treated carefully. … Read more7 natural treatments for mild depression

Want to feel more at peace about a decision? Stop dwelling on the negatives

You may think you’re weighing the pros and cons equally, but you’re probably not. When you’re weighing the potential benefits and risks of a difficult decision, which side tips the scale: the pros or the cons? It turns out that negativity plays an outsize role even during careful, seemingly rational decision-making, according to researchers at … Read moreWant to feel more at peace about a decision? Stop dwelling on the negatives