Looking backward can help you move forward: Research suggests nostalgia improves mental and emotional health

 by: Zoey Sky (Natural News) Indulging in nostalgia helps people remember happier times in their lives. According to several studies, reminiscing about the past also offers several benefits for your emotional well-being and overall health. According to a series of studies, which were published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2015, nostalgia gives you insight into your authentic self. Nostalgia also gives individuals a greater sense of meaning in their lives. Krystine Batcho, a professor of psychology at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, explained that individuals who are high in nostalgia are able to cope with difficult situations in healthier ways. If you … Continue reading Looking backward can help you move forward: Research suggests nostalgia improves mental and emotional health

What is Mental Abuse?

by Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC Brenda knew something was wrong in her marriage to Bill, but she was unable to put her finger on what. She felt like she was abused but he never hit her, so she minimized and even dismissed any warning indicators that something else was off. She was intentionally exploited by her husband; endured regular insults and rejection, alternating with affirmation; and felt manipulated into doing or saying something out of character. Abuse is not just physical. There are many other forms of abuse, such as sexual, financial, emotional, mental, and verbal. While some of the … Continue reading What is Mental Abuse?

WE FINALLY KNOW HOW GENERAL ANESTHESIA WORKS

(Credit: Getty Images) BY MARLA BROADFOOT-DUKE In a new study,researchers found that to knock you out, different anesthesia drugs hijack the neural circuitry that makes you fall sleep. The discovery of general anesthesia 170 years ago was a medical miracle, enabling millions of patients to undergo invasive, life-saving surgeries without pain. General anesthesia drugs induce unconsciousness by activating a tiny cluster of cells at the base of the brain called the supraoptic nucleus (shown in red), while the rest of the brain remains in a mostly inactive state (blue). (Credit: Duke) For the study, which appears in Neuron, researchers traced this neural … Continue reading WE FINALLY KNOW HOW GENERAL ANESTHESIA WORKS

Sleep myths ‘damaging your health’

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES By James Gallagher Widely held myths about sleep are damaging our health and our mood, as well as shortening our lives, say researchers. A team at New York University trawled the internet to find the most common claims about a good night’s kip. Then, in a study published in the journal Sleep Health, they matched the claims to the best scientific evidence. They hope that dispelling sleep myths will improve people’s physical and mental health and well-being. So, how many are you guilty of? Myth 1 – You can cope on less than five hours’ sleep This … Continue reading Sleep myths ‘damaging your health’

Do Microdoses of LSD Change Your Mind?

Credit: Getty Images A rigorous study has intriguing results By Sam Rose You’ve probably heard about microdosing, the “productivity hack” popular among Silicon Valley engineers and business leaders. Microdosers take regular small doses of LSD or magic mushrooms. At these doses, they don’t experience mind-bending, hallucinatory trips, but they say they get a jolt in creativity and focus that can elevate work performance, help relationships, and generally improve a stressful and demanding daily life. If its proponents are to be believed, microdosing offers the cure for an era dominated by digital distractions and existential anxiety—a cup of coffee with a little Tony Robbins stirred in. So far, … Continue reading Do Microdoses of LSD Change Your Mind?

Resist and be free

Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters More than false choices and options, the highest freedom lies in being true to oneself and defying the expectations of others by Mariam Thalos is distinguished professor of the humanities and department head of philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her most recent book is A Social Theory of Freedom (2016). She lives in Tennessee. Edited by Sally Davies Are human beings free? Are we sources of at least some of our behaviour, not merely scenes in which the laws of nature unfold over time? And is our freedom, however we define it, truly different from anything that … Continue reading Resist and be free

High IQ No Protection Against Suicidal Thoughts in Youth

image edited by F. Kaskais by Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW Suicidal ideation (SI) occurs more frequently in adolescents with superior cognitive performance than in youngsters with lower cognition, new research suggests. Investigators studied more than 6000 typically developing community-based adolescents aged 11 to 21 years and compared the cognitive and social functioning of those with and those without SI. After controlling for depression or general psychopathology, the investigators found that youth with SI showed greater psychopathology and poorer level of function but better overall neurocognitive performance. Although greater functional impairment was observed in females with SI, the association of superior neurocognition … Continue reading High IQ No Protection Against Suicidal Thoughts in Youth