Showing posts from May 12, 2019

What's the Link Between Personality and Health?

1/11 ExtrovertedResearchers can’t explain why exactly, but people who socialize more often appear to have stronger immune systems. In one study, people who said they spent more time around others were shown to be less likely to catch a cold. Swipe to advance 2/11 NarcissisticMen who feel they deserve special treatment and tend to take advantage of other people may be more likely to have certain health conditions, including heart problems. This may be because researchers have found that they have unusually high levels of the stress-related chemical cortisol in their systems, even when they’re not in stressful situations. This isn’t the case for narcissistic women. Swipe to advance 3/11 OptimisticA positive outlook may boost your overall physical health. And if you do become ill, that attitude may help you deal with it and have a better quality of life. Research shows that optimists may be more likely to accept their illnesses and try to find the humor in difficult situations. Swipe to advance 4…

Skateboard Parks and the Power of Relationship

Eight years ago, Ulrike Reinhard flew to India for on a business trip. Instead of flying back home, however, she "got stuck" and decided to make India her home. In this interview, Ulrike describes how she was driven to build a skateboard park in the middle of a poverty-ridden village in Madhya Pradesh. Many projects are built with fences and "Do Not Enter" signs surrounding it; in contrast, this skateboard park welcomes anyone who wishes to enjoy it. This surreal space has attracted media attention and many visitors to the village, helping to spur economic growth and giving children of the area something that empowers them. Ulrike describes her inspiration for the project, her other fascinating experiments in community building, and the power of relationships to make change.

A Better Way to Develop Your Child’s Confidence

Instead of praising children to build up their self-esteem, they need relief from too much self-focus.

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore

A middle school girl I worked with finally found the courage to tell me her deepest fear. Her body was so tense, it was practically vibrating.

“What if I grow up to be ordinary?” she said.

The fear this child expressed—that she may not be that special—is one that I see often in my work as a therapist. Somehow this girl, and many other clients I’ve seen, equated self-worth with being impressive.

I frequently hear from parents that their kids struggle with low self-esteem. Their children might seem outwardly confident, but they are suffering because of their unrelenting preoccupation with judging themselves. Parents worry when they see their children crying over a less-than-perfect grade, fretting that something they said might seem weird, franticly avoiding any situation where they might not instantly excel, or viciously criticizing themselves when they fall short i…

Heroines of Health

This moving documentary shares "three of the many untold stories that hold the key to unlocking better health for more people around the world." The three women, one a medical doctor and teacher from India, another a midwife assistant from Indonesia, and the third the director of a community health center in Kenya, though worlds apart, share a common journey to bring hope to women and children in their communities. Their individual commitments to follow their dreams of helping others to live longer and better have involved separation from family members, long travel, countless hours of study and hard work, and many other challenges. The looks on their faces and on the faces of those whose lives they have enriched speak volumes about the value of their sacrifices and of the work of their hearts and hands.

Ask Yourself This Question About Your Workplace

Cindy Elkins, a former director at Genentech, shares how cultivating a culture of gratitude helped the company thrive during tough times.

By Cindy Elkins

Happy Again: How To Deal With Uncertainty (Encore)

How do you respond when you feel threatened or defensive? Our Happiness Guinea Pig, writer Wajahat Ali, discovers a way to keep himself anchored amidst the challenges and chaos of life.

JOLENTA GREENBERG When my husband Brad and I got married, right afterwards, he went and lived on the road for a year because he’s a news reporter and he was covering the election. We had a plan that when he was done covering the election we were going to go on a big trip together to sort of reunite, just get some alone time together, reconnect. And it was gonna be amazing.

We decided to go to Argentina because that was a dream of both of ours. Brad got very into researching and planning, and he was so amped on this trip. I was like, ‘All right, great. Like run with it, dude,’ and I sort of sat back and let him plan everything and every time he talked about a leg of the trip he wanted to plan, I’d be like, ‘Sure, sure, let’s do it. Everything sounds awesome.’ I didn’t really think about it much.

When we go…

Humanity's Path to a Flourishing Future

"I discovered that what makes humans unique is that we--to a greater extent than any other species--have what I call a 'patterning instinct:' we are driven to pattern meaning into our world. That drive is what led humans to develop language, myth, and culture. It enabled us to invent tools and develop science, giving us tremendous benefits but also putting us on a collision course with the natural world." Jeremy Lent, author of "The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning" shares more.

How Caregivers Can Cultivate Moments of Positivity

Judith Moskowitz explains how positive emotion skills can help us cope with stress.

By Kira M. Newman

Back in the early 1990s, researcher Judith Moskowitz began her work with caregivers of people with AIDS. She has since studied the experiences of those taking care of children and people with dementia.

But Moskowitz doesn’t study the negative aspects of caregiving or how to reduce them. Instead, she and her team at Northwestern University focus on helping people build positive emotions.

For example, in a study published this month in Health Psychology, Moskowitz and her colleagues recruited 170 caregivers of people with dementia. In one group, the caregivers received video calls every week where a facilitator taught them skills like these:
Noticing positive events: Being aware of the good things in your life, an antidote to narrowly focusing on the negative.Capitalizing on positive events: A way of extending and savoring your good feelings, such as by telling someone else, writing them dow…