Older adults across the globe are more willing to help others
But they will prioritize charitable organizations operating within their own country. As foreign aid budgets are cut, there will be an increasing reliance on global charities. Understanding the giving preferences and inclinations of different age groups could be extremely important in planning campaigns and appeals.
Lower-wealth volunteers experience greater health gains from volunteering than wealthier volunteers
Volunteering is regarded as beneficial for volunteer health, and some studies have even suggested the possibility that volunteering could become a low-cost, sustainable public health intervention.
Older people are worse at learning to self-help, but just as good learning to help others
By better understanding what motivates older people, we can contribute to strategies that promote healthy aging. Learning ability tends to get worse as people get older, but when making choices that benefit others, older adults’ learning ability is preserved.
Making spaces on the high street for clothing repair
Sometimes I come across a study which is just so…..human. I relish it and can’t wait to pass it on. This is one of them. The researchers found that making space in high street shops for people to repair clothes could mend the damage caused by fast fashion and transform sewing into a wellbeing activity. Wow!
Seattle's minimum wage increase did not change crime or employment rates
The drive to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour in the US is gathering steam—though it is hotly contested by those on the right of the political spectrum. Some interesting new research has killed off two popular assumptions upon which both sides have relied.
Partners' company helps us stay connected during pandemic
The epidemic of loneliness and social separation preceded the COVID-19 pandemic. Does household size, video calls with friends and family, working outside the home or being in the company of one’s children or pets make a difference in our feelings of social connectedness?
Countries and states with greatest age biases
While aging is looked at as something that’s inevitable and a part of everyone’s life, it’s viewed very differently around the world and in different environments—which could be detrimental for people’s health and well-being.
Nudges fail more often than reported
Current behavioral change programs focus largely on promoting successes—improved understanding of why and how interventions fail could help develop more successful ones in future and avoid wasting time and money on those that will likely fail.
Indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic coincide with a heavy mental health burden
People in countries with low rates of infection and fatalities still experience twice as much depression and anxiety. These outcomes are largely related to financial stress and disruptions to people’s social lives.
Wisdom can protect against loneliness
Wisdom has several components, such as empathy, compassion, self-reflection and emotional regulation. Researchers found that empathy and compassion had the strongest inverse correlation with loneliness. People who were more compassionate were less lonely.
Warning: Epidemics are often followed by unrest
From the Black Death to the Spanish Flu, history teaches that social tension accumulated over an epidemic can lead to significant episodes of rebellion. Perhaps the same will be true of COVID.
Rituals lead to anxiety relief
Office life has rituals which help to make work bearable—even though work stress has increased by 200 percent over the last ten years. However, innovations such as hot desking, flexible working, and home-based working have been gradually stripping us of this aspect of our daily routine.
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