How to reduce loneliness: Meaningful activities can improve health, well-being
Becoming engrossed in enjoyable activities that require both concentration and skill, such as playing the piano or painting, can lead to a state of flow. Time passes quickly, giving life meaning, and experiences of loneliness are reduced.
Stay on the sunny side: Optimists have better lives
Almost all of us were born optimistic - as we learn more about the limitations of our environment and experience setbacks, this is tempered and we can become either realistically optimistic or pessimistic.
How to be "in the flow"
Flow—being so involved in what you are doing that time, indeed anything else, ceases to be noticed—is said to be good for our well-being. There is evidence that it can ward off depression, prevent burnout and make us more resilient. We seek it out, but our understanding of how the brain enables flow is limited.
Happiness in early adulthood may protect against dementia
Every week I come across studies which show that dementia is not a disease of old age, but rather a condition that has its roots much, much earlier in life. This study confirms many of these earlier studies but looks at the issue in terms of the connection between early depression and later dementia.
Think leisure is a waste? That may not bode well for your mental health
We live in a global society and there are people everywhere that hear the same messages about how important it is to be busy and productive. Feeling like leisure is wasteful and unproductive may lead to less happiness and higher levels of stress and depression.
Humans vs. automation: Service center agents can outperform technology
Humans by and large are quite happy to interact with machines—like self-service check-outs in supermarkets—but not talk to them. We want, and are genetically wired to need, to interact with other humans. Without that we become depressed.
You can have too much of a good thing, says study of financial analysts' work-life balance
Making improvements to hardworking analysts’ work-life balance produces dividends for the company and the analysts’ careers, but there's a limit to the positive performance impact, with a little bit stress a good thing.
"All the lonely people": The impact of loneliness in old age on life and health expectancy
Is it time to rethink work so that the transition from “employed” to “retired” is not so traumatic? Many people - particularly men - are less able to make social contacts outside of work thus, when work ends, they are in danger of feeling isolated, even if they are married.
A quarter of adults don't want children-and they're still happy
Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys, right? Not for everyone, with more than one in four people identifying as "child-free"—someone who chooses not to have children.
Money matters to happiness - perhaps more than previously thought
What is the relationship between money and well-being? Are we underestimating the importance of money to our personal happiness?
What makes a happy couple, a happy family, or a happy workplace?
Being emotionally flexible may be one of the most important factors when it comes to longevity and overall health of your romantic, familial and workplace relationships.
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