New and diverse experiences linked to enhanced happiness
When people had more variability in their physical location—visiting more locations in a day and spending proportionately equitable time across these locations—they reported feeling more positive.
Is burnout just a form of depression?
A significant study finds there is substantial overlap between both workplace and personal factors that contribute to an increase in both depressive symptoms and burnout.
COVID-19: The downside of social distancing
When faced with danger, humans draw closer together. Social distancing thwarts this impulse. Does this dilemma pose a greater threat to society than overtly antisocial behavior?
Can't buy me love - or friendship
When people’s self-worth is contingent on money, they view their financial success as being tied to the core of who they are as a person. But much of what’s required to achieve success in the financial domain comes at the expense of spending time with family and friends.
In times of COVID-19 the way to resilience is to live in the moment - but plan ahead
People who manage to balance living in the moment with planning for the future are best able to weather stress without succumbing to negative moods.
"Feeling obligated" can impact relationships during social distancing
In a time where many are practicing ‘social distancing’ from the outside world, people are relying on their immediate social circles more than usual. Does a sense of obligation—from checking on parents to running an errand for an elderly neighbor—benefit or harm a relationship?
If the virus doesn't kill us the isolation might
During this period of plague, we have to separate ourselves to stay disease-free. But we mustn’t allow employers to take this as an excuse to make exclusion from the workplace permanent.
Love actually: Americans agree on what makes people "feel the love"
Strong men, dictators and authoritarian CEOs rely on fear rather than love. But leaders who show love to their followers and acknowledge their strengths and try earnestly to meet their needs produce better, more harmonious and vastly more productive societies and businesses.
Many high achievers feel low sense of personal achievement
Depersonalization is happening in every profession as we rely more on machines and AI to carry out tasks previously undertaken by humans. Many previous studies have shown that relying on digital gadgets such as smartphones increases stress and promotes depression. The reason: we are relationship animals and the fewer tasks we allocate to humans the less chance we have for human interaction.
You can change your personality
It has long been believed (except by us) that people can't change their personalities, which are largely stable and inherited. But a review of recent research in personality science points to the possibility that personality traits can change either through persistent intervention or major life events.
Feeling moments of support improve wellness
Poets and songwriters may tend to focus their artistry on passion and romance, but it may be those unsung, brief feelings of love throughout the day that are connected with psychological well-being.
Greater well-being comes from smaller social networks
Loneliness is becoming an epidemic in our society affecting people of all ages. Many physical and psychiatric diseases are directly tied to it, including dementia, heart disease and schizophrenia. Without sufficient face-to-face contact the psychic and physical immune systems prepare for death.
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