People who struggle with stressful situations benefit from owning a pet
We tend to over-simplify our view of why people have pets, and how our personality can dictate the kind of pet that we have.
Some types of stress good for brain functioning? Maybe
Low to moderate levels of stress can help individuals develop resilience and cope with future stressful experiences, as well as reduce the risk of developing mental health disorders.
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.
Mindfulness meditation can reduce guilt, leading to less prosocial behavior
When mindfulness, or any form of meditation, forces us to disconnect from the people around us and prioritize our own feelings and thoughts, we may enter dangerous and somewhat narcissistic territory.
Early-life social connections influence gene expression, stress resilience
After early childhood, acceptance and praise from peers becomes an important stress regulator, setting us up to cope with stress in adulthood. This need for acceptance and acknowledgement persists throughout life.
Spending time in nature promotes early childhood development
Children living in a residential location with more vegetation and richer natural environments showed better overall development than their peers with less greenspace, highlighting the fundamental importance of natural green spaces like street trees, parks and community gardens.
87 nation study shows simple intervention helps build emotional resilience
Known as reappraisal, the strategy consistently reduced negative emotions and increased positive emotions, helping ease the emotional toll not just of COVID but of the plethora of other stressors of modern work and life generally.
New insights on work, stress, and relationship skills
When employees regard work demands as hindrances to achieving their goals, they become emotionally exhausted and consequently become disengaged from their job and unable to balance their work and family roles.
Scientists discover that resilience is dynamic, not a static character trait
New research finds that resilience is more of a process than a characteristic and identifies some of the characteristics that can contribute to that process, informing recruitment, hiring, operations and training practices.
How to be resilient and mitigate burnout
It’s heartening to know that we are all still works-in-progress and can be equipped with skills to grow and adapt to the stressful situations we face. Resilience is about 10% influenced by genetics and the rest by context and experience.
Some people's brain chemistry makes them resilient to stress
The world is becoming less resilient thanks to increasing work, familial and societal stress—it’s estimated that 80 percent of first-time depressive episodes are preceded by significant, chronic life stress. But there may be hope on the horizon.
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