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.
Praising essential workers is not just a good thing, it's critical to their recovery from burnout
Remember all those Twitter and Instagram posts thanking front-line workers after the COVID pandemic hit? Turns out those were a big deal to essential workers. Unfortunately, not all the essential workers felt the love, and that had major negative impacts.
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.
Childhood and adolescent suicides are a serious threat
Suicide is a leading cause of death among 10- to 14-year-olds in Florida. Studies in other US states as well as in Europe have come to broadly similar conclusions. What are we doing to our children?
Bad decisions made under pressure
All of us are forced at times to make decisions under pressure. For many of us, most of our decisions are made under conditions of stress caused by the pressure of increasing work demands placed upon us.
Stressful day? Stress can predict decreases in social interaction
When you’re stressed, do you ever feel like you just don’t want to be around other people? Greater levels of stress on a given day were found to be predictive of decreases in social interaction the following day. This effect may persist for up to two days.
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.
Long-term stress in dogs linked to the owner-dog relationship
Prior research has shown that dog owners live considerably longer than non-dog owners (up to five years). New research shows the relationship a dog has with its owner is related to its stress level, with the link between stress and the owner’s personality traits differing between dog breeds.
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.
Changes in wealth tied to changes in cardiovascular health
Wealth and health are so closely integrated that we can no longer consider them apart. Increases in wealth are associated with protection against cardiovascular diseases while downward wealth mobility is associated with increased cardiovascular risk.
Play reduces stress and forms deeper connection
While many educators in higher education believe play is a method that is solely used for elementary education, higher education students are more engaged and motivated when they are taught using playful pedagogy rather than the traditional lecture-based method.
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