“Adolescence is littered with experiences of failure because growth challenges must be continually surmounted,” however, parents can best support teens navigating the ups and downs of adolescence by constructively reframing perspectives about failure.
How We Cope With Setbacks Influences Our Well-Being. How Are You Cultivating Resilience in Your Life?
Researchers have identified the 7 main characteristics of resilient people, and new research suggests that “many of these skills can be developed and strengthened, which can improve your ability to deal with life's setbacks.” Read on to learn more about the benefits of building resilience.
Want to Decrease Stress, Reduce Chronic Pain and Fight Depression? Yoga, Researchers Suggest, May Be the Practice For You!
“Multiple studies have confirmed the many mental and physical benefits of yoga. Incorporating it into your routine can help enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility and reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. Finding the time to practice yoga just a few times per week may be enough to make a noticeable difference when it comes to your health.” Find out more about the Benefits of Yoga.
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“While it may be clear that optimism can be beneficial, it then becomes a question of whether or not people can learn to take a more positive perspective. Can even the most pessimistic of people adjust their worldview?” Find out more about Learned Optimism and How to Incorporate It Into Your Life.
“Empathy is not feeling what you would feel in a situation. It is stepping beside yourself and adopting another person’s emotion for a few moments. Some research suggests that we succeed at this task by virtue of mirror neurons, or brain pathways that fire whether we’re experiencing the stimulus or we see someone else experience it.” Read on to learn more about How to Develop Empathy in Relationships.
“Sleep problems have long been recognized as a symptom of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including depression and Alzheimer’s. But increasingly, researchers are exploring the two-way street between disrupted sleep and disease. And researchers who started out interested in cognitive functions such as memory or brain development are finding themselves focused on sleep because it is so fundamental.” Click here to find out more about The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep.
“Creating change in the area of busyness can offer us improved physical health, greater peace and joy, and better, more connected, relationships. Having time for others and ourselves can offer us that sense of safety, value, and connection we were once looking for by being so busy.” Learn more about How the Glorification of Busyness Impacts Our Well-Being here.
Want to improve your relationships? Explore the top six ways the Smarter Living editors at the New York Times say you can build better relationships in 2019
“The Smarter Living team has culled a few tips from our archive to help you grow in that new relationship, rekindle an old flame or turn a breakup into a positive experience.” Read on to find out how to Improve the Relationships in Your Life in 2019
“Helping someone with anxiety isn’t always easy and you may feel like you’re getting it wrong. But, if you remind yourself that you and your loved one are both doing your best, it can help you keep things in perspective. It’s important to remain compassionate and, as the saying goes, to put on your own oxygen mask first. That way, you’ll have a clearer head for figuring out what’s going on with your anxious loved one and how you can truly be of help.” Read on to discover How You Can Help a Loved One With Anxiety
“As many teens struggle with anxiety and perfectionism, our urge may be to jump in and fix their problems, whatever we perceive them to be. But a better approach, one that will hopefully help reverse these worrying trends, is to cheer them on as they develop the mental habits and strengths that will support them throughout their lives.” Read on to find out more: Five Ways to Help Teens Thrive
“Part of becoming a good conversationalist is accurately deciphering how others feel about us.” Learn more about the “tendency to underestimate how much other people like us” that researchers have dubbed "The Liking Gap” by reading on: Why You Underestimate How Much Other People Like You
Feeling overwhelmed? Consider finding relief by letting go of the things in your life that are weighing you down.
It’s no secret that the spaces we live in--our homes, offices and vehicles--need regular maintenance and attention. It should come as no surprise, then, that the non-physical spaces we occupy--our minds, our obligations, our relationships--also need tending to. Learn more about the benefits of lightening up by reading on: Lighten Your Load
Fostering gratitude in our own lives--and in the lives of our children--is a process. This is because gratitude is an experience, not just a behavior. Learn how to inspire gratitude and grow empathy in your child by following these three daily practices.
Read more here: How to Foster Little Moments of Gratitude with Your Kids
Does the holiday season make you yearn for home? You're not alone. Our connectedness to a sense of place brings order and comfort to our lives.
Learn more about the psychological reasons gathering for the holidays helps reinforce our sense of self and belonging by reading here: There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays
For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time for family, reflection and giving thanks. However, emerging research suggests that the spirit of giving—helping others, being thoughtful, practicing generosity—can generate a sense of gratitude that spans beyond a single day of gratefulness. That’s because gratitude and generosity are part of a cycle that we may be able to harness in order to create a kinder, more generous society.
Here are three ways to help the generosity flow this holiday season and beyond: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_put_giving_into_thanksgiving
Research suggests that engaging in aesthetically pleasurable experiences can be a healthy way to combat addictive tendencies.
Did you know that the psychological reward derived from over-indulging in your favorite food or engaging in other addictive behaviors can be replicated by visiting a museum or listening to a compelling piece of music? Research shows that engaging in aesthetically pleasurable experiences can help satiate addictive cravings.
The next time you feel at the mercy of an unsavory craving, try immersing yourself in an aesthetically stimulating experience instead.