Happiness: What Works?

Click here for the article published by Nature Human Behaviour. The authors’ systematic review explored popular strategies for increasing happiness. Analyzing media articles, they identified five commonly recommended techniques: expressing gratitude, enhancing sociability, exercising, practising mindfulness/meditation, and increasing nature exposure. Then, they reviewed scientific literature and found 57 well-designed studies testing these strategies on subjective …

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[Correspondence] A fundamental change is needed for appraising placebo responses in psychiatry

In the Alpha-Stim Anxiety Insomnia and Depression cranial electrotherapy stimulation trial, Richard Morriss and colleagues reported no significant difference in their primary depression outcome between active and sham groups.1 Although not the headline of the article, 41% of recruited patients who received sham stimulation had remission of their depression. This remarkable result adds to the growing list of neurotechnology trials in psychiatry demonstrating very large responses in their placebo arms.

Take it from the experts, a pet can change your life

Click here for the article published by Harvard Gazette Health. Some people should not have pets. They’re expensive and can make you sneeze. They require time, attention, and stability. If you have allergies, don’t make yourself suffer. If you travel frequently, think twice. If you simply can’t warm to the idea of an animal companion, …

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“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”: Firing Up Repetitive Unpleasant Thoughts

Click here for the article published by Psychology Today. The need for mental control sets off the “ironic effect”: Suppressing sadness creates more unhappiness, and pursuing happiness creates more sadness. What is the answer? Continue reading … Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own risk.

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