So, I guess in addition to being sexier, more bad-ass and cooler than the general population, smokers are also suffering more. More
Topic: emotional health
The week before our period doesn’t always have to turn us into a moody, emotional, unreasonable alter-ego who will do anything for some chocolate. Not to mention the bloating, cramps and fatigue that make us less-than-fun to be around on a Friday night. Thankfully, Joy Bauer recently discussed her top power foods on the Today Show to cure common health ailments, including PMS. More
Dudes practicing yoga is not a big deal anymore. But how about the toughest, angriest, most violent guys around? Even the ones at San Quentin State Prison in California — home for some of the country’s most dangerous criminals. Yep, they’re downward dogging and savasana-ing right along with the rest of us. And they’ll tell you yoga isn’t just for sissies like they once thought. More
Good news for the exercise-averse: To get the mood-boosting effects of working out, you don’t have to be a gym rat. When it comes to exercise and emotional health, a little may go a long way, researchers say. More
Everyone goes through a time (or two or more) when they’re “down,” but a growing percentage of the world’s population is actually depressed and seeking help for it, often in the form of medication. But new research says that antidepressants could make you sad; apparently, popular meds are often no better than placebos, and could even be worse for patients’ overall happiness in the long-term. More
Yesterday, a Chinese woman, whose fiancé reportedly called off their upcoming wedding, tried to commit suicide by jumping out of a high rise building. She had dressed herself in her bridal gown and crawled out of a top floor window, only to be caught by rescuers who already had arrived on scene, and dragged back inside to safety. As the image above, and video below, can attest to, this is a harrowing, emotionally-traumatic scene to watch. But the first thing these dramatic photos brought to mind was the link between emotional and mental health and our romantic relationships. They’re so interconnected that it’s almost as if one cannot exist without the other. Many of us are happier when we are in love, and as in this poor woman’s case, sometimes we even believe there’s no point in living without it. But unless we’re aiming for a single-people genocide, to me this is proof that we can’t depend on others to make us happy. More
More people are talking openly about depression now than ever (even celebrities like Catherine Zeta-Jones are fessing up to severe emotional disorders like bipolar disease). It’s uplifting to see that we’ve created a better support system for people who experience emotional and mental health problems — a far from negligible portion of the population — but at the end of the day, it’s hard to see depression as anything but a downer. If we could eradicate it, we would. Or would we? According to a new study, there’s an upshot to being down, at least for anyone who’s experienced depression firsthand: Researchers found that depressed people perform better on sequential decision task tests than non-depressed people, exhibiting a possible positive side-effect of mental health disorders. More
I’m not sure if I have the winter blues or just a case of back-from-vacation-itis, but I’ve been having a lot of bad days lately. (Alarm failures, kitchen accidents, and lunch breaks spent waiting in tediously slow-moving lines: You name it, I seem to be catching my share of life’s annoyances in one week.) So I was happy to find Lifehacker‘s article, “How to Beat a Bad Day,” eager to find out the least painful way to make it through my unlucky streak. Their tips, while erring a little on the side of zen thinking for my negative outlook, are a great reminder for anyone who’s spilled their coffee, missed the bus, and made it all the way to work before realizing their cell phone is still at home, all in one rotten day: More
So it turns out love actually does mean having to say you’re sorry. But the good news is it doesn’t mean having to say: “I forgive you.” New research published from The Journal of Family Psychology says that absolute forgiveness may not always be the best route to a happy relationship. While forgiveness is often touted as the enlightened path to true happiness and peace, the study shows that “newlyweds who forgave their partner’s bad behavior were more likely to face additional bad behavior the next day compared with those who stayed mad.” More
Research on chemical signals in human tears recently found that when women cry, it acts as a biological cold shower for men. The study, published today in the journal Science, found that when men smell women’s tears, they became less sexually aroused and were less attracted to women than when they smelled a saline solution dribbled on women’s cheeks. More
Check out this post about how to pick the right therapist by Emily V. Gordon on Lemondrop.
Maybe it’s the upcoming emotional carpet-bombing of the holidays, maybe it’s just the mood of the country.
But lately, I’ve had a lot of friends email me asking advice on how to find a good therapist. Being that I’m a couples and family therapist (when I’m not writing about girl-on-girl make-out research), I’m used to such questions, and thought maybe the Lemondrop family could use some thoughts on this too.
So without further ado, let’s talk therapists. More
Do you find that you’re often confused by what your underlings are trying to tell you? Your driver, your cook — they make these scrunched-up faces and you just don’t know what they’re feeling. We get it. The reason for your clueless behavior could be your ability to be self-sufficient. A new study showed that people of a lower socio-economic standing were better at figuring out other people’s feelings than those from the upper class. Researchers think this is because poorer people rely on the help of others more than people with money do. More
Quick — what are you thinking about? If your thoughts have strayed from this post, then you’re a) not alone, b) not as happy as you would be if you concentrated, and c) definitely not as happy as you would be if you were having sex. Or at least that’s what a group of Harvard psychologists found when they researched the correlation between wandering thoughts and happiness.
Couples seek therapy for all sorts of big reasons (affairs, financial problems, drug abuse, communication issues, etc.), but does there always need to be some sort of major trauma before a couple sees a relationship counselor – or can they … More