Topic: mood

Retail Therapy’s Real Price: Is Being Sad Affecting Your Finances?

Retail Therapy's Real Price: Is Being Sad Affecting Your Finances?

“Retail therapy.” It sounds so harmless, perhaps bringing to mind images of Clueless or Sex & The City characters flitting between stores, buying gifts to themselves because something unfortunate happened in their lives. Many of us have bought a necklace here or a decorative piece there as a way to elevate our feelings when the mood is low. But when does “retail therapy” require, well, actual therapy? More »

Pimp My Health: 7 Natural Ways To Boost Your Mood

Pimp My Health: 7 Natural Ways To Boost Your Mood

We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t get crabby from time to time, but being in a bad mood is definitely the pits. Sometimes there doesn’t even seem to be a reason for it–we just walk around with a case of the blahs. But, armed with a little knowledge, you can let Mother Nature help you. So this week on Pimp My Health, we’re going to pimp your mood. Sure, there are the obvious solutions like getting more exercise, more sunshine and more sleep, but there are also some other great ways to lift your spirits naturally. Take a look! More »

Playing The Blame Game? You Could Probably Use Some Sleep

Playing The Blame Game? You Could Probably Use Some Sleep

According to new research, if your boss doesn’t give you that promotion or your mother-in-law stiffs you on your birthday, you may be able to chalk it up to their sleep deprivation. Not because they are complete and utter jerks whose insomnia has left them in a perpetual bitchy mood (even though that may very well be true), but because they may secretly blame you for all of their woes. More »

Track Your Happiness: iPhone App Proves Sex and Concentration Boost Our Moods

Track Your Happiness: iPhone App Proves Sex and Concentration Boost Our Moods

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.

Using an iPhone app called Track Your Happiness, researchers contacted subjects at random intervals to find out what they were doing, what they were thinking about, and how they felt. More »