From the comfort of your own home, you can receive “care.” But is it actually helpful? More
“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
On the Today show this morning, they ran a segment about the importance of certain nutrients in our diets, including why we need them for our mental health. It was interesting to learn that a deficiency in protein, of all things, could be responsible for that bad mood. Quick, grab some chicken and then listen up! More
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
I was flipping through the latest issue of Yoga Journal last night, and I came across an article about how to “uncover your personal blueprint for happiness.” Excited to see what they had to say, I dove in More
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
Stop the madness! Summertime is supposed to be a time of lazing around, swinging on hammocks and sipping delightful umbrella cocktails by the pool. Why then do scientists claim that people get so angry right about now? More
Are you suffering from heartburn or headaches? Just can’t get out of bed in the morning? Do you look as though you are never rested no matter how much sleep you get, or feel as bloated as the Pillsbury Doughboy because of relentless water retention? All of these symptoms can be caused by the foods you are eating. 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.
Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.
–Bill Watterson More
This year has already been one of the warmest on record, according to a climate analysis from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and in many cities, the trend seems to be sticking with what feels like it’s already been … More
Billions of dollars are spent on antidepressant drugs every year, but psychologist Jasper Smits is testing a new kind of treatment: Good old-fashioned exercise. Past studies have shown that exercise can be as effective as certain prescription medications in improving … More
Popular opinion says: Vacations rock. Nothing’s quite like being away from daily responsibilities and stress, and we never feel quite so relaxed (Thanksgiving weekend excluded). Part of what makes them so great is that they’re nothing like our everyday lives, … More