Most of us are on a perpetual quest to find happiness. It's easy to see how successfully fulfilling a goal or acquiring something new can bring pleasure. But happiness is fleeting. Soon the “new” thing becomes old, and life will inevitably lead to other feelings, such as fear, anger, and sadness. A lasting and more secure route to happiness and contentedness is to practice gratitude.
A good sense of humor won't cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive effects of laughter. It doesn't matter if you are full-on belly laughing or quietly giggling, laughter has short- and long-term benefits for the mind and body.
Although meditation has been around for centuries, scientists continue to learn how it can affect the brain. Recent research indicates that meditation alters the brain’s structure and how it functions, as well as changing the brain’s networks. These changes correlate with a reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression; improvements in focus and memory; and might even preserve the brain as it ages. Adding meditation to your life could be the missing link in your health and wellness plan.
It’s hard to talk about individual well-being these days without talking about what’s going on in the world, whether that’s the mental health fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, political polarization, or global crises like climate change.
Our romantic relationships can be a great source of joy and fulfillment in our lives. Yet they can also be the place we most struggle with communicating in a healthy and effective way. It seems the more important the relationship, the greater our potential to fall into reactivity when things seem to be going awry.
In a sexual rut with your partner? Then it might be time to talk to each other like strangers.