Happiness

The Last Election Raised Americans’ Stress to an All-time High

“For 10 years, the APA [American Psychological Association] has been running its “Stress in America” survey, usually finding that stress is caused by three primary factors—money, work, and the economy… “…In the study, respondents with incomes below $50,000 reported higher stress levels than those with higher incomes. “…over the course of the decade,  psychologists found that stress in …

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Children do Better at School If Parents Stress KINDNESS over ACHIEVEMENT

HEALTHY VALUES Affluent teens fare better when their parents emphasize kindness and other prosocial values at least as much as academic achievement, finds a study in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Researchers studied 506 teens at a predominantly white, upper-middle-class middle school, asking them about their perceptions of what their parents value most, as well …

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Independent, Autonomous and UNGRATEFUL, or is that Counter-dependent?

People who value autonomy and independence may be less likely to feel gratitude in response to a gift or favor, which could interfere with their bonds with others, suggests research in Cognition and Emotion. In a study with more than 500 participants, researchers found that people who self-reported a higher level of autonomy (not wanting to …

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Go take a hike! Awe, Gratitude and other good feelings.

I ran across this Berkley-based website today that offers many easy-to-read summaries on research about feeling good: The Greater Good Project In one study, researchers induced feelings of awe in participants by showing them video clips of people encountering tremendous things like waterfalls and whales.  A comparison group were shown other video clips.  Those exposed to …

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The Human Condition – Maya Angelou

“I am capable of what every other human is capable of. That is one of the great lessons of war and life.”                                                                                      – Maya Angelou

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