The researchers found that just 48 months (4 years) of sustained regular physical activity during each week had the power to boost the likelihood of healthy aging sevenfold compared with people who are consistently inactive. The goal of the study was to quantify the impact regular physical activity had on the risk of developing long term conditions such as: depression, and dementia, and on the likelihood of "healthy aging." Inactivity is now ranked alongside smoking, excess drinking, and obesity as a leading cause of reduced life expectancy in developed countries. Physical Activity Pays Huge Dividends in Terms of Healthy Aging “Healthy aging” is not only an absence of major disease and disability. The researchers define “healthy aging” as "having good mental health, the preservation of cognitive abilities, and the ability to maintain social connections and regular sociable activities." During the decade long study, participants were periodically … [Read more...] about What Daily Habit Can Boost “Healthy Aging” Odds Sevenfold?
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Honest, courageous and insightful aren’t words typically used to describe drug addicts. But if given the chance, many addicts end up developing these qualities and contributing to society in a way they never imagined possible. These successes occur in spite of major obstacles, from the ever-present threat of relapse to the pervasive stereotypes addicts encounter along the way. Even with three decades of myth-busting research behind us, some of the most damaging beliefs about addiction remain: #1 Addicts are bad people who deserve to be punished. Man or woman, rich or poor, young or old, if a person develops an addiction, there’s a widespread assumption that they are bad, weak-willed or immoral. The hostility toward addicts takes a form unprecedented among other chronic illnesses, prompting harsh legal sanctions and judgments like, “Let them kill themselves, they asked for it.” It is true that many addicts do reprehensible things. Driven by changes in the brain … [Read more...] about 5 Myths About Addiction that Undermine Recovery
Introduction I am not an authority, personally or professionally, on drug use but I have become something of an expert on foolish action, which I define as behavior that ignores risk. Living just outside Denver--Ground Zero for the recreational marijuana legalization movement in the US--has caused me to become interested in marijuana use, particularly as it relates to the topic of risk-ignoring. This is a tricky topic for me, as I do not want to appear to be an opponent of legalization: someone who is offering exaggerated warnings against the dangers of pot-use, as in the 1936 cautionary propaganda film “reefer madness.” In fact, like most liberals (of both the libertarian and political stripe), I … [Read more...] about Foolish Ingestion?
Ahh yes, the meaning of life – every philosopher’s goal is to come to understand it, at least in some way, shape or form. Indeed, it goes beyond philosophy – psychologists, biologists, sociologists even mathematicians have thought about traversing the age old question. With that, you don’t have to be involved in academia at all to think about your purpose on this Earth. Now, I wouldn’t be so bold as to even suggest a meaning here, but I will do my best to present a critical evaluation. Through the ages, many have made their offerings regarding to what the meaning of life refers – be it to dedicate it to a higher being; to find a means of transcending what we know of as humanity towards an enhanced state; or ‘42’. The list does not end, which in turn reflects how tough a question it is to answer. Given the surplus of possible meanings, maybe it’s worthwhile to approach this from the opposite end, almost like a reverse … [Read more...] about Critically Thinking About Legacy and the Meaning of Life
There are many helpful lenses and methods that psychotherapists employ in the course of their work. Ultimately faith, hope, relationship, and an unfathomable number of factors impossible to procedurize may catalyze therapeutic transformation. Yet with many competing priorities in our age of innovation and managed care, we must narrow our focus. Master psychotherapists use these three techniques in every session— Source: Wokandapix/Pixabay #1 - Approach problems with warmth, empathy, and curiosity. Years ago at a middle school, a student ran from class yelling obscenities at his teacher, who was chasing him and demanding obedience. I was asked to quickly make my way outside to assist. For ten minutes I watched the teacher run in circles after him, demanding compliance. She gave up and retreated only after reciting her demands, not only to him but to me. I stood quietly by as the boy ran wildly to the football field. He found a long PVC pipe and began using it as a martial … [Read more...] about 3 Techniques Masterful Psychotherapists Use in Every Session