While youth, good nutrition, and a healthy body can be protective, research is also showing us that the mind and how we perceive the world can also play an important role in how well we can fend off infection. Your ability to fight viruses and bacteria may also be decided by the level of stress you have, as well as whether you are generally a happy person or an anxious one. Some studies have shown that adults who go through long term stressors like caring for sick loved ones or have to persevere through nerve-wracking work conditions over a long time period have higher rates of respiratory tract infections from the common cold—which is a coronavirus. It is likely chronic stress makes it harder for our body to fight this new coronavirus too. … [Read more...] about Immunity and the Mind: 7 Steps
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Does the feeling of alarm mean danger? It could be a false alarm. How do we know? The amygdala can't help us. It doesn't know what is safe and what is dangerous. In fact, it doesn't even know what is real and what is imaginary. Hopefully, our high-level thinking, executive function, can separate what is imaginary from what is real, and what is safe from what is unsafe. If there is danger, executive function needs to figure out what to do. … [Read more...] about Want to Stop Pandemic Claustrophobia, Anxiety, and Panic?
A long-standing debate in the field of psychology has been whether moving to a new location makes people happier. One school of thought says yes. In fact, it may be exactly the type of "fresh start" people need to re-calibrate their happiness. Another suggests that while a move might provide us with a temporary lift in mood, it is most common for our happiness to return to its baseline, pre-move level. … [Read more...] about Would Moving to a New City or Country Make You Happier?
Mental subtraction is something we all do fairly routinely, and involuntarily. Whenever life sends you into a skid but somehow you pull out—you thought you lost all your work in that computer crash, but lo and behold, it’s been saved; you find your car keys just as you’re dialing the locksmith—a kind of psychological overcorrection happens. There’s that sudden rush of appreciation. The world’s rosy hue has been restored. You feel really good. Better, actually, than if you’d never “lost” the thing in the first place. … [Read more...] about Death and Thanksgiving