Laughter is Good Medicine

Laughter is Good Medicine

Anthropological research suggests laughter and humor are genetically built-in, and that humor, historically, has functioned as “a social glue.” The critical laughter trigger for most people is not necessarily a joke or funny movie, but rather another person Many studies support the notion that optimism has a beneficial influence on your health. The Big Q: What […]

Beat Stress, Improve Health in 5 Mins

Beat Stress, Improve Health in 5 Mins

In today’s world is hard to escape stress of modern living. Beyond affecting mood, it can damage one’s health, from lost sleep and stress-eating to weight gain and heart disease. Fortunately, there are easy steps to take to counter all of the negatives. A simple solution is a 20-min daily break to practice relaxation in […]

Some Secrets of ‘Very Happy’ People

Some Secrets of ‘Very Happy’ People

We all agree that being happy is a desirable goal, but its not always simple to achieve. “The emotion we call happiness is more of a bottom-up or inside-out experience than Top-down or Outside-in,” Heidi Hanna, PhD., executive director of the American Institute of Stress. “We need to connect with the basic things that really […]

Smiling Really Does Boost Your Mood

Smiling Really Does Boost Your Mood

Turn that frown upside down and make people around you feel a bit happier. “Conventional wisdom tells us that we can feel a little happier if we simply smile. Or that we can get ourselves in a more serious mood if we scowl,” said lead researcher Nicholas Coles, a graduate student in social psychology at […]