Living a Healthy Life

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a struggle, and the ideal routine seems to change all the time. Yet physical well-being plays an undeniably important role in our daily lives. In many ways, our mental health impacts our ability to be physically healthy, and vice versa. Researchers in both domains have a lot to say about what it takes to be well.

Recent posts on Health

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Can Dogs Help Solve Our Childhood Obesity Problem?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on May 23, 2017 in Animals and Us
What should we make of claims about the impact of dogs on obesity in children and teenagers?

Finding Sanity in Today's Political Chaos

By Kimberly Key on May 23, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Research shows that recurring negative stories (on TV or engaging in repeated negative discourse with friends) can have a deleterious effect on our mental and physical health.

The Meaning of Disaster

Disasters have many different meanings for many different people. Here is a personal perspective on disasters from the point of view of a volunteer disaster responder.

Free Health Insurance Makes Kids Resilient

In the debate over health insurance, we’re forgetting that research proves that children with access to health care out-perform children with none.
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Honesty Is the Best Policy

Doctors know far more than they're telling you. So how do you find out what you need to know?

13 Reasons Why

Have your heard warnings about "13 Reasons Why?" Get the basics about how clinical depression is diagnosed.
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Rest for Success

It's not what you do—it's how you actively rest.

Narrative Expressive Journaling Could Help Your Vagus Nerve

A new study found that "narrative expressive journaling" (in which you create a storyline with self-distancing) reduces stress better than extremely emotional "expressive writing."

Want to Be Healthy? Get Rich!

In almost every single way, socioeconomic status is a significant predictor of positive health outcomes. We better figure out how to change that.

When Friends Believe Nonsense

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 19, 2017 in Open Gently
Do you discourage your loved ones' silly medical treatments?
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10 Keys to Recovery

The must-haves for recovery from mental illness or addiction.

The Evolving Evidence on Chiropractors for Low Back Pain

The traditional medical establishment has long frowned upon chiropractic care for lower back pain—until now.

Rewarding Exercise with Food: A Novel Approach

Is it wrong to run that extra mile for a slice of guilt-free cake?

The Rising Tide of Caesarean Births

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in How We Do It
C-sections have been multiplying out of control worldwide. Evidence for side-effects has mounted in tandem, but in the USA at least it seems that the tide may have turned.

Are Therapists Just Rent-a-Friends?

If you had real friends, some people say, you wouldn’t need a therapist. Is psychotherapy really just a substitute for friendship or is there more to it?

Tonic Levels of Physical Activity Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve

Moderate physical activity is a guaranteed way to engage your vagus nerve and create a "relaxation response" that counters the panic and anxiety of fight-or-flight responses.

Why Are So Many Veterans Homeless?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Media Spotlight
According to one estimate, the number of veterans without stable accommodation was placed at nearly 58,000 (twelve percent of the known homeless across the U.S.) as of 2013.

Trading in Celiac Disease for an Eating Disorder

The billion dollar "gluten-free" diet fad may be causing more harm to your mental health than you realize as we trade in gluten in exchange for disordered eating.

Cancer, Keeping Active, and the Mind

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
Cancer treatment can make one reluctant to get moving.

2017 International Day Against Homophobia

In the face of a world full of anti-gay, bi, and trans bias, building our resilience can be challenging. Here we explore research-based tips on how to foster personal resilience.

Even Vegans Die: Leaving a Legacy of Caring and Compassion

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new book called "Even Vegans Die" is a valuable guide for animal advocates. It empowers people to make the best decisions regarding their own health and advocacy for animals.
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Hidden Faces

It seems counterintuitive: sadness in the spring as flowers bloom and temperatures rise.

16 Tips from 16 Years Sick

There’s been one constant in my life since I began writing for Psychology Today six years ago: chronic illness. Because 10 + 6 = 16, it’s time for “16 Tips from 16 Years Sick.”

Inside the Mind of The 'Celebrity' Serial Killer Ian Brady

...why this serial killer never garnered the media attention that others... did, include the fact, unlike the 'Moors Murderer', Trevor Hardy did not have a catchy nick name...
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How the Republican Healthcare Bill Kills

The only true improvement on the ACA that can be made is to repeal it in favor of a single payer system.

Want to Live Longer? Have Sex Regularly

Independent of health, maintaining an active, regular sex life appears to extend longevity. Sex put life into your years and years into your life.

Yoga Lifts Depression & Helps You Flex when Wound Too Tight

Controlling your breath can open the space that allows you to control your mood without any conscious effort on your part.

3 Things You Should Stop Doing Right Now

Sometimes, it's good to conform to social norms. Other times, it's bad for your health and happiness.

A Vagus Nerve Survival Guide to Combat Fight-or-Flight Urges

The vagus nerve's ability to lower stress and reduce inflammation has been underutilized for too long. This post offers nine easy "vagal maneuvers" to stimulate your vagus nerve.

The Myth of the Violent Mentally Ill, Part Two

What circumstances can lead to acts of violence by people who are mentally ill, and how do we address this public health crisis?