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

Should Weight Loss Drugs Be Used When a Diet Stalls?

Taking great care of yourself is the new normal. Why are the rewards so much harder to attain when the end-goal is just around the corner?

Fatigue, the Brain and Therapists

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
Studies have found that debilitating fatigue is a common symptom of many types of brain damage and disorders, from mild head injury to benign pituitary adenoma to dementia.

The Solution to Millennial Loneliness

By Caroline Beaton on April 25, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
How can millennials stop being so lonely?

Why Religion Evolved

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in The Human Beast
Religion consumes up to a tenth of economic productivity in some societies. So it must produce corresponding benefits. What are they?

What Men Desire in a Woman

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in A Sideways View
What is the evolutionary psychology of mate choice? What really "turns men on" and why?

The Politics of Silence

Excessive noise seriously harms human health and interferes with people’s daily activities at school, at work, at home and during leisure activities.

Cognitive Benefits of Exercise Outshine Brain-Training Games

There is growing evidence that physical activity is more effective than sedentary "brain-training" games for maintaining robust cognitive function and "working memory" as we age.

A Practice to Help You Handle Life's Difficulties with Grace

In this piece, I want to share a practice I’ve been using for a couple of years. It’s simple, really. I intentionally start a sentence by saying to myself “It’s okay if…”

Five Ways to Fit in with Just About Any Crowd

There are times for individuality but other times when you want to blend into the crowd. New research on conformity and mental health suggests how to gain acceptance.
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Some Inconvenient Truths About the Affordable HealthCare Act

By Alan A. Cavaiola Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Beyond Bullying
Fed up with your healthcare insurance? If so, read this blog entry.

ADHD and Self Compassion

What’s the impact of living life with ADHD, seeing exactly what ‘should’ be done and often not getting there anyway.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Single People

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Living Single
Happiness, relationships, money, sex, solitude, children, singlism, workplace issues, sickness and health, and more: If you have questions about single life, here are some answers

7 Stress Hacks You Can Use in the Next 5 Minutes

Science is helping us find new, simple and quick ways to de-stress by activating different brain networks and nervous system responses.Here are 7 new ways to manage your stress.

#MarchForScience, Social Media, Diversity and Identity

UCSF showcased a panel of scientific leaders at their Stand Up For Science day. What does this tell us about diversity in science, and about social media?
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Is Trazodone the New Brain Wonder Drug?

Will an old, cheap drug end Alzheimer's?

What Is Happiness Worth to You?

Are you so caught up with chasing goals that you don't have time to appreciate where you are? Does the "happiness finish line" keep moving, leaving you never able to reach it?

Need a Midday Energy Boost? Skip the Caffeine, Take a Walk

Brief bouts of low-to-moderate intensity physical activity are more energizing than a 50 mg dose of caffeine (such as a can of soda or shot of espresso), according to a new study.

10 Reasons Why Silence Really Is Golden

Could the answer to improved health be as simple as silence?

Is Divorce Bad for Your Health?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Talking Apes
Those who are ill-equipped for the demands of marriage won’t survive divorce very well either.

Intelligence, Education, Personality, and Social Mobility

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in In One Lifespan
What predicts upward social mobility? We identified four important factors—education, intelligence, higher openness and lower neuroticism.

18 Tweets on Emotional Health

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in How To Do Life
Sometimes, a bit of advice can be a time-effective source of improvement.
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Shrinks Define Dangers of Trump Presidency

By Hara Estroff Marano on April 20, 2017 in Brainstorm
At a conference at Yale, psychiatrists and psychologists begin carving out a new role to combat the gaslighting of America by Donald Trump.

Going, Going, Gone? Human Sperm Counts Are Plunging

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in How We Do It
Accumulated evidence confirms that human sperm counts have fallen markedly in industrialized countries since the 1930s. Male fertility and reproductive health are threatened.
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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Sleep deprivation has been linked to increases in depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, as well as memory and cognitive problems.

It’s Time to March!

There is no shortage of bad advice about how to lose weight. You’ll find bad advice on the internet, in books, and even from some “medical experts.” We need good science.
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How Mother Nature Became My Therapy

Escaping into nature can help us recover from our depression and anxiety while simultaneously allowing us to be free. "The mountains are calling and I must go..." -John Muir.

After the Terrorist Attack

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 19, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A new study published in the International Journal of Stress Management examines some of the coping styles used in dealing with the daily threat of terrorism

Try to Make Sense of Healthy, Ethical Food Choices

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on April 19, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
As a health psychologist, I strive to learn all that I can about a lifestyle that promotes well being, including healthy eating.

Police 'Blue Wall of Silence' Facilitates Domestic Assault

The “blue wall of silence”—an unwritten code to protect fellow officers from investigation—perpetuates domestic violence in officers' homes.

Should Children Register as Sex Offenders?

Does registering children as sex offenders reduce juvenile sex offending?