Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it's an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body. A little bit of stress, known as “acute stress,” can be exciting—it keeps us active and alert. But long-term, or “chronic stress,” can have detrimental effects on health. You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them.

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Approaching the Holidays With a Positive Attitude

By Thelma Duffey Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Works in Progress
Are you experiencing the holiday blues? Here are some expert tips to help you out.

What Do You Need This Holiday Season?

The holidays don't have to be stressful. A few mindset shifts can go a long way.

6 Ways to Maintain Sanity During Family Holiday Drama

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Friendship 2.0
The holidays are upon us—and every year, family tensions can cause more indigestion than that lumpy gravy. Here are six concrete steps to take in preparation for holiday drama, to help you banish stress and increase your enjoyment of the day.

Loneliness: Perceived Social Isolation Is Public Enemy No. 1

For the first time, a new study has identified how "perceived social isolation" triggers fight-or-flight stress responses that can lead to illness and premature death.

10 Holiday De-Stress Tips

Symptoms that are inflamed by stress are difficult to endure, especially with the added pressure to "be on" with company around.

Politics, Money and Religion: Happy Thanksgiving

Are you stressed about spending the holidays with family? A simple strategy for dealing with 'those' relatives can help.

Looking to Our Past: Escapism or Exploration?

The past is gone, cannot be changed, and cannot return. Is revisiting it in memory a reluctance to live in the present?

How to Feng Shui Your Workspace

By Caroline Beaton on November 21, 2015 The Gen-Y Guide
The science behind your office environment.

Work and Suicide

The specter of suicide looms large for white males in our struggling economy.

Why It's Hard to Be Thankful on Thanksgiving

New research reveals what stops us from being grateful during the holidays.

7 Questions to Get You Through Any Challenge

If stress is a given, how can you build your resilience to it? How can you evaluate the challenge in a flexible and accurate way? Whether you’re dealing with a minor adversity or going through a big life crisis, these seven questions will give you some perspective and build your resilience.

Terrorists Want Us to Feel Insecure - 5 Ways to Triumph

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 20, 2015 Off the Couch
5 ways to keep the terrorists from winning.

A Rose by Any Other Name: Is All Pain the Same?

Modern medical approaches to chronic pain have not been dramatically successful. Therefore it is generally assumed that chronic pain will never go away, so the best we can do is to cope with it. Scientific advances in understanding the brain reveal that many times the pain is literally "in the brain." It is critical to recognize when the brain is producing pain.

12 Easy Ways to Shrink Annoying Problems Down to Size

By Meg Selig on November 20, 2015 Changepower
Got a problem? Shrink it! These 12 techniques will relieve stress by shrinking annoying problems down to a more manageable size.

Gift Giving as a Remedy for the Holiday Blues

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on November 20, 2015 Grand Rounds
The winter holidays are descending and it fills many of us with dread. Want to know a secret? Giving feels better than receiving. It's not just a cliche—it's science.

RID Yourself of Psychological Distress

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 In Control
When correcting any problem, the way in which the trouble is understood will have a large bearing on how effective and efficient the remediation efforts are.

An Epidemic of Suicides

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Hidden Motives
Why are suicide rates rising so rapidly in the U.S.?

Stress Relief in Seven Minutes, Doggie Style

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Animals and Us
Yale University researchers have found that just seven minutes in the presence of a dog named Finn caused a major decline in anxiety levels of med school students and a big upswing in their moods.

The New Date Night: Dinner and...Therapy?

With date nights occurring so rarely, many couples want to take advantage of their limited time together. They may want to talk, but forget how. Therapy can provide a safe, sympathetic and constructive environment where couples can express their wants and needs within a relationship, relieving the expectation to tackle each issue while they are in a more social setting.

A Healthier Approach to Business Travel

By Peter Bregman on November 17, 2015 How We Work
Still, it took me an entire week to recover. It didn’t use to be like this. Maybe I’m getting old?

Who Should Help Pay for Yoga?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on November 17, 2015 Urban Survival
Here are four reasons why health insurers should pay attention to yoga programs and help us pay for them.

5 Ways to Defuse Holiday Stress

By Peg Streep on November 17, 2015 Tech Support
Is the thought of the holiday season getting you down or making you anxious? If so, you're not alone...

Why Are So Many People Unhappy?

Our brain evolved to scan for danger and we end up with a constant sense of threat until we know how we're creating it. Then you can easily rewire yourself to see the world in new ways.

Overwhelmed Much?

Here are 9 reasons most of us are more overwhelmed than we should be.

There’s No Reason to Celebrate Trauma

By Marty Babits on November 16, 2015 The Middle Ground
There have been breakthroughs in how we understand and treat trauma.

The Sun Also Rises

By Marty Babits on November 14, 2015 The Middle Ground
Remembering "The Sun Also Rises."

The Terrorist Trance

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on November 14, 2015 A Swim in Denial
One of the few truisms that deserves to repeated over and over is that hysteria can be as deceptive as it is thrilling.

Research Reveals New Risks for Daily Social Media Users

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on November 13, 2015 Motivate!
Social media usage is rampant, but the seemingly innocuous practice can be lethal to psychological health. Are you or your loved ones vulnerable to the hidden consequences of device devotion?

Everyday Resilience: Stress Relief In Unexpected Places

Mundane activities don't have to be mindless. In fact, treating chores as an opportunity to practice mindfulness is an opportunity to increase wellbeing and decrease stress.

Life After 55 When Your Death Is No Longer Unexpected

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on November 12, 2015 Obesely Speaking
In life change is constant and aging is unavoidable, but you will always be you.