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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Finding Silver Linings in Hard Times

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on April 30, 2015 in In Love and War
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No Time For Figuring Out Your Money?

By Michael F. Kay on April 30, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
Life is busy and maybe even overwhelming at times. Work, family, friends, hitting the gym, scheduling, and taxi service for your kids—it's a lot. Finding time to dig into the meat of your finances can be a battle you ignore at your peril.

Happiness With Life 8: Practice Breakthrough, Not Breakdown

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Care for Nepal

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Mitch Lafon’s Heavy-Metal Heart

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Brick by Brick
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Not Just Curious: What In You Seeks Psychological Insights?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in Ambigamy
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5 Steps to End a Toxic Relationship

By Rosemary K.M. Sword on April 27, 2015 in The Time Cure
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Is Your Workplace Stressing You Out?

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I Feel Your Pain: The Neuroscience of Empathy

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My Son Is Afraid of the Uncanny Valley

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on April 22, 2015 in Statistical Life
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When we seek help for a mental health condition, we can expect to hear about various medications and treatment options, but what’s often missing from the conversation is any talk of lifestyle changes.

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By Temma Ehrenfeld on April 20, 2015 in Open Gently
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Helping Veterans with PTSD Using Yoga

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Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University recently reported that the academic “achievement gap” on standardized tests between lower-income and higher-income children is reflected in brain anatomy.

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