8 Ways to Find Real Happiness at Work

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Most adults spend more waking hours at work than anywhere else. If you are unhappy there, you are unhappy a major chunk of the time. Sharon Salzberg, renowned meditation teacher and cofounder, with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, of the Insight Meditation Society, has just released an invaluable resource on finding happiness at work. “Real […]

Study Says That an Understanding of Humor Can Lead to New Psychiatric Treatments

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Research led by Swiss neuroscientist Pascal Vrticka and his US colleagues at Stanford University has found that, among other things, humor plays a key role in psychological health. According to the study, recently published in the journal “Nature Reviews Neuroscience,” adults with psychological disorders such as autism or depression often have a modified humor processing […]

8 Facts About Compulsive Hoarding

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Most people know a hoarder, someone who does a lot more collecting than discarding, who keeps so much junk (outdated catalogs, plastic forks, soy sauce from Chinese take-out) that stuff oozes into every room of a house, sometimes filling the room (or at least the showers) to the point that the room can no longer […]

Dancing in the Rain: Learning How to Live With Treatment-Resistant Depression and Chronic Pain

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“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass … it’s about learning to dance in the rain,” wrote Vivian Greene. Dancing in the rain is the modus operandi of folks living with chronic pain. They spend a lifetime figuring out how to dance gracefully–with little effort visible to the observer—and to resist the urge […]

How Does Mindfulness Reduce Depression? An Interview with John Teasdale, Ph.D.

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All over the world, research has shown that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can halve the risk of future clinical depression in people who have already been depressed several times—its effects seem comparable to antidepressant medications. But how? In 2007, renowned psychologists John Teasdale, Mark Williams, and Zindel Segan penned the bestseller “The Mindful Way Through […]

Giving Makes Us Happy

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Mahatma Gandhi once said that “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Consider the findings of the 2010 Do Good Live Well Survey (www.VolunteerMatch.org) of 4,500 American adults. Forty-one percent of Americans volunteered an average of 100 hours a year. Sixty-eight percent of those who volunteered reported […]

Loneliness Is Bad For Your Health

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One of the main tributaries feeding into the river of depression is loneliness. It can both trigger depression and can prevent us from recovery. But loneliness doesn’t just affect mood disorders. It has a hold on heart disease, immunity function, nervous system disorders and many other illnesses. It is not an exaggeration to say that […]

Don’t Let Fear Motivate You

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A good friend of mine recently considered applying for an executive position at her marketing firm, a step up the managerial ladder from her job. The position paid a higher salary but would require some late nights, weekend work, and would involve more of the administrative tedium that bored her to death. She procrastinated completing […]

6 Career Success Strategies for Bipolar Disorder

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Awhile back I mentioned a few strategies that help me be productive at work. Everyday Health’s Madeline Vann names 8 Career Success Strategies for Bipolar Disorder in a recent feature. I excerpted from her piece below: 1. Set Up Some Structure “Ideally a very structured work environment would go a long way to preventing stressors,” says […]