One way to reduce anxiety is to look at the big picture. What’s giving you trouble? (Relationships, work, family, old habits, old attitudes…) What power, if any, do you have to change those things? One way that therapy can often help is by questioning long-held beliefs about what can and can’t be changed. You can […]
A new book looks at Americans’ pursuit of happiness and discovers a source of anxiety (NYT review): The problem with our quest for happiness is that, apparently, it’s making us miserable. After some idle Googling, her suspicions are confirmed. Various clever studies by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley, show that “paradoxically, the more people valued […]
Elisha Goldstein reviews some happiness research at PsychCentral and comes up with a five-point list of happiness to-dos (details on the site): 1. No Goal Attitude 2. Get on Your Hands and Knees 3. Laughing Yoga 4. Play Activities 5. Vacation
From “The Happiest Day,” by Linda Pastan. I didn’t even guess that I was happy. The small irritations that are like salt on melon were what I dwelt on, though in truth they simply made the fruit taste sweeter.
The NYT looks at the results of an app-based study: When the Mind Wanders, Happiness Also Strays. A quick experiment. Before proceeding to the next paragraph, let your mind wander wherever it wants to go. Close your eyes for a few seconds, starting … now. And now, welcome back for the hypothesis of our experiment: […]