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Photos du journal - Positive Families. Depression Isn't Contagious, But a Healthy Mood Is. “As everyone knows, depressed people are some of the most boring people in the world,” Mindy Kaling writes in her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? “I know this because when I was depressed, people fled. Except my best friends.” In a section titled “Best Friend Rights and Responsibilities,” she vows, “If you’re depressed, I will be there for you … I will be there for you during your horrible break-up, or getting fired from your job, or if you’re just having a bad couple of months or year. I will hate it and find you really tedious, but I promise I won’t abandon you.” Having a relationship with someone who’s depressed can be difficult.

There’s an idea out there that you can “catch” depression, that it’s contagious. But a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B challenges that notion. That’s a pretty large effect, and supports previous research saying that high-quality social relationships lower people’s risk of depression. “People want to help,” Brosh writes. Which Character Strengths Are Most Predictive of Well-Being? - Beautiful Minds - Scientific American Blog Network.

In 2004, Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman came out with Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification. This volume was a significant contribution to psychology, a sort of antidote to the DSM's focus on mental illness, and an important reminder to psychologists that humans aren't only full of illness. Humans also have a lot of character. The book laid out the following 24 character strengths: In his book Flourish, Martin Seligman, the founder of the field of positive psychology (and my boss), argued that the five fundamental elements of well-being are: The main tenet of the field of positive psychology is that the path to well-being lies in nurturing your highest strengths. As it so happens, in a fun collaboration with Spencer Greenberg, Susan Cain and the Quiet Revolution, we collected such data on 517 people ranging from 18-71 years of age (average age = 36) as part of a larger project to create a new scale of introversion.

So I did the analysis. Beyondblue sur Twitter : "More than a quarter of men believe seeking help for anxiety and depression is a sign of ‘weakness’ #mantherapy. How To Break Up With Anxiety ... For Good - From my teens through early 20s, I suffered from anxiety, and felt isolated by it. What I didn't know then is that 18% of adults (almost one in five) suffers from anxiety. We just don’t talk about it. The fact that I didn’t feel like I could talk about it also meant I didn’t understand what caused it, or how to fix it. I thought I was just an anxious person by nature. Anxiety is something we learn. We have the power to change ourselves and the way we experience life. It can seem like an overwhelming task, but taken day by day, it doesn’t have to be. 1.

You can’t keep negative thoughts from coming up, but you can choose not to engage with them. 2. We all have fears. 3. I write every day, and recommend all my clients do the same. Note any worries, anxious feelings, frustrations or musings. 4. This breathing exercise short circuits anxiety. Anxiety sometimes causes us to hold our breath, and that can exacerbate the feeling of stress. Breathe in for a quick count of seven, then out for 11. These Illustrations Perfectly Sum Up What It's Like To Have Anxiety. Let's just put this out there: Anxiety is the worst. Just ask the 40 million American men and women who experience the disorder in a given year. It's debilitating, both physically and mentally. However, it can still be challenging to explain anxiety to those who just don't know what it's like to deal with a mental health issue.

Enter these on-point illustrations by artist Beth Evans. The 24-year-old created the comics to help people better understand what the condition feels like, especially when putting it into words can sometimes be difficult. "I hope people can gain a better understanding of what it's like to have anxiety and what it feels like, and for people who have anxiety, I hope that it can be something people can relate to," Evans told The Huffington Post in an email. Take a look at a few of her other illustrations on anxiety and self-doubt below: Beth Evans Beth Evans Beth Evans Beth Evans "Anxiety is a process. Sounds like great advice. H/T Bustle Follow Us On Pinterest |

5 Key Takeaways about Student Wellbeing. A couple of weeks ago the Centre for Education Statistics & Evaluation released their literature review into Student Wellbeing. You can access the entire document here. It clearly and concisely lays out all the considerations important for addressing student wellbeing in your school. It also offers dozens of research papers to explore by way of referencing. Having said that, if you’re pushed for time, I’ve distilled the essence of it here. [Anything in italics denotes it has been taken verbatim from the report] The Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR) defines wellbeing as: A sustainable state of positive mood and attitude, resilience and satisfaction with self, relationships and experiences at school.

Assuming your school or organisation is keen to address wellbeing in a meaningful way, the literature suggests you need to have 5 things in place. 1. 2. 3. According to the report: Students can engage with school at social, institutional and intellectual levels. The Way You Talk to Yourself Matters–Tips for Kids and Adults Alike | Stress Better. I’m such an idiot! I can’t believe I locked the keys in the car. What am I going to do now? How am I going to get home? I can’t even call my husband because my phone’s in the car and my purse!! I’m totally stuck. I have no idea what to do. I am hopeless!” I’d like to say that this is a purely fictional situation: that I have never locked my keys, purse and phone in the car, and that, moreover, I would not address myself in such a negative way.

Firstly, I have found myself in this exact situation. Let’s face it, we all make mistakes. We can, however, avoid the negative ways we often react to these situations. Self-Talk is Perfectly Normal We all talk to ourselves, carrying on an inner monologue that scientists and psychologists refer to as “self-talk” or “private talk” or “inner talk”. When we are young, much of this takes place out loud. Lev Vygotsky, a famous Russian psychologist concluded that self-talk is not just used as a tool for learning, but is in fact a social act. Photos du journal - Positive Families. Positive Families sur Twitter : "Talk to yourself the way you would talk to someone you love! #selfcare #wellbeing #happiness... Positive Families sur Twitter : "The surefire way to get perspective back... #wellbeing #wisdom #quotes @DrWayneWDyer...

Positive Families sur Twitter : "If you stop doing this, your mental health will improve! #mentalhealth #wellbeing #depression @meadowsrecovery. The key to our happiness is connection, not competition | Guardian Sustainable Business. There are two different sides to human nature. Both are important, but the balance between them has huge implications for our wellbeing, culture and future. One side of our nature is self-interested.

This is our in-built instinct to do whatever we can to survive and thrive, often at the expense of others. The other side is co-operative and leads us to help others even when there is no direct benefit for ourselves. Although Charles Darwin is normally associated with the “survival of the fittest” theory, he also believed that our natural instinct was to care for others. But we have such a strong cultural narrative about the selfish side of humanity that we adopt systems and behaviours that undermine our natural co-operative tendencies. It’s found at the heart of our workplaces, where employees compete with each other for performance-related rewards. This “get ahead or lose out” ethos not only fails to promote the better side of our nature, it’s also deeply flawed.

Positive Families sur Twitter : "Keep dreaming, hoping and planning! #vision #persistence #wellbeing... Positive Families sur Twitter : "Uncertainty...its your chance to grow! #happiness #wellbeing #growth... Guy Winch: Why we all need to practice emotional first aid. The 13 Ways to Anti-Age Your Brain - Generation Next | A Social Enterprise dedicated to protecting and enhancing the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People and their Community. Generation Next Blog ← First National Report Released on Gender Identity and The Mental Health of Young People • The risk of dementia doubles every five years after the age of 65 in Australia.

And whereas before little was known about this debilitating disease, we now have “some good ideas as to what may be the contributing mechanisms”, says Professor Perminder Sachdev, co-director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW. While there’s no cure, there are preventive measures everyone can take right now, from this day onward, to help delay the onset of brain disease. 1. We all know we should exercise, but probably thought it was mostly for the physical aspects. “Exercise has many benefits for the body, including the heart, muscles, bones, and immune system,” Sachdev says, “and its effect on the brain is an important one. 2. A regular check-up can help control factors which may contribute to dementia. “Homocysteine is an essential amino acid which rises with age,” Sachdev says.

Positive Families sur Twitter : "The secret to #Happiness :) #wellbeing #health #purpose... Photos du journal - Positive Families. Positive Families sur Twitter : "Learning to accept the moment for what it is.. is tough sometimes but worth it! #mindfulness #wellbeing. This Is The Ultimate Routine For A Perfect Work Day. You might think the perfect workday includes a promotion or a raise, or perhaps your evil boss getting fired. Sadly, such monumental events don't happen very often. The good news is that there are plenty of little things you can do to improve both your productivity and your happiness if you feel stuck at your desk all day. One simple trick is to structure your time better -- which includes taking more breaks. In fact, the highest performers work for 52 minutes consecutively before taking a 17-minute break, according to a recent experiment conducted by the productivity app DeskTime. Other helpful habits are even easier to pick up: Just going outside or taking a few minutes to watch the latest cute cat video can help make you a better worker.

Sure, you might realistically not have enough time to incorporate all these suggestions in your daily routine, but every little bit helps. Check out HuffPost's perfect workday below: See tips on how to set up your workspace here: Pay It Forward: Why Generosity Is The Key To Success. Personal connections are the currency of the working world. Like or not, who we know, who we owe, and who owes us determines our future as much as talent. When it comes to when and how we help others, most of us fit into one of three categories: Givers, who help others unconditionally, demanding nothing in return.Matchers, who usually only help those who have helped them.Takers, those who demand help but never offer. Penn professor Adam Grant is a Giver. He’s also the youngest tenured professor at Wharton and is the author of the best-selling Give and Take. Grant believes that the success of our careers is due to our generosity with our time and knowledge.

After publicly proclaiming to the world that he answers any and all favor requests in the New York Times, Grant is the best test case for his own theory. In the book, you write that Givers are either at the very top of their field or at the bottom. Your effectiveness with giving depends largely on your time management skills. It is. Positive Families sur Twitter : "You can only #change yourself! #happiness #wellbeing... Positive Families sur Twitter : "The secret to feeling happier no matter what your mood is.... via @Mindful_Living #wellbeing #happiness #mindfulness. Get more out of the holidays using positive psychology. Katherine K.

Dahlsgaard, Ph.D., Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:30 AM “Happy Holidays!!!” Let me break it to you: The holidays aren’t necessarily happy. They don’t, merely by virtue of occurring, guarantee joy. The field known as positive psychology politely disagrees. Below, tips on how to apply the science of positive psychology to help your entire family actively enjoy the holidays.

Participate in more social events than usual. Teach the skill of savoring. Help your children practice cultivating their strengths. Add exercise and stir. Happy Holidays. Have a question for the Healthy Kids panel? Photo by positivefamilies. Positive Families sur Twitter : "Sometimes feeling happy takes a little effort #happiness #wellbeing...

5 Things Your Depressed Friend Would Like to Tell You But Can't | EmpowHER - Women's Health Online. 5 Things Your Depressed Friend Would Tell You if She Could 0 5 Lev Dolgachov/PhotoSpin Mental illness has physical repercussions, not unlike other ailments. When a friend suffers from a mental illness, reach out the same way you would if she had the flu, a critical diagnosis or a surgery. Here are some suggestions of ways you can accompany a friend on the journey. 1) If you think mental illness is a matter of weak will or a defect of character, inform yourself. Read a book or watch a movie. Writer William Styron’s memoir of mental illness, is especially interesting. Styron did not experience depression until late in life, so he is able to reflect on his lack of compassion prior to his own diagnosis.

“Depression is a disorder of mood, so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way it becomes known to the self -- to the mediating intellect-- as to verge close to being beyond description. A little reading goes a long way in creating empathy and understanding. - Drop by with a healthy meal. 4 Surprising Advantages of Being Depressed. Why being depressed can sometimes be necessary, even beneficial. Depression can be an adaptive way of dealing with certain problems in life, such as relationship breakdown and illness, say the authors of a new study. While clinical depression is a serious mental health issue, the researchers argue that by examining how depression might have originally arisen, we can better understand how to treat it. Dr. Paul Andrews, who led the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, said: “Depression has long been seen as nothing but a problem.We are asking whether it may actually be a natural adaptation that the brain uses to tackle certain problems.We are seeing more evidence that depression can be a necessary and beneficial adaptation to dealing with major, complex issues that defy easy understanding.”

In fact, people who are depressed display some surprising advantages in their thinking skills. Depressed people: Skye Barbic, the study’s first author, said: Image credit: kygp. Photos du journal - Positive Families. Positive Families sur Twitter : "Happy Monday's the perfect week to stretch out of your comfort zone! #growth #wellbeing #Happiness. Positive Families sur Twitter : "Don't allow yourself to be plagued by regrets... #choices #happiness #wellbeing... Positive Families sur Twitter : "From age 8 to 80, expert reveals the price we pay for not #sleeping #wellbeing.

From age 8 to 80, expert reveals the price we pay for not sleeping -- ScienceDaily. Most Americans who spend part of the year on daylight saving time look forward to the extra hour of sleep when it's time to "fall back" to standard time. We are a nation of sleep-deprived people, and experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say all ages suffer in various, unhealthy ways. "For children, sleep deprivation can lead to behavior problems, trouble focusing and learning in school and it can affect their immune systems," said Dr. Aneesa Das, a sleep medicine specialist at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center. "Chronic tiredness makes it harder to cope and process what's going on around you. " When children enter the teen years, sleep becomes a bigger issue.

Das says a teen's circadian rhythm, or internal body clock, tells them to stay awake later and sleep later than children and adults do. "Sleep is time the body uses to restore itself. For adults, sleep loss is even more serious. "Adult sleep gets more fragmented, or interrupted during the night," Das said. Photos du journal - Positive Families. Positive Families sur Twitter : "Happy Sunday everyone. It's the perfect day to do one of these 5 happiness boosters! #wellbeing #health. Smiling Mind on Channel 9 News - Mindfulness Meditation in Education. Photos du journal - Positive Families. New app helps teens calm anxiety. Five amazing things your brain does while you sleep. Are you getting enough shut-eye? Alan Kohler on Australia's housing "bubble". Coming down to the wire, Tim ditches his favourite Ali. Courtesy: The Bachelor, Network Ten A Syrian woman has used a hidden camera to record what life is really like in the ISIS-held city of Raqqa.

Courtesy France 2 The FBI is searching for the hacker who shared explicit images of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton on image-sharing website 4Chan. At the New York Auto Show, WSJ's Lee Hawkins talks with Scott Keogh, President of Audi America about the A3 e-tron hybrid and the 2014 R8.

Australian officials are trying to confirm reports a dual citizen has been tortured and killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor's slams his competitor Dustin Poirier with this brutal first round knock out Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge says his side found greater motivation in the outsiders tag they were given heading into the 2014 AFL grand final. Makes decisions. The key to being a ‘people magnet’: How to attract friends and keep them for life. Nature vs nurture: Can we control our ageing brains? - ABC Active Memory: Brain Training Blog.

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