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16 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Boost Your Happiness Almost Instantly (INFOGRAPHIC) Whether you have five minutes to relax or a year to focus on building lasting habits, here are 16 scientifically-backed ways to boost your happiness levels.

16 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Boost Your Happiness Almost Instantly (INFOGRAPHIC)

Go for a run. Physical activity boosts the brain’s release of endorphins, feel-good neurotransmitters that can improve mood and well-being. Pray. Spirituality and religious involvement is linked with greater well-being and happiness, according to a review of more than 300 studies on the connection between spirituality and health, while prayer is thought to relieve stress. Reversing Regrets. The Happify Guide To Living A Life Without Regrets. Everyone has regrets and, according to Happify, a website and app that offers psychology-based games to increase your happiness, 90% of us regret something major.

The Happify Guide To Living A Life Without Regrets

Our regrets can range from the career we chose to the romantic partner we didn’t. And while it may not feel good, regret can be a positive force in our lives if we use it right, according to Happify. It can help us understand past experiences and avoid future mistakes. Some of the more interesting facts about regret, from the graphic below: 25% of us regret sharing a selfie. An analysis of 13,500 tweets found that we make our regrets public when we’re looking for social support. 29% of adults 34 or younger have posted something on social media that they think can harm their career. 44% of women have romantic regrets, while only 19% of men do.

10 Ways to Feel Confident. “Original Fake” Photo Credit: courtesy of MashKulture Is your self-confidence natural, or a daily struggle?

10 Ways to Feel Confident

Many people’s confidence naturally wavers from day to day, leaving them too timid or confused at just the wrong time. Whether you are naturally confident or could use some better eye contact with your life, setting in place a few simple strategies goes a long way to stoke your inner confidence. If you think you’re not especially smart or capable, or that failure is a given no matter how hard you try, you’re right. And if you believe you’re brilliant and can accomplish anything you set your mind to, you’re right. 30 Days, 30 Ways to Build Better Self Confidence. How stress tears us apart. 19.09.14 - Chronic stress can lead to behavioral problems.

How stress tears us apart

A team from the Brain Mind Institute has discovered an important synaptic mechanism: the activation of a cleaving enzyme, leading to these problems. Why is it that when people are too stressed they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? Researchers from the Brain Mind Institute (BMI) at EPFL have just highlighted a fundamental synaptic mechanism that explains the relationship between chronic stress and the loss of social skills and cognitive impairment. When triggered by stress, an enzyme attacks a synaptic regulatory molecule in the brain.

This was revealed by a work published in Nature Communications. Carmen Sandi’s team went to look for answers in a region of the hippocampus known for its involvement in behavior and cognitive skills. The investigations conducted by the researchers led them to an enzyme involved in the process of protein degradation: MMP-9. Anxiety and sleeping pills 'linked to dementia' 9 September 2014Last updated at 22:21 ET By Helen Briggs Health editor, BBC News website The class of drugs known as benzodiazepines is mainly used to treat anxiety or insomnia Long-term use of pills for anxiety and sleep problems may be linked to Alzheimer's, research suggests.

Anxiety and sleeping pills 'linked to dementia'

A study of older Canadian adults found that past benzodiazepine use for three months or more was linked to an increased risk (up to 51%) of dementia. NHS guidelines say the drugs should be used for eight to 12 weeks at most. The French-Canadian team says while the link is not definitive, it is another warning that treatments should not exceed three months. "Benzodiazepine use is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease," lead researcher, Sophie Billioti de Gage of the University of Bordeaux, France, and colleagues wrote in the BMJ.

Continue reading the main story “Start Quote End QuoteDr Eric KarranAlzheimer's Research UK Long-term use Benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety disorders and insomnia. How physical exercise protects the brain from stress-induced depression. Physical exercise has many beneficial effects on human health, including the protection from stress-induced depression.

How physical exercise protects the brain from stress-induced depression

However, until now the mechanisms that mediate this protective effect have been unknown. In a new study in mice, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden show that exercise training induces changes in skeletal muscle that can purge the blood of a substance that accumulates during stress, and is harmful to the brain. The study is being published in the journal Cell. "In neurobiological terms, we actually still don't know what depression is. Our study represents another piece in the puzzle, since we provide an explanation for the protective biochemical changes induced by physical exercise that prevent the brain from being damaged during stress," says Mia Lindskog, researcher at the Department of Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet.

"Our initial research hypothesis was that trained muscle would produce a substance with beneficial effects on the brain.