Almost all of us have one time or another said, “I’m bored.” This may mean we are doing something incredibly dull, or are at loose ends and can find nothing of interest to occupy us.
We may feel relaxed, restless, uncertain, withdrawn, or motivated to move on, but what we tell ourselves is, “I’m bored.”
However, because of the work of some scientists—curious humans who love to examine and categorize things—different types of boredom have been identified. Now, anyone so inclined can be specific about their boredom, calling it by its scientific name. Fortunately, the names are not in Latin …
Couples have always experienced disagreement and conflict, but only in the past few years have they been able to argue via texting.
It seems many couples use text messages to address their differences but, according to researchers, this may cause people in committed relationships to disconnect …
Expressing gratitude helps us enjoy the richness of life available to us now instead of waiting to feel satisfied later when our outstanding needs and wants are met. Receiving gratitude lets us know we are appreciated.
Most of us have experienced the benefits of expressing and receiving gratitude, and need no statistical proof of its effectiveness.
However, scientists—being scientists—have been busy quantifying the blessings of gratitude. Here is a sample of their findings …
Delayed gratification often involves turning down a smaller reward now to get a more substantial or enduring reward later.
Though it sounds like a no-brainer to wait for something better, it is not always easy to resist the temptation of an immediate reward. For instance, many of us would gladly take 20 dollars offered to us today instead of waiting three months to receive 30 dollars.
An interesting research study has revealed that spending time outdoors, or looking at natural landscapes, actually helps people curb their impulses—delay gratification—and make decisions with an eye to the future. The influence of nature might make waiting three months for an extra ten bucks seem worthwhile.
For those who live where there are distinct seasonal changes, autumn can be a bittersweet time of year. The colorful leaves are beautiful, but they soon fall away as the hours of daylight diminish. While this can trigger feelings of loss and sadness, it can also inspire us to participate in nature’s process of change and renewal . . .
"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally." ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
We often read that the practice of mindfulness is helpful for managing symptoms of depression or other psychiatric diagnoses. That is good to know, but it might leave us wondering exactly how mindfulness helps.
Mindfulness can help you tame your thoughts.
Keeping your attention focused on the present moment quiets the mind. It keeps thoughts about the past and worry about the future at bay. When symptoms are severe present moment focus is not easy, but consistent mindfulness practice creates the capacity to keep awareness in the present most of the time …
“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” ~ Joseph Campbell
Do you know what experiences make you feel alive, and if so, how often do you enjoy them? The business of life can easily crowd out the simple and complex activities that light us up from within.
Take the time to write your unique what-makes-me-feel-alive list, and let it be your guide …
Pumpkin seeds are an excellent snack for people prone to anxiety or depression because they are rich in the amino acid tryptophan.
In the body, tryptophan breaks down into niacin, helping us relax and sleep well. Our body also uses tryptophan to manufacture serotonin, the neurotransmitter associated with positivity and a sense of well-being.
With severe depression, you can experience days or weeks when symptoms are so strong that nothing you do seems to diminish the suffering.
However, when life feels horrible, even unbearable, there are still things that can be done—not to feel better—but to keep going and get through another day. Sometimes these survival measures will even provide a bit a relief …
A woman, Jeanie, is in a grocery store pushing a cart that contains some produce, assorted canned goods, eggs, and a bag of chips. An acquaintance from Jeanie’s office, also pushing a shopping cart, comes into her aisle, waves, and says, “Hey Jeanie, whatcha doing here?”
Jeanie tries to bite her tongue but replies, “I’m tracking a rhinoceros.” Jeanie knows her comment is sarcastic, that it is mocking and shows contempt for the other person’s obviously unnecessary question, but she cannot resist making the remark …