Happy Valentine’s Day, Psych Central readers!
For those of you who observe Valentine’s Day, we have some interesting information about why single people actually might benefit more than those in relationships.
Oh, and there’re are a few more fascinating reads — from taking a peek at some useful mental health apps to learning how successful people deal with depression.
We hope it provides a great start to your weekend!
It’s Better to Be Single On Valentine’s Day: Here’s one that’s sure to drum up some controversy: Philosopher Neil McArthur and author Marina Adshade make several arguments about why it’s actually better to be single on this day of celebrating love, going beyond just the economic implications and diving into the “are you or are you not committed to me” realm.
Our lives are a dynamic flurry of family and professional activities — our work, our families and friends, and duties on the home front. Some of us have additional challenges due to ill health, financial stress, elder care or marital breakdown. When small urine leaks begin to appear every now and then, they might feel like a nuisance amid the noise of everyday life. Research tells us that women wait about five to 10 years to seek assistance for urinary incontinence.
Our beliefs about the problem are important because they influence how and when we take action. The following are 10 common reactions that deter or delay sufferers, especially women, from seeking professional advice or assistance for the problem:
“Which do you prefer, adventure or comfort?” I was asked recently, matter-of-factly, as if the two were mutually separate entities, and I, given the option to choose only one.
I closed my eyes and I wondered. Now, at the age of 53, I see clearly that my answer is remarkably different than the answer I would have certainly given in my 20s.
“I am seeking comfort,” I shot out too quickly, “…and adventure,” I added, clearly coming across as someone who has trouble making decisions.
A new UCLA study has found that when individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) switched to a healthy diet and exercise program, their memory and cognitive function began to return in a dramatic way. In fact, six out of the 10 patients who had been struggling in their jobs, or had even quit due to cognitive dysfunction, were able to return to work.
The results are both fascinating and hopeful for the millions of people suffering with AD and for those who have yet to develop symptoms.
Alzheimer’s is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after cardiovascular disease and cancer. Currently, there is no cure for AD, and medications only temporarily lessen symptoms.
Want to know where all the decent single men are hiding? Believe it or not, they are everywhere.
I have some news that will both surprise and delight you. Want to know where all the quality single men are? They are everywhere.
There are about 45 million single men over the age of 35 in the United States and about 8 million are over 65 years old. There are about 7 million single men in Britain and 2 million in Australia, and those are just the ones using online dating.
Find tips on creating a loving relationship, information about how your happiness affects your decision-making process, and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net.
5 Tips to Create a Loving Relationship With Fewer Disappointments: Having trouble in the love department, or just want to improve your current relationship? Check out these five tips for focusing on yourself and finding “wholeness,” letting go of expectations, listening to understand rather than to react, and more.
Depression Increases Risk of Falls in Elderly: Recent research from Neuroscience Research Australia suggests the risk of falls among the elderly increases when depressive symptoms are present.
Researchers believe that society is more willing to report, talk about and act on allegations of the abuse of vulnerable adults. Over the last two years, the number of reports of abuse has risen by almost two percent, according to statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre in Leeds, England.
Although it is impossible to determine whether this marks a real increase in adult abuse, or simply an increase in reporting, there are reasons to suggest that the latter may be more likely.
I’m writing my next book, Better Than Before, about how we make and break habits — an issue very relevant to happiness. Each week, I post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here.
Sometimes starting a new life can bring up grief and regret for the old life. While I am happy to have new experiences without the pain and anxiety of the past, it makes me wish there had been more of it.
Time is such a tricky aspect of the human experience. We can’t control it. We can’t make more of it. We can’t get back what we think we have wasted. As the song says, it is like an hourglass glued to the table.
And while we can figure out how to control so many aspects of our lives (which is not always a good thing), we can’t control time. It will keep on going, with or without us.
This week’s Psychology Around the Net is all about older adults and sleep, depressed children, and — thank goodness — tips for happiness!
How Sleep Changes as You Age, and Why You’ll Need Even More of It: As we get older, we don’t sleep as much as when we were younger; however, as our bodies change, we need that sleep. Learn more about this Catch-22.
Pope Francis Issues Top 10 Tips for Happiness: Our favorites? Could be a tie between “live and let live” and have a “healthy sense of leisure.”
StubHub Increases Sales By Playing To A Simple Game Of Psychology With “All In Pricing”: Find out how the major ticket re-seller’s “All In Pricing” method has increased sales and, as Chief Marketing Officer Michael Lattig puts it, works to offer the “best experience possible.”
A new study suggests that listening to audio hypnosis just before bed may help some people reach a state of deep sleep and remain there for a longer period of time. The research, published in the journal Sleep, is the first to observe the connection between hypnosis and sleep through the measurement of brain wave activity.
Deep sleep, or slow-wave sleep, is the most restorative state of rest. When you enter into a deep sleep, your brain is able to process the day’s experiences and help you recover. As people begin to age, however, deep sleep is harder to obtain, and many older adults say they feel less rested or refreshed in the morning.