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Investigaciones y ensayos sobre la psicología de la felicidad y el bienestar.
Research and essays about the psychology of happiness and wellbeing.
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10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today

10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Did you know that the perfect temperature for happiness is 13.9C Adjust your thermostat then check out these quick tips for maximizing mirth.
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10 cosas sencillas, basadas en la investigación, para ser más felices

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The Trauma of Being Alive

The Trauma of Being Alive | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
An undercurrent of injury and disaster runs through ordinary life.
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Los traumas pueden durar más de lo que nos imaginamos, aún los "pequeños" traumas cotidianos.

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The Happiness Tipping Point

The Happiness Tipping Point | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Happiness is not about smiley faces, unicorns and light-hearted merriment. Nor is it about self-proclaimed gurus and their self-help anecdotes of supposed enlightenment.
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¿Estamos llegando a un momento de cambio cultural en el que el interés por la felicidad se vuelva central para diferentes disciplinas? 

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Helping Others May Make Us Happier At Work

Helping Others May Make Us Happier At Work | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Here's a good reason to help your coworkers with an upcoming project or presentation: Altruists in the office are more likely to be committed to their work and are less likely to quit their jobs, according to a new study from the University of...
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Ayudar a los compañeros nos hace más felices en el trabajo.Investigación de la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison

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Human cells respond in healthy, unhealthy ways to different kinds of happiness

Human cells respond in healthy, unhealthy ways to different kinds of happiness | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal, responding in ways that can help or hinder physical health, according to new research.
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Las células tienen una respuesta ante los diferentes tipos de felicidad. Investigación de Barbara Fredrickson y su equipo.

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JAMA Network | JAMA Pediatrics | Infant Feeding and Childhood Cognition at Ages 3 and 7 Years:  Effects of Breastfeeding Duration and Exclusivity

JAMA Network | JAMA Pediatrics | Infant Feeding and Childhood Cognition at Ages 3 and 7 Years:  Effects of Breastfeeding Duration and Exclusivity | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Más evidencia de los beneficios de la lactancia: su duracion y exclusividad predice el desempeño cognitivo a los 3 y 7 años.

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iOpener - Measuring happiness at work

iOpener - Measuring happiness at work | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it

Via Oriana Tickell
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Artículo sobre la medición de la felicidad en el trabajo, del I-Opener Institute

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Oriana Tickell's curator insight, July 26, 2013 7:53 AM

Academic peer reviewed paper by Jessica Pryce Jones and Dr Simon Lutterbie on measuring Happiness at Work, published by the British Psychological Society. 

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Sleep and the Teenage Brain

Sleep and the Teenage Brain | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
How a seemingly simple change can have a profound effect on everything from academic performance to bullying.

"Sleep is the greatest crea

Via Oriana Tickell
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El cerebro de los adolescentes no está hecho para levantarse temprano. Algunas escuelas empiezan más tarde y los efectos en rendimiento académico son muy positivos

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Aida Elizabeth Garcia Navarro's curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:31 PM

En Suecia los niños de secundaria entran mas tarde que los de primaria por esta razón, sería bueno probarlo en México! Creo que por eso me fue muy bien en la secundaria en la tarde!

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Joie de Vivre: The secret is in science

Joie de Vivre: The secret is in science | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
As a part of its Feel Good campaign, Transform Cosmetic Surgery called upon world-renowned professor, Dr Todd Kashdan to review the results of nationwide
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El gran investigador Todd Kashdan ofrece una nueva "fórmula" de la felicidad: sentirse bien, vivir el momento,ser curiosos, hacer lo que nos gusta, piensa en los demás,cultiva tus relaciones interpersonales y cuida tu cuerpo.

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The Morality of Meditation: David DeSteno

The Morality of Meditation: David DeSteno | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it

MEDITATION is fast becoming a fashionable tool for improving your mind. With mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory and scores on standardized intelligence tests, interest in its practical benefits is growing. A number of “mindfulness” training programs, like that developed by the engineerChade-Meng Tan at Google, and conferences like Wisdom 2.0 for business and tech leaders, promise attendees insight into how meditation can be used to augment individual performance, leadership and productivity.

 

This is all well and good, but if you stop to think about it, there’s a bit of a disconnect between the (perfectly commendable) pursuit of these benefits and the purpose for which meditation was originally intended. Gaining competitive advantage on exams and increasing creativity in business weren’t of the utmost concern to Buddha and other early meditation teachers. As Buddha himself said, “I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.” For Buddha, as for many modern spiritual leaders, the goal of meditation was as simple as that. The heightened control of the mind that meditation offers was supposed to help its practitioners see the world in a new and more compassionate way, allowing them to break free from the categorizations (us/them, self/other) that commonly divide people from one another.

 

But does meditation work as promised? Is its originally intended effect — the reduction of suffering — empirically demonstrable?

 

To put the question to the test, my lab, led in this work by the psychologist Paul Condon, joined with the neuroscientist Gaëlle Desbordes and the Buddhist lama Willa Miller to conduct an experiment whose publication is forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science. We recruited 39 people from the Boston area who were willing to take part in an eight-week course on meditation (and who had never taken any such course before). We then randomly assigned 20 of them to take part in weekly meditation classes, which also required them to practice at home using guided recordings. The remaining 19 were told that they had been placed on a waiting list for a future course.

 

After the eight-week period of instruction, we invited the participants to the lab for an experiment that purported to examine their memory, attention and related cognitive abilities. But as you might anticipate, what actually interested us was whether those who had been meditating would exhibit greater compassion in the face of suffering. To find out, we staged a situation designed to test the participants’ behavior before they were aware that the experiment had begun.

 

WHEN a participant entered the waiting area for our lab, he (or she) found three chairs, two of which were already occupied. Naturally, he sat in the remaining chair. As he waited, a fourth person, using crutches and wearing a boot for a broken foot, entered the room and audibly sighed in pain as she leaned uncomfortably against a wall. The other two people in the room — who, like the woman on crutches, secretly worked for us — ignored the woman, thus confronting the participant with a moral quandary. Would he act compassionately, giving up his chair for her, or selfishly ignore her plight?

 

The results were striking. Although only 16 percent of the nonmeditators gave up their seats — an admittedly disheartening fact — the proportion rose to 50 percent among those who had meditated. This increase is impressive not solely because it occurred after only eight weeks of meditation, but also because it did so within the context of a situation known to inhibit considerate behavior: witnessing others ignoring a person in distress — what psychologists call the bystander effect — reduces the odds that any single individual will help. Nonetheless, the meditation increased the compassionate response threefold.

 

Although we don’t yet know why meditation has this effect, one of two explanations seems likely. The first rests on meditation’s documented ability to enhance attention, which might in turn increase the odds of noticing someone in pain (as opposed to being lost in one’s own thoughts).

 

My favored explanation, though, derives from a different aspect of meditation: its ability to foster a view that all beings are interconnected. The psychologist Piercarlo Valdesolo and I have found that any marker of affiliation between two people, even something as subtle as tapping their hands together in synchrony, causes them to feel more compassion for each other when distressed. The increased compassion of meditators, then, might stem directly from meditation’s ability to dissolve the artificial social distinctions — ethnicity, religion, ideology and the like — that divide us.

 

Supporting this view, recent findings by the neuroscientists Helen Weng, Richard Davidson and colleagues confirm that even relatively brief training in meditative techniques can alter neural functioning in brain areas associated with empathic understanding of others’ distress — areas whose responsiveness is also modulated by a person’s degree of felt associations with others.

 

So take heart. The next time you meditate, know that you’re not just benefiting yourself, you’re also benefiting your neighbors, community members and as-yet-unknown strangers by increasing the odds that you’ll feel their pain when the time comes, and act to lessen it as well.

 


Via Jim Manske, Jone Johnson Lewis
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Nueva evidencia de que la meditación nos ayuda a ser más compasivos.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 7, 2013 8:56 AM

Actually, I like this very much...

Adrian Ivakhiv's curator insight, July 7, 2013 1:22 PM

The result -- that meditators are more likely to show empathy to a stranger -- is not surprising, but the proportion (three times as likely) is. The research base for this conclusion keeps growing...

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What Happy People Do Differently

What Happy People Do Differently | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
One of life's sharpest paradoxes is that the key to satisfaction is doing things that feel risky, uncomfortable, and occasionally bad.
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¿Qué hacen diferente las personas muy felices? Excelente artículo de Robert Biswas Diener y Todd Kashdan

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The Happiness of Pursuit

The Happiness of Pursuit | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Americans are free to pursue happiness, but there's no guarantee we'll achieve it. The secret is knowing how — and where — to look
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Excelente artículo sobre la búsqueda de la felicidad, especialmente en los EUA, pero aplicable a todo el mundo.

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Who’s Happy Around the World? | TIME.com

Who’s Happy Around the World? | TIME.com | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Finding bliss is complicated, no matter where you are in the worldRead the cover story on how to find happiness here.
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La felicidad en diferentes países. Excelente número de la revista Time del 8 de julio de 2013.

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Study: People With a Lot of Self-Control Are Happier

Study: People With a Lot of Self-Control Are Happier | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Improbably enough, people who are better able to resist impulses report being more satisfied with their lives.
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Tener auto-control nos ayuda a ser más felices.

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Eliane Fierro's curator insight, August 11, 2013 9:07 PM

Controlarte te ayuda a ser más feliz!

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What are the Secrets to a Happy Life?

What are the Secrets to a Happy Life? | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
In following 268 men for their entire lives, the Harvard Grant Study has discovered why some of them turned out happier than others.
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De George Valliant, los hallazgos del estudio más largo del mundo sobre el desarrollo adulto: tener relaciones cercanas es lo que más contribuye a la felicidad.

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Why wellbeing is not a silly season filler

Why wellbeing is not a silly season filler | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
We are a bit happier and slightly less anxious, according to the latest well-being data from the Office for National Statistics. So what?
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Por qué el bienestar es importante para las políticas públicas.El caso de Inglaterra.

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How Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells

How Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Several striking new studies provide some clarity by showing that exercise seems able to drastically alter how genes operate, perhaps altering the risk for problems like obesity and diabetes.
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El ejercicio cambia ciertos aspectos de los genes de las células musculares y de grasa. Wow!

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Los hispanos son el grupo étnico menos feliz de Estados Unidos

Los hispanos son el grupo étnico menos feliz de Estados Unidos | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Los hispanos son el grupo étnico menos feliz del país de acuerdo a una encuesta interactiva Harris publicada a fines de mayo.
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Aunque los países latinoamericanos generalmente tienen niveles altos de felicidad, los hispanos en EUA son el grupo menos feliz.

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Daniela Benedetto's comment, August 14, 2013 4:17 PM
La felicita' del gruppo spagnolo in Europa, e quindi della Spagna dipende dal livello di occupazione e di soddisfazione che in questi anni e' assente
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A Way to Move Beyond Regrets

A Way to Move Beyond Regrets | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Psychiatrist George Vaillant says savoring the things in your life that went right is one key to finding contentment in retirement, based on information from the Harvard Grant Study.
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Cómo superar los arrepentimientos.Entrevista con el Dr. George Vaillant.

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Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, July 28, 2013 11:52 PM

Come fare per essere anziani sereni? Saper imparare dalle proprie esperienze, soprattutto da quelle che consideriamo negative, ed essere grati a noi stessi per tutto ció che abbiamo creato. E anche..... e forse soprattutto direi, avere la volontá di mantenere uno spirito bambino che sa prendersi del tempo per divertirsi!

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Why Men Need Women

Why Men Need Women | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
The mere presence of female family members — even infants — can be enough to nudge men toward being generous, studies show.
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La presencia de mujeres en la familia puede hacer a los hombres más generosos.

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Let’s Spend Some Time Apart: Long Distance Relationships Are Deeper | TIME.com

Let’s Spend Some Time Apart: Long Distance Relationships Are Deeper | TIME.com | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A study takes a closer look at why absence makes the heart grow fonder.
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Las relaciones de pareja a distancia pueden funcionar muy bien, según este estudio de `parejas de universitarios

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ADHD drugs don't boost kids' grades whether they're ADHD or not, studies find.

ADHD drugs don't boost kids' grades whether they're ADHD or not, studies find. | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Analysis of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder has found surprisingly little change in their academic performance while on medication for the condition.
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Nuevos estudios muestran que las medicinas para el TDA,aunque ayudan a poner atención, no mejoran las calificaciones escolares a mediano plazo.

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Daniela Benedetto's comment, August 14, 2013 4:20 PM
Stimulants only act in the short term and do not improve the cognitive faculties of the students at all.
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Stop Worrying about Your Weaknesses

Stop Worrying about Your Weaknesses | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Little Johnny comes home one day, looks down at his feet, and gives you his report card. You smile at him as you open it up and look inside. Then your smile disappears when you see the F in math....
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No hay que preocuparnos tanto por nuestras debilidades, más vale enfocarse en los talentos y fortalezas de cada integrante de una organización.

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Applied Positive Psychology: Improving Everyday Life, Health, Schools, Work, and Society (Applied Psychology Series) book download

Stewart I. Donaldson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura...

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Muy recomendable.

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You Probably Hate Your Job — But You Don’t Have To | TIME.com

You Probably Hate Your Job — But You Don’t Have To | TIME.com | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Seventy percent of U.S. employees are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work. Put more simply, most of us hate our jobs.
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El 70% de los trabajadores no están involucrados en sus tareas. Pero podemos hacer muchas cosas para que el trabajo sea más interesante y estimulante para nosotros.

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