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10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed

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Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. So naturally we are obsessed with it.. I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are ten of the best ones I found


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If you feel that you are not getting enough happiness in your life you should maybe try some of these 10 steps backed up by science aimed at improving your happiness. Practising smiling and helping others actually has a positive affect on our happiness...very interesting article here with some interesting studies backing it up...

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Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:08 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possession can bring happiness, yet it is short term. Here is an interesting article backed up by science. Note it includes exercise. A great way to cope is excercise and it releases endorphines.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:13 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:20 AM
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I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

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OCD Resource Center of Florida: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Kids

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OCD in children can be identified by a careful expert evaluation. The family needs to work as a team in the fight against OCD. Read these helpful expert guidelines for parents and caregivers of children, teens, and adolescents with OCD.

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More than 1% of children have OCD according to a study done in 2011. This may not seem like a lot but that’s 200,000 children in America. Children pick up actions and behavior from their parents between ages two and eight. In the child’s mind, they’re doing the actions to control their environment. The more the parent does it, the more the child learns the actions and the longer it goes untreated. The child could have it until hitting puberty when it may or may not kick the habit because of the hormones. Though, young kids start begin collections with items like dolls, cards, cars, or action figures could be commonly mistaken for an obsession when the child becomes protective of their items. These are forms of "magical thinking" in which children believe in the power of their thoughts or actions to control the world. They are often brought to the doctor when they exhibit unacceptable behavior and difficulty in school. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (exposure and ritual prevention) is usually the first method in treating OCD in children, combined with medication. In severe cases, most will probably want to start medication before beginning Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. A child who fears contamination by dirt or germs would be asked to touch a dirty object bit by bit until the child learns that the object is not harmful. At the same time, the therapist works with the child to limit or even stop the compulsive hand washing. Wherever the fears and avoidances occur in real live, the therapist assists the child to face those very situations.

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Mental illness in children: Where to turn - CNN

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Mental illness in children: Where to turn
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(CNN) -- Think of five children you know. One of them may suffer from a serious debilitating mental illness. If this child is your own, finding answers to the question "How can I help my child?
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There are many organisations available to help you understand your child's mental illness and coping strategies...

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Fibromyalgia: Coping with an Illness Others Cannot See

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Ideally it becomes our decision when and how to make our experience visible and when to keep it invisible.

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Fibromyalgia has been a troublesome illness for many years, as it is difficult to diagnose, and difficult to cope with as it has so many symptoms and is also known as an 'invisible illness'. From a personal note I can identify with how difficult this can be to cope with, and this article is very useful for those suffering and those around them.

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When doctors have compassion fatigue

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Groundbreaking study reveals why some doctors stop caring about their patients.

 

A COMPASSION CRISIS?

One person watching Tony Fernando's compassion research with interest is Kiwi anaesthesiologist Robin Youngson, co-founder of Hearts in Healthcare, a group lobbying internationally for health systems to place more emphasis on compassion and "whole patient" care.'

 

Youngson said research shows doctors who are empathetic and who listen get better results in patients.

A recent study of 20,000 diabetes patients in Italy found those who rated their doctors as empathetic had 40 per cent fewer hospital admissions. He said the medical benefit of compassion had been shown to be more powerful than that of many medicines.

 

ADAM DUDDING


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Do you show enough compassion towards your clients? Be aware of when you may be feeling a lack of compassion and how to combat this.

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Poor Doctor-Patient Communication Is Closely Linked To Non-Adherence

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I am a big fan of Infographics.  They are a great for turning otherwise complex data into practical information.  Here's an Infographic I built to describe the "disconnect" that often occurs between physicians and patients and the impact of adherence...


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rob halkes's curator insight, July 22, 2013 4:03 AM

Great infographic. I think it supports my view on “therapy adherence”
Adherence to therapy is widely reserached subject in care. Yet the word itslef dnotes the failure to look from a right perspective: I would say therapy is put first in view (which it is from a medical perspective – watch the nuances in this statement..), but the question is first whether the patient (indedd, from a patient perspective, is in concordance with the very therapy. Then, and only then, we can begin to design (from an organising perspective) the best way for the patient to “cope” with his therapy!
This graphic gives the supporting evidence by looking at the communication perspective between doctor and patient – so in the start of the process. Through communication the three perspectives involved, i.e. medical, patient and organisation, should be aligned – to begin with. 

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New Treatment Gives Parkinson's Patients Increased Autonomy

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/PRNewswire/ -- Being diagnosed with any medical condition is distressing, but a diagnosis of Parkinson's is particularly devastating: physicians are telling patients that the neurons in the brain that control their bodily movements are dying.

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Welness: PartnerMD — Resilience an important part of physical health - Richmond Times Dispatch

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Welness: PartnerMD — Resilience an important part of physical health
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Sometimes the issues arise from a medical diagnosis — a serious or lingering illness can lead to anxiety and depression.
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It is becoming common knowledge that physical health can affect emotional health and well-being, and that emotional health can affect your physical health. This site suggests ten steps to help build resilience to problems that you face in life that could affect your physical and emotional health and well-being.

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How Posttraumatic Growth Relates to Coping Strategies | mental ...

How Posttraumatic Growth Relates to Coping Strategies | mental ... | how people cope with serious diagnoses | Scoop.it
It is possible, once the worst of the distress caused by trauma is over, to enter a period of posttraumatic growth (click here to read my article on this) in which the experience of our trauma can be used to POSITIVELY ...
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This fascinating website shows all the different posibitilies and outcomes from experiencing childhood traumas, and how to cope with them.

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10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed

10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed | how people cope with serious diagnoses | Scoop.it

Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. So naturally we are obsessed with it.. I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are ten of the best ones I found


Via Belinda MJ.B, Bobby Dillard, Dr. Amy Fuller
Sophia Williams's insight:

If you feel that you are not getting enough happiness in your life you should maybe try some of these 10 steps backed up by science aimed at improving your happiness. Practising smiling and helping others actually has a positive affect on our happiness...very interesting article here with some interesting studies backing it up...

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Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:08 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possession can bring happiness, yet it is short term. Here is an interesting article backed up by science. Note it includes exercise. A great way to cope is excercise and it releases endorphines.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:13 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:20 AM
Lisa C. Arrendell's insight:

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

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Positive Psychology News Daily » Boost Success and Passion: Tell a Better Story

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"Did you know that you are a storyteller? Or that you are just one story away from what you really want?

 

Most of us don’t realize that we have a few central narratives running through our lives because the stories we tell ourselves are so familiar that we don’t even realize they are stories. The easiest way to see this is to notice other people’s stories. It’s ironic that even when you can’t see your own story clearly, you can easily see the story a friend, employee, or student is telling herself."


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Having a positive attitude about your life and your 'story' can have a positive effect on your emotions and could even improve your life expectancy.

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Coping with Chronic Illness in Marriage

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How Managing a Disease Affects Both Partners What no one is ever told about chronic illness is that it will have an effect on marriage. It can take a toll on even the best of relationships. Chronic...

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Coping with chronic illness can be equally as difficult for the patient's spouse

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Medicine and the Art of Listening - Howard Luks, MD

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Most patients are interrupted by their physicians after 18 seconds… yes 18 seconds. 

Well, that isn’t going to cut it anymore. 

Patients are individuals.  They have differing ideologies, values, goals, pain thresholds, lifestyles, and few patients react the same way to the same disease process. 

Enter the days of Informed Decision Making …

Poor communication and poor listening skills are likely at the heart of this emerging high tech-low touch method of treating patients these days. In these days of medical data overload, it is becoming far too easy to order and treat a lab test or MRI, as opposed to treating a patient as a person. 

Each injury has its own “personality”.  That means that an ACL tear in a couch potato who slipped picking up their newspaper probably needs to be treated differently than a patient of the same age who exercises twice a day and plays every sports under the sun.   Yet, of all the second opinions I am seeing that doesn’t seem to be the case.  In most cases patients are being told – “your MRI showed this and you need that”…

Incorporating the art of informed decision making into your daily workflow means you need to listen to your patient. You need to dive deep into their own ideologies, values and goals that will shape their decision when presented with the alternatives available.  Your are a coach, you are part of a team that will arrive at the right choice for that patient at this particular time.  You will need to listen for more than 18 seconds … and you will need to learn to treat patients as people and not as a disease state or an MRI finding. 

Physicians feel rushed because they’re trying to maintain their income as their reimbursements decline and they need to spend more time filling out reams of paperwork to justify many of their requests or actions. We need to adjust to this new reality without putting our patients health at risk… or without recommending a procedure that someone clearly doesn’t need.

 

In a recent NY Times piece.. The author, Seth Horowitz points out ..

Listening is a skill that we’re in danger of losing in a world of digital distraction and information overload.

“You never listen” is not just the complaint of a problematic relationship, it has also become an epidemic in a world that is exchanging convenience for content, speed for meaning. The richness of life doesn’t lie in the loudness and the beat, but in the timbres and the variations that you can discern if you simply pay attention.

 

 Embracing the art of listening will lead to better treatment decisions, better resource utilization, fewer medical errors, a happier more engaged patient base and hopefully a physician who once again can enjoy the non-monetary rewards of a career in medicine.


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Art Jones's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:39 PM

Listening is a skill that we're in danger of losing in a world of digital distratction and information overload. author Seth Horowitz

rob halkes's curator insight, May 7, 2013 3:40 AM

I can only repeat that: "You never listen” is not just the complaint of a problematic relationship, it has also become an epidemic in a world that is exchanging convenience for content, speed for meaning. The richness of life doesn’t lie in the loudness and the beat, but in the timbres and the variations that you can discern if you simply pay attention.

Our "fast" culture also influences our health - and so too: the process of healing!

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Coping with mental illness at Christmas - Wales News

Coping with mental illness at Christmas - Wales News | how people cope with serious diagnoses | Scoop.it
CHRISTMAS should be a time of joy, rest and socialising but for mental health service users the festive season, if not planned properly, can become a time of anxiety and isolation.

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Feeling low this christmas time? This may be of use to you...

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Diabetes & Mental Health | alive

Diabetes & Mental Health | alive | how people cope with serious diagnoses | Scoop.it
The mental health impact of a disease such as diabetes is often overlooked. Through mind and body techniques, and stress management, depression can be lifted.
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Did you know that diabetes can also result in mental illness such as anxiety and depression? This article shows many ways to try to cope with these symptoms, including yoga and massage therapy.

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Is your child anxious? - The Hindu

Is your child anxious? - The Hindu | how people cope with serious diagnoses | Scoop.it
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Is your child anxious?
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We all have different levels of stress we can cope with, but some children and young people worry more than the rest, and have greater difficulty coping with the challenges of growing up.
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It is very interesting to discover in this article how young  children can experience anxiety, how it manifests itself, and what signs and symptoms to look out for. This article is useful for parents of children showing unexplained physical symptoms, that could be down to anxiety and stress.

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