Can Gratitude Make You Feel Less Stressed?

Marriages and other close relationships, as well as those with loosely connected individuals, like coworkers, are known to benefit from expressions of gratitude. Additionally, it has been shown that gratitude can mitigate the detrimental effects of materialism, making those who practice it happier with their lives overall. Now, in a study with 68 adults, researchers…

Running for Stress Reduction Can Lead To Exercise Dependence

Recreational running has many positive effects on both physical and mental health, but some people can become physically addicted to exercise, a condition known as exercise dependence. Surprisingly, even among casual runners, signs of exercise dependence are prevalent. “Escapism is an everyday phenomenon among humans, but little is known regarding its motivational underpinnings, how it…

Why You Should Tell the Truth When Canceling Plans with a Friend

According to recent research, lying about your reason for cancelling plans is the worst thing you can do. The results suggest that how cancellations are handled might matter more than whether they happen or not. “Maintaining relationships with others is important to humans, but the reality is that social anxiety exists. Living out in the…

Why SSRI Anti-depressants Cause Emotional Numbing

Scientists have discovered why common antidepressants cause approximately half of their users to feel emotionally “blunted.” According to a new study, the drugs have an effect on reinforcement learning, an important behavioural process that allows people to learn from their surroundings. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a popular class of antidepressants, especially for chronic…

Your Object Memory Ability Might Be Better than You Thought

Don’t give up on your memory the next time you can’t remember where you put your keys, parked your car, or put your glasses down. Previous research has found that when people are shown a large number of objects, they are very good at remembering which ones they saw. And according to a new study,…

Meditating Deeply May Change Gut Microbiome for the Better

A small comparative study shows that long-term, consistent deep meditation may help regulate the gut microbiome, helping lower the risk of both physical and mental illness. A group of Tibetan Buddhist monks’ gut microbes were discovered to be significantly different from those of their secular neighbors, and these differences have been associated with a lower…

Your Mood Can Affect How You Interpret Words

A new study led by the University of Arizona suggests that when people are in a bad mood, they may be more likely to notice inconsistencies in what they read. The study expands on earlier investigations into how language is processed by the brain. “Mood and language seem to be supported by different brain networks.…

Clonidine For PTSD Treatment Holds Promise – New Evidence

There is new evidence that a blood pressure medicine that has been around for 50 years could be used to treat the life-changing effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is becoming more common. Clonidine is frequently prescribed to treat hypertension and ADHD. Because clonidine works on adrenergic receptors in the brain, which are probably…