What do you when you are faced with uncertainty, fear, or stress? How do you cope with obstacles? Stoic philosophy could provide you with very useful tools to navigate life’s challenges.
Discouraged, apathetic, or disillusioned? Has our political system left you feeling down?
Here are six habits designed to improve your mood:
1. Listen to upbeat music like Mozart.
Music has long been a part of our human culture. Research studies show that there is a direct link between listening to music and enhancing your health and your mood.
In a study of 80 patients undergoing urological surgery “half the patients were randomly assigned to wear headphones that played slow movements from Mozart piano sonatas, while the other half wore headphones that did not play music.
Recently I have become aware that some of my assumptions have been completely inaccurate. I misinterpreted various comments, behaviors or events. Jumping to quick conclusions has sent me down rabbit holes that have wasted my time, increased my anxiety, and skewed my perception of what is true. How did I get it so wrong?
Our brain is wired to make quick judgments, snap decisions, and abrupt assumptions.
A study done at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences revealed that your subconscious brain is already formulating a decision 7 seconds before it reaches your consciousness.
One week ago my husband and I drove our only child to college.
Yes, we officially became empty nesters!
I have transitioned through other roles with glee and delight; for instance, when I became a wife and then a mother. But becoming an empty nester not only raises a whole new set of emotions, but it also earmarks a transition in parenting and an opportunity to recalibrate my own priorities.
It was Sunday afternoon and I still hadn’t gotten to my exercise.
With a current goal of meeting the daily 10,000 step minimum or at least getting 150 minutes weekly of moderate exercise as recommended by the American Heart Association, my time was quickly slipping by.
During the summer I will typically bike outside. However thwarted by rain, I decided to head to the gym.
Do you typically stuff your anger?
Is your mantra “keep calm and carry on?”
Do you work hard to stay positive and promote a sunny outlook?
While optimism, positivity, and maximizing wins do lead to happiness, research indicates suppressing our emotions can have negative health consequences and prevent us from achieving desired outcomes.