Mental Health

Juicy skinder: gossip creates connections with friends and the world πŸ‘„πŸ¦»πŸ½πŸ‘€


Gossip is often considered socially taboo and dismissed for its negative tone, but a quirky study from Dartmouth College illustrates some of its merits. Gossip facilitates social connection and enables learning about the world indirectly through other people’s experiences. Gossip is not necessarily spreading rumours or saying bad things about other people but can include small talk in-person or online, such as having a private chat during a Zoom meeting. Prior research has found that approximately 14 per cent of people’s daily conversations are gossip, and primarily neutral in tone. “A gossip is a complex form of communication that is often misunderstood,” says Eshin Jolly, a post-doctoral researcher in the Computational Social Affective Neuroscience Laboratory (COSAN) who co-authored the study with Luke Chang, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences and director of the COSAN Lab at Dartmouth. “It …

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Pizza Pressure? it’s our co-workers who determine our food tastes πŸ•πŸ”β˜ΉοΈ

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The findings of a new large study on hospital employees suggest that people in our social networks influence the food we eat, both healthy and unhealthy. These findings may help guide efforts to improve population health. Co-workers have much unrecognised influence in determining office food tastes. The findings of the research were published in the journal titled ‘Nature Human Behaviour’. The foods people buy at a workplace cafeteria may not always be chosen to satisfy an individual craving or taste for a particular food. When co-workers are eating together, individuals are more likely to select foods that are as healthy–or unhealthy–as the food selections on their fellow employees’ trays. “We found that individuals tend to mirror the food choices of others in their social circles, which may explain one-way obesity spreads through social networks,” said Douglas Levy, PhD, an investigator …

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Make everyone happy – start school at a later time πŸ™

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A new study explored the significant benefits of later school start times for middle and high school students’ sleep schedules. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Sleep’. Sleep is essential to a student’s overall health, social development, and academic achievement, yet lack of sleep is common among children and adolescents. Biological changes to sleep cycles during puberty make falling asleep early difficult for adolescents. This, coupled with early school start times, means that students often end up with insufficient sleep. Approximately 28,000 elementary, middle, and high school students and parents completed surveys annually, before changes to school start times and for two years afterward. Participating elementary schools started 60 minutes earlier, middle, 40-60 minutes later, and high school started 70 minutes later. Student and parent surveys separately asked about students’ typical bedtime and wake time on …

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Zoom fatigue: Video calls suck when participants feel excluded


Videoconferences may be less exhausting if participants feel some sense of group belonging, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. The so-called “Zoom fatigue” is real and there are ways to not get exhausted by the work video calls. As remote work and the use of video conferences have dramatically increased during the coronavirus pandemic, more people are fatigued from meeting through computer screens instead of in person. In this study, 55 employees in various fields in the United States were surveyed about their feelings about videoc onferences. The researchers thought longer meetings and being on video would cause the most fatigue, but their findings surprised them, said lead researcher Andrew Bennett, PhD, an assistant professor at Old Dominion University. “We expected that aspects of being on video would be related to fatigue, such as watching everyone’s …

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A supportive partner reduces the shitty feelings of depression


Having a responsive and supportive partner minimises the negative impacts of an individual’s depression or external stress on their romantic relationship, according to a new research. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Social Psychological and Personality Science’. The research was led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst social psychologist. Paula Pietromonaco, professor emerita of psychological and brain sciences, drew on data from her Growth in Early Marriage project (GEM) to investigate what she had discovered was an understudied question.“I was really surprised that although there’s a ton of work out there on depression, there was very little in the literature looking at the kinds of behavior that partners could do that would buffer the detrimental effects of depression,” said Pietromonaco, whose co-authors are Nickola Overall, professor of psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, …

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A narcissist is mentally tough – but also very insecure


While a narcissist is known to portray a self-centred nature and is likely to put himself above others, it has been found that they are tougher mentally than others. Supporting studies confirm this, but also highlight an underlying insecurity. Yes, you heard it right. Moreover, these people feel less stressed and find themselves less vulnerable to depression as compared to others, according to a study published in the journal — Personality and Individual Differences. While narcissism may be viewed by many in society as a negative personality trait, Dr Kostas Papageorgiou, Director of the InteRRaCt Lab in the School of Psychology at Queen’s, has revealed that it could also have numerous health benefits. Dr Papageorgiou explained: “Narcissism is part of the ‘Dark Tetrad’ of personality that also includes Machiavellianism, Psychopathy and Sadism. There are two main dimensions to narcissism — …

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WATCH: 3 Powers to Beautify your life forever | Swami Abhedananda

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This is an inspirational short video excerpt of Swami Abhedananda from the Chinmaya Mission, South Africa. There comes many instances in life when we come across certain people or incidents or actions which make us feel small and suffocated. What is it that we need to have to develop an inner power and strength to remain afresh, alive and alert in such circumstances? Find out your answers in a nutshell in this 4-mins short video of Swami Abhedanandaji. Chinmaya Mission South Africa Ramayana: Chinmaya Mission Durban

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Exhaustion and the Bachelor Life can lead to heart attacks for men


The findings of new research suggests that men who experience vital exhaustion, are at a higher risk of having a heart attack. This risk of exhaustion linked with myocardial infarction was particularly pronounced in divorced, widowed, and men who never got married. The study was presented at ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2021, which is an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Vital exhaustion refers to excessive fatigue, feelings of demoralisation and increased irritability,” said study author Dr. Dmitriy Panov of the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation. “It is thought to be a response to intractable problems in people’s lives, particularly when they are unable to adapt to prolonged exposure to psychological stressors.” This study examined the relationship between vital exhaustion and the risk of myocardial infarction in men with no history of cardiovascular …

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Stroke survivors are more likely to attempt suicide

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A new research has found that stroke survivors may be more likely to attempt or die by suicide than people who have not had a stroke. The findings of the research will be presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2021. The virtual meeting will be held between March 17-19, 2021. This study will be simultaneously published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. Rates of depression among stroke survivors range from 28 per cent to 35 per cent, and stroke is considered an independent risk factor for depression. Since depression after a stroke has been associated with increased suicidal thoughts, researchers sought to quantify and understand the risk of suicide after stroke. “Recognizing that stroke may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts will help stroke survivors, their families, and health care professionals to identify …

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Women were more unhappy during covid pandemic


A recent study found that during the COVID-19 pandemic women, especially mothers, spent more time on tasks such as childcare and household chores than men. In turn, time spent completing household chores was linked to lower well-being and unhappiness during the pandemic. The authors of the study were Laura M. Giurgea, Ashley V. Whillansb, and Ayse Yemiscigilc. The findings of the study were published in the journal PNAS. The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered how people spend time, with possible consequences for subjective well-being. Using diverse samples from the United States, Canada, Denmark, Brazil, and Spain (n = 31,141), following a preregistered analytic plan, and employing both mega- and meta-analyses, the researchers found consistent gender differences in time spent on necessities. During the pandemic, women, especially mothers, spent more time on tasks such as childcare and household chores. To the …

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