Meditation and Optimism
It doesn’t matter if you can’t be alone for hours during the day. Even if a few minutes spent in silence once in a while, they have an effect.
In a group of adults who meditated an average of 6 hours and 13 minutes over five weeks, developments were observed in the part of the brain associated with positive thinking. To meditate, to develop a sense of optimism.
Probiotics (probiotics are a type of good bacteria that live within the digestive system and keep the intestinal flora balanced) have been found to have a significant effect on inhibiting stress hormones. They have almost the same effect on the body as antidepressants.
Some Irish and Canadian researchers fed mice yogurt rich in probiotics and after that, they noticed that they reacted calmly in stressful situations. Less stress hormones were released in their organism, unlike what happened to the soup-fed mice.
Scientists have come to the conclusion that “the perception of objects can influence our behavior in an incomprehensible way”.
Some volunteers, who worked in rooms lit by incandescent bulbs instead of bright fluorescent lighting, were more successful in solving problems that required a new approach or way of thinking. Scientists say that the symbol of the light bulb – not just its light spectrum – led to the subjects’ clever ideas.
A sense of belonging
If we create our own world, with beloved and important objects, then unconsciously we would develop that part of feelings that is responsible for social relations.
After a study that was done with 9-year-old students, it was observed that those who considered chicken soup a practical food and fed it, achieved higher results on a psychological test on social relations, compared to those who did not. they did not consume soup. When students were given a word fragment such as “about.” and they were asked to continue it, who had eaten soup turned it into a “relationship” word, such as “commitment” instead of a neutral word, such as “translation” etc. This, as the dish evoked a sense of belonging, connection.
Physical exercise is known to have a very positive impact on our health and mood.
It has been discovered that epicatechin has the same effect on the body. After an experiment with mice, researchers noticed that the consumption of epicatechin (the amount found in about 5 grams of dark chocolate) induced physical changes similar to those caused after physical exercise, although the mice were not active. Their muscles resisted fatigue better; also, they could run faster while performing routine tasks and without training.
A recent study by the Kinsey Institute of 1,009 heterosexual couples revealed how important it is for couples to be physically passionate about each other, especially in long-term relationships.
The researchers found that women were more likely to be sexually satisfied if they were repeatedly petted or kissed by their partners – despite not having sex afterwards.
Feeling tired? Dull? Are you stuck in the office? Imagine yourself outside, in an arched sky, with tree branches hanging overhead.
According to a study, daydreaming about nature is generative. And if you can get outside, even better. At least 20 minutes of staying in nature significantly increases people’s level of energy to face the day.
Altruism and Longevity
After observing 10,000 adults for more than 50 years, scientists discovered that volunteering, especially for altruistic reasons, can save your life.
People in the study who had volunteered their time to help others lived longer than those who had never volunteered or those who had volunteered for personal pleasure.
Scientists asked some volunteers in the study to measure the level of happiness they had experienced the last time they spent money on themselves or someone else. Those who had spent on others were not only happier, but even when they were offered extra money that they could use as they wished, they expressed a desire to spend it on others again.
“To make better choices in the market, pay in cash,” says a recent study. D
uke analyzed 1,000 households, researchers found that shoppers who pay by credit card tend to choose sweets, chips and other fast, not-so-healthy foods.