Amy Stockfeld

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Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile …

How to be happy: follow these five easy steps

From a young age we are told to aim high. Yet the more driven we are, the more likely we are to feel miserable, says happiness expert Raj Raghunathan. Here’s what we should try instead<p>The key to happiness, according to the latest research, is knowing where to look. We’re conditioned from a young …

Happiness

When you mess up, get up: the power of failure in building resilience

In the middle of his bar routine – having flung himself into the air with style and skill – Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland missed the bar at the last …

Why It Doesn’t Pay to be a People-Pleaser

People ask me all the time what the secret to happiness is. “If you had to pick just one thing,” they wonder, “what would be the <i>most</i> important thing …

UC Berkeley

Is your gut making you sick?

New research suggests that the range and quantity of microbes that live in our guts could have a powerful effect on a range of conditions including depression, MS and obesity<p>A gut full of diverse microbes – bacteria, viruses and fungi – is essential for a healthy mind and body. And evidence is …

Microbiology

12 Ways to Know You Genuinely Have Emotional Intelligence

Genuine people have a profound impact upon everyone they encounter. Discover the unique habits that cause them to radiate with energy and confidence.<p>There's an enormous amount of research suggesting that emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. TalentSmart has tested the …

How to Save Your Marriage from Parenthood

I became a parent a year and a half ago, and my life changed forever.When I was pregnant, lots of parents gave me advice (<i>Enjoy going to the grocery</i> …

Parenting

Self-Criticism or Self-Compassion: Which Works Best?

Do you ever hear a little voice chattering away in your head that fills you with self-doubt? You know the one. Perhaps you've heard it saying: "You're not good enough", "You're so lazy," or even "You're such an idiot." It's that voice of self-criticism that says things, you would never dare say to …

Stop Making Gratitude All About You

You read a lot these days about research showing that practicing gratitude — making a deliberate point of being grateful for the good things in your life — has all sorts of benefits for happiness and well-being. These articles usually end with a call to start a gratitude journal to reap the full …

3 Mindful Things To Do Before You Fall Asleep

Do you find it difficult to get a decent night’s rest? Do you spend a good deal of the night tossing and turning? Then you might be among the ranks …

Mindfulness

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed

Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.<p>A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is …

Protect Your Relationships By Communicating Effectively

<i>This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by providing research-based content to help improve thinking, feeling, and behavior patterns.</i><p>________<p>In my early twenties, I said goodbye to my family in …

How to stay happy when the sky is falling in

Seen from a certain perspective, the last few months on planet Earth have been pretty unreservedly amazing. Nobody died from smallpox. Almost nobody contracted polio. Hospital operating theatres weren’t generally filled with the screams of patients undergoing surgery without anaesthetic, and no war …

European Union

The Only Proven Way to Improve a Relationship

Healthy relationships benefit our psychological and physical well-being (Baumeister & Leary, 1995), so why not make yours as strong and vibrant as …

On Being Hated

In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>Many of us want to start our own businesses. Public space is filled …

How to talk to someone with anxiety

On average one in four people will be affected by anxiety. Those who have experienced it explain what you can say and do to help<p>We live surrounded by anxiety. New research published in the journal Brain and Behaviour found that in 2013 there were an estimated 8.2m cases of anxiety in the UK. Women …

Mental Health

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Using brain imaging, scientists have built a map displaying how words and their meanings are represented across different regions of the brain<p>Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged across different regions of the organ.<p>Like a colourful …

The Brain

5 Steps to Worrying Less

We’ve all heard the saying that in life there are ups and down and there is the classic eastern saying that life is filled with 10,000 joys and …

Reducing stress at work is a walk in the park

The sky is blue and you are walking through a park, speaking with a colleague, discussing a new project. You feel energised, puffing slightly as your …

5 ways to de-stress and help your heart

Managing unhealthy habits key to change<p>Constant stress — whether from a traffic-choked daily commute, unhappy marriage, or heavy workload — can have …

Meet Your Second Brain: The Gut

Most of us can relate to the experience of having butterflies in our stomach, or to a visceral gut-wrenching feeling, and how often are we told not …

Medical Research

The surprisingly easy way to reduce your anxiety

It isn't easy being anxious. You can't sleep, you can't concentrate, you're tired and cranky. The good news: Curbing your anxiety may be easier than you think — perhaps as easy as saying "thank you."<p>Anxiety tends to turn people inward, make them more introspective and therefore less socially …

British Columbia

Gut bacteria regulate nerve fibre insulation

Research suggests that gut bacteria may directly affect brain structure and function, offering new ways to treat multiple sclerosis and psychiatric conditions<p>Far from being silent partners that merely help to digest food, the bacteria in your gut may also be exerting subtle influences on your …

Neuroscience

How Gratitude Helps Couples Through Hardship

Marriage can be hard, because <i>life</i> can be hard. From challenges at work to financial difficulties to raising children, the stresses of everyday life …

UC Berkeley

A Mindfulness Practice for Letting Go of Jealousy

Ah, where would great literature be without jealousy? Many of Shakespeare’s plays turn on jealous motives, and library-loads of novels mine the …

Mindfulness

The Four Keys to Well-Being

<i>This article is derived from a talk given by Richard Davidson, neuroscientist and founder at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of</i> …

Mindfulness