Andrew Almquist

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How Nature Benefits Your Mental Health

Recently, scientists have been working out whether grass and trees could be used to treat depression and anxiety.<p>Have you ever come home from a day in the countryside and felt... better? Mood altered, anxiety soothed, mind hushed? It seems obvious that getting out of the clanging grind of the city …

Mental Health

What is Meta-Mindfulness?

<i>“The world is won by those who let it go.” -Lao Tzu</i><p>Writing provides an excellent precedent for living when done with a certain degree of abandon. I …

A psychology professor explains why self-esteem is failing us

To Kristin Neff, a psychology professor at the University of Texas, that's not surprising. Though self-esteem continues to reverberate as a pop-psych cure-all, the quest for inflated egos, in her view, is misguided and largely pointless.<p>There's nothing wrong with being confident, to answer Demi …


Only fundamental social change can defeat the anxiety epidemic

People, particularly young people, are beset by mental health problems on a scale never seen before. Now it is time to rebalance individualism against the common good<p>We live with an epidemic of anxiety. In 1980, 4% of Americans suffered a mental disorder associated with anxiety. Today half do. The …

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