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Does Toxic Pollution influence your health?

Bad air quality could contribute to poor mental health, suggests a study published in Health and Place. Researchers analyzed data from about 6,000 respondents to a U.S. nationally representative survey, cross-referencing participants’ self-reported psychological distress symptoms such as sadness and hopelessness with block-by-block pollution data from their neighbourhoods. In areas with high levels of particular pollution, psychological distress scores were 17% higher than in areas with low pollution. The correlation between pollution and distress held even after controlling for physical, behavioural…

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The Miracle Mind-Set

Refuse to allow yourself to have low expectations about what you’re capable of creating. As Michelangelo suggested, the greater danger is not that your hopes are too high and you fail to reach them; it’s that they’re too low and you do. Have within you an imaginary candle flame that burns brightly regardless of what goes before you. Let this inner flame represent for you the idea that you’re capable of manifesting miracles in your life. … Understand that what…

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“Don’t worry, be happy!”

Promoting happiness within society is good for health, but could the over-promotion of happiness have a downside? Across 2 studies, the researchers investigated two emotion norms that are associated with an emphasis on happiness: the importance of seeking positive emotion, and the importance of avoiding negative emotion. They also studied the question whether these norms have implications for how people respond to, and seek to regulate, their negative emotional experiences. In Study 1, the scientists used an experimental design to…

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Can we control our dreams?

Have you ever realized mid-dreams that you’re dreaming, and then been able to somewhat control the experience? Only about 20 percent of people regularly have such “lucid dreams,” but a study in Dreaming suggests it may be possible to induce them. Researchers asked 169 participants to try several techniques, and one called MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) proved particularly effective. Researchers instructed participants to use an alarm to wake up after five hours of sleep and repeat the phrase “The next…

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