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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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In Stress and Health

Wearable Devices / Mobile Apps and Your Mood

Wearable devices that can track how many steps you walked today, measure your heart rate or evaluate how well you slept last night successfully occupied the global market. Moreover, mobile technology is pushing new boundaries, aiming to measure emotional well-being as well as physical health. Tech companies claim that biosensor technology in the devices can detect stress and anxiety by tracking the body’s physical reactions. In 2017, Spire performed a Workplace Stress Study together with a Stanford psychology researcher. Spire is…

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Defence Mechanisms and Health

Earlier, I was talking about defence mechanisms which we apply when face stressful situations. Some of them are considered mature or adaptive, and as we see from their names, they are supposed to promote our health and well-being. Other defence mechanisms are seen as immature and pathological and hence play an opposite role in our lives, as they might negatively affect our health. In 1996, psychologists decided to investigate the relationship between depression development and the levels of defence mechanisms men…

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