Self-Compassion Key to Divorce Recovery
Why do some survive a breakup without deep distress, even if sad or worried about money? Research shows one thing—having self-compassion—uniquely predicts good outcomes.
What's the Latest Development?
Divorce is tough for most people, but some get through a breakup without overwhelming distress, even if sad or fearful about their finances, while others struggle to move on. What accounts for the difference? Self-compassion. New research says that independent of other personality traits, it's the one capacity that predicts better adjustment shortly after divorce and up to nine months later.
What's the Big Idea?
Researchers say it was surprising that having looked at various positive characteristics— self-esteem, resistance to depression, optimism, or ease with relationships—self-compassion was the unique predictor of good outcomes. Self-compassion is a combination of kindness toward oneself, recognition of common humanity, and the ability to let painful emotions pass. Can it be taught? The researchers are unsure but optimistic.
Is everyone's favorite Thanksgiving centerpiece really to blame for the post-dinner doldrums?
- Americans kill around 45 million turkeys every year in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal, only to blame our favorite centerpiece for the following food comas.
- Rumor has it our after-dinner sleepiness results from the tryptophan found in turkey.
- However, it is the meal's overall nutritional imbalance, not just the tryptophan, that make us want to leave the dishes for tomorrow. Or maybe the next day.
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The famed author headed to the pond thanks to Indian philosophy.
- The famed author was heavily influenced by Indian literature, informing his decision to self-exile on Walden Pond.
- He was introduced to these texts by his good friend's father, William Emerson.
- Yoga philosophy was in America a century before any physical practices were introduced.
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