‘Freakonomics’ study offers simple strategy for making tough decisions

When facing a hard decision, consider choosing change over inaction.

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  • A recently published study asked people to make tough life choices by flipping a coin.
  • The participants were making these decisions on the margin, meaning they couldn't determine which choice would be better.
  • The results show that people who chose change over inaction self-reported being better off and happier after six months.
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Yoga may ease symptoms of depression, according to new research

According to the analysis, the more yoga sessions a person did each week, the less they struggled with depressive symptoms.

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  • Depressive disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting over 340 million people.
  • According to a new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, yoga sessions may be able to ease depressive symptoms in people with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
  • Mindfulness, meditation, and breathing control techniques are all things that have been proven effective in reducing depressive symptoms. Traditional yoga practices typically include a combination of these things and therefore may actually have more of a positive impact.
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'Power posing' also boosts confidence in children, new study shows

The study provides initial evidence that open, strong postures can improve children's mood and self-esteem.

  • Power posing grew in prominence in 2012 after social psychologist Amy Cuddy's famous TED Talk.
  • A new study found that power posing correlates with a positive boost in children's self-esteem and confidence.
  • The debate over power posing remains heated in psychological circles, but there are plenty of other ways parents and teachers can boost children's self-esteem.
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    The mental and physical health benefits of ecotherapy

    There are countless studies that prove ecotherapy (often referred to as nature therapy) is beneficial for your physical and mental health.

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    • What was once considered a simple practice and ideology about the benefits of nature has been proven in multiple studies to positively impact our physical and mental health.
    • Some of the benefits of spending time in nature can be: a boost in killer-cells that fight off viruses, an ability to maintain focus and improvement in mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and other mood disorders.
    • To explain the all-encompassing benefits of nature, the Japanese have coined the term "shinrin yoku", which translates to "forest bathing."
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    For a child, being carefree is intrinsic to a well-lived life

    Do adults need to be more carefree, in order for their lives to go well?

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    Some people are lucky enough to look back at their childhood with affection for a time in life without much stress and anxiety.

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