The Power of Nurture
Jonathan Haidt: I was born in New York City but grew up in Scarsdale, New York, in the suburb north of New York City. It shaped me in that I was a nice, normal suburban kid, sent to an Ivy League school, immersed in the normal sorts of things that get one into a certain intellectual class, where there is very, very little moral diversity, and that is very important for who I became.
Recorded on: May 9, 2008
No dysfunction needed: a normal childhood led to Jonathan Haidt's exploration of happiness.
If your New Year's resolution was to get in shape, signing up for the marathon is a bad way to go about it.
- Marathons gained popularity over the last decade. In 2018, 456,700 Americans completed a marathon, an 11 percent increase in participation from 2008.
- Training for and racing 26.2 miles has been shown to have adverse effects on the heart, such as plaque buildup in the arteries and inflammation.
- Running too much can lead to chronically increased cortisol levels, resulting in weight gain, fatigue, and lower immune function.
When you struggle with anxiety or depression, sex may be the last thing on your mind. But understanding the physiological and mental benefits of a healthy sex life can help it become a tool for well-being.
- The physiological responses our bodies have to sex can minimize the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Deficiencies in nitric oxide are associated with irritability, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and less energy. Having sex increases your body's nitric oxide levels.
- Sex also increases epinephrine, oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin, all of which are linked to mood, behavior, and well-being.
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