Positive solitude, Feeling active and Future-mindednes: Three Keys to Well-being

__________ Last month, researchers from over 60 countries gathered at the International Positive Psychology Association’s 6th World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, to share cutting-edge insights on the science of well-being. Several insights presented stood out to me as new or surprising. 1. Positive solitude Researchers have repeatedly found that social connection is one of the keys to happiness. And for many of us, feeling separated from other people translates into a sense of loneliness and disconnection. But does solitude have to be a negative experience? Can time alone feed our well-being? Researchers Martin Lynch, Sergey Ishanov, and Dmitry Leontiev at Russia’s National Research University Higher School of Economics have investigated the phenomenon of positive or “productive solitude,” in contrast with the more unpleasant experience of being alone. Productive solitude doesn’t occur because we feel disconnected from others; it’s something that we deliberately seek out. Rather than being lonely or ruminating on negative experiences, we use the solitary time for contemplation, reflection, or creativity. People who experience positive solitude tend to feel more positive emotions—in particular, the low-energy ones like relaxation and calm. According to research by Leontiev, when these people do find themselves alone, they have a greater sense of pleasure and meaning—and less of a sense of void. What kind of people enjoy their...
Source: SharpBrains - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness cognitive-behavioral-therapy Feeling active positive Positive-Psychology social-connection solitude well-being Source Type: blogs

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Conclusions: The results of this study demonstrated that more than a half of patients with diabetes had anxiety and/or depression and one third had Type D personality, sustaining that monitoring of emotional state and depression should be included in the therapeutic plan of these patients. New treatment strategies are needed to improve the well-being of diabetic patients with psychological comorbidities. PMID: 31491990 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Medicina (Kaunas) - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Medicina (Kaunas) Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 26 August 2019Source: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation MedicineAuthor(s): Nicole Freene, Margaret McManus, Tarryn Mair, Ren Tan, Rachel DaveyAbstractBackground: International cardiac rehabilitation guidelines recommend that participants meet public health physical activity guidelines. Few studies have objectively measured how much time cardiac rehabilitation participants spend in physical activity and sedentary behaviour, particularly over the long term.Objective: The aim of this study was to objectively assess physical activity and sedentary behaviour of cardiac rehabilitation parti...
Source: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research
We examined 969 patients, at least 6 months after myocardial infarction or coronary revascularisation. Depression or anxiety was assessed using a standard HADS (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale), while QoL by SF-36 (Short-Form-36 Questions) questionnaires. Follow-up was done to assess mortality in incidence of non-fatal cardiovascular event. Results: Both mood disorders were rather frequent; borderline depression or anxiety (HADS score 8-10) had 14.8 or 10.9% of patients, respectively; moderate-to-severe depression or anxiety (HADS score ≥11) had another 8.2 or 6.7% of patients. After adjustment for potentia...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research
Staying healthy is best done with expert help. We all need medical care at some point. And if chronic illness strikes, it requires the guidance of someone with the ability to make diagnoses and balance treatments that are often aimed at different organ systems. Primary care physicians (PCPs) are generalists who see adult patients for common ailments including respiratory infections, headaches, back pain, and urinary infections. They also manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, anxiety, and depression. In addition, PCPs have expertise in managing multiple treatments, medicati...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Source Type: blogs
Conclusions: Secondary prevention programs and patient education have to take into account individual or unique differences. It is important to pay attention to issues that are known to contribute to motivation rather than to reply on education alone to improve adherence.
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: ARTICLES: Adherence Source Type: research
Int J Sports Med DOI: 10.1055/a-0902-8601To examine the prevalence of chronic disease and mental health problems in retired professional, male jockeys compared to an age-matched reference population. A cross-sectional study comparing data from a cohort of retired professional jockeys with an age-matched general population sample. Male participants (age range: 50–89 years old) were used to compare health outcomes of self-reported physician-diagnosed conditions: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, depression and anxiety between study populations. Conditional logistic regression ...
Source: International Journal of Sports Medicine - Category: Sports Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Sciences Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Obstetricians and midwives in New Zealand should be prepared to provide care for women with chronic conditions who may have surprise pregnancies. Comprehensive family planning services, preconception care and systemwide reduction in health inequities are needed to help women with chronic health conditions enter pregnancy as healthy as possible. PMID: 31352469 [PubMed - in process]
Source: New Zealand Medical Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: N Z Med J Source Type: research
In conclusion, you are not your thoughts; you are the sum of so much more, including your intent and, more importantly, action. 
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Self-Help opinions Positive Psychology Rumination thoughts Source Type: blogs
We read about them with astonishment and awe. In 2017 and 2018 there were many news reports of people who lived well past 100. Emma Morano died in April 2017 at age 117, 137 days. Violet Brown died in September 2017 at 117 years, 189 days. And Yisrael Kristal who died that same month at 113 years, 330 days almost made it to 114! Chiyo Miyako died in July 2018 cage 117, 81 days. How did they do it? Surely they had something in common. Turns out they did.  Ways the long-lived live longest: Choose the right parents. Well, maybe it’s not a choice. But genetics have a lot to do with it. Simply put: If your parents ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Aging Exercise & Fitness Family Habits Health-related Spirituality Stress Diet Positive Psychology social support stress reduction Volunteer Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: Secondary prevention programs and patient education have to take into account individual or unique differences. It is important to pay attention to issues that are known to contribute to motivation rather than to reply on education alone to improve adherence. PMID: 31365439 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research
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