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THE NEIGHBORHOOD COW

April 18th, 2013|

In an interview with me, Dr. Charles Raison, University of Arizona School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the School of Agriculture, discussed the shocking hypothesis that we are sicker because we are too clean. At the risk of doing heedless damage to his well-articulated ideas, I will try [...]

WHY EATING GRASS FED MEAT WILL SAVE THE PLANET

April 1st, 2013|

In his TED talk, the deliciously named Allan Savory described “desertification,” the process we see throughout the whole world in which formerly green areas are turning to desert. Some climates, such as Britain, get year-round rainfall and are always green. But the majority of the world’s surface gets episodic rain, [...]

GUEST BOOK REVIEW by David Duemler, dgd@efn.org

March 30th, 2013|

(Dr David Duemler has kindly offered this book review to us. Read and enjoy!LJ) In her book Love 2.0, Barbara Frederickson proposes that love is based on micro-moments of “positivity resonance.” In these moments there is sharing of positive emotion, synchrony in biochemistry and behavior, and motivation resulting in mutual [...]

TRACKING DEPRESSION AND INFLAMMATION

March 29th, 2013|

Dr. Ed Suarez at Duke has published another study on c-reactive protein and depression. You can read the announcement here: http://tinyurl.com/LynnJ-creactiveproteinstudy For years now we have been learning how depression appears to have a large component of inflammation. Dr Charles Raison at the University of Arizona Medical School has written [...]

WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE?

March 24th, 2013|

TEACHING POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY As I study positive psychology, I feel more and more interest in teaching and sharing. I am happier; I want others to be happier. One of the best ways to improve happiness is to look at specific activities that will improve one’s quality of life. Mike Frisch [...]

CHILDREN AND EXERCISE

March 9th, 2013|

Here's some interesting research announced a couple of days ago on Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130307091552.htm#.UTo3CLq4o34.email Synopsis: Children who exercise and are exposed to stress have very little rise in cortisol, whereas sedentary couch potatoes have a rather nasty surge. LYNN SAYS: This is important because we see more and more research [...]

PERSON PRAISE VS. PROCESS PRAISE

March 6th, 2013|

  The Journal of Experimental Psychology: General has scheduled an article for publication in a future issue of the journal: "On Feeding Those Hungry for Praise: Person Praise Backfires in Children With Low Self-Esteem." The authors are Eddie Brummelman, Sander Thomaes, Geertjan Overbeek, Bram Orobio de Castro, Marcel A. van [...]

SAVORING

December 11th, 2012|

I am in Queens, New York tonight. Tomorrow I am presenting my Positive Psychology Changes Lives workshop, and next to the hotel is a Spanish restaurant. Now Spanish food is not at all like Mexican or Central American food. I lived in South America, and have visited Central America and [...]

Treating Thoughts as Real Objects

December 2nd, 2012|

  Are thoughts real things? We think of thoughts as transient experiences that don’t have a real existence. They come, they go. But when we treat them as if they are real objects, we gain some control over them. Pablo Briñol and his colleagues in Madrid asked people to write [...]

Affirm your strengths (plus a movie review)

November 14th, 2012|

I am on a flight, watching a movie called “Liberal Arts.” I am unhappy. The protagonist is playing a young Woody Allen-type, full of self-doubt and with no personal intentions (albeit with less wit). Instead, he runs into people who change his life, while he ruminates and reacts. This liberal [...]

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

October 15th, 2012|

People who eat more vegetables and fruits have significantly better mental health. Those who eat seven servings a day seem to do the best. A recent study by scientists at the University of Warwick analyzed three different groups of British subjects, a total of 80,000 people. Mental health was measured [...]

POSITIVE GOSSIP

September 21st, 2012|

Homer Simpson once said, “If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?” Today we will talk about gossip. We aren't supposed to gossip. If everyone knows gossiping is bad, why do people do it? The answer is simple. We humans spent most of our history [...]