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From Stress To Happiness

This "documentary" could have been a 4 minute long YouTube video. It's surprising how bad it is at attempting to be "deep". There's a lot of interesting people in this uninteresting film, the editing, cinematography, and audio are very amateurish. And surprise surprise, the filmmaker plugs in his "happiness online course" so this whole thing was just a really long ad for his self-help scheme.

From Stress to Happiness


Why am I stressed? What is meditation and what is it for? How to get out of anxiety? How to get out of fear? What does neuroscience have to say about it? What is the purpose of life? How do we develop a life of purpose? How do we build trust? What is the best way to make use of our life? And what are the questions that really make sense to ask ourselves?

The relevance of the study of happiness and stress in nurses has been emphasized. In this sense, the intelligent use of hardiness is enable nurses to cope better with stress and contribute to being happier. This study aimed to examine the relationship among hardiness, perceived stress, and happiness in nurses. Moreover, we examined the mediator role of hardiness on the relationship between perceived stress and happiness in nurses. Our study revealed that hardi-attitude nurses evaluate situations as less stressful which results in a higher happiness. This study showed hardiness as being a protective factor against perceived stress and a facilitating factor for happiness in nurses. The findings could be important in training future nurses so that hardiness can be imparted, thereby giving them the ability to control their stress. Nursing is a stressful occupation with high levels of stress within the health professions. Given that hardiness is an important construct to enable nurses to cope better with stress and contribute to being happier; therefore, it is necessary we advance our knowledge about the aetiology of happiness, especially the role of hardiness in decreasing stress levels and increasing happiness. The present study sought to investigate the role of hardiness as a mediator between perceived stress and happiness. The participants, comprising 252 nurses from six private hospitals in Tehran, completed the Personal Views Survey, the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Oxford Happiness Inventory. Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) was used to analyse the data and answer the research hypotheses. As expected, hardiness partially mediated between perceived stress and happiness among nurses, and nurses with low levels of perceived stress were more likely to report greater hardiness and happiness. In addition, nurses with high levels of hardiness were more likely to report happiness. This study showed hardiness as being a protective factor against perceived stress and a facilitating factor for happiness in nurses. The findings could be important in training future nurses so that hardiness can be imparted, thereby giving them the ability to control their stress.

The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate associations between physical activity, stress, and happiness, as well as possible sex and age differences on these variables in a survey of 1,508 adolescent pupils (13 to 18 yr.) in middle Norway. Adolescents who reported they participated in physical activity 2 to 3 times per week or more scored significantly lower on stress and higher on happiness than those who participated in physical activity 1 day per week or less. There was no significant difference on stress and happiness between those being physically active 2 or 3 times a week and those being active almost every day. There was no sex difference in physical activity frequency. Girls had higher mean scores on stress, and boys scored higher on happiness. Adolescents 15 to 16 years old showed higher stress scores than those 17 to 18 years old, but there were no significant differences between the different age groups when looking at happiness and physical activity. A statistically significant two-way interaction of sex by age was found on both stress and happiness.

I recommend doing this first, because sometimes mental health changes are part of a medical problem. Thyroid problems, for example, can cause depression and trouble getting out of bed (hypothyroid), or anxiety and agitation (hyperthyroid). Treating an underlying medical problem can relieve a great deal of stress. Even if there is no medical problem, talking about stress with your primary care provider is important, because mental health is part of your overall health, and it matters. Your physician can help guide you to treatment options that are right for your unique situation.

Concerned about getting older? There might be fewer reasons to fret. Older people do experience changes and losses, such as retiring from a job, bidding old friends good-bye and seeing some cognitive skills decline. But the later years also offer some relief from stress. And rates of depression actually go down after age 60, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you take the right steps, old age can rank among the best years of your life. Here are five ways you get better with age.

A year later, 200 people from the initial group were retested, this time by being asked to resolve conflicts described in authentic letters to the advice columnist Dear Abby. Again, experts blindly graded their judgments.

What you can do: Staying mentally and physically active may help keep the mind sharp and protect the brain from atrophy. Pursue some of the attributes of wise individuals, such as being open to new experiences and perspectives, and cultivating social relationships.

Numerous studies have found recurrent patterns between happiness and life satisfaction (while the terms are often used inter-changeably, the latter is a better-specified question) and important experiences such as employment, marital status, and/or earnings. These, in turn, lead to differences in investment profiles, productivity, voting incentives, and attitudes toward health (Graham, Eggers, and Sukhtankar, 2004; DeNeve and Oswald, 2012; De Neve et al., 2013).

Our most novel finding is that the curve turns earlier, on average, for happier people and people in happier places, and that the trends in experienced stress follow a similar pattern (a reverse U) in almost as many countries. As such, individuals who are higher up in the well-being distribution and people in places with higher levels of average well-being have more life years, e.g. years which are both happy and stress free.

Finally, we explore a country level idiosyncrasy that affects the timing of the U-curve: a major difference between the age curves of the married and unmarried for the U.S. versus Europe. While there is no difference in the shape of the U across these cohorts in Europe in the raw data, the unmarried in the U.S. experience a significantly deeper dip in the middle aged years than do the married. This finding suggests that are likely other country specific departures from the average trend, which we have not observed, but might help explain some outliers in the cross-country patterns.

We use nationally representative household surveys from the Gallup World Poll (GWP) to explore how this relationship varies across countries, and then quantile regression techniques within countries to explore how the turn might vary across people at different points in the well-being distribution. We also use the Gallup U.S. Healthways poll to explore the mediating role of marriage, as it stands out as a factor in the U.S. turning point more than in other countries of comparable levels of income.

A lot of us are still recovering from antisocial habits formed in the pandemic. And these days, events outside of our control are taking a serious toll on our health. Last fall, 76% of adults surveyed by the American Psychological Association said stress from politics, race relations, violence and inflation has affected their health. They report experiencing headaches, fatigue, depression, nervousness and exhaustion.

In The Fun Habit: How The Disciplined Pursuit of Joy And Wonder Can Change Your Life, published in January, psychologist Mike Rucker makes the case that pursuit of fun experiences may be even more valuable than seeking the sometimes abstract goal of happiness.

"Happiness is a state of mind," Rucker writes. "But fun is something you can do. It doesn't require education, money or power. All it requires is intentionality. If happiness is a mirage, fun is your backyard oasis."

And fun can be so many things. Last year, when NPR asked readers to share what they're really into, more than 1,500 of you responded with a deliciously wide range of pursuits, from hula hooping to home brewing beer to raising reptiles. And more than 800 said you do these activities just because they're fun.

As a founding member of the International Positive Psychology Association, Rucker has put many teachings of happiness science into his life, like keeping a gratitude journal. But after his brother died unexpectedly in 2016, Rucker felt burned out and lonely. He began to feel that the more he pursued happiness, the more elusive it became.

People who highly value happiness may end up feeling "disappointed about how they feel, paradoxically decreasing their happiness the more they want it," wrote the authors of a 2011 study in the journal Emotion.

When you put something fun like a hike on the calendar, you open up to moments of "awe and wonder," like the surprise appearance of a deer on the path, for example, Rucker says. These moments can improve mood and lower stress levels, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Pay attention to how much of your leisure time is spent scrolling on a phone or passively watching TV, Rucker advises. That's "yielding to the nothing," he says, and is a deceptively easy escape from feelings of boredom or discomfort.

First, do not let stress take over and distract you. Have a sense of where you want to go and set the discipline to get there. Second, know that happiness is true wealth and the ultimate freedom. Third, you chose your reality. Be conscious of what you are intending to become. Not only will affect your mindset and professional success but also your overall life since you spend so much time on it. 041b061a72


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