Positive Psychology: Harnessing the power of happiness, mindfulness, and personal strength

Discover the simple techniques to help experience deeper joy, cheerful contentment, and long-term happiness

It’s often said that happiness is a choice: You can either choose to be happy or choose to be sad, stressed, or anxious.

But simply choosing happiness doesn’t always make it so. Many times, you can’t simply force a smile and make believe that everything is coming up roses.

Thankfully, there are much more effective ways, based squarely on research-proven Positive Psychology strategies and concrete techniques that can help you deal effectively with life’s challenges and attain long-term happiness.

That’s why the health experts at Harvard Medical School have created the all-new Positive Psychology Course — the exclusive interactive resource that helps you apply the same tools that are widely used by mental health professionals to help treat a variety of condition, from stress, anxiety and anger to coping with grief and loss.

Step-by-step, Harvard’s Positive Psychology Course will give you strategies to build happier, more positive lifestyle. Enroll today and you’ll discover how to…

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O glioblastoma é o tipo de tumor primário mais comum no cérebro, altamente agressivo e maligno. Pacientes com esse tipo de câncer geralmente são submetidos a ressecção seguida de radioterapia e quimioterapia. Apesar do tratamento, a sobrevida é de 12 a 18 meses a partir da data do diagnóstico. Novos tratamentos têm sido desenvolvidos e um deles tem se mostrado promissor. O estudo da referência aborda uma técnica que envolve a aplicação de ultrassom focal na região tumoral através do crânio intacto associada à aplicação de uma substância que sensibiliza as células para os efeitos prejudiciais do som. A terapia sonodinâmica representa uma grande promessa para o tratamento de cânceres que se espalharam para áreas sensíveis do corpo (metástases) e, em particular, do cérebro. 📑♒🧠 Este tema será abordado no módulo Tratamento & Reabilitação do Cérebro da @mybrainuniversity
Referência: Sheehan, K., Sheehan, D., Sulaiman, M. et al. Investigation of the tumoricidal effects of sonodynamic therapy in malignant glioblastoma brain tumors. J Neurooncol 148, 9-16 (2020). doi.org/10.1007/s11060-020-03504-w (imagem autoral)

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Overcome your fear factor

Fear and worry got you down? Here’s how to calm these feelings.

Have you grown more worried and fearful about life over the years? You aren’t alone. Research has shown that feelings of fear, general anxiety, and nervousness tend to rise with age.

These negative feelings can manifest in many ways. You could be more concerned about your financial future, the risk of a new or returning health problem or injury, or as the recent COVID-19 pandemic has shown, changes in world events.

“People become more fearful about daily life because they worry a setback will come at any time, and it’s something they can’t control,” says Dr. Ipsit Vahia, medical director of Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital.

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Infectados pelo coronavírus podem ter se curado sem desenvolver anticorpos

Estudos realizados na Alemanha, nos Estados Unidos e em Cingapura indicam que as células T podem levar à cura de pacientes infectados pelo novo coronavírus sem que estes cheguem a desenvolver anticorpos. Desse modo, podem ser inúteis testes que detectam a presença de anticorpos mesmo para quem comprovadamente contraiu a covid-19. As informações são de reportagem do jornal britânico The Telegraph.

As células T são a parte 2 de uma resposta trifásica à infecção. O vírus começa a se ligar a receptores nas membranas mucosas na parte posterior do nariz e da garganta. Nesse ponto, com a detecção de uma proteína estranha no corpo, a 1ª fase imune entra em ação. As chamadas células imunes “não específicas”, que respondem a qualquer invasor instantaneamente, começam a atacá-la. Se não puderem, o backup é chamado: células T.

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How metacognition, thinking about thinking, can help improve your life

Metacognition, thinking about how you think, has been shown to help students improve their grades. Stanford University researchers published a new study that outlines a 15-minute thinking hack that led to an average improvement of one third of a letter grade for the participants.

The research stems from the insight that while many resources are provided by educational institutions, students don’t always know how to use them effectively. Patricia Chen, a postdoctoral research fellow who led the study, hypothesized that if students were made more self-reflective about how they approach their studies and the available resources, they could do better.

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