When Catherine Jacobson first heard about the promise of cannabis, she was at wits’ end. Her 3-year-old son, Ben, had suffered from epileptic seizures since he was 3 months old, a result of a brain malformation called polymicrogyria. Over the years, Jacobson and her husband, Aaron, have tried giving him at least 16 different drugs, but none provided lasting relief. They lived with the grim prognosis that their son — whose cognitive abilities never advanced beyond those of a 1-year-old — would likely continue to endure seizures until the cumulative brain injuries led to his death.
All kids blow things out of proportion or jump to conclusions at times, but consistently distorting reality is not innocuous.
People suffering from anxiety and depression may be at higher risk for developing other major health conditions like heart disease, suggests new research, perhaps at levels comparable to smoking and obesity – though the “perhaps” in this case is significant.
Plants may lack brains, but they have a nervous system, of sorts. And now, plant biologists have discovered that when a leaf gets eaten, it warns other leaves by using some of the same signals as animals. The new work is starting to unravel a long-standing mystery about how different parts of a plant communicate with one another.
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be,” wrote Abraham Lincoln.
Let’s face it, if happiness was as achievable as simply deciding to be happy, there’d be a whole lot more happy people. Yet not only is happiness not something we can “just choose,” when we put pressure on ourselves to feel happy, it can inadvertently set us on a war path with ourselves. Which is why, adopting a mindset that embraces the “not so happy” emotions we can rise up within us is essential to living a happier life.
In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum and the US presidential election, it became common, on the losing side, to compare the experience to a death in the family. First came the punch to the gut, the thunderbolt of disbelief. Then came the days when you would find yourself going about your business as if nothing untoward had happened, only to recall, each time with a fresh wave of nausea, that it had.
Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to new UC Berkeley research.
Down in your large intestine live trillions and trillions of helpful bacteria and other microscopic creatures, collectively known as your gut microbiome. These critters help digest your food, keep you in good health, and — according to new research — influence your thoughts.
“Think happy thoughts” is among the most generic de-stressing advice you can possibly receive, up there with “stay positive” and “try not to worry about it” — all tips so blatantly obvious that they don’t really need to be said out loud. Oh, so it’s not soothing to fixate the an endless loop of nightmare scenarios playing out in my head? Good to know.