Music takes 13 minutes to ‘release sadness’ and 9 to make you happy, according to new study

Original Article by Helena Asprou appeared on on 4 February 2020

The fascinating new research proves that music heals and suggests that in future, music could be prescribed to help us focus, feel happier, relax and overcome sadness.

New …

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Appreciation: More Powerful Than Criticism

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by Yancy Wright

What is keeping us from experiencing more joy in life? People are told that life has its “ups and downs,” and many of us believe that joy is surely …

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How Expressing Gratitude Might Change Your Brain

A lot of so-called “positive psychology” can seem a bit flaky, especially if you’re the sort of person disinclined to respond well to an admonition to “look on the bright side.” But positive psychologists have published some interesting findings, and …

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Words Can Change Your Brain

The Most Dangerous Word in the World

This word can damage both the speaker’s and listener’s brain!

If I were to put you into an fMRI scanner—a huge donut-shaped magnet that can take a video of the neural changes happening …

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One of the Greatest Contributing Factors to Happiness

Who would have thought that such a simple action can have such a profound effect on the level of happiness in our lives? Catch the setup in the first 30 seconds, the beauty of the experiment unfolding, the perfect moment …

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Harness the Power of Yes

What is the “Yes State” and what might it do for you?

Researchers at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center study the neurobiology of positive emotions. Christine Carter, a sociologist there says:

“Your brain operates in a really different way …

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Laughter May Be the Best Pain Medicine

Laughing alone is good. Laughing with friends is even better.

A recent study explores laughter’s impact on sensitivity to pain and the role of endorphins in the process.

According to study researcher Robin Dunbar, of the University Oxford:

“We think …

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Smiling Helps Recovery from Stress

We all know that when we feel good, we often smile. And what about the flip side? Can smiling cause us to feel better?

A recent study shows that smiling influences our physical state, and that smiling during brief stressors …

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Gratitude Sustains Relationships through Tough Times

One of 2012’s top 10 insights from science highlighted by Greater Good (UC Berkeley’s center for the Science of a Meaningful Life) is that gratitude sustains relationships through tough times.

In a study published in August 2012 in the Journal

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Compassion and Gratitude Can Turn Difficulty into Strength

We flourish in the face of difficult interpersonal hurts through the pursuit of forgiveness and gratitude.

Research published in the The Journal of Positive Psychology (vol. 5, May 2010) shows that when a person experiences a “hurt” by another — …

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