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Choir singing improves brain function, slows cognitive decline in older adults

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Feb 20, 2021 … HELSINKI, Finland — Here’s some research that’s sure to be music to the ears of folks who love to sing. Choir singing boosts brain function and creates a greater sense of togetherness, particularly in older people, according to a new study. The findings suggest that joining a choir could help fight age-related cognitive decline and…

Put faith in mental health: Attending religious services can ward off depression

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Feb 17, 2021 … SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Religion has been a source of comfort and support among believers for a long, long time. It’s often said that faith provides something to fall back on when everything else in life fails us. Now, a new study has investigated the complex relationship between religious experiences and mental health. Researchers from Westmont…

The Birds & The Trees: Just seeing nature, wildlife from your window relieve stress, anxiety

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Feb 04, 2021 … EXETER, United Kingdom — There are numerous studies touting the physical benefits of a daily walk outside, but a study finds enjoying a constitutional is rewarding for your brain, too — especially for those living in areas surrounded by foliage. Researchers in the UK say that doses of nature, such as seeing birds and plants, can…

Americans abandoning traditional New Year’s resolutions for 2021, focus on less materialistic ‘intentions’ instead

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Dec 04, 2020 … NEW YORK — The start of the new year means many Americans will dust off the old treadmill, join a gym, or stock up the fridge with loads of fruits and veggies. But that’s so old school. With an immensely challenging year behind them, seven in 10 adults say they are tossing out their materialistic…

Nearly 4 in 5 Americans rely on cherished memories to escape gloom of 2020

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Nov 18, 2020 … NEW YORK — How are you getting through the tough times of 2020? For many, holding on to the past is seeing them through these uncertain times, a new survey finds. Nearly 80 percent of Americans say positive memories have been a “lifeline” for them during the coronavirus pandemic. The census-balanced poll of 2,000 Americans…

‘Blue spaces’ cure the blues: Study shows walking along beach improves mood, well-being

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Jul 08, 2020 … BARCELONA — Picture a favorite fantasy place or getaway spot. Does your mind drift to a shoreline? If so, you already know something about the benefits of “blue spaces.” We hear a lot about spending time in green spaces, but a new study shows that going blue also brings uplift during hard times. Researchers with…

What makes some people so resilient during a crisis? Study reveals keys to a positive mindset

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Jul 01, 2020 … CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— In the midst of a pandemic, accumulating good days can be challenging for many people. While some people are able to appreciate what they have, others may struggle to find gratitude or other coping mechanisms. For those who regularly find joy in their days, particularly during a pandemic, what’s their secret? A…

Do Good, Live Longer: Volunteering May Add Years To Lifespan, Improves Overall Well-Being

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Jun 12, 2020 … BOSTON — Whether it’s planting trees or serving food to the homeless, volunteering your time for the greater good makes a difference in the lives of many. As it turns out, doing good deeds also benefits your body, too. A new study out of Harvard shows that people who regularly volunteer enjoy longer, happier, healthier lives. …

Better With Age: Study Finds Older People More Emotionally Stable, Less Volatile

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Mar 25, 2020 … DURHAM, N.C. — Older adults have been portrayed as grumpy, unreasonable, and generally angry in countless movies and television shows. An image of an annoyed old man angrily yelling at the neighborhood kids to “get off my lawn!” immediately comes to mind. However, according to a new study, perhaps those depictions should show the elderly inviting…

Like! Spending Less Time On Facebook Leads To Happier, Healthier Life

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Mar 13, 2020 … BOCHUM, Germany — If Marty McFly and Doc Brown hopped in their DeLorean today and traveled back in time to 2010, they would be reminded of just how popular Facebook once was. Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard creation used to rule the social media world, but today the platform feels more like a court jester. Facebook used to…

Life’s Hardships Impact Your Wellbeing Even Decades Later, Study Finds

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Mar 12, 2020 … Research shows that people dealt difficult life events, especially early on, are far more likely to battle psychiatric problems and social struggles later in life. Individuals raised by cold, emotionally-detached mothers are also at a much greater risk of having mental and social issues as they age. NORWICH, England — Each person on this planet can…