Mindfulness Quiets Unhelpful Thoughts

Scientists have found new evidence that mindfulness can help you ignore irrelevant negative thoughts, even when you’re depressed. People who are depressed commonly find themselves more easily distracted, slowed or overwhelmed by negative or self-critical thoughts. Mindfulness can help you get “unstuck.” A new study from researchers at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital has uncovered the…

Mindfulness Helps Prevent Depression

A little mindfulness a day helps keep depression away. A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can do just as well, if not better, than traditional forms of therapies to prevent depression. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and geared toward people who…

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Light Therapy

Bright light therapy can help seasonal depression– but it can be confusing how to use your light box. It may not just be the cold weather that is making you sluggish and want to hunker down at home on the couch with your best friend Netflix. Shorter days from early fall through winter can cause…

The Surprising Psychology of the Common Cold

  New research shows just how bad cold and flu season can be for your mood. If you have already gotten sick this winter season, you can attest to the fact that being sick is stressful, exhausting, and a downer. It is not a coincidence that when you are physically ill, you feel more depressed…