The surprising upsides of worrying


Anxiety can be exhausting, but there is often a reason for it – and there are some surprising benefits to certain kinds of worrying.

“I’m a near-professional worrier,” admits Kate Sweeny ruefully. She’s struggled for much of her life with anxiety over things she can’t entirely control – including, these days, whether her parents are following social-distancing guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A constant hum of low-grade worry affects many people, but what’s distinct about Sweeny is that it partly motivated her career choices. As a health psychologist at the University of California, Riverside, she specialises in understanding worry and stress.

“Not everybody uses their own life as fodder for research,” she laughs, but she’s found inspiration in her own experiences. One of her surprising findings has been that worrying can be beneficial in a variety of situations, from waiting for exam results to safeguarding health.

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Top 10 lazy ways to appear smarter than you are


Just believing you can get smarter is enough to make you smarter.

Having smarts is all the rage now.  We aren’t just talking about street smarts but we’re talking about brainy smarts. Unfortunately, getting smarter involves work and work is something smart people prefer to avoid. Fortunately, appearing smarter is much easier than actually being smarter.



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Serious People Live Longer Than Happy People: Study

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Serious people live longer.

We’ve been told for years that stress can kill you.  We’ve been told that happy people live longer and that hours in the gym will keep you healthy. Now an eight decade long study has turned this kind of long-cherished conventional wisdom on its head. Now it seems stress can be good for you and serious people may live longer than those with sunny dispositions. Exercise may not hold the key to longevity.


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Amazing Photos Depicting Human Emotion

Amazing Photos Depicting Human Emotion


Though we differ in the way we look and things we believe in, there’s something we all share: emotion. Human emotion is innate in all of us; it’s something we’re born with and something we die with. Happiness, sadness, love, hatred, worries, and indifference – these are things that constantly occur in our daily lives. (Pics)

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Compensate for Jetlag with Wrist Acupuncture

Compensate for Jetlag with Wrist Acupuncture

Relief is as close as your poky little watch

Stress, worry, jet lag and a host of other factors can contribute to the misery of insomnia. The natural drug-free answer could be the Sleep Partner, a simple bracelet strap that stimulates the acupuncture points of the wrist associated with sleep to create sleep-inducing stress relief and help normalize your body’s biological clock.

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