Ignoring negative emotions by trying to be positive all the time — called toxic positivity — can have consequences for mental health. Experiencing negative emotions is inevitable and essential.
A new study using music streaming data to measure national mood underlines how much stock markets are governed by emotion rather than rational calculation.
The study found people bounce back from their mental sluggishness soon after emerging from isolation.
If you want to boost your energy and mood and feel more alert, get moving instead of getting coffee.
Go on! Read a good book, tickle your kids, pick a flower from your garden. We need to savour these tiny moments of pleasure to ease the stress we all face.
The internet is awash with videos that claim to use ‘binaural beats’ to improve your focus or relieve stress. But while they can influence your brain, the touted mood-enhancing effects may not be.
Tryptophan, found in food, is an important ingredient in the neurotransmitter serotonin. But is that enough to support it as a possible mood booster? The research is decidedly mixed.
Cuddles and slobbery kisses, meeting other dog owners in the park and a general lift in mood all likely help new dog owners feel less lonely, our new study suggests.
In a new research study, more than 900 people from around the world explain the challenges and benefits of microdosing LSD and psilocybin-containing mushrooms.
There’s good evidence to suggest a midlife crisis exists, though it’s hard to define what the midlife is. And perhaps crises that occur during midlife might equally have occurred before or after.
There are many theories around for why we cry and what may be happening in our bodies when we’re doing it. But the research on all these things is fairly mixed, and culture plays a big part.
Managing your feelings takes more than just turning that frown upside down.
Visiting a haunted house or watching a horror movie can be terrifying and enjoyable at the same time. A sociologist explains the psychological benefits of being safely scared.
Psychology researchers found that daily acts of kindness were linked to increases in positive mood – especially for teens who felt depressed.
The benefits of naps are similar to those experienced after consuming caffeine, but without the side effects of caffeine dependence and possibly disrupted sleep at night time.
Some people believe different drinks make them feel differently. But the effect alcohol has on your mood depends on factors like where you are drinking it and how you’re feeling at the time.
Some technologies can be used to manipulate mood. Drug research offers insights into their possible impact.
Even though sadness and bad moods have always been part of the human experience, we live in an age that ignores or devalues them. But we’ve much to gain from feeling sad now and again.
A world-first trial showed depression is reduced after just three months following a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, legumes, fish, lean red meats, olive oil and nuts.