The human brain is good for more than solving math problems and getting you from point A to point B. In this video, "Superbrain" author Deepak Chopra, MD, talks to Dr. Oz about whether your thoughts can affect your health.
Evidence supporting the use of homeopathy to treat mental disorders is lacking. More studies are needed.
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Having someone in your immediate social circle who is upbeat ups your chances of happiness by 15%. Why? It seems happy people have the power to spread their feel-good vibes far and wide the same way a ripple spreads through a pond. Not only do immediate friends matter, but friends of friends, too. So make plans to have lunch with a friend or go for a walk together. It could have far-reaching benefits for your mental health.
Want to feel a whole lot happier? Right now? Then grab a pen and a thank-you card, and share some gratitude with someone.
When a group of students wrote a series of one-page thank-you letters every two weeks for six weeks, measurements showed that their baseline happiness levels increased by 20%.
Science says that happiness is 50% genetic, 10% circumstances and 40% intentional activity (i.e., what you do). With so much happiness attributed to your own actions, it makes sense to do things that make you feel good. For the study, that meant the students expressed gratitude in writing, and their happiness increased with each letter. Every month, try writing a couple of thank-you notes to people who did something nice for you.
Seeing the world through the rose-colored lenses of appreciation and thankfulness can help boost feelings of life satisfaction and overall well-being. And that is great for your health.