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I love the field of positive psychology. For me it balanced my exposure to psychiatric illness and provided me with a broader, more encompassing view of our psychological experience as human beings. My only regret about it is that it was born after I completed my formal education.


One of the greatest casualties of war is its lasting effect on the minds of soldiers. This presents a daunting public health problem: More than 20 percent of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a 2012 report by RAND Corp.



I was deeply saddened by the death of Robin Williams last week. He was one of my favorite comedians. I still vividly remember first seeing him as “Mork from Ork,” and sensed then he was headed for great stardom. His comedic brilliance brought me often to tears. Birdcage remains as one of my favorite comedies of all time.


Self-love is not only seen as core component of our emotional well-being, it is also as a protective factor that contributes to better health and positive social behavior. It protects against the impact of negative influences. It is seen to actively promote healthy functioning as reflected in life aspects such as achievements, success, satisfaction, and the ability to cope with diseases like cancer and heart disease.


A few days ago, I participated in a webinar and was interviewed by the owner of a great organic company Miessence (www.miessence.com), Narelle Chenery. She asked me one of the best questions, I’ve ever been asked about creating health. She asked me, “What one thing would you recommend people do to improve their health?”



Emotions coordinate our behavior and physiological states during survival-salient events and pleasurable interactions. Even though we are often consciously aware of our current emotional state, such as anger or happiness, the mechanisms giving rise to these subjective sensations have remained unresolved. Brilliant research by Finnish scientists has mapped the areas of our body that are experiencing an increase or decrease in sensory activity when we experience a particular emotion.


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