Today, I want to shout out for the Greater Good Science Centre at Berkeley University. An article published by them at the beginning of the year is a hell of a great read and is summarised me below. From “The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2017″-
1. Experience your emotions
Our human emotions may be a considerably more subtle than previously believed.
Happiness is not about just feeling good. Your health and well-being are better off with a variety of emotions…..So feel more! Feel different.
2. Sense of purpose
Having a purpose, it seems, can have a genuinely positive effect on older people, leading to less chance of Alzheimers Disease and other dementia.
I wonder if research would also find that younger people with a purpose are less likely to suffer mental health issues?
3. Mindfulness and Meditation
Researchers are finding that mindfulness may not have ONLY positive affects, but for some sufferers of PTSD the ramifications could be the reverse.
Care needs to be taken when talking about mental health solutions in an era where Cyberchondria is a real thing.
Still, the overwhelming weight of opinion is that there is a lot more we can learn from studying mindfulness training.
4. Change your personality
Stanton et al, suggest that you can actually start to change your ‘attachment style’ over time and to feel better about your relationships — It might not be as hard as you think.
Research has shown improvements in behaviour within 2 weeks of therapy or as the effect of pharmaceuticals, especially in neuroticism and extroversion.
Sharing a love of music helps us socially by enhancing connection but can help us also to be more kind, helpful, and generous.
Recent research suggests that music has other benefits. We are only beginning to understand that it seems to increase our mindfulness and our ability to think creatively.
6. Caring for others
Colombia Uni and MIT report that helping others will help US become more resilient and be better able to tackle our own vicissitudes of life.
Phubbing — snubbing people with your phone, could be bad for your relationships. Who woulda thunk it?
8. Contagious kindness
People who need people are the luckiest people in the world. It turns out that, following a study in Spain’s Coca-Cola factory, folks who help others folks feel better too.
AND the folks that are being helped, in turn, pay it forward — a feel-good ‘Domino’ effect. (Coca-Cola Amatil has suffered its second blow in two months, losing a major contract with Domino’s to Pepsi/Schweppes: Jul 6, 2017)
The researchers found that school children in ethnically diverse rooms were more racially balanced, all students felt safer, less bullied, and less lonely.
The students in mixed environments also viewed teachers as fair and they looked for, rather than avoided, interracial friendships at school.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies programs indicate short-term improvement in personal, social, and academic areas.
A research review published this year indicates that these benefits aren’t just short-term, but have longer positive repercussions.
Nothing can be taken for granted in life; how many things changed in 2017 alone?. Be encouraged to uncover new outlooks and strategies and begin looking at humanity in new ways. This, we are told, helps us all learn to be happier, more compassionate, and more resilient.