5 Positive Psychology Books for a Happy Fulfilling Life | The Health Sessions

5 Positive Psychology Books for a Happy, Fulfilling Life

For most of its history, the main goal of the field of psychology was to prevent and treat mental health problems. It wasn’t until twenty years ago that prominent psychologists shifted their attention from reducing suffering to studying how people can lead a good and happy life. Instead of trying to get depressed and anxious patients back to a neutral state, this new area of research focused on what a person would need to flourish – to go from feeling “OK” about life to finding fulfillment.

Positive psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning, searching for the factors that allow individuals to thrive. With an ever-growing body of research, positive psychology wants to build a bridge between the academic theories and the self-help movement. Because how do we define happiness? What do we need to be happy and how can we put the results from all those studies into practice?

Have a look at these 5 must-read positive psychology books from the leading experts on happiness.

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The Benefits of Using a Treadmill: Is it Worth It? | The Health Sessions

The Benefits of Using a Treadmill: Is it Worth It?

This article is written by Melissa Hamler from Access Health

Many of us struggle to get the right amount of exercise into our busy days, often finding it too difficult to afford the gym and make the time to go there. So how can you make it easier and more convenient to get your daily workout in? Consider purchasing a quality treadmill for your home!

Brisk walking and jogging are great for our health, allowing us to reach the daily target of 20-30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity that we should be aiming for. A treadmill allows for this to be possible from the comfort of your own home, all while only requiring a one-time investment.

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How to Be a Good Friend Even Though You're Chronically Ill | The Health Sessions

How to Be a Good Friend Eventhough You’re Chronically Ill

Being a good friend and having a chronic illness are not mutually exclusive. Of course not; you can still have a good time together, listen to your BFF’s adventures and share your problems. But it is harder to maintain friendships when you feel sick every day. It’s harder to be a part of their lives when you’re housebound. It’s harder to do fun things together when you have limited mobility. It can even be challenging to find common ground when your friend goes to college, builds a career, gets married and has kids while your life is on hold as a result of your chronic illness.

Much has been written about how you can support your friend in need – I recommend There’s No Good Card for This –  but what about the other way around? How can you keep friendships alive when you’re the one who’s sick?

Here are some ideas to be a good friend even though you’re chronically ill. 

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5 Brain Foods to Boost Your Memory and Focus | The Health Sessions

5 Brain Foods to Boost Your Memory and Focus

This article is written by Michael Morelli from MorelliFit.

The human brain functions as the center of control. And essentially, your brain is in charge of keeping you alive. It is the one that controls your heart, lungs, and other systems. Also, the one that allows you to move, think, and feel. Which is why you need to take good care of your brain.

But, how would you do it?

Apparently, nourishing your brain and boosting its functions is similar to how you nourish your body. And that is by eating the right kinds of food. Hence, your food consumption plays an essential role in keeping your brain healthy.

So, if you want to boost your brain functions such as your memory and focus, you need to start planning a healthy diet plan. And make sure that these brain foods are included:

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You Look Okay to Me: Jameisha Prescod on What It's Really Like to Live with Lupus | The Health Sessions

You Look Okay to Me: Jameisha Prescod on What It’s Really Like to Live with Lupus

What’s it really like to live with chronic illness every day? How do you deal with the physical symptoms, emotional turmoil and practical problems? In this interview series, real life ‘spoonies’ share their experiences and tips.

Jameisha Prescod is the founder of You Look Okay To Me, the online platform for pain and chronic illness. The platform explores the links between chronic illness and tech, art and culture through the creation of short documentaries, podcast episodes, animation and online articles.

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jameisha Prescod. I’m 22 years old from London. I am a documentary filmmaker/editor and founder of an online platform for pain and chronic illness called You Look Okay To Me. I recently graduated university in Digital Film Production. I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and later with Femoroacetabular Impingement, Migraines and Arthritis.

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