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Study: Supportive Relationships Can Help You Face up Challenges

It's a supportive relationship that makes people more likely to give themselves the chance to succeed

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  • People with supportive partners are more likely to take on potentially rewarding challenges, suggests a study
  • Participants with discouraging partners expressed a lack of confidence
  • The researchers found that the most supportive partners showed enthusiasm about the opportunity and encouraged their partners

Washington, Aug 12, 2017: According to a recent study, it’s a supportive relationship that makes people more likely to give themselves the chance to succeed.

The Carnegie Mellon University psychologists found that people with supportive partners were more likely to take on potentially rewarding challenges and experienced more personal growth, happiness, psychological well-being and better relationship functioning months later after accepting those challenges.

Lead author of the study, Brooke Feeney said, “We found support for the idea that the choices people make at these specific decision points, such as pursuing a work opportunity or seeking out new friends, matter a lot for their long-term well-being”, mentioned ANI.

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The research was carried on 163 married couples that provided one member of each couple with a choice- either to solve a simple puzzle or compete for a prize by giving a speech. The researchers then recorded the couples’ communications as they decided whether to take challenges.

It was noted that participants with more supportive and encouraging partners were more in favor of competing for the prize, while those with discouraging partners expressed a lack of confidence. Six months later, those who attempted the more challenging task reported having more personal growth, happiness, psychological well-being, and better relationships than those who didn’t.

The researchers found that the most supportive partners showed enthusiasm about the opportunity, encouraged their partners, and talked about the potential benefits of taking on the challenge.

Feeny adds, “Significant others can help you thrive through embracing life opportunities. Or they can hinder your ability to thrive by making it less likely that you’ll pursue opportunities for growth.”

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Do You Only Experience Happiness, Sadness, Anger, Surprise, Fear and Disgust? Not Anymore! Researchers Discover 27 Different States of Human Emotions

The study has revealed that there are smooth gradients of emotion between, say, awe and peacefulness, horror and sadness, and amusement and adoration

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According to the study, there are not just 6 but 27 different human emotions. They have also found gradients between these 27 different emotions. Pixabay

Berkeley, September 11, 2017 : A new study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust.

Using statistical models to analyse the responses of 853 men and women, who are demographically diverse, to 2,185 emotionally evocative video clips, University of California, Berkeley, researchers have identified 27 distinct categories of emotion and created a multidimensional map to show how they are connected.

According to the study published in journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, there are smooth gradients of emotion between, for instance, awe and peacefulness, horror and sadness, and amusement and adoration.

“We don’t get finite clusters of emotions in the map because everything is interconnected,” Xinhua quoted lead author Alan Cowen as saying.

The results showed that study participants generally shared the same or similar emotional responses to the videos shown to them, providing a wealth of data that allowed the researchers to identify 27 distinct categories of emotion.

Through statistical modelling and visualisation techniques, the researchers organised the emotional responses to each video into a semantic atlas of human emotions.

“We found that 27 distinct dimensions, not six, were necessary to account for the way hundreds of people reliably reported feeling in response to each video,” said study senior author Dacher Keltner. (IANS)

 

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Here’s how the Science links Yoga to Happiness!

There is science behind the fact that Yoga makes the individual happier

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Yoga poses heighten self-esteem of the individual. Wikimedia
  • In a recent study carried out by Professor of Psychology at University of London, Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, participants participated in two different postures
  • While some did Yoga poses, others did power poses (for two minutes) while researchers studied the psychological effects
  • Feelings of heightened self-esteem and energy was seen in those who did the Yoga postures 

July 21, 2017: Recently, a study was carried out led by Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, professor of psychology at University of London to understand how science can link yoga to happiness. Participants did Yoga poses and power poses for two minutes while the researchers studied their psychological effects.

It was observed that individuals who tried the yoga poses had heightened self-esteem, more energy and over all happiness.

There are different theories as to why this may be true. One of the theory is that the tenth cranial nerve, which is longest nerve in the automatic nervous system responsible for unconcious functions of the body and emotional regulations is somehow linked to Yoga’s psychological effects.

The asanas of Yoga combined with regulated breathing and mind meditation is a healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically. Today, Yoga is popular in most countries of the western societies.

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Many studies have established a clear relation between Yoga and the state of happiness. Yoga helps relieve chronic pain. It is also helpful in regulating diabetes, asthma, lymphoma and artery disease. Mental health problems such as depression and disorders can also be successfully managed through Yoga.

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A healthy lifestyle can be achieved if Yoga is incorporated into the daily life of the individual. Yoga helps distract the mind through negativity and chaos. Fatigue can be reduced through Yoga as well.

Yoga is also a great way to heighten self-esteem. There have been few studies by science to demonstrate how a posture has an impact on the psychological state of the individual.

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The participants who did Yoga poses felt much higher self-esteem than those individuals who did the power poses. They had more energy and empowered attitude about themselves.

The power poses may come across as a more dominant posture, but it was the Yoga poses that helped brain form an empowered image of the self.

The vagus nerve is important in this whole process. It connects the body to the brain. It is a central organ in the automatic nervous system. It regulates breathing, digestion and heart rate.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: Saksham2394

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Most Justifiable Fears that none of us likes to Admit, Which one is Yours?

What draws us closer to anxieties in the gut is nothing but a state of mind

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All illustration showing Fears that a person encounters. Pixabay

June 08, 2017: Fear is inevitable –it cannot be escaped but one can choose to overcome it by thinking positive thoughts. What draws us closer to anxieties in the gut is nothing but a state of mind. Some fear fire, while some fear dark and some fears are unspoken.

Here I bring forth some fears that everyone inclusive of me feels but wouldn’t admit. I am admitting my fears, Which one is yours?

  1. Fear from Love

While some fear to love to avoid heartbreaks, others fear from love to avoid the payoff. Lack of trust withholds a relationship to flourish and stimulates fear.

 

2. Fear of Fame

Fame does not get ingested to everybody in the first encounter. Some feel paranoid and claustrophobic when success hits, which is why you see famous celebrities hitting depression.

 

3. Fear of Happiness

Happiness is attractive yet short lived. Some of us do not tend to enjoy the happy moments because we care for future more than the present. Wicked –Isn’t it?

4. Fear of Inner Evil

The fear of inner evil reflects the darker side of a person. It represents the wildness, chaos and the unknown. We fear what is not known, for the most certain things are always known.

5. Fear of Loss

Everything you lose can come back to you, but “life”, once lost can never be met again. It is indeed an irreplaceable loss.

 

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94

 

One response to “Most Justifiable Fears that none of us likes to Admit, Which one is Yours?”

  1. Idk it is really brave of you to put your fears over there on a public platform. My fears are more specific.
    I just want my life to continue how it is and DO NOT WANT ANY MAJOR CHANGE!
    I want the freedom to go out with who I want and still come back home, not stay somewhere else.
    I just need to stay with my school friends and people who are with me now forever because they r seriously good vibes and one call away.

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