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Negative Future Perception and the Vicious Cycle of Depression

Though the future is impossible to predict, it is easy to imagine.

This is the heart of depression in a theory devised by Ann Marie Roepke and Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania.

After an extended review of literature on prospection (your mental perspective of the future), and depression, they found that the perception of negative futures can trigger depression.

Negative beliefs, poor evaluations of the future, as well as limited thinking about the future all contribute...
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Roseroot Herb May Stave Off Depression

As more and natural herbs are evaluated for depression treatment, one has recently shown extraordinary promise.

In a recent study performed by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a total of 57 adults that exhibited signs of depression were brought together.

After being split into three groups, they received medicine for 12 weeks. One received a placebo, one Rhodiola rosea (roseroot) and the final got sertraline. On roseroot, the adults had times...
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US Nationwide Survey Reveals Widespread Use of Mind and Body Practices

Released in February, the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health along with the NIH found that Americans are still resorting to mind and body techniques to aid in well-being and better health. Most notably is the increase in yoga since 2002.

Every half decade, the National Health Interview Survey is doled out to tens of thousands of Americans to learn more about their healthiness and sickness over the course of the year. By comparing...
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A Grateful Heart is a Healthy Heart

It turns out that emotions play an important role in health, according to a study released early April by the American Psychological Association.

According to their findings, both recognizing and giving thanks for every positive moment and aspect of your life improves the body both mentally and physically as shown by patients with asymptomatic heart failure.

Typically attributed to those with higher levels of spirituality, gratitude can be attributed to any number...
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How to Turn an Argument Around: Three Keys to Success

You know that point in an argument right before the blow up?

Things are beginning to heat up, but you’re not past the point of no return. You could still save yourself from the damage that is sure to come.

This is where we’re going to focus today. Managing this crucial point of awareness is the key to avoiding the pain of another argument. We’ll go over just three critical things you need to do.

It’s important to...
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Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes When Choosing A Mate

Mike Bundrant is co-founder of the iNLP Center, which offers training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

There's nothing like the overwhelming attraction of a new romantic interest, is there?

Hormones take over and you're swooped into a dream world filled with pleasure and hope. The stars are aligned, calling you to dare human nature and take the plunge into a lifelong commitment.

When you wake up a few months later, will you be happy with your choice?...
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3 Ways to Stop Taking Things Personally

Do people get under your skin? Do you get offended or sucked into arguments too often?

You might find greater peace of mind and confidence by refusing to take things personally. This article will show you simple and helpful ways to do just that.

What is "taking things personally"?

Taking things personally happens when you interpret feedback as if it were reflection of your personal worth.

It's true, some comments may be about your...
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How to Avoid Getting into Arguments

Arguments happen. You're human. You have an ego (which is not evil).

In theory, every single argument in life can be completely avoided. You do not need to get sucked in. You don't need to prove anything to anyone. In fact, you'd be better of not trying to win most arguments.

If I'd lived my life according to this theory, I'd consider myself something special. But, I've been sucked into so many arguments that I'll never remember...
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5 Ways to Handle a Jealous Partner

Disclaimer: This article is written from a male perspective. Rest assured, however, I understand that both men and women can display equal amounts of jealousy.

Getting defensive only makes things worse, right?

When we're with someone who tends to get jealous, we need to take special care to handle the accusations in a way that builds the relationship. And getting defensive, fighting, tears the relationship down.

Here are some ideas that will send you in the right...
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Two Reasons You May Not Feel You Deserve Happiness

When all the psychological smoke is clear, there remain only a couple of reasons why many of us feel undeserving of happiness.

1. You've been treated poorly by others in the past (including your parents). Because of this poor treatment, you concluded that you do not deserve to be treated well. Additionally, you do not treat yourself well, which leads to unhappiness.

2. You've violated your own moral values and hurt others...
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