American lawyer, journalist and author Glenn Greenwald speaks about the issue of privacy and why we need it. He states that even persons who claim that privacy is not really important, instinctively take steps to secure and protect their privacy. Greenwald mentions the horror and humiliation often experienced by persons who have their privacy violated, and explains that it is not only the “bad” people who have reason to be worried about the reality of government internet surveillance, “good” people should be concerned too. People who know they are being “watched” tend to conform to what is expected, rather than engage in activities they actually want to do; because the simple truth is, we all have things to hide.
For decades we have been taught that too much stress is harmful to one’s health. However, psychologist Kelly McGonigal posits that, if viewed in a positive light, stress can not only be harmless, but even beneficial.
While there is no miracle cure for Alzheimer’s dementia, researchers have discovered that our daily diet has an immense impact on improving the cognitive function of Alzheimer’s patients as well as determining whether or not we develop the disease later on in life. Medical experts believe that a diet low in fats and rich in antioxidant foods such as blueberries and grapes (particularly grape seeds and grape seed extract) can significantly minimize the likelihood of age-associated cognitive decline even if there is a history of dementia in the family. Surely this is fantastic news for persons who have seen their loved ones severely limited by this terrible disease!
The video above provides a fascinating look at how action video games can positively impact our memory, strategic planning, fine motor skills and attention to detail. Rather than being a mere waste of time, researchers are actively investigating the possibility of using action video games as a form of therapy for persons suffering from disorders which impair proper cognitive function.
Psychological research shows that the negative emotions which are cultivated when holding a grudge can contribute to increased stress, higher anxiety, increased pain perception and even a decrease in heart health. With this in mind, watch as the folks at SoulPancake highlight the many psychological and physical benefits of simply forgiving and forgetting.
Rather than success leading to happiness, it seems that it is actually happiness which breeds success…at least that’s what the research team at SoulPacake have come to believe. Experiments show that happy people are better at problem solving, seeing new options and being more creative, while the statistics suggest that happy persons have better marriages, finances, friendships, work performance and health. See what happens when SoulPancake carries out its own happiness experiments. Rather than striving for success, perhaps we should all be striving for happiness!