Category: Stress

The Clean Hands Effect

There are many health reasons to wash your hands, but it can also have psychological effects. Specifically, it may lessen guilty feelings or remorse over past...

Little Problems, Big Stress

For some people, the greatest toll from stress may come not from a divorce, the loss of a job, or other major traumatic events, but from the minor yet frequent...

Long Work Hours Take a Toll

If you work long hours, you may be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and should thus be extra vigilant in con­trolling risk factors such as high blood...

The Unexpected Benefits of Crafting

Knitting, quilting, sewing, and other crafts may seem like nothing more than pleasant hobbies, but there’s more to these activities than meets the eye. Research shows...

Bringing Mindfulness to Work

Jason Marsh is director of programs for the Greater Good Science Center(GGSC) at UC Berkeley. In this age of constant distractions and long hours, it’s difficult to...

How Stress Hurts Children’s Health

W. Thomas Boyce, MD, is chief of the division of developmental medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He researches the effect...

The Stigma of Mental Illness

Stephen Hinshaw, PhD, is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the vice-chair of psychology at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He...

Calming the Mind With Meditation

People who meditate regularly say it provides mental, spiritual and physical benefits, including stress reduction and a sense of well- being. Even some mainstream...

The Benefits of Tai Chi

Research keeps accumulating about the health benefits of tai chi, which is high on our list of recommended exercises. Practiced around the world and very popular in the...

The Power of Hope

Every few years I write about the placebo effect in this space because it’s such a crucial—and potentially confusing—player in health and wellness. The word...