Category Archives: Health

Exercise for your self-esteem

Penn State researchers found that people’s satisfaction with life was higher on days when they exercised more than usual. So extending your normal exercise routine by a few minutes may be the solution how to boost your self-esteem.

Satisfaction with life is just another expression why a high self-esteem is so important. Are you satisfied with your life? If not, this could be your solution.

“We found that people’s satisfaction with life was directly impacted by their daily physical activity,” said Jaclyn Maher, graduate student in kinesiology. “The findings reinforce the idea that physical activity is a health behavior with important consequences for daily well-being and should be considered when developing national policies to enhance satisfaction with life.”

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“Emerging adults are going through a lot of changes; they are leaving home for the first time and attending college or starting jobs,” said Maher. “As a result, their satisfaction with life can plummet.”

“Shifts in depression, anxiety and stress would be expected to influence a person’s satisfaction with life at any given point in time,” said David Conroy, professor of kinesiology. “In addition, fatigue can be a barrier to engaging in physical activity, and a high Body Mass Index associated with being overweight may cause a person to be less satisfied in a variety of ways.”

The researchers were able to determine that the amount of physical activity a person undertakes in a particular day directly influences his or her satisfaction with life. Specifically, the team found that by exercising just a little more than usual a person can significantly improve his or her satisfaction with life.

Happiness without TV

A new study by sociologists at the University of Maryland concludes that unhappy people watch more TV, while people who describe themselves as “very happy” spend more time reading and socializing.

reading a book“TV doesn’t really seem to satisfy people over the long haul the way that social involvement or reading a newspaper does,” says University of Maryland sociologist John P. Robinson, the study co-author and a pioneer in time use studies. “It’s more passive and may provide escape – especially when the news is as depressing as the economy itself. The data suggest to us that the TV habit may offer short-run pleasure at the expense of long-term malaise.”

There are doubtlessly more and more people living without TV and finding themselves happier and with greater self-esteem than ever.

Facebook lowers self-esteem and well-being, new study found

I mean who is really surprised by this newest research about the impact of Facebook use on the self-esteem. In Europe the activities in Facebook are already declining, widely discussed in books, ebooks and articles.

A new study made by University Michigan social psychologist Ethan Kross, lead author of the article and a faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research, confirms now that Facebook use predicts decline in happiness. Ethan Kross says: “On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use predicts the opposite result—it undermines it.”

The study found that the more people used Facebook during one time period, the worse they subsequently felt. People were asked to rate their level of life satisfaction at the start and end of the study. They found that the more participants used Facebook, the more their life satisfaction levels declined over time.

social peopleIn order to find that it’s the Facebook use that actually lowers people’s self-esteem it is important to hear that the researchers found no evidence that interacting directly with other people via phone or face-to-face influenced well-being negatively. Instead, they found that direct interactions with other people led people to feel better over time.

The researchers hope to conduct additional research with participants from a variety of age groups to examine these results and the psychological mechanisms more closely.

Centenarians have strong esteem for life

In Germany the number of the centenarians has more than doubled within the last ten years. The fact that these centenarians today are spiritually and physically fitter than those of former generations, is found by a representative investigation of researchers of the university of Heidelberg which they made with people at the age of 100 years in and around Heidelberg.

The study showed a comprehensive picture of centenarians and their life situation. It appears that psychological strengths such as will to live, meaning of life and optimism are more important for a high quality of life and inner contentment than performance ability or health.

happy elderly“We asked people whose life leans towards to the end. Those who look in spite of the close end of life still optimistically ahead, appear to be more content with their life. In comparison to that health, cognitive efficiency and social aspects are with few exceptions clearly insignificant for the quality of life“, explains Christoph Rott, one of the researchers.

He added: “To sum up, the results of our study show that experiences of losing life quality for example through health issues have much less impact on the centenarians’ general well-being. They live much more the positive side of age through a strong esteem for life.”

Esteem for learning from childhood through old age

Reading books, writing and generally participating in brain-stimulating activities at any age preserves not only memory but also keeps you young and fit.

Esteem for learning from childhood through old age

A new research, published in the July 3, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, suggests that exercising your brain from childhood through old age is important for brain health in old age.

The research found that people who participated in mentally stimulating activities until late in life had a slower rate of decline in memory compared to those who did not participate in such activities across their lifetime.

“Based on this, we shouldn’t underestimate the effects of everyday activities, such as reading and writing, on our children, ourselves and our parents or grandparents,” said Robert S. Wilson, PhD, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

This result should motivate everybody to keep reading, writing and learning in every possible way.

Esteem to the Grandmas and their cuisine from around the world

I found this incredible post with even more incredible photos. The post starts with these words:

If grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!”

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips. To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of ravioli before he departed on one of his adventures.

“In that occasion I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,” Galimberti wrote via email. “I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!” The project, “Delicatessen With Love”, took Galimberti to 58 countries where he photographed grandmothers with both the ingredients and finished signature dishes.

grandmaCheck these photos out. They are just amazing! Esteem to the Grandmas all around the world!

Self-esteem consists of three elements

Self-esteem consists of three elements: unconditional love, unconditional worth and growth This means a deep, quiet inner security that is not easily shaken under duress or after a disappointing performance. Individuals with healthy self-esteem are humble and recognize all people’s worth, according to Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D., author of The Self-Esteem Workbook.

His good news are that there are these successful strategies for strengthening self-esteem:

– Practice healthy habits. This includes feeding your body nutritious foods, participating in physical activities, getting enough sleep and treating medical or psychological conditions.

– Recognize how you’re attacking yourself. Once you can recognize the ways you sabotage yourself, you can work through them.

– Identify and challenge self-critical thoughts. Certain distorted thought patterns enable low self-esteem such as seeing yourself as more involved in negative events than you really are.

Improving self-esteem is not a quick or easy process. It takes time and practice to genuinely enhance self-esteem.

The Fresh Air Fund gives esteem to children

There are many ways to give esteem to children. One of them Fresh Air Fund is living.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2010, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves an additional 2,000 young people each year.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for either one or two weeks. Youngsters who are re-invited by the same family may continue with The Fund through age 18, and many enjoy longer summertime visits, year after year. A visit to the home of a warm and loving volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to an inner-city child. All it takes to create lifelong memories is laughing in the sunshine and making new friends.

This program is a real gift for children, but also for host families. If you’re interested in becoming a hosting family for this summer, the Fresh Air Fund is happy to give you all necessary information. What a great gesture of esteem toward children!

Esteemful living in Dignity Village

It started as a Tent City founded for homeless people and grew into a permanent neighborhood called Dignity Village.  After conducting elections, Dignity Village even has their own administrative and legislative branches of government.  The name tells it all: Dignity Village is a place that gives dignity back to people who’ve lost their jobs and homes – which sadly has become a national crisis.

The small houses are primarily built by the villagers.  Building their own small houses in Dignity Village also means building self-respect through the knowledge that they can still accomplish good things for themselves.  Organizing an entire village with all kinds of activities and responsibilities is an even stronger means toward building a high self-esteem.

Dignity Village is an incredibly strong sign of lived esteem.  People who feel they’ve lost all esteem in our society just because they lost job and home can experience an esteemful life.  Actions like Dignity Village are necessary to give hope and esteem to those who’ve lost so much.

Esteem for dolphin assisted therapies

Animal therapy is an established treatment in modern medicine.  The positive impact of animals on humans is widely accepted.

Dolphin assisted therapies have the same effects.  Contact with dolphins may not cure ailments but it can help alleviate some symptoms.  Dolphin assisted therapy works similar to that of sound therapy.  EEG tests confirmed that dolphins’ signal frequencies can have a profound effect on the human brain.

Dolphin assisted therapy is worthy of our esteem.  Humans assisted by dolphins provide therapy for thousands of individuals around the world.  These dolphins, as well as their human handlers deserve our esteem.