Mental Health

The secret to happiness? Here’s some advice from the longest-running study on happiness

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

While it’s true that one’s inclination to happiness is partially inherited, an individual’s choices and behaviors also contribute significantly, and research has found that the happiest people all have certain traits in common.

Why you can’t get a song out of your head and what to do about it

Srini Pillay, MD

Contributor

The experience of having an “earworm”—a song that’s stuck in your head—is extremely common. But why do they happen? And how do you get rid of one?

Men (back) at work

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Because men bond through shared experiences such as work, recreating the dynamics of the workplace can help older men stay mentally sharp and socially active.

Feeling okay about feeling bad is good for your mental health

A trio of studies investigated the connection between the ability to accept the negative emotions generated by stressful situations and a person’s long-term psychological health.

Yoga could complement traditional treatment for depression

Marlynn Wei, MD, JD

Contributing Editor

New research suggests that yoga may help with depression when used alongside traditional treatment. Evidence does not recommend any specific styles of yoga, so you can see which style fits best with you and your preferences. Yoga has also been shown to help those with mild depression, but more research is needed to be certain.

Get SMART about your goals to stay focused and on track at any age

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

As we age our lives may not have the same focus or direction they did when we were younger. Maintaining goals is an excellent way to stay sharp and bring new focus to older age. The SMART approach ensures you’ve defined your goals clearly and can attain them.

Intensive lifestyle change: It works, and it’s more than diet and exercise

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

It’s not easy to make significant lifestyle changes, but it can be done, and research shows that it works. It’s an intensive commitment with a psychological component as important as the diet and fitness components.

To the point: Here’s what parents should know and do about Netflix’s To the Bone

A Netflix original movie about a young woman’s struggle with anorexia nervosa is raising questions among parents about whether the movie might glamorize the disorder, and how best to talk to children about this topic.

Exercise today, look better tomorrow (really)

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

A small study supports the idea that exercising improves body image, whether or not the activity leads to any visible change in appearance. This suggests that additional research examining different types of exercise, and the long-term psychological effects of physical activity would be valuable.

Can probiotics help treat depression and anxiety?

Research is exploring the connection between the brain and intestine and how they affect each other, and whether the use of probiotics can help treat depression or anxiety.