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Tag: Resilience

How Can Resilience Impact Health?

How we handle adversity can have big effect on how adverse events affect us. In light of this, researchers have turned their attention to resilience, the ability to handle adversity in a manner that protects well-being. Recently a group of researchers looked into whether the impact of resilience extends to the impact of chronic disease on disability late in life. Using data from a...

How-Tos for Savoring the Joys in Life

How do you respond during positive experiences in your life? Sometimes, in the midst of a happy moment, we are already focused on the next task or upcoming challenge, and we don’t take the time to fully experience the joy and richness of a positive event. Savoring is the ability to be aware of positive experiences and to enhance our enjoyment and appreciation of them. By actively...

Reflections on Aging, Irony & Wisdom

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”—Charlie Chaplin To paraphrase the wise comedian, life is ironic—a paradox that sometimes makes us laugh and other times scream-cry like a colicky baby. The notions of irony and wisdom have been married in the world of comedy since the beginning of time—like Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. That said, pairing...

Does Having a Sense of Purpose Affect Longevity?

Previous studies have led researchers to consider having a purpose in life as an indicator of healthy aging. One reason for this was the association of having a purpose in life with a reduced risk of mortality. However, the question has remained regarding whether it mattered when in an individual’s life that person experienced a sense of purpose. A recent study in Psychological...

Why Are Older Adults So Happy?

Their bodies and minds are slowly deteriorating, yet research consistently finds that older adults say they’re happier on average than people half their age. So, what gives? As it turns out, researchers have been wondering the same thing for years, and some interesting findings published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology late last year provide some insight into how...

Cumulative Lifetime Adversity and Resilience

A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology lends a fresh perspective to Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous quote, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” The authors of this article examined the relationship between cumulative lifetime adversity and human resilience. By analyzing a nationally representative sample of the population, the...

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