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Where is my Happy Pill?

You may know that low levels of the brain's chemical serotonin are often associated with depression . However, it's been difficult for scientists to measure its natural fluctuations. A recent study provides the first glimpse at monitoring Serotonin in humans in real-time.   Several patients scheduled for brain surgery without full anesthesia volunteered to have a special microelectrode inserted during their procedure. The device tracked their serotonin levels while they performed a psychological test following the movement of a random dot.   In addition to providing a breakthrough in measuring Serotonin, this study by neuroscientists at University College London produced several other important findings. It confirmed Serotonin's involvement in a wide range of cognitive functions and showed how it affects different parts of the brain.   These findings could help create more effective treatments for many conditions, including depression and Parkinson's Disease.

Out of your comfort zone

The average person avoids challenges like he’s avoiding the plague. Struggling isn’t enjoyable, so it’s natural to avoid it as much as possible. There’s an issue with this strategy: There’s a lot to be gained from struggling.   There are many aspects to humans that are anti-fragile, meaning that stress makes them stronger.   For example:   ●       Exercise is a stressor that delivers positive benefits. ●       Being hot or cold, within reason, is good for your health. ●       Fasting is beneficial. Struggling is similar in that it makes you better than you were before the struggle.   Benefits of struggling:   You learn a lot about yourself when you struggle. You don’t learn a lot about yourself while you’re watching a movie for the fifth time from your couch. When life is easy, you have a natural tendency to coast. Any struggle is a test of your will, ingenuity, and perseverance. It’s a chance to learn how to use failure. Struggles often end in “fail

Acknowledge where I am is where I am

  The ups and downs of life are what make it worthwhile and fulfilling. Where I am now shows me that each obstacle presented before me to date is now a faint image in my past.   Goals and dreams fill my mind and heart. I see myself with more in the future, but I avoid complaining about where I am.   I am proud of my accomplishments. They show that hard work and dedication pay off in the end. They also prove that I am stronger than I think at times. My decision to keep pushing is all it takes to release added strength and drive.   Although I am limited in my spending ability, I still feel blessed by what I have. It is much more than others who are suffering as I enjoy a home-cooked meal.   Thinking of the plight of others reminds me to be grateful. It teaches me to put aside selfish and material ambitions in favor of opportunities to lend a helping hand. Being in a position to provide outreach offers real fulfillment.   I know that there is a reason for my current

Resilience is a learned skill

  Are you looking for the skills to get through tough times? Do you want to learn how to better manage your thoughts, actions, and life? Resilience is a skill that can be learned and cultivated. If you want to develop this skill, you can do so by applying new concepts to the small ways in which you live out your daily life.   Use this checklist as a reference to direct you toward resilience. 1.      Develop your understanding of resilience. ●        Life is something that you can either go through, or grow through. Resilience requires the willingness to grow and adapt. ●        Life has peaks and valleys. It is always changing. If you're able to accept this, you'll find that you're more motivated to get curious about the lessons of each moment. ●        You’re not born with resilience, but you can develop this skill. 2.     Enhance emotion regulation skills. ●        You have the freedom to choose your reactions. Your emotions and thoughts are