Many of us suffered terrible losses in 2021. In the field of positive psychology, we lost two of our most influential scholars: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Ed Diener. In their honor, I’d like to remember and appreciate the contributions they made to the understanding of human flourishing. [Read more…] about Ten insights on human well-being and potential from two giants we sadly lost in 2021: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Ed Diener
People who retire early suffer from accelerated cognitive decline and may even encounter early onset of dementia, according to a new economic study (Note: opens PDF) I conducted with my doctoral student Alan Adelman.
To establish that finding, we examined the effects of a rural pension program China introduced in 2009 that provided people who participated with a stable income if they stopped working after the official retirement age of 60. We found that people who participated in the program and retired within one or two years experienced a cognitive decline equivalent to a drop in general intelligence of 1.7% relative to the general population. This drop is equivalent to about three IQ points and could make it harder for someone to adhere to a medication schedule or conduct financial planning. The largest negative effect was in what is called “delayed recall,” which measures a person’s ability to remember something mentioned several minutes ago. Neurological research links problems in this area to an early onset of dementia. [Read more…] about Study in China finds that retirement may accelerate cognitive decline, even for those with stable income
We’d like to share something special. As we start to celebrate the holidays and welcome a much needed new year, we asked our team and trusted advisors to compile a list of gift (and self-gift) ideas to help us stay sane and healthy in the months ahead, prioritizing three habits which have been shown to promote brain health, resilience and positive neuroplasticity:
Read: Here’s a selection of 12 fascinating books to add healthy novelty, variety and challenge to our reading lives — and therefore to our brains and minds
Play: Here are 12 creative and (mostly) collaborative board games. A peaceful upgrade from the classic Monopoly and Risk … we know you know what we mean 🙂
Train: A selection of the equipment we have relied on the most to stay fit, resilient and purposeful this year
For each and every suggestion, at least one colleague has tried it and truly loved it; and we have verified they have many and very positive reviews. We are linking to their respective pages in Amazon web store so that you can complete your research there, reading the details and user reviews, and because, as an Amazon Associate, we earn a small fee from qualifying purchases.
Happy & Healthy Holidays; Happy & Healthy New Year!
Alvaro Fernandez and the SharpBrains Team
Yes, starting today is OK too.
I started meditating soon after 9/11. I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. I realized I had no control over my external environment. But the one place I did have a say over was my mind, through meditation. When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more resilient.
Having witnessed the benefits, I devoted my PhD research at Stanford to studying the impact of meditation. I saw people from diverse backgrounds from college students to combat veterans benefit. In the last 10 years, hundreds of studies have been released.
Here are seven evidence-based reasons you might want to get on the bandwagon as soon as you can: [Read more…] about Seven evidence-based reasons to start meditating yesterday
Our newest #NAMPerspectives paper outlines the eight key actions needed to scale the use of mental health technology in supporting mental health care professionals worldwide. Read about this proposed path forward: https://t.co/vnKAQzrSaS pic.twitter.com/JRd8fKQP80
— National Academy of Medicine (@theNAMedicine) October 28, 2019
Technology has much to offer in terms of providing and improving access to better mental health care. Why, then, has more not been done to take advantage of these tools?
The newest discussion paper from #NAMPerspectives, [Read more…] about The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) shares discussion paper to help empower 8 billion minds via the ethical adoption of digital mental health and neurotech
Industry review boards are needed to protect VR user privacy (World Economic Forum blog):
“It seemed like a game when Riley first started the virtual reality (VR) maze … A month after playing the game, Riley was turned down for a new life-insurance policy. Given his excellent health, he couldn’t understand why. Several appeals later, the insurance company disclosed that Riley’s tracking data from the VR maze game revealed behavioral movement patterns often seen among people in the very early stages of dementia [Read more…] about May “industry review boards” contribute to the wider adoption of virtual and augmented reality for physical and mental health?