Let the Light Shine – A Scientific Look at Light, Vitamin D, and Mood

Think back to the last time that you felt the sunshine beaming down on you. You may have closed your eyes, felt the warmth and light on your face, and took your time to soak in the moment. While it's still very important to protect your skin with sunscreen, it's also important to get enough exposure to sunlight to ensure you're getting the right amount of Vitamin D.

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Sam Cooper
A Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Exploring the Health Benefits of Laughter

If you’ve ever wondered why we laugh, there have been different theories proposed to explain this phenomenon and these theories also highlight a physiological benefit of laughing.  One theory, termed The Relief Theory, describes that people engage in laughter because they sense a stressful situation, and laughter can involve a cognitive release of anxiety, as well as a physical release of tension, which lowers overall stress levels (Wilkins and Eisenbraun, 2009). 

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Positive Connections: The Importance of Belongingness in a Busy World

Having a sense of belongingness is a very important piece of our lives that can affect our mental health and overall health.  A sense of belongingness can be defined as “the experience of personal involvement in a system or environment so that person feels themselves to be an integral part of that system or environment” (Hagerty, Lynch-Sauer, Patusky, Bouwsema, Collier, 1992).  Research has explored the importance of belongingness in human lives, so let’s take a look at the psychological health benefits that have been demonstrated.

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Wake Up and Smell the Roses: Getting a Scents of Aromatherapy

Our sense of smell is one of the oldest  senses we have, and plays an important social and emotional role in our lives, such has helping us to determine potential dangers, viable food, and even potential mating partners (Sarafoleanu, Mella, Georgescu, and Perederco, 2009).   Knowing this about the power of smell, it may not surprise you to hear that one form of stress relief that can be utilized involves our sense of smell – have you guessed it yet? 

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