Yo-yo dieters’ brains eventually show “drug-addict” like reactions. Compulsive eater eventually become immune to the reward of pleasurable food, and need a bigger and bigger “hit”, just like drug addicts. Compulsive eaters and drug addicts have similar brain reactions.
When does clean eating become an unhealthy obsession?
When taken to the extreme, an obsession with clean eating can be a sign that the person is struggling to manage their mental health.
Problems and upsets seem small after a good night’s sleep because REM sleeps “resets the alarm” in our brains.
Stress in middle age is worse now than in the 1990’s. If we believe memes and social media, millenials are the most stressed. But research says 45-64 year olds are more stressed than anyone else. And there may be good reasons why.
Harvard Medical School’s surprising discovery: Your happiness can be increased by someone you have never spoken to, have never met, and don’t even know exists. It turns out happiness contagious and spreads from one person to the next, up to a maximum of three degrees of separation. So a friend of a friend of a friend, who is happy, can eventually increase your happiness.
When we are stressed, we cannot retrieve memories as quickly or as accurately. And that impairs our ability to plan for the future.