Question: What part of your research can improve mental health to make people happier?
Sam Parsons answered on 20 Sep 2017:
My aim is that my research will help to inform cognitive interventions. Part of my work focuses on the positive side of cognitive biases, and another part looks at how we can improve our tasks. One or both of these should help to improve these interventions, and eventually, they might make a big difference to peoples mental health.
Recently, we found that an induced attention bias to be more positive was related to happiness 12 weeks later. We’re following this up now, and if the stars align, we might have a better idea of how we might predict or even build happiness with these tasks.
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Rohan commented on :
I don’t know if what I do can help people in the long-term, but research has shown that performance of rituals (just about any, not ever special ones) can reduce anxiety, and grief, and perceptions of control, in the short term.
Cultivating small personal rituals (which might be anything from yoga, to drawing, to controlled breathing, to looking at flowers) can have an immediate – though probably small – effect on your wellbeing and happiness.
chakotayXD commented on :
thx for that love you lote