People who spend a lot of time on the internet are more likely to be depressed, lonely and mentally unstable, a study found.
A study has shown that the more someone uses Facebook, the less satisfied he is with life.
Kross E, Verduyn P, Demiralp E, Park J, Lee DS, Lin N, et al. (2013) Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults. PLoS ONE 8(8): e69841. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0069841
The thing that helped people the most was relationships. A person who has a strong relationship is more likely to get out of depression.
The next thing is to have a good income. That may be hard to do, but if you can manage it then you have a better chance of getting out of depression. High income and having religious faith helped with recovery from depression. People who earn more than $80,000 per year are more likely to recover than those earning less than $20,000 per year.
The next thing you can control is to get enough exercise.
Older people and women are also more likely to fully recover. From another side, people who experienced abuse or anxiety disorders in the past were less likely to recover.
Esme Fuller-Thomson, Senyo Agbeyaka, Deborah M. LaFond, Mercedes Bern-Klug “Flourishing after depression: Factors associated with achieving complete mental health among those with a history of depression” Psychiatry Research, Volume 242, August 2016
Kraft, T. L., & Pressman, S. D. (2012). Grin and bear it: The influence of manipulated facial expression on the stress response. Psychological Science, 23(11), 1372-1378.
Researchers surveyed 1,218 undergrads about their most favorite activity and their second favorite.
The researchers found that having two passions is better than having one. By this you enhance happiness, well being, and positive moods. You can even separate the same period of time into two passions instead of one. It still increases your happiness and well-being.
Bear in mind that we don’t know if happier people are more likely to have multiple passions. Maybe many passions cause extra happiness.
on romantic/marital relationships, child development, research shows.
Adolescents who attend religious services with one or both of their parents are more likely to feel greater well-being while romantic partners who pray for their “significant others” experience greater relationship commitment, according to research.
“Results showed that among people who were more genetically predisposed toward social sensitivity (i.e., G/G genotype), Koreans had greater psychological well-being if they were more religious; however, European Americans with the G/G genotype had lower psychological well-being if they were more religious.”