Tag Archives: Well-being

Happiness can be learned


Is it possible to increase one’s well-being regardless of biological, economic and social conditions? Happiness is genetically influenced but not genetically fixed. Economic factors only significantly influence subjective well-being within subsistence-level poverty. How well we feel, how happy we are is a psychological state and personal development provides a possible path towards increased happiness. Let’s act on it.

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Why do people smoke


1 Introduction

Smoking still is a major cause of preventable illnesses and diseases related to the cardiovascular and pulmonary system, such as lung cancer. Despite these known health risks, 21% of the world population is smoking tobacco according to the World Health Organization (WHO) (“Tobacco Use,” 2016). This hasn’t to be so as addiction to smoking isn’t just a given biological circumstance, but a personal and social experience that can be influenced. The goal of this article is to look at tobacco consumption as a human behavior possible to address with holistic intervention combinations including biological, psychological, and social factors.

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Therapeutic effect of mindfulness meditation

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In this article I detail out a bit further the link between meditation and its therapeutic effect on anxiety and depression and apply it to a case example.

Mindfulness meditation seems to be suitable to shift the perception of life-uncertainty and adjust “from rumination to present awareness and acceptance” (Li et al., 2016, p. 12).  Mindfulness as a psycho-therapeutic approach has proven beneficial for the treatment of anxiety and depression disorders.

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Application of the biopsychosocial model for person-centric treatment


“Health and disease are determined by dynamic interactions among biological, psychological, behavioral and social factors.” – US Research Council Committee

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Holistic approach to change behavior (e.g., towards a smoke-free identity)


  1. Overview

This article is distinguishing holism from reductionist concepts and critically analyzes the application of holism in the mental health topic of long-term smoking cessation. By identifying some current state indicators the article suggests a definition of a holistic approach going forward. The effective maintenance of long-term nicotine abstinence is considered to be positively influenced by applying an extended biopsychosocial model that also includes cultural and world-view beliefs of personalities on their journey to a smoke-free identity. Implications and challenges for future holistic practice design and multi-disciplinary and integrative health care roles are discussed. The article concludes with a daring outlook towards a possible revolutionary human self-healing personality capability as a logical consequence of the current self-development movement.
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Popular Neuroscience: A scientific field shaped by and shaping modern society


  1. Demarcating pseudoscience
  2. Evidence from neuroscience
  3. Neuroscience in popular culture
  4. Own biases and ethical considerations

Still, we are not only our brains and thinking is not optional:-)

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Successful learning = knowledge gathering + application + (desired change + well-being)


It works best for me to gather knowledge in a self-study mode. In order to turn the knowledge into practical and positive learning experiences though, the exchange with study and work colleagues is valuable for me. Therefore I appreciate the exchange of experiences and opinions and the possibility for constructive feedback.

Systematic notes taking, as well as the visualization of key aspects and inter-dependencies have proven to be a good means to make knowledge effectively and efficiently accessible for the continuous practical application in my daily life and work. Ultimately a learning experience was successful for me when I can observe increased understanding and desired changes in my behavior and well-being.

What’s successful learning for you?