A study from last March revealed that 24 percent of Americans felt “extreme stress” last year, compared to 18 percent in 2014. While most people attribute this feeling of being overwhelmed to their jobs, families, and finances—isn’t just an emotional problem. It’s linked to multiple physical issues including: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and depression. So how can we fight the debilitating effects of stress? According to Susan David, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, it’s all about asking ourselves the right questions.
Just about everyone on Earth has had to deal with a messy roommate or family member. Comedian Justin Cousson found the best way to get back at his slob of a roommate was to turn his trail of domestic wreckage into a passive-aggressive art gallery. “I live in a house with three roommates, a cat, and one man-child we’re all a bit tired of cleaning up after,” he told BuzzFeed. “I started taking pictures of the messes, adding pretentious titles, and when it happened pretty much daily, I ended up with a large collection.”
After posting photos of his artistic endeavors on Twitter, he got responses from people around the globe who felt his pain. “I love that (the art project) has resonated with so many people around the world. Even if now they consistently send me pictures of trash for appraisal.” People are applauding Cousson for finding a creative way to vent his rage. “Something about this clearly appeals to peoples’ appetite for the most mild form of vigilante justice,” he said.
Most parents can remember the subtle mix of excitement and anxiety accompanying the choice of their baby’s name—it will follow the child his or her entire life. But the effect could be even more significant. In research recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, our research team shows that the stereotype that a given society has of a first name can influence the way people look.
One of the central policies of Bernie Sanders’ unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid was making public colleges and universities tuition-free and substantially reducing student debt. “Education should be a right, not a privilege. We need a revolution in the way that the United States funds higher education,” Sanders told a group of college students in 2015. Now, the third most populous state in the nation is working towards Sanders’ goal and he was on hand for the announcement.