It is Sunday afternoon, gloomy and windy outside and you decided to clean up your house. You purge old cloths you never wear or wonder why you bought them in the first place. You make a book donation box for all those reads that you thought you need for your work, but really Google is now doing for you. You also decide to toss out some of your household items, because really you could use some space.
Following Murphy’s law—anything that can go wrong, will go wrong—for a long time the study of psychology, as well as media effects, mostly focused on human suffering and the negative effects of media, disregarding the positive. With the birth of positive psychology over 30 years ago, human flourishing became a research focus and media psychologists started to see the other side of the coin as well.
Empathy, is probably more needed now than ever. With the Syrian refuge crisis, ISIS and war zones across the globe it is easy to fall into the safety mode of protection. When we are scared we retrieve and our focus becomes our “survival” (which, in today’s western world really means: “I do not want to give up any of my perks and conveniences I am already so used to”).
Do you sometimes catch yourself hunched over your computer, your eyes trying to literally become one with the computer screen and your breath and heartbeat actually stopped for a second?If it is easy for you to recall such moments you may like some of these really easy tips on how to get your heart back to life and actually de-stress while being at work. Don’t worry, it is all based on science.