If Information Overload Is Stressing You Out, Go on a Silence Diet – Quartz, July 9, 2017

Cognitive-load theory posits that brains have only so much bandwidth, so to best take in information, we must also limit it. As “infobesity” is becoming an ever-growing problem, apply a simple solution: don’t multitask and focus instead on the task at hand. If this doesn’t work, apply an extreme solution and go silent. Stop talking or take a break from technology… or both.

England’s Mental Health Experiment: No-Cost Talk Therapy

England is undertaking a unique national experiment: the world’s most ambitious effort to treat depression, anxiety and other common mental illnesses. The fast growing initiative, which has gotten little publicity outside the country, offers virtually open-ended talk therapy free of charge at clinics throughout the country – from remote farming villages to isolated immigrant communities. The goal is to ultimately create a system of primary care for mental health, not just for England, but for all of Britain.

Mediterranean Style Diet May Prevent Dementia – CNN, July 17, 2017

This is what a new study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine, says.

The Wellness Epidemic – The Cut, June 27, 2017

Wellness is a very broad idea (which is part of its marketing appeal), but there are now a growing number of doctors frustrated with some corners of the wellness movement with what they see as the shady, shallow science behind it.

Want to Be Happy? Buy More Takeout and Hire a Maid, Study Suggests

It’s a question central to daily life: Do you spend money to save time or spend time to save money? If happiness is the goal, you might consider opening that wallet. A new study recently published by the Harvard Business School suggests that spending money to save time significantly reduces stress, thereby improving happiness. Researchers did not see the same “happiness” effect when people spent money on material things.

A Striking Stat:

In 2016, for the first time, Americans drank more bottled water than soda: 39.3 million gallons of water per capita vs. 38.5 gallons of soda.

Source: Beverage Marketing Corp, 2017

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