The Weekly Stripe – 22.03.19

At a time of political turmoil over Brexit, the fact it was ‘International Day of Happiness’ this week may not resonate with all of us. As a light hearted antidote to prevailing uncertainties’, here are some refreshing examples of optimism from the fields of health, medicine and the environment.

The Weekly Stripe – 22.03.19

But which are the top ten countries for happiness?

 

The Weekly Stripe – 22.03.19

In contrast to institutional organisations like the UN aiming to create a better society for all, there are individuals like Greta Thunberg. Greta demonstrates the positive impact of social media and technology today – inspiring her young followers to strike for climate change across the world.

The Weekly Stripe – 22.03.19

In Bangalore, researchers have been investigating how meditation and yoga affects the forebrain and it’s benefits for our mental health. ‘’Yoga practice was at least as good as medicine’’.

 

The Weekly Stripe – 22.03.19

As well as Yoga, it’s often said that laughter is the best medicine. But now this phrase has a new, scientific confirmation. 

 

 

The Weekly Stripe – 22.03.19

Of course the environment we live in, plays a pivotal role in our happiness. However, previously this has been a challenge to research due to the difficulties of measuring happiness levels and how beautiful the environment is. A recent study has provided quantitative evidence for this.