Debunking myths about emotional well-being and happiness
In recent years, wealth has become increasingly important. The context of the pandemic, which is not over yet, and the adaptation to new ways of working, connecting and living together have increased the need to look for strategies to manage people’s well-being.
It is in this sense that neuroscience, understood as the study of the mechanisms and biological underpinnings of human behavior, has found its way into various fields, allowing mental health to come close to important advances in brain research in recent decades. According to experts, understanding the scientific principles of happiness and brain health can help us better understand our emotional states and thus achieve effective emotion management to achieve better well-being.
However, as is the case with these problems, there is still a great deal of ignorance about the variables that really affect well-being. There is a lot of talk about those things that do us good; the messages we find on social media to become more empathetic, successful or leaders abound. But what information can we trust and what can’t?
In this sense, Maria Roca, psychologist and director of the neuroscience and well-being course at INECO U, the e-learning platform of the INECO Group, breaks down 3 myths that revolve around emotional health and well-being:
money brings happiness
Money is essential to cover basic needs, but once they are covered, economic income is not directly related to improving wealth.
Youth “divine treasure”
A Gallup study in more than 160 countries shows a U-shaped relationship between wealth and age with the lowest levels of well-being between the ages of 45 and 54. But this model is not universal, but rather present especially in English-speaking high-income countries. In other countries, such as those of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, they show a progressive deterioration in well-being with age.
a happy man is born
Welfare depends on both genetic and environmental factors. Some studies with twins have shown great variability in the impact that genetics can have on well-being, averaging 32%. On the other hand, there are various issues that can be done to build your own well-being, starting with caring for your own body, mind and purpose. In this way, happiness is presented as a state, not as something fixed and stable.
Then we debunked these myths: Which variables seem important for our well-being and mental health? Maria Roca, who is also the director of INECO Organizaciones, says: “At the physical level, for example, it is well known that physical activity, healthy eating and good rest are key variables for maintaining mental and health health. In addition, he argues that at the cognitive level, “being optimistic, grateful, finding a goal that does not go beyond what we do, having strategies for emotional regulation and stress management, has been shown to be variables that directly affect welfare. “
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