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Eurovision Song Contest Associated With Increase in Life Satisfaction

According to researchers, success in big events can help boost a nation's health and wellbeing. The study, which looked at data from people whose countries participate in the Eurovision song contest, found people were 4% more likely to be satisfied with their lives with every ten place increase on the final score board. Additionally, finishing near the bottom was linked to a 13% increase in life satisfaction compared to people whose countries did not participate in the contest at all.... Read More...
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Can Psychedelic Drugs ‘Reconnect’ Depressed Patients with Their Emotions?

Two new studies consider the potential of using psychedelics to help treat depression. Imperial College London researchers report psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, can help to relieve symptoms of depression without the dulling of emotions associated with SSRIs. The researchers note the psychedelic experience could help to maintain long term mental health for those with treatment resistant depression.... Read More...
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Magic Mushrooms May ‘Reset’ Brains of Depressed Patients

A new study adds to growing evidence supporting the benefits of psychedelics to treat mental illnesses. Researchers report psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms, is effective in reducing symptoms for people with treatment resistant depression. The study reveals the compound resets the activity of a brain network associated with depression, helping to improve symptoms in patients for up to 5 weeks following treatment.... Read More...