The Howell Foundation holds its fourth installment of the series Health and Happiness with the presentation of an Integrative Approach to Stress: Reducing Stress and Increasing Happiness

  • Sharing the happiness –and the knowledge through a research-based approach to stress
  • Going beyond ‘Fight of Flight’ and ‘Tend and Befriend’: Newly released findings for the ‘fighters’ of the world and how they summarize the importance of relationships and stress
  • The meaning of connections, compassion, gratitude and growth under stress

San Diego, CA, March 18th. - Having an audience stand up and hug their fellow attendee is just a very unusual way to start a seminar presentation. But according to Dr. Bhatti, Integrative Psychiatrist and Wellness Physician at the UCSD Executive Health & Wellness and Concierge Medicine programs, and featured speaker of the event, hugging someone for 20 seconds raises oxytocin levels the natural way, reducing blood pressure almost immediately.

It certainly opened our minds to the science behind how men and women relate and deal with stress – starting with the differences between mechanistic and relational wellness, through the gender differences in the causes and effects of stress, to concluding with quick and effective stress management techniques – not your typical seminar on the yoga and meditation benefits.

But then again, the Health and Happiness Series from the Doris A. Howell Foundation is not ‘typical’. Focused on women’s (and men’s) health, the Health and Happiness Series presents the latest research on happiness in a unique, thought-provoking way.

So what was new on stress management?

After learning from Dr. Carole Banka the gender differences between men and women when it comes to stress - and while many of us have heard the term fight and flight, it turns out men might not always be the ‘fighters’ in the differences of how men and women deal with stressful situation. It was surprising to learn that the longest running study on wellness and men concludes with the need for men to cultivate and have long lasting connections and relationships - this study still running and being evaluated today.

The simple techniques demonstrated in the seminar are a practical way to manage your daily stress and include a mindful approach to the presented 4 pillars of wellbeing: connections, compassion, gratitude and growth. For a complete review on the Health and Happiness presentation, click here (Link to full article). Now about that 20-secon hug… we are NOT suggesting you stand and just hug your co-worker though!



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