Initially, the pandemic had a significant and negative impact on our mental health. Here is some data that looked at self-reported levels of distress, anxiety, and depression across the USA in 2020: As you can see, anxiety, depression and distress all spiked in March and April but remained relatively consistent from June 2020 to JanuaryContinue reading “The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19”
Deep in the World Values Survey results, there are some really interesting findings to me based on how people from each country answered questions. Some of the most fascinating ones were around values that parents consider important in trying to pass on to their children. There were 11 values that parents were asked about, andContinue reading “What Qualities Do You Try to Teach Your Children?”
If you look at the above findings from the seventh wave of the World Values Survey, neither Australia nor the USA is the most traditional or secular of all the countries surveyed. The USA is about as close to the middle as possible, showing a slight preference for Secular Values over Traditional Values (about 0.10Continue reading “What Does Australia and the USA Care About in Comparison to the Rest of the World?”
As of Friday the 4th of June, 2020, Australia has had 4.79 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccination given to its people, including 557,000 people fully vaccinated. Australia’s percentage of fully vaccinated people is 2.2%, well behind 5.8% of the fully vaccinated people worldwide. At our current pace, which equates to just over 700,000 dosesContinue reading “Australia Needs to Have a COVID-19 Vaccination Lottery”
If you want to go where people are most satisfied with their life, Finland is the place to be, as it has been rated the happiest country in the world for three years now. Helsinki also takes the crown for the city with the highest life satisfaction at present, but other cities in Scandinavia aren’t too far behind.
However you decide to manage your workload, please understand that working long hours without regular breaks is not sustainable. We can address this by working fewer hours in a day or fewer days in a week. Or we can merely get up from the desk and walk around a bit more when you notice that your productivity and energy levels are dropping. Getting outside for lunch and away from screens can also help.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now being told that the most helpful thing we can do is stay at home and remain physically distant from others. Unless you are in an essential profession, this could be a time to slow down. To check in with those that you care most about. To chat for longer and to connect emotionally. To reflect on your life and rediscover what really matters to you. To hope and dream and plan for a better future. And to try things that you otherwise may not have had the chance or the time to do.
Recently I’ve begun taking an interest in a field called public health. The World Health Organisation has defined public health as: “The art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” — Acheson, 1988 As time has gone on, there have been some studies that have helped publicContinue reading “What Are the Secrets to Long-term Happiness, Health and Wellbeing?”
1. There are 10 categories of experience that are considered to have adverse consequences on the later development of children These include: Abuse: Emotional Physical Sexual Neglect: Emotional Physical Household Dysfunction: Domestic Violence Substance Abuse Mental Illness Parental Separation/Divorce Crime 2. It is possible to determine your own Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) score The ACEContinue reading “10 Things You Need to Know About Adverse Childhood Experiences”
The Olympic Slide Following the completion of the Rio Olympic Games, a theme of concern became evident across the various media platforms in Australia. Our overall medal tally at the Olympic Games has declined since its peak of 58 in Sydney in 2000, with 49 in Athens in 2004, 46 in Beijing in 2008, 35 inContinue reading “How Should We Define Success As A Nation?”