Unlocking the happiness code
Modern life is increasingly challenging and stressful for all segments of society. Primary care physicians are increasingly seeing people of all ages with symptoms of depression and anxiety (e.g., low energy, lack of interest in work and activities of daily living, constant feelings of ‘edginess’, sleep problems, etc.). Similarly, lack of motivation and unhappiness with life being reported more frequently by college students than ever before. There is an epidemic of unhappiness sweeping humanity at this time.
What could be causing such a phenomena? Some obvious culprits come to mind. Globalization, pace of technological change, increasing urbanization and alienation from nature and people are unhealthy in so many ways. There are also a constant threat to the social fabric of most societies. Traditional sources of support and nurturance, family, friends and community, are increasingly either less accessible or have simply vanished. Social media has tried to fill this gap but is being increasingly recognized as leading to unfulfilling and addictive behavior.
This blog will explore the causes of widespread unhappiness in modern day living and identify strategies for coping, enhancing resilience, and promoting wellness of the body and mind. While the initial focus will be on Qatar and the GCC region, with its evidence based approach, it will be relevant elsewhere in the world.