Cultivating happiness often misunderstood

The paradox of happiness is that chasing it may actually make us less happy, a Stanford researcher says. So how does one find happiness? Effective ways exist, according to new research.

Apr 19

Categories: Happiness

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder may reflect a propensity for bad habits

Two new studies published in Biological Psychiatry shed light on the propensity for habit formation in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). These studies suggest that a tendency to develop habits, i.e., the compulsive component of the disorder, may ...

Apr 19

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Can Shy Children grow up to be Anxious adults?

Three little girls sit together in a room, playing with the toys surrounding them. One of the girls - "Emma" - has clearly taken ...

Apr 19

Categories: Anxiety, Child Development

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Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy and Less Satisfied

New research explores the fact that materialistic people are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied with life. The study finds that a focus on what you want - and therefore don't currently have - makes it more difficult to appreciate what you ...

Apr 17

Categories: Happiness

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Trend persists of prisons as mental health housing

A federal judge's objection to what he called the horrific treatment of some mentally ill inmates in California prisons highlights a trend that has been building for decades in the state and across the country: As mental hospitals closed or were ...

Apr 17

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How to Be a Better Negotiator

In my first experience with negotiation, a human resources rep at a publishing company offered me $24,000 a year for an entry-level gig. Having been coached never to take a first offer, I responded, “Is there any way you can do better?” A day ...

Apr 17

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Outgoing behavior makes for happier humans

Happy is as happy does, apparently - for human beings all over the world. Not only does acting extroverted lead to more positive feelings across several cultures, but people also report more upbeat behavior when they feel free to be themselves.

Apr 16

Categories: Happiness

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Early Intervention May Reduce Adults' Aggressive Behavior

A decade-long education program aimed at teaching children self-regulation and other healthy cognitive techniques is showing results in reducing aggressive behavior when the schoolchildren become adults, according to new research published in the ...

Apr 16

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Child Development

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The biggest cause of death among Australia's young people is suicide

THE biggest cause of death among Australia’s young people is suicide. Despite that, the subject receives little discussion, possibly because people are afraid of saying the wrong thing or feel powerless to make any sort of positive contribution.

Apr 16

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Green Space Keeps You From Feeling Blue

If you start feeling better as spring begins pushing up its tender shoots, you might be living proof of a trend discovered in data from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin: The more green space in the neighborhood, the happier people reported ...

Apr 16

Categories: Stress Management

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About 14.9% of Vietnamese suffer from mental disorders

HANOI - A total of 14.9 percent among Vietnamese population suffer from mental disorders, said a report by World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday. The most common psychiatric disorders in Vietnam include schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, ...

Apr 16

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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I Have Asperger's, and My Mum Says My Brain Works Differently. How So?

Scientific evidence points to the brain of people with autism and Asperger's syndrome as being different but not necessarily "disordered." Studies have shown that the brain in autism develops differently, in terms of both structure and function, ...

Apr 15

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome

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Yale researchers search for earliest roots of psychiatric disorders

Newborns whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy to any one of a variety of environmental stressors - such as trauma, illness, and alcohol or drug abuse become susceptible to various psychiatric disorders that frequently arise later in life. ...

Apr 14

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Does Porn Hurt Children?

Starting late last year, Internet service providers in Britain made "family-friendly filters," which block X-rated websites, the default for customers. Now any account holder who wants to view adult material needs to actively opt in - effectively ...

Apr 14

Categories: Child Development

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Stress Alters Children's Genomes

Growing up in a stressful social environment leaves lasting marks on young chromosomes, a study of African American boys has revealed. Telomeres, repetitive DNA sequences that protect the ends of chromosomes from fraying over time, are shorter in ...

Apr 14

Categories: Child Development, Stress Management

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