What's so bad about feeling happy?

Why is being happy, positive and satisfied with life the ultimate goal of so many people, while others steer clear of such feelings? It is often because of the lingering belief that happiness causes bad things to happen, says Mohsen Joshanloo and ...

Mar 20

Categories: Happiness

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Emotions May Not Be So Universal After All

From a very young age, infants have a way of making their feelings known – contorted faces and howls indicate their displeasure with a meal or a damp diaper, a gummy smile their contentment, and a furrowed brow their puzzlement over a new ...

Mar 19

Categories: Emotional Intelligence

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Mindfulness-Based Meditation Helps Teenagers with Cancer

Mindfulness-based meditation could lessen some symptoms associated with cancer in teens, according to the results of a clinical trial intervention led by researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children’s ...

Mar 19

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Mindfulness

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Why are extraverts happier?

Numerous personality studies have found the same pattern time and again - extraverts tend to be happier than introverts. But why? A popular theory holds that extraverts are happier because they find fun activities more enjoyable, as if they have a ...

Mar 18

Categories: Happiness

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Intelligent people are more likely to trust others

Intelligent people are more likely to trust others, while those who score lower on measures of intelligence are less likely to do so, says a new study. Oxford University researchers based their finding on an analysis of the General Social Survey, a ...

Mar 18

Categories: Trust Issues

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Does Singapore deserve its 'miserable' tag?

Singapore's reputation as a wealthy, aspirational and hi-tech country ensures it attracts a great deal of foreign talent - so why is it labelled the world's least positive country?

Mar 18

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Social connections key to happiness for "at-risk" teens

An RMIT University report on the happiness of disadvantaged Australian teenagers has emphasised the vital role of family and friends in mental wellbeing. The research examined the happiness of more than 23,000 "at-risk" Australian youth.

Mar 17

Categories: Social Isolation, Teenage Issues

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Chronic pain research delves into the brain

University of Adelaide researchers say new insights into how the human brain responds to chronic pain could eventually lead to improved treatments for patients. Neuroplasticity is the term used to describe the brain's ability to change structurally ...

Mar 17

Categories: Chronic Pain, Pain management

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When Incentives Are Too Enticing

Management research about incentive pay often focuses on whether or not the tactic works to increase productivity. But what if the promise of a bonus or some other reward works too well? New neuroscience research from a team of American and ...

Mar 17

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Why antisocial youths are less able to take the perspective of others

Adolescents with antisocial personality disorder inflict serious physical and psychological harm on both themselves and others. However, little is yet known about the underlying neural processes. Researchers at the University of Leiden and the Max ...

Mar 15

Categories: Antisocial personality, Child Development, Teenage Issues

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The Tennage Brain Explained

Being a teenager is hard. Especially when hormones play their part in wreaking havoc on the teenage body and brain. In this episode, ...

Mar 14

Categories: Teenage Issues

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Where exactly in your body are YOU?

Although you probably consider all of your body is yours, if you're like most people, you also have a feeling that your very essence, your self, is more localised. Past research has turned up mixed findings for where exactly this spot is. In some ...

Mar 14

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Mothers of Children with Cancer suffers from Chronic lack of Sleep ...

"It's a whole new cancer world" and "I don't remember what it's like to have sleep" were the most common themes of mothers interviewed by University of Colorado Cancer Center researchers during the maintenance period after a child's treatment for ...

Mar 13

Categories: Parenting, Sleep Disorders, Stress Management

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Unknown Compounds Families' Grief

Tension and frustration is mounting as families wait for any morsel of news about the whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and the fate of their loved ones. Mental health experts say it is the not knowing that compounds their unresolved ...

Mar 13

Categories: Grief, Loss, Bereavement, Support Groups

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Can Heart Surgery Change a Person's Personality?

To date, no study has adequately examined whether heart surgery can change a person's personality, mainly because personality is difficult to define and measure. When recovering from heart surgery, some patients report trouble remembering, slower ...

Mar 13

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