Empathy helps children to understand sarcasm

Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory has trouble knowing when Leonard or his other friends directed a sarcastic remark at him. New research shows that perhaps it's his lack of empathy for others that is causing that. According to a new study in the ...

Oct 10

Categories: Empathy

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6 Truths About Depression and How to Overcome It

October is National Depression Screening Month. One in 10 Americans struggles with depression. A common misconception about depression is that it is something people can just "snap out of." Unfortunately, for those people who experience major ...

Oct 10

Categories: Depression

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Weighed down by guilt: Research shows it's more than a metaphor

Lots of people say they do. They're "carrying guilt" or "weighed down by guilt." Are these just expressions, or is there something more to these metaphors? Princeton researcher Martin Day and Ramona Bobocel, an associate professor of psychology at ...

Oct 9

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Five ways money can buy you happiness

You have probably heard and maybe even embrace the idea that money can’t buy happiness. I’ve said so myself numerous times. But behavioral scientists and researchers Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton argue this is not exactly true. Money, if ...

Oct 9

Categories: Happiness

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'Cyberchondria' -- Anxiety from Online Searches About Health

Turning to the Internet to find out what ails you is common, but for folks who have trouble handling uncertainty, "cyberchondria" - the online counterpart to hypochondria - worsens as they seek answers, according to a Baylor University ...

Oct 9

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Good food for good thought

The World Health Organization has famously acknowledged that “there is no health without mental health.” According to a report published December last year by Dietitians of Canada, nutrition is thought to play a role in many ways when it comes ...

Oct 9

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Hobbies may boost brainpower as you age

New research has found that hobbies such as reading, socializing, and traveling can keep your mind engaged and boost mental health during your golden years. Taking up a few hobbies after retirement can keep your brain sharp and fend off mental ...

Oct 9

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues

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Wedded bliss or blues? Scientists link DNA to marital satisfaction

What makes some people more prone to wedded bliss or sorrow than others? Researchers at UC Berkeley and Northwestern University have found a major clue in our DNA. A gene involved in the regulation of serotonin can predict how much our emotions ...

Oct 8

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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How ‘impermanence’ can help us all get along

We are born colorblind—literally. Newborn color vision is limited, lacking many of the visual distinctions that characterize mature sight. Soon enough, though, color takes over, figuratively as well as physiologically: We learn to see ourselves ...

Oct 8

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Is the human brain capable of identifying a fake smile?

“The smile plays a key role in recognizing others´ happiness. But, as we know, we are not really happy every time we smile”. In some cases, a smile merely expresses politeness or affiliation. In others, it may even be a way of hiding negative ...

Oct 7

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The meanings of life

Parents often say: ‘I just want my children to be happy.’ It is unusual to hear: ‘I just want my children’s lives to be meaningful,’ yet that’s what most of us seem to want for ourselves. We fear meaninglessness. We fret about the ...

Oct 7

Categories: Happiness

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Reading Literary Fiction Improves “Mind-Reading” Skills

Heated debates about the quantifiable value of arts and literature are a common feature of American social discourse. Now, two researchers from The New School for Social Research have published a paper in Science demonstrating that reading literary ...

Oct 7

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome

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8 Fascinating Facts About Anxiety

Studies show that anxiety affects the sense of smell and balance, how we judge faces and perceptions of our personal space. Anxiety may be an unpleasant emotion, which can be crippling in excess, but it does exist for a good reason.

Oct 5

Categories: Anxiety

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How Instagram can ruin your appetite

Warning Instagrammers: you might want to stop taking so many pictures of your food. New research out of BYU finds that looking at too many pictures of food can actually make it less enjoyable to eat. Turns out your friend’s obsession with taking ...

Oct 5

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Mental health and wellbeing at work

October 2013 is Mental Health Month in most Australian States and Territories: a campaign aimed at raising awareness about mental health issues, ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2013. Mental Health Month serves as an opportunity for ...

Oct 5

Categories: Workplace Issues

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