Exercise helps people cope better with life's daily stress and ...

“While it is well-known that exercise improves mood, among other benefits, not as much is known about whether these positive effects endure when we’re faced with everyday stressors once we leave the gym,” explains Dr. J. Carson Smith, the ...

Sep 19

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Prejudice Can Cause Depression at the Societal, Interpersonal, and ...

Although depression and prejudice traditionally fall into different areas of study and treatment, a new article suggests that many cases of depression may be caused by prejudice from the self or from another person. In an article published in the ...

Sep 19

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How the presence of an uninformative photo makes a statement more ...

When we're making a snap judgement about a fact, the mere presence of an accompanying photograph makes us more likely to think it's true, even when the photo doesn't provide any evidence one way or the other. In the words of Eryn Newman and her ...

Sep 18

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Mindless tasks boost creative potential

“Do you have a numbingly dull job, one so monotonous that you frequently find your mind wandering?” asks Pacific Standard magazine. “Well, congratulations: Without realizing it, you have boosted your creative potential. Mindless tasks that ...

Sep 18

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Why We're Happy Being Sad: Pop Music's Emotional Evolution

Schellenberg works at the University of Toronto, where he studies the psychology of music. The idea behind his experiment couldn't have been more straightforward: He simply wanted to play music for people and get them to rate how happy or sad that ...

Sep 17

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5 Ways to Cope with Stress When You’re Pregnant

Stress is a reality for all of us. Everyone struggles with stress related to their job, finances or relationships. But when you’re pregnant you can face additional stressors. For instance, you might worry about your baby’s health, which is ...

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A ‘can do’ attitude is the key to a healthy lifestyle, University ...

Researchers from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research analysed data on the diet, exercise and personality type of more than 7000 people. The study found those who believe their life can be changed by their own actions ...

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Turn Off the Phone (and the Tension)

My revelation — relearning the beauty of living in the moment, devoid of any digital link — may seem silly to people who are less attached to their devices. But for many people, smartphones and social networks have become lifelines — ...

Sep 15

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Having Heart: Can We Rethink Life's Stresses?

Psychological scientists are interested in this contrast, as are health professionals. We tend to think of stress as negative, and arousal as harmful, and indeed we spend lots of time and money--on vacations, fitness clubs, bar tabs--trying to ...

Sep 15

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Should I marry him? If you're having doubts, don't ignore them

In the first scientific study to test whether doubts about getting married are more likely to lead to an unhappy marriage and divorce, UCLA psychologists report that when women have doubts before their wedding, their misgivings are often a warning ...

Sep 15

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The Education of Character: Teaching Control with a Cotton Ball

We think of school as a place where children learn new skills and knowledge. But what if school could also be a place where kids get training in fundamental psychological traits—focus, drive and self-control—that are critical for success in ...

Sep 14

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The "magical" benefit of frequent family meals

"The statistics are clear," Nancy Gibbs wrote in her article for Time magazine in 2006 entitled the Magic of the Family Meal: "Kids who dine with the folks are healthier, happier and better students". She's right, there is lots of evidence showing ...

Sep 14

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Children exposed to sex on screen 'go on to be promiscuous'

Children who watch films with a high sexual content tend to lose their virginity earlier and have more partners, a study has found. Not only are they more promiscuous, they are also more likely to engage in risky sex by not using condoms. The ...

Sep 14

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The Surprising Motivational Power of Self-Compassion

We all have a kind of virtual policeman living inside us. Amongst other things he's the guy that helps us work towards our goals, whether personal or professional. When things go wrong and we stray off the straight and narrow, he reminds us what ...

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