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 — ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Can speaking a second language make you a better leader?

The Economist and Wired highlighted a recent study from the journal Psychological Science, which found that thinking in a foreign language helps people to avoid common cognitive traps. In a series of studies, a group of psychologists found that ...

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Not just a pretty face: Modern men prefer women with brains rather ...

Next time a man throws you an admiring glance, he’s probably just heard the intelligent things you’ve been saying. Many women will find it hard to believe, but new research suggests men increasingly value intellect and character in a ...

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Why Fathers Really Matter

Doctors have been telling men for years that smoking, drinking and recreational drugs can lower the quality of their sperm. What doctors should probably add is that the health of unborn children can be affected by what and how much men eat; the ...

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Active Participation in AA Improves Long-Term Outcomes

A new study finds that active participation in an Alcoholics Anonymous program improves long-term recovery. Researchers found that recovering alcoholics who helped others in the program had better outcomes in terms of time sober, consideration of ...

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Scientists Scan Children’s Brains for Answers to Mental Illness

Tracking the developmental trajectory of mental illness is a critical, overlooked enterprise. Almost three quarters of psychiatric disorders start before age 24 and psychological problems in childhood often portend bona fide, or more severe, ...

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Correcting Creativity: The Struggle for Eminence

Stravinsky is one of seven eminent creators of the 20st century profiled by Harvard professor Howard Gardner in his 1993 book Creating Minds. The others are Pablo Picasso, Sigmund Freud, T.S. Eliot, Martha Graham, Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein. ...

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