Joking, Pretending With Toddlers Gives Them Head Start in Life Skills

"Parents, carers and early years educators shouldn't underestimate the importance of interacting with young children through jokes and pretending," researcher Dr Elena Hoicka points out. "Spending time doing this fun stuff with kids helps them learn ...

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Religious, Spiritual Support Benefits Men and Women Facing Chronic ...

Individuals who practice religion and spirituality report better physical and mental health than those who do not. To better understand this relationship and how spirituality/religion can be used for coping with significant health issues, University ...

Oct 27

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4 Teen-Parenting Strategies That Don't Work And What Does

"The teen years tend to foster fear: fear that our child will fail, over-experiment, embarrass us [and] become depressed," according to John Duffy, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and author of the book The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for ...

Oct 27

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The Silent Treatment: When People Leave You Guessing

Maybe they just didn't hear you. Or maybe they heard you just fine and have decided that you're an idiot, not even worth responding to. Maybe they got your message but are simply too busy to respond. Maybe they're just quietly thinking it over ...

Oct 26

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Generation X Report: Survey Paints a Surprisingly Positive Portrait

They've been stereotyped as a bunch of insecure, angst-ridden, underachievers. But most members of Generation X are leading active, balanced and happy lives, according to a long-term University of Michigan survey. "They are not bowling alone," ...

Oct 26

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High Fizzy Soft Drink Consumption Linked to Violence Among Teens

Teens who drink more than five cans of non-diet, fizzy soft drinks every week are significantly more likely to behave aggressively, suggests research published online in Injury Prevention. This includes carrying a weapon and perpetrating violence ...

Oct 25

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Believe it or not, the world's getting more peaceful

It seems as if violence is everywhere, but it's really on the run. Yes, thousands of people have died in bloody unrest from Africa to Pakistan, while terrorists plot bombings and kidnappings. Wars drag on in Iraq and Afghanistan. In peaceful ...

Oct 25

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Resisting the 3 Main Temptations that Destroy Marriages

Almost all spouses from time to time get impulses to do things that their head would say are out of bounds. Most of these temptations are likely to lead to regret. Drinking a bit too much, getting a bit too friendly with someone of the other sex, ...

Oct 24

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Study highlights issues faced by friends and family of the suicidal

A study focusing on the family and friends of people who were suicidal has highlighted the main challenges they face when trying to judge whether a person is in danger and decide what they should do about it. The research was carried out by Dr. ...

Oct 24

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Where Do Creative Ideas Come From?

I began asking this question in college while reading the English poets. Traherne, Blake and Wordsworth found their inspiration looking back on childhood. Donne was inspired by love, Milton by a passionate commitment to his ideals. But where did ...

Oct 22

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Digital Worlds Can Help Autistic Children to Develop Social Skills

The benefits of virtual worlds can be used to help autistic children develop social skills beyond their anticipated levels, suggest early findings from new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Researchers on the Echoes ...

Oct 22

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Men Win Humor Test (by a Hair)

Men are funnier than women, but only just barely and mostly to other men. So says a psychology study from the University of California, San Diego Division of Social Sciences. While the findings lend some support to the stereotype on gender ...

Oct 21

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People With a 'Sweet Tooth' Have Sweeter Dispositions

If you’re dealing with a crabby co-worker or sour-faced friend, perhaps some new research can help. It sheds light on the question: Can eating sweets make you—well—sweet? A new study by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ...

Oct 20

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Body Language Improves Our Communication

Texting, emailing, IMing, DMing. These methods are great ways to keep in touch—but they also carry the risk of miscommunication. The lack of vocal inflection is one reason, but there are other more cues we lack in digital conversation. In a ...

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