The history of happiness

Can the imperative to be cheerful make us miserable? On World Happy Day today, it's a sobering thought. A modern Russian adage holds that "a person who smiles a lot is either a fool or an American". It is true that, when McDonald's arrived in ...

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Smart Phone App Catches Depression Onset

A smart phone app in development for depression patients tracks contacts and movement, and prompts activities when patterns show withdrawal. Researchers at Northwestern University hope to get smart phones to help. They’re developing an app that ...

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Controlling Parents More Likely to Have Delinquent Children

Authoritarian parents whose child-rearing style can be summed up as "it's my way or the highway" are more likely to raise disrespectful, delinquent children who do not see them as legitimate authority figures than authoritative parents who listen to ...

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Physically abused children report higher levels of psychosomatic ...

Children who display multiple psychosomatic symptoms, such as regular aches and pains and sleep and appetite problems, are more than twice as likely to be experiencing physical abuse at home than children who do not display symptoms, according to a ...

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Physical Activity Yields Feelings of Excitement, Enthusiasm

People who are more physically active report greater levels of excitement and enthusiasm than people who are less physically active, according to Penn State researchers. People also are more likely to report feelings of excitement and enthusiasm on ...

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Study to Determine Whether Fish Oil Can Help Prevent Psychiatric ...

Researchers at Zucker Hillside Hospital's Recognition and Prevention (RAP) Program who have worked with teenagers at risk for serious mental illness for the past decade are now studying the effectiveness of Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) for ...

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What You Need to Succeed - and How to Find Out If You Have It

Whether you succeed at work may depend on many factors—intelligence, empathy, self-control, talent and persistence, to name a few. But one determinant may outweigh many of these: how you perceive those around you. New research suggests that your ...

Feb 9

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Facebook Use Elevates Mood, New Study Shows

People visit social networking sites such as Facebook for many reasons, including the positive emotional experience that people enjoy and want to repeat, according to an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed ...

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New test to determine an individual's mental health state developed ...

This new tool has 47 statements that describe how one reacts in stressful situations. Individuals rate how accurately each statement describes them on a scale of one to six. The higher the number, the more positive one's mental health is. The ...

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Multiple-Choice Tests: Why Sticking With Your First Answer is ...

The standard advice for multiple-choice tests is: if in doubt, stick with your first answer. College students believe it: about 75% agree that changing your first choice will lower your score overall (Kruger et al., 2005). Instructors believe it as ...

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How Emotions Jump from Face to Face

A man's face can "grab" anger from someone standing nearby. But a woman's face tends to grab happiness. Disability advocates were seeing red after two elderly women with medical conditions were allegedly strip-searched by TSA agents at New York’s ...

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Young Love Really Can Hurt: Parents Can Use Valentine's Month to ...

Teen dating: it's a subject that causes many parents to shudder and shy away. But romance is a fact of life for young people, and parents can use Valentine's Day to start important conversations with their teens or pre-teens that can make dating and ...

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Psychology Professor Writes Poorly Focused Article about Ritalin in ...

On January 29, 2012, the New York Times Sunday Review of the Week featured a piece entitled , "Ritalin Gone Wrong." Written by L. Alan Sroufe, Ph.D., a retired psychology professor. The article is poorly focused: its central claim that Ritalin ...

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Where do you draw the line between accommodating others and being ...

I am not an accommodating person. I draw a line quickly and if you cross it, well that’s it for our relationship. When I was younger, I was just too nice and accommodating and that allowed people around me really take advantage of me. I took a lot ...

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Positive parenting during early childhood may prevent obesity

Programs that support parents during their child's early years hold promise for obesity prevention, according to a new study in the online February 6 issue of Pediatrics. Today, one out of five American children is obese. Young children who are ...

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