Life After Cigarettes: Compared With Those Who Continue to Smoke, ...

Life without cigarettes is not all doom and gloom. In fact, successful quitters are more satisfied with their lives and feel healthier, both one year and three years afterwards, than those who continue to smoke. That's according to new research by ...

Dec 14

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Friends and Loved Ones Yawn Together

Everybody knows that yawning is contagious. When a person yawns, other people can respond by yawning. What wasn't known is that "yawn transmission" is more frequent, and faster, between people sharing an empathic bond: close friends, kin, and mates. ...

Dec 13

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Working moms feel better than stay-at-home moms, study finds

Mothers with jobs tend to be healthier and happier than moms who stay at home during their children's infancy and pre-school years, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers analyzed National Institute ...

Dec 13

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Why People Secretly Fear Creative Ideas

Why creative ideas are often rejected in favour of conformity and uniformity. Does society really value creativity? People say they want more creative people, more creative ideas and solutions, but do they really? For one thing teachers don't ...

Dec 12

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Investigating Amazing Psychology

When we are children we tend to dream about what we will do as adults. The many careers that we choose are one like police officers, school teachers, doctors, astronauts, cowboys and movie stars. While this sounds very similar to psychology there ...

Dec 12

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National Pride Brings Happiness, but What You're Proud of Matters

Research shows that feeling good about your country also makes you feel good about your own life -- and many people take that as good news. But Matthew Wright, a political scientist at American University, and Tim Reeskens, a sociologist from ...

Dec 10

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Put the Wind in Your Sails by Using Your Strengths

We all have strengths and weaknesses of character. For some people it’s natural and fulfilling to learn, be curious, and use creativity. For others, they are prone to serving, being kind, and developing spiritually. Positive psychologists ...

Dec 10

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How Preference Affects Quick Choices

Have you ever wondered if your preferences bias the choices you make? You make choices all the time, whether you are aware of them or not. Many different factors probably work together to affect the option you end up choosing. Which do you think are ...

Dec 9

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The trouble with bright kids

It is not easy to live up to your full potential. There are so many obstacles that can get in the way: Bosses who do not appreciate what you have to offer, tedious projects that take up too much time, economies with scarce job opportunities, the ...

Dec 9

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Swearing is good for you (unless you're like Gordon)

Study reveals that cursing can relieve pain – but only when practised in moderation. Victims of paper cuts and stubbed toes don't need scientists to tell them about the pain-healing power of cursing but research suggests the more you swear, the ...

Dec 7

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Baby See, Baby Do? Yes, Unless You Trick Them

Babies love to imitate. Ask any parent and they'll report how infants mimic sounds, facial expressions and actions they observe. Now new research from Concordia University, published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development, has found that ...

Dec 7

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Playing Nice: Getting Along with Difficult Colleagues

Let’s face it – if you spend a lot of time at work, you spend a lot of time with your colleagues. Of course, you have some coworkers with whom you actually enjoy spending time, while others, shall we say, you’d prefer to see a little less ...

Dec 6

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Autism May Involve Disordered White Matter in the Brain

It's still unclear what's different in the brains of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), but evidence from genetic and cell studies points to abnormalities in how brain cells (neurons) connect to each other. A study at Children's Hospital ...

Dec 6

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Can People Be Too Happy?

Everyone goes through life in search of happiness. We work to relieve pain, experience pleasure, and reach our goals to be satisfied with our life. But what if we are already pretty happy? Does it serve a purpose to work to find ...

Dec 5

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The psychology of bargaining

How to haggle from a position of ignorance. I bought two rugs in Morocco, but the first purchase revealed a depth of naivité within me that is too painful to share. Let's just say that I overpaid. A couple of days later, I took the train from ...

Dec 5

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