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Meditation Improves Emotional Health
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Meditation Improves Emotional Health

OK, perhaps it’s not all that surprising: meditation tends to level our emotions–in a good way. And according to researchers at Michigan State University, it does so even for people who are not particularly “mindful,” meaning those who don’t usually enjoy a moment-by-moment awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings and sensations. […]

Happy Spouse, Healthy You
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Happy Spouse, Healthy You

It offers the same health benefit as exercise, but it’s a lot easier: keep your spouse happy. Researchers at Michigan State University who studied 1,981 married couples have found that people with happy spouses were much more likely to report better health, regardless of a person’s own happiness. A Michigan […]

What Is the Season of Divorce?
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What Is the Season of Divorce?

Good question. In fact, there are two seasons of divorce: March and August, the periods following winter and summer vacations.  We know that because researchers at the University of Washington analyzed divorce filings in Washington state between 2001 and 2015. A U of Washington news release reports that the findings suggest that […]

Stressed? Make Some Art
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Stressed? Make Some Art

Feeling stressed? Paint a picture, even a bad picture. Researchers at Drexel University are convinced that making art, pretty much any art, reduces the stress hormones in our bodies. Most of the time.  A Drexel news release reports that the researchers studied 39 adults, ranging from 18 to 59 years old, […]

Standing Desks Boost Productivity
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Standing Desks Boost Productivity

Yes, standing desks help us burn more calories, and they also appear to improve our attention. Now comes a report from researchers at Texas A&M suggesting that standing desks also improve productivity. A Texas A&M news release reports that when researchers examined the productivity differences between two groups of call center […]

Yes, Women Really Are Nicer Than Men
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Yes, Women Really Are Nicer Than Men

Yes, Virginia, women really are nicer than men are. How to we know? Because when researchers at Stony Brook University ran a computational analysis of the words used by more than 65,000 Facebook users in 10 million messages, they found that the language used by women is warmer and more […]

A Better Predictor of Mortality: Well-Being
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A Better Predictor of Mortality: Well-Being

Sure, athleticism is swell, but researchers at the University of Chicago have some new ideas about the best way to describe health and well-being. A University of Chicago news release reports that the new “comprehensive model” of health and aging considers factors such as psychological well-being, sensory function, mobility and health behaviors, […]

First Date? Sit Up Straight, Open Arms
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First Date? Sit Up Straight, Open Arms

Good posture doesn’t only help you get ahead in the workplace; it helps in the dating game too. We know that because researchers at the University of California at Berkeley videotaped 144 “speed dates” of men and women who spent four minutes talking to each other, then rated participants’ posture for […]

Why Anxiety Leads To Bad Decisions
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Why Anxiety Leads To Bad Decisions

Here’s a reason to be anxious about anxiety: it can lead us to bad decisions. That’s the verdict of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, who have found that anxiety disengages a region of the brain called the prefrontal cortex (PFC), which is critical for flexible decision making. A U of […]