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Children Benefit from Accurate Perceptions of Likability
Children with realistic perceptions of how well they are liked by peers are less likely to become depressed--even if they are not well liked, research at Florida State University shows. At the beginning and six months into the schoolyear, students in grade...
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Happiness Can Be Distracting, Researchers Say
A new study reports that feelings of happiness boost creativity--but make it harder to focus on a single task. As the brain receives data from all of the body's sensory organs--the eyes, nose, mouth, skin and ears--it must decide what is immediately pertine...
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Video Game Fun Rooted in Basic Psychological Needs
New video games and cutting-edge consoles freshly unwrapped, millions of gamers are now sitting down with for what most perceive as a bit of post-holiday fun. However, researchers at the University of Rochester in New York report that the motivation to play...
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New Research on Happiness Says Life Events Do Matter
Popular psychological wisdom that says rich or poor, lucky or unlucky, individual happiness is stuck around a set point that merely fluctuates with good and bad events only to return to that point is wrong, according to a new study on human happiness. Rathe...
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Women Of All Sizes Feel Bad About Their Bodies After Viewing Models
We're all familiar with the studies that show heavier women feel worse after seeing images of the "thin-ideal" women portrayed on television and in magazines. However, a new study published in this month's Sex Roles: A Journal of Research shows that even w...
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PsychBriefs: October 14-20, 2007
Our weekly wrap-up of news, interesting research, and noteworthy happenings in the worlds of psychiatry, psychology, and social work.
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Midlife Crisis A Global Phenomenon
The happiest times occur early and late in life while midlife proves to be a low-point, shows a new analysis of depression across the world.
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Is Happiness Genetic?
While about half of the happiness we experience in life comes from factors such as relationships and health, the rest of it may be a matter of inheriting the right genes, shows a new study on twins.
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It's Not How Much You Earn, But How You Spend It
Money can buy happiness--if you spend it on other people. Research from the current edition of the journal Science shows that even for people with little to spend, the greater percentage of income used for charity or gifts, the greater levels of personal happiness.
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Why Women Start Life Happier, But End Up Less Content
Research to be published in the Journal of Happiness Studies shows that American women have the advantage over their male counterparts when it comes to happiness early in life and share similar goals when it comes to finances and family.
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Renters Just As Happy As Homeowners
Research from the height of the housing boom shows that homeowners are neither happier nor more involved in their communities compared to renters.
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What Do Happy People Talk About?
Bobby McFerrin may have been wrong when he sang, "Don't worry, be happy." A new study shows that people who tackle heavy topics in daily conversation actually report higher levels of happiness than those who keep it light.
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Smile -- You'll Live Longer
Smiling can elevate your mood, make you more attractive to others and even boost your immune system. But can it also make you live longer?
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Thoughts on Happiness & Having Kids
A study shows having children doesn't make parents happier. But is being happy all that matters?
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New Research Finds Set Point Theory Of Happiness Flawed
For years psychologists have theorized that we have a genetically set happiness point that we return to even after major setbacks or joys. However, new research suggests that in fact, happiness levels are not static and in fact tend to increase over time.
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