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  1. Social Ties Can Add Years to Your Life

    July 27, 2010 -- Good friends and family do more than make life worth living. These relationships can actually add years to your life. A new study shows that people with lots of close friends and family around will likely live a lot longer than  lonesome people. The study appears in the July issue o

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  2. Superstitions Boost Confidence, Performance

    July 16, 2010 -- Don’t throw out that lucky rabbit’s foot or trash your lucky socks. A study shows that believing in a superstition can actually improve your performance on a task by boosting your self-confidence. It’s a commonly held notion that superstitions are irrational and not logically connec

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  3. Buddhist Meditation Boosts Concentration Skills

    July 15, 2010 -- People who learn how to meditate using Buddhist techniques not only may find a bit of peace in life, but also can improve their attention and focus a new study shows. Psychologist Katherine A. MacLean, PhD, and other researchers, signed up 30 people with an average age of 49 to go o

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  4. Tai Chi, Qigong Good for Body, Mind

    July 2, 2010 -- The ancient Chinese wellness practices known as tai chi and qigong provide many physical and mental health advantages, including helping the heart, immune system, and one's quality of life, according to a new analysis Linda Larkey, PhD, of Arizona State University, and her colleagues

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  5. Get Back to Happy

    Whether you bounce back from setbacks quickly -- or take a tumble and are slow to recover -- you can train yourself to spend less time worried and more time happy. In day-to-day life, we all cope with challenges that can range from relatively minor stresses, like a bounced check, to longer-term chal

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  6. Can Money Buy Happiness?

    July 1, 2010 -- All over the world, life satisfaction rises with income, but income is not necessarily highly correlated with positive feelings and enjoying yourself, new research indicates. An analysis of findings from a study of 136,000 people in 132 countries also suggests that there is no single

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  7. Good-Life Activities for Your Family

    You may have heard it on the news or morning talk shows: Have dinner together as a family often. There’s even a national initiative, Family Day, that reminds parents “what your kids really want at the dinner table is you.” Studies have found that kids who have frequent family dinners are less likely

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  8. Clear the Clutter Out of Your Life

    Simi Nwogugu of Brooklyn, New York, felt that her life was filled with clutter. Her drawers were filled with old notes and books from business school and years of paid bills. Toys that her sons had outgrown still littered the house. In fact, she felt so mentally cluttered that she couldn’t do the on

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  9. Good Friends Are Good for You

    "You got to have friends to make that day last long," sings Bette Midler. But good friends may help your life last longer, too, according to an Australian study. Conducted by the Centre for Ageing Studies at Flinders University, the study followed nearly 1,500 older people for 10 years. It found tha

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  10. Sense of Touch Affects Our World View

    June 24, 2010 -- Our sense of touch profoundly affects how we view the world and other people, influencing thoughts and behavior, new research indicates. Investigators at Yale, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology report that textures, shapes, and weights can influence judgments an

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