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    1. Secret Santa or Grinch? Brain Scans May Tell

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you spend the Christmas season decking the halls and whistling Christmas tunes, or grumbling "bah humbug" at holiday-spirited passers-by may depend largely on a particular network of nerves in your brain, a sm

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    2. Unhappiness Won't Kill You

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some good news for the grim and the grumpy: A new study claims that unhappiness itself has no direct effect on whether people will die before their time. Women in poor health are more likely to be unhappy, but t

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    3. Cohabitation, Marriage Boost Women's Mental Health

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Living together or getting married provides young adults -- especially women -- with a boost to emotional health, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 8,700 Americans who were born between 1980 and 1984, and in

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    4. Too Much TV When Young May Hamper Middle-Age Brain

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who watch tons of TV, and spend more time on the couch than at the gym, may end up paying for it with diminished mental performance in middle-age, new research suggests. "We found that low physical activity and

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    5. Many Americans 30 and Older Find Happiness Elusive

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans 30 and older are less happy than generations past, while teens and 20-somethings seem more satisfied with their lives than ever, a new study finds. Researchers said the pattern marks a striking reversal of what stu

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    6. Cortisol Controls Stress, but What Else?

      Nov. 9, 2015 -- Although cortisol is known as the “stress hormone,” researchers suspect it plays a much larger role in our health. A recent study, for example, linked cortisol to memory in older adults. People with unusually high nighttime cortisol levels had reduced brain size and did more poorly o

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    7. Go on a Meditation Retreat

      By Jenn Sturiale Meditation is not a team sport. There are no teammates to help us sit on our cushions, and there are definitely no finish lines or cheering fans. Most often an intensely solitary pursuit, meditation takes us on a personal, inward journey. So then, what's the deal with meditation ret

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    8. Stop Hiding Behind Social Media

      By Jenn La Lima Are you in social solitude? If your social life has gone mostly digital, you might be. Social media certainly helps us keep in touch, despite our busy lives. But on some level, many of us are in hiding. Don’t let these excuses keep you stuck in a life of increasing social solitude! B

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    9. Is It Better to Meditate in Silence?

      By Jenn Sturiale The Rumor: You can only really meditate in complete silence As if it isn’t difficult enough to find the time to meditate, some styles of meditation prescribe complete silence as their way of getting into the zone. Confusingly, other schools advocate the use of mantras or chants to g

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    10. Be Your Best Self

      By Kira Goldenberg Life can easily get overwhelming. For one thing, we Americans tend to work hundreds more hours per year than people from other Western countries. Plus, it’s flu season right now. And that laundry won’t wash itself. One way to deal with it all is to broaden and shift your perspecti

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