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  1. Why You’re Not Happy

    Happiness can be a paradox: The more you reach for it, the more it seems to slip through your fingers. “Ask yourself if you’re happy, and you cease to be so,” says Darrin McMahon, PhD, author of Happiness: A History. How could this be true? Could it be you’re looking for happiness in all the wrong p

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  2. Pets Comfort College Students

    Dec. 26, 2008 -- Pets may be a source of stress relief, as well as companionship, for college students, a new study shows. The study included 241 students, mainly freshmen, at a commuter college in the Midwest. About 100 adults age 30 and older in the same area, but not affiliated with the college,

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  3. Popularity Gene Found?

    Dec. 22, 2008 -- Do you carry the popularity gene? Your genetic makeup can make you more likely to be liked, suggests behavioral geneticist S. Alexandra Burt, PhD, of Michigan State University. Your genes don't confer popularity. That's for others to decide. But Burt suggests that those carrying spe

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  4. Happiness Is Contagious

    Dec. 4, 2008 -- Could happiness be contagious? New research from Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Diego suggests that happiness is influenced not only by the people you know, but by the people they know. The study showed that happiness spreads through social networks, sor

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  5. Top Emotional Health Stories of 2008: Readers' Choice

    Feeling good, boosting energy, and finding balance -- things we all surely would like to achieve –resonated with readers in 2008’s turbulent economic times.  Even the Dalai Lama weighed in on easing stress. Those topics are among the most popular emotional health stories on WebMD for 2008.   13 Heal

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  6. Happy People Get the Big Picture

    Nov. 20, 2008 -- When you're in a bad mood and have your nose to the grindstone, all you see is the task at hand. But a good mood lets you see how the task fits into the bigger picture. This isn't a motivational motto, it's the finding from five psychology experiments by marketing researchers Aparna

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  7. Warm Hands, Warm Heart?

    Oct. 23, 2008 -- You're probably familiar with the expression, "cold hands, warm heart." Now there's science to show the opposite is true. Lawrence Williams, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and John A. Bargh, PhD, professor of psychology at Yale University, conduct

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  8. The Psychology of Political Ads

    Oct. 22, 2008 -- What do political campaigns and M&M's have in common? Quite a bit, when it comes to advertising. The first televised presidential ads were run by Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. The ads were created by Rosser Reeves, the same adman who touted candy-coated chocolates that "melt in your mo

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  9. Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

    Denise McVey knows holiday stress all too well. To be sure, she loves the holidays: going caroling, shopping, buying cards, enjoying the first snow, and, most of all, loving the look of delight on her toddler’s face on Christmas morning. But as the days until the holidays dwindle and the lines at th

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  10. Music Can Boost Your Mood

    Oct. 17, 2008 -- Whether we are listening to classical music in the car, country on the computer, or pop piped into the grocery store, music is prevalent in our lives -- and that music seems to correlate with mostly positive emotions. In a new study, 32 college students (aged 20 to 31) in Sweden tra

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