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    1. Darkness Spurs Dishonesty

      Feb. 19, 2010 -- Dim lighting encourages dishonest and unethical behavior, a new study finds. In three different experiments, researchers found that people behaved more selfishly and dishonestly when working in a dimly lit room or when wearing sunglasses. "Our results suggest that darkness, even exp

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    2. Facebook Reflects the Real You

      Feb. 18, 2010 -- The image you present to the world on Facebook is likely to reflect the real you. This finding is from a study by psychologists who sought to learn whether people fake it on Facebook and similar social networks, leaving “friends” with misleading impressions. It turns out that people

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    3. Are You a Workaholic?

      On the seventh day, even God rested. But for workaholics, the day of rest never comes. There is always one more email to read, one more phone call to take, one more critically important trip to the office that can't wait until Monday. Weekends? Holidays? Family? As the uber-workaholic Ebenezer Scroo

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    4. Dealing With the Jerk at Work

      Did you ever stop to wonder why the television sitcom The Office, which features a first-class office jerk -- the boss, no less -- is so popular? Simple. For starters, it's a theme to which so many of us can relate. If you've ever worked in an office, chances are you've encountered an office jerk --

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    5. No Joke: Laughter Is Universal

      Jan. 25, 2010 -- Laugh and the world laughs with you, literally. A new study suggests laughter is part of a universal language of basic emotions that all humans share. Researchers found that people from the UK and a remote African tribe were able to recognize basic emotions such as amusement, anger,

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    6. The Good Wife's Christine Baranski Talks About Good Living

      Christine Baranski, 57, has had a long and successful acting career on the stage (including The Real Thing, Nick and Nora, Sweeny Todd, and Mame) and on TV (Cybil, Frasier, and The Ghost Whisperer) as well as in a number of movies (including 9 ½ Weeks, Chicago, and Mamma Mia!). Recently she talked t

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    7. Southern States Are the Happiest

      Dec. 17, 2009 -- There may be something to be said for southern hospitality and sunshine. A new study shows that Southern states are the happiest while coastal rivals New York and California are at the bottom of the list. Researchers ranked the happiest states (plus the District of Columbia) on self

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    8. In One Year, Out the Other

      Here's a New Year's resolution anyone can keep: Resolve not to make any more New Year's resolutions. Now, wasn't that easy? If you're trying to pay down your credit cards, quit smoking, get a new job, find a mate, or shed some excess poundage, abandoning New Year's resolutions won't get you off the

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    9. Loneliness Can Be Contagious

      Dec. 1, 2009 -- Loneliness can spread like a contagious disease, new research indicates. Lonely people tend to share their loneliness with others, and their feelings of isolation and despair rub off on friends, neighbors, spouses, and even acquaintances, researchers report in the December issue of t

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    10. Dark Chocolate Takes Bite Out of Stress

      Nov. 13, 2009 -- Those stress-induced chocolate cravings may be justified after all. A new study shows that eating dark chocolate may lower levels of stress hormones in people feeling stressed out. Researchers found that eating the equivalent of one average-sized dark chocolate candy bar (1.4 ounces

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