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  1. Emotional Well-Being: The Benefits of Adversity

    It's true: What doesn't kill you will make you stronger. To a point. Beth Elliott nursed her mother through the last stages of cancer. Less than two years later, her husband learned he had only a few months to live. Six months after he died, Elliott herself was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. What wo

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  2. The Secret (and Surprising) Power of Naps

    Naps help Constance Kobylarz Wilde, 58, recharge, especially if she takes them right after lunch. Wilde, a marketing manager and health blogger in Mountain View, Calif., is constantly juggling her schedule as a working mom and family caregiver. She's up by 6 a.m. every day and tries to go to bed by

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  3. Meditation May Help Brain Tune Out Distractions

    Nov. 21, 2011 -- People who meditate may be able to use their brain in ways others can't to tune out distractions and focus on the task at hand. A new study shows that experienced meditators may have less activity in parts of the brain associated with daydreaming and distraction while meditating and

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  4. How Giving Love Makes You Feel Loved

    By Gretchen Rubin When our two daughters were little, they'd greet my husband and me with wild enthusiasm whenever we walked in the door, and they often cried miserably when we left. More recently, however, they had sometimes barely looked up from their games or homework or books when we walked in o

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  5. Body Language Reveals ‘Empathy Gene’

    Nov. 14, 2011 -- An empathetic nod or smile may say something about your genes as well as your heart. A new study suggests empathetic body language and behavior are linked to a genetic variation associated with sociability. People with the “prosocial” gene displayed more caring and trusting nonverba

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  6. Why the Sound of Fingernails on a Chalkboard Irks You

    Nov. 4, 2011 -- The mere thought of fingernails scratching a chalkboard can be enough to set some people on edge. Now, a new study may help explain why. Researchers say the shape of the human ear may amplify certain aspects of the sound of fingernails or chalk scraping on a chalkboard to make it eve

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  7. Happy People Live Longer?

    Oct. 31, 2011 -- Could happiness be the key to a long, or at least longer, life? Maybe, researchers say. In a study from the UK, older people who said they were happy, even for a little while, were less likely to die over a five-year period. And the happier they were, the longer they lived. Overall,

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  8. Magic Mushroom Drug Has an 'Anti-Aging Effect' on Personality

    Sept. 29, 2011 -- Psilocybin, the drug in “magic mushrooms,” helps many people become more open, creative, and curious after they take a single high dose, a new study shows. Ordinarily, researchers say, after age 30 personality is a pretty fixed part of who we are. When people do change their stripe

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  9. Twitter Tracks Mood Swings

    Sept. 29, 2011 -- Twitter may tell us a whole lot more than whether or not actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are really on the rocks or what reality TV star Kim Kardashian had over for lunch. All of this tweeting may actually give researchers a glimpse into moods and mood patterns across the glob

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  10. Keep Holiday Stress to a Minimum: Learn to Say No

    For many of us, the holidays were magical in childhood, carefree times to be savored. But then we grew into hordes of harried adults, falling victim to the season's high expectations. Holiday stress has become as much a tradition as the Christmas ham. "People are overcommitted," says Marc D. Skelton

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