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    1. People Happier, Less Stressed After Middle Age

      May 18, 2010 -- People are happier, less stressed, and feel better about themselves after age 50, new research indicates. The study's findings are based on a 2008 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index telephone survey of more that 340,000 people, and researchers say the results show overall feelings of

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    2. Mom's Voice Soothes Stress, Even by Phone

      May 13, 2010 -- A kind word from mom by phone may be as good as a hug in calming the frayed nerves of frazzled daughters, a new study indicates. In the study, which involved 61 girls aged 7 to 12, researchers say a mere phone call from their moms helped reduce the stress levels of the youngsters. Le

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    3. Laughter Affects Appetite Much Like a Workout Does

      April 27, 2010 (Anaheim, Calif.) -- A hearty laugh and a moderate workout may have more in common than anyone thought. Both affect the appetite hormones in much the same way, says Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, director of the molecular research laboratory at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and a

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    4. Carbon Dioxide a Clue in Near-Death Experiences

      April 7, 2010 -- There may be a sound scientific explanation behind the strange near-death experiences reported by many people who go into cardiac arrest. A new study suggests a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood during cardiac arrest may cause the sensations of life flashing before the eyes, fe

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    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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