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    1. Job Loss? Watch Your Health

      May 8, 2009 -- Health can take a turn for the worse after job loss, a new report shows. The report comes from Kate Strully, PhD, of the sociology department at New York's University of Albany. While doing research at the Harvard School of Public Health as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholar, St

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    2. Distressed? Not So Much in Hawaii

      April 14, 2009 -- It's rarer to have string of stressed-out days in Hawaii than in any other state, a new study shows. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is based on about 2.4 million U.S. adults who participated in CDC surveys from 1993 to 2001 and 2003 to 2006. Pa

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    3. Utah Tops Survey of Well-Being in U.S.

      March 11, 2009 -- No wonder Gallup's pollsters rank Utah No. 1 in the nation in terms of its residents' feelings of well-being. They must talk to lots of people like George W. Marlow. "It's beautiful," says Marlow, 60, a transplant from Georgia. "It's easy to be physically fit. The people are real f

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    4. Do Dreams Reveal Hidden Truths?

      Feb. 19, 2009 -- Everybody dreams, but just what do our dreams mean? From Socrates and Descartes to Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, history's best-known philosophers and psychoanalysts have weighed in on the subject. Are dreams, as Freud and Jung believed, a window into our unconscious selves, or merel

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    5. 'Concrete' Ways to Beat Procrastination

      Jan. 15, 2009 -- Go ahead, do it. Don't wait. It won't get easier. There won't be a better time. So start. Right now. Just stop procrastinating, already! Chances are you've given yourself such admonitions many times, and chances are also good you will again, concludes an international team of psycho

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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