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  1. The Older You Are, the Happier You Get

    April 22, 2008 -- So much for the stereotype of the older adult as an isolated, sad hermit. Age and happiness may increase together, according to new research that suggests many older adults are very happy as well as socially active. The effects of older age on happiness are strong. Over a person's

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  2. Treated Unfairly? Here's Why You're Sore

    April 18, 2008 -- There's no escaping the fact that life isn't always fair, but that usually doesn't make unfair treatment any easier to accept. Now new brain imaging studies may help explain why. The research shows that being on the receiving end of fair treatment is rewarding, activating the same

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  3. Cut Stress by Anticipating Laughter?

    April 7, 2008 -- OK, take a deep breath. Now put your hand on your belly. Imagine your stomach jiggling, as if you are starting to laugh. You may have just taken a step toward reducing stress hormone levels. Researchers say merely anticipating a laugh can jump-start healthy changes in the body. The

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  4. Brain Can Learn Compassion via Meditation

    March 26, 2008 -- Practice may make perfect when it comes to kindness and compassion. A new study shows practicing kindness and compassion through regular meditation actually activates the brain and makes people more empathetic to others. It's the first study to use functional magnetic resonance ima

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  5. Stress May Hurt the Tender Heart

    March 24, 2008 -- Psychological stress may be bad for the heart, but stress management helps. So says psychiatry professor Joel Dimsdale, MD, of the University of California at San Diego. Writing in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology's April 1 edition, Dimsdale reviews 30 years of res

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  6. Unselfish Spending Boosts Happiness

    March 20, 2008 -- Want to feel happier? Spending money on other people or charities may make you feel better than splurging on something for yourself. Researchers report that news in tomorrow's edition of Science. First, they asked 632 Americans to rate their general happiness and report their incom

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  7. Tightwads Loosen Up; You’re Not Alone

    March 18, 2008 -- Do you hate to spend money and wince when you reach for your wallet? You've got lots of company. Tightwads outnumber spendthrifts by a 3-to-2 ratio, researchers report in the Journal of Consumer Research. Data came from surveys completed by 13,327 adults, most of whom heard about t

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  8. Happiness May Be in the Genes

    March 5, 2008 -- People tend to be hardwired for happiness, and new genetic research may help explain why. Past studies suggest that while 50% of happiness is due to situational factors like health, relationships, and career, the other 50% is due to genes. The new research identified largely inherit

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  9. A Doc's Life: Long Hours, Little Sleep

    March 4, 2008 -- Doctors may not be much better than their patients at getting enough sleep, a new poll shows. The poll comes from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). The ACCP includes all chest medicine disciplines, including pulmonology, cardiology, and, yes, sleep medicine. Some 5,00

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  10. Americans Working Late, Sleeping Less

    March 3, 2008 -- U.S. workers are logging long hours and taking their work home with them, and they often wind up weary for their efforts. That news comes from the National Sleep Foundation's 2008 Sleep in America Poll. The poll, conducted by telephone last fall, included a random sample of 1,000 U.

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