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  1. Can Your Happiness Change for Good?

    March 7, 2007 -- Once happy, always happy? Once grumpy, always grumpy? Maybe not, according to a new review of happiness research. The review focuses on the "happiness set point" theory, which suggests that people have a happiness set point, a natural level of happiness they gravitate to, despite te

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  2. Stress Squeezes 4 in 10 Americans

    Jan. 30, 2007 -- Four in 10 Americans often feel stressed, a Gallup poll shows. U.S. stress levels haven't changed much in recent years. Since 1994, between 33% and 42% of Americans have reported frequent stress. In the latest Gallup poll, of 1,010 adults telephoned Dec. 11-14 of last year, 38% repo

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  3. Stress Squeezes 4 in 10 Americans

    Jan. 30, 2007 -- Four in 10 Americans often feel stressed, a Gallup poll shows. U.S. stress levels haven't changed much in recent years. Since 1994, between 33% and 42% of Americans have reported frequent stress. In the latest Gallup poll, of 1,010 adults telephoned Dec. 11-14 of last year, 38% repo

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  4. Why We Procrastinate

    Jan. 12, 2007 -- The reason we procrastinate may be more about confidence than perfectionism, a new study says. Contrary to popular belief, procrastinators generally aren't perfectionists; instead, they're more likely to delay tasks they're not confident about, says researcher Piers Steel, PhD. Stee

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  5. Marriage Beats Money for Happiness

    Jan. 4, 2007 -- When reaching for the key to happiness, it's better to go for the golden ring than the greenback. A new Gallup poll of 1,010 adults shows most Americans are generally satisfied with the way their personal life is going. But those with higher personal incomes and especially those who

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  6. Holding Hands May Reduce Stress

    Dec. 20, 2006 -- In a happy marriage? Holding hands with your spouse may help you reduce stress . That's what psychology experts from the University of Virginia found when they studied happily married couples. James Coan, PhD, and colleagues conducted the study, which included 16 happily married cou

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  7. Health Week In Review 11-17-06

    Nov. 17, 2006 -- Why waltzing may be good for the heart, how heart attack care can be improved, and which habits may increase a man's life all made big headlines this week. From silicone breast implants being OK'd to a warning for the flu drug Tamiflu, get a snapshot of the week that was. In a drama

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  8. Happiness Good for Health

    Nov. 10, 2006 -- Happiness may do more than put a smile on your face; it might also improve your health. That's according to a study by Sheldon Cohen, PhD, and colleagues. Cohen is the Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. "We need to take more se

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  9. Stress May Have Caused Man's Amnesia

    Oct. 24, 2006 -- Jeffrey Alan Ingram didn't know his name or how he had ended up in Denver. So he went on TV and asked if anyone recognized him. Someone did -- his fiancée, who was back in Olympia, Wash. According to wire reports, the 40-year-old Ingram left his Olympia home on Sept. 6 with plans to

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  10. Logic Takes Over When Emotion Fails

    Sept. 20, 2006 -- In the face of emotional confusion, the brain calls on logic to override its emotional center. That's the finding of a brain study published in Neuron. Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, and colleagues studied 19 healthy volunteers -- 10 women and nine men -- who were, on average, about 26 years

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