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  1. Fire Walking Ritual Gives Clues to How People Bond

    May 2, 2011 -- The hearts of people who perform the daring feat of fire walking beat in sync with loved ones watching them complete the ceremony. A new study shows the heart rates of fire walkers were synchronized with friends and family watching a fire walking ceremony in a way different from other

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  2. Meditation May Reduce Pain

    April 6, 2011 -- Even very brief instruction in meditation appears to help people cope with pain, and a newly published brain imaging study may explain why. After just four, 20-minute instructional sessions in mindfulness meditation, most participants in the small study experienced big reductions in

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  3. Women Feel Guiltier About Today’s ‘24/7’ Jobs

    March 9, 2011 -- In today’s 24/7 global economy, a nine-to-five job is not standard anymore. From emails and texts to faxes and phone calls, it can be hard -- if not impossible -- to leave the office behind. And women tend to feel a lot guiltier about receiving such work-related communications at ho

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  4. Facebook Boosts Self-esteem

    March 4, 2011 -- If you’re feeling a little blue, don’t look into a mirror. Take a gander instead at your Facebook page, which may boost your self-esteem. That’s the conclusion of a new study by Cornell University researchers involving the wildly popular online social networking site. The reasons fo

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  5. Are Doctors Showing Enough Empathy?

    Jan. 24, 2011 -- Even some of the most highly trained doctors routinely fail to provide a critical component of care to their patients -- empathy, a new analysis shows. Research suggests that when doctors respond empathetically at appropriate times their patients tend to be happier and more motivate

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  6. A Good Mood May Be Secret to Creativity

    Dec. 17, 2010 -- It may be a good idea to get into a good mood before tackling a tricky task. A good mood may help boost your problem-solving skills and let you think more creatively, a new study suggests. And putting yourself into a good mood may be as easy as watching a funny video or listening to

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  7. Wandering Mind May Lead to Unhappiness

    Nov. 11, 2010 -- People are happiest when having sex, exercising, or talking to others -- in large part because such activities require enough concentration to keep their minds from wandering, new research indicates. In general, people spend almost half their waking hours thinking about something ot

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  8. Walnuts Reduce Stress

    Oct. 6, 2010 -- Regularly eating a handful of walnuts can affect the blood pressure response to stress, according to a new study. “People who show an exaggerated biological response to stress are at higher risk of heart disease,” study author Sheila G. West, PhD, of Pennsylvania State University, sa

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  9. Key to Happiness Lies in Choices You Make

    Oct. 4, 2010 -- A new study suggests the key to long-term happiness may lie not only in your genes, but also in the choices you make in life. Researchers say the findings contradict the popular notion that life satisfaction is largely determined by a person's genes, marital status, or personality. I

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  10. Hurt Feelings Can Hurt the Heart

    Sept. 29, 2010 -- Social rejection doesn’t just feel heartbreaking, it makes your heart rate drop, a new study shows. Scientists in the Netherlands say the disappointment of feeling you’re not liked can cause the heart rate to slow for a moment, or even longer. The bottom line: Feeling as if you’ve

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