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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Money Can Only Buy So Much Happiness

    Sept. 7, 2010 -- Money may shape your outlook on life, but it can only buy so much when it comes to your daily happiness. "More money does not necessarily buy more happiness," write researcher Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University and colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienc

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  4. Study: Hands-Free Headsets Don't Improve Driving Safety

    Aug. 13, 2010 (San Diego) -- Ditch the phone if you drive. That's the bottom line of a new study that found using hands-free headsets while driving doesn't result in fewer accidents, echoing the results of many previous studies. ''When you are on the phone, you are only using part of your brain to d

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  5. How You View Others Says a Lot About Self

    Aug. 6, 2010 -- You might want to think twice before you talk about others, because your words could reveal a lot about your own personality traits, even ones that you may not be aware of, or clues to whether you’re kind or mean. That’s the finding of a new study, which concludes that the way you vi

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  6. Stay Busy, Stay Happy

    Aug. 3, 2010 -- People who stay busy with tasks tend to be happier than idle folks, new research indicates. Researchers at the University of Chicago and Shanghai Jiaotong University enrolled 98 college students to take part in experiments requiring them to either be idle for 15 minutes or take a wal

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  7. Rejection Affects Health

    Aug. 2, 2010 -- Rejection triggers responses in the body that can increase a person’s risk for maladies such as asthma, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and depression, a new study says. Scientists at UCLA recruited 124 healthy young adults to participate in a lab-based test aimed at determining w

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  8. Social Ties Can Add Years to Your Life

    July 27, 2010 -- Good friends and family do more than make life worth living. These relationships can actually add years to your life. A new study shows that people with lots of close friends and family around will likely live a lot longer than  lonesome people. The study appears in the July issue o

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  9. Superstitions Boost Confidence, Performance

    July 16, 2010 -- Don’t throw out that lucky rabbit’s foot or trash your lucky socks. A study shows that believing in a superstition can actually improve your performance on a task by boosting your self-confidence. It’s a commonly held notion that superstitions are irrational and not logically connec

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  10. Buddhist Meditation Boosts Concentration Skills

    July 15, 2010 -- People who learn how to meditate using Buddhist techniques not only may find a bit of peace in life, but also can improve their attention and focus a new study shows. Psychologist Katherine A. MacLean, PhD, and other researchers, signed up 30 people with an average age of 49 to go o

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