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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Tai Chi, Qigong Good for Body, Mind

    July 2, 2010 -- The ancient Chinese wellness practices known as tai chi and qigong provide many physical and mental health advantages, including helping the heart, immune system, and one's quality of life, according to a new analysis Linda Larkey, PhD, of Arizona State University, and her colleagues

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  7. Can Money Buy Happiness?

    July 1, 2010 -- All over the world, life satisfaction rises with income, but income is not necessarily highly correlated with positive feelings and enjoying yourself, new research indicates. An analysis of findings from a study of 136,000 people in 132 countries also suggests that there is no single

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  8. Sense of Touch Affects Our World View

    June 24, 2010 -- Our sense of touch profoundly affects how we view the world and other people, influencing thoughts and behavior, new research indicates. Investigators at Yale, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology report that textures, shapes, and weights can influence judgments an

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  9. People Happier, Less Stressed After Middle Age

    May 18, 2010 -- People are happier, less stressed, and feel better about themselves after age 50, new research indicates. The study's findings are based on a 2008 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index telephone survey of more that 340,000 people, and researchers say the results show overall feelings of

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  10. Mom's Voice Soothes Stress, Even by Phone

    May 13, 2010 -- A kind word from mom by phone may be as good as a hug in calming the frayed nerves of frazzled daughters, a new study indicates. In the study, which involved 61 girls aged 7 to 12, researchers say a mere phone call from their moms helped reduce the stress levels of the youngsters. Le

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