Happiness News

Positive Emotions Affect Baby Memories

November 27th, 2014
While developmental experts strongly recommend for parents to play and talk to their five-month old baby, many wonder if the child remembers any of it a day later. Now, a new Brigham Young University study suggests the infant remembers the good times, if ...

Don’t Like Your Boss? Don’t Fake It

November 22nd, 2014
Don’t particularly like your boss? A new study shows that it’s counterproductive to “fake it.” In fact, your job performance can actually improve once you and your boss see eye-to-eye about your relationship. “Seeing eye-to-eye about the employee-supervisor relationship is equally -- if ...

Racial Discrimination, Family Issues Key Sources of Stress in Latina Immigrants

November 21st, 2014
For Latina immigrant women, racial discrimination and family issues are key sources of stress as they try to adapt to U.S. culture, according to new research at the University of Illinois. But whether this cultural stress translates into psychological distress depends on ...

Many Obese People Don’t See Themselves That Way

November 16th, 2014
A majority of obese people in Britain do not describe themselves as obese, according to a new study. In fact, the Cancer Research UK study found that many obese people do not even describe themselves as “very overweight.” According to the study of 2,000 ...

Overcoming Fear With Oxytocin

November 15th, 2014
Researchers at the University of Bonn Hospital have demonstrated that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain, allowing fear to subside more easily. The study, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, could usher in a new era in ...

Relationship Evolution Predicted by Memory of Significant Events

November 11th, 2014
New research suggests the degree by which dating couples accurately remember their relationship history is a predictor of commitment and ensuing marriage. University of Illinois investigators determined dating couples who have moved toward marriage have precise memories of what was going on at ...

Liberals Seem Motivated by Emotion More Than Conservatives

November 9th, 2014
A new study shows that emotions have a greater influence on liberals than conservatives. While the study, conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and possible steps towards its resolution, researchers say ...

Sense of Meaning & Purpose Linked to Longer Life

November 8th, 2014
A new study found that people with the greatest well-being are 30 percent less likely to die during an eight-year follow-up period than those with the least well-being. For the study, researchers at the University College London (UCL), Princeton University, and Stony Brook ...

Should Individual Happiness Be a Political Goal?

November 5th, 2014
A new study examines the benefit of developing a unit of measurement that could serve as a proxy for individual happiness and psychological well-being. The measure could reflect societal conditions and the effectiveness of social policies. The metric could then be used in ...

Changes in Speech Patterns Could Be Used to Monitor Mental Health

November 2nd, 2014
New research may lead to a smartphone app that analyzes your speech to monitor your mental health. It’s based on research from the University of Maryland that shows that certain vocal features change as feelings of depression worsen. Researchers envision the day when those ...