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Education Not Necessarily Tied to Happiness

Education Not Necessarily Tied to Happiness

March 30th, 2015
A new study suggests a good education may not improve your chances of happiness. University of Warwick researchers In the U.K. reviewed socioeconomic factors related to high mental well-being, such as level of education and personal finances. The study is published in the British ...
Marital Partners Usually Share Religious Beliefs

Marital Partners Usually Share Religious Beliefs

March 26th, 2015
New research suggests we tend to marry people with similar religious or non-religious beliefs because we perceive they will have similar personality traits. Investigators from New Zealand's University of Otago believe this phenomenon, known as "religious homogamy" is partially a result of inferences ...
Humans Seem Hard-Wired for Multiple Romantic Relationships

Humans Seem Hard-Wired for Multiple Romantic Relationships

March 26th, 2015
A new research review article suggests the human brain has been designed to rebound from past romantic relationships. That is, our psyche can handle falling in and out of love, over and over again. "Our review of the literature suggests we have a ...
Laughter Can Spark New Relationships

Laughter Can Spark New Relationships

March 19th, 2015
A great way to get to know someone better is to say something that makes them laugh. Sharing a few good giggles and chuckles makes people more willing to tell others something personal about themselves, without even necessarily being aware that they are ...
Liberals Seem to Display More Happiness

Liberals Seem to Display More Happiness

March 14th, 2015
A new study has found that politically liberal people exhibit happier speech patterns and facial expressions. The study is in contrast to previous research that found political conservatives report being happier than liberals, according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine. "The so-called ...
Abusing Pot in Teenage Years May Damage Adult Memory

Abusing Pot in Teenage Years May Damage Adult Memory

March 13th, 2015
A new study has found that teens who were heavy marijuana users have abnormal brain structure and perform poorly on memory tests. Northwestern University researchers found that teens who had smoked marijuana daily for around three years had an abnormally shaped hippocampus. The ...
History of Using Psychedelics Tied to Less Psychological Distress

History of Using Psychedelics Tied to Less Psychological Distress

March 11th, 2015
People with a history of psychedelic drug use tend to experience less psychological distress and fewer suicidal thoughts, planning, and attempts, according to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While the study authors ...
Borderline Testosterone Levels Linked to Higher Rates of Depression in Men

Borderline Testosterone Levels Linked to Higher Rates of Depression in Men

March 8th, 2015
Men with borderline testosterone levels have higher rates of depression and depressive symptoms than the general population, according to a new study. "Over half of men referred for borderline testosterone levels have depression,” said Michael S. Irwig, M.D., F.A.C.E., associate professor of medicine ...
Striving For A Goal? Beware of Progress Bias

Striving For A Goal? Beware of Progress Bias

March 8th, 2015
Trying to lose weight or save money? Don’t set yourself up for failure by falling victim to “progress bias,” new research warns. According to the new research, people tend to overestimate their progress towards a goal and underestimate setbacks. That may have led ...
Having a Strong Sense of Purpose Protects Your Heart

Having a Strong Sense of Purpose Protects Your Heart

March 7th, 2015
Having a strong sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to new findings by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt in New York. The researchers defined “purpose in life” as having ...