Happiness News

Can Social Media Help You Out of a Bad Mood ?

October 3rd, 2014
A new study suggests that when people are in a bad mood they often turn to social networks sites to find friends who are in the same or even worse state of mind. Although use of social media is generally associated with ...

Coaching COPD Patients on Coping Helps Boost Quality of Life

September 28th, 2014
Coaching patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on how to manage stress, practice relaxation, and participate in light exercise can boost a patient's quality of life, improving both mental and physical health, according to a new study. About 15 million Americans have ...

Bariatric Surgery Doesn’t Lift Mood for Everyone

September 27th, 2014
While most severely obese people are much happier once they lose weight after bariatric surgery, this isn’t true for all patients, according to new research. In fact, based on the findings of their new study, researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine ...

Psychotherapy Beats Medication for Social Anxiety Disorder

September 27th, 2014
While antidepressants are the most commonly used treatment for social anxiety disorder, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is more effective and -- unlike medication -- can have lasting effects long after treatment has stopped, according to a new study. CBT is one of ...

Does Looking for Love Online Stand Test of Time?

September 26th, 2014
Online dating sites, social media and specific apps have significantly changed the way singles meet, date, develop relationships, and even marry. A new study looks at this practice and compares online and offline meeting venues and if the setting of the initial meeting ...

Tending To The Emotional Needs of Alzheimer’s Patients

September 26th, 2014
A new University of Iowa (UI) study suggests that Alzheimer’s caregivers have a profound influence -- good or bad -- on the emotional state of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Patients may not remember a recent visit by a loved one or having been ...

Many Single Parents Have Active Sex Life

September 24th, 2014
New research counters the notion that a single parent of a child younger than five has a limited social life, if a social life at all. Researchers from the Kinsey Institute discovered single parents of children younger than five date and are sexually ...

Domestic Violence More Likely for Same-Sex Couples

September 21st, 2014
Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently -- and likely more so -- between same-sex couples, according to a review of literature conducted by researchers at Northwestern Medicine. “Evidence suggests that the minority stress model may explain these high prevalence rates,” said senior ...

New App Monitors Students’ Mental Health

September 19th, 2014
Researchers have developed a smartphone application that passively monitors a student’s mental health and compares their mental status to academic performance and recent behavior. Dartmouth researchers say the StudentLife app, compares students' happiness, stress, depression, and loneliness to their academic performance. They say the ...

Walking or Cycling to Work Boosts Mental Well-Being

September 14th, 2014
Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work, according to a new study. Research by health economists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) in the United ...