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20 Things You Can Do This Year To Change Your Life
There is no secret to happiness, but there is a science to it, says Tim Bono, a psychology lecturer in Arts and Sciences who teaches courses on happiness at Washington University in St. Louis.


Can We Unlearn The Fear That Creates Our Reality?
Imagination is a wonderful thing. Emotions are often a result of the mind telling us stories without our direction over the outcome. When we imagine any fear repeatedly in a safe environment, soon our phobia, and our brain's response to it, begins to subside.


As Couples Age, Humor and Tenderness Towards One Another Increases
A new UC Berkeley study shows those prickly disagreements that can mark the early and middle years of marriage mellow with age as conflicts give way to humor and acceptance.


Bad Bosses Teach Compassion, Create Exceptional Leaders
A new University of Central Florida study suggests abuse and mistreatment by those at the top of an organization do not necessarily lead to abusive behavior by lower-level leaders. When offered leadership opportunities, prior victims of workplace abuse are more likely to treat their own subordinates better by learning from the bad behavior of their bosses.


How Emotional Suppression Affects Children
'Not in front of the kids.' It's an age-old plea for parents to avoid showing conflict and strong negative emotions around their children. But new research from a Washington State University scientist disagrees, showing that it's better to express negative emotions in a healthy way than to tamp them down.


Study Explains Our Reaction To Uncomfortable and Painful Experiences
Exposure to uncomfortable sensations elicits a wide range of appropriate and quick reactions, from reflexive withdrawal to more complex feelings and behaviors. To better understand the body's innate response to harmful activity, researchers at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) have identified activity in the brain that governs these reactions.


Popular ASMR Videos Truly Are Euphoric
Many people experience Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), a relaxing sensation often triggered by gentle whispering which creates a "low-grade euphoria" characterized by "a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin. We are finally working out what it is and that it can be good for you.


The Reason You Can't Keep A Secret
"Don't tell anyone" is likely a phrase you have heard before or after someone tells you a secret. But why is it so hard to not spill the beans? One Baylor College of Medicine expert explains why this is a challenge.


Do People Notice The Difference Between Strategic Kindness and Real Kindness?
Psychologists at the University of Sussex have confirmed that the warm glow of kindness is real, even when there's nothing in it for you. In their study, published in NeuroImage, they undertook a major analysis of existing research showing the brain scans relating to over 1000 people making kind decisions. For the first time, they split the analysis between what happens in the brain when people act out of genuine altruism – where there's nothing in it for them – and when they act with strategic kindness – when there is something to be gained as a consequence.


People Enjoy Your Company Far More Than You Think
In our social lives, we're constantly engaged in what researchers call "meta-perception," or trying to figure out how other people see us. Do people think we're boring or interesting, selfish or altruistic, attractive or not?


Why Do Some People Feel Less Pain?
Ever wonder why some people seem to feel less pain than others? A study conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine may have found one of the answers – mindfulness.


Hack Your Unconscious To Boost Your Memory and Learning
It seems like hard conscious work, but much of the learning process goes on deep in the mind. Here are the top tips to improve how you recall facts


Why It Pays To Be Humble and Modest
Why do people make anonymous donations, and why does the public perceive this as admirable? Why do we downplay our interest in a potential partner, if we risk missing out on a relationship?


Study Shows Gains In Meditation Training Maintained Seven Years Later
Gains in the ability to sustain attention developed through intensive meditation training are maintained up to seven years later, according to a new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement.


How Changes Made At The Smallest Molecular Level Signal Cellular and Human Adaptation
Something that has always eluded the scientific paradigm is causation. Science is always far behind simple empirical observation-so far behind anything remotely relating to the understanding of ourselves and our universe because it does not assess the subatomic forces that guide all matter. Thus, science only knows correlation. Today, discoveries being made beyond the atomic level are demonstrating how forces within living cells determine how they respond to mechanical forces and the human body itself.


How You Speak Predicts If Psychedelic Therapy Will Help You
The way you speak may reveal whether a psychedelic drug could help treat depression or anxiety.


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