Don't worry, be happy: overcoming worry may be key to mental health

Are you weary of "new year, new you" positive thinking exercises? Tired of trying to feel Tiggerish in the cold, dark, midwinter mornings? Why not try this quick experiment to redress the balance. All you have to do is imagine that something great has happened in your life: ...

 

» 3 Traits of Failed Resolutions - World of Psychology

As the New Year approaches, many of us will be sitting down to reflect on 2013 and create resolutions for 2014.Of course, many of us also have gotten cynical about setting goals. We’ve read the stories about failure rates. And we probably have first-hand experience of our personal ...

 

» Stress Reaction Gene Tied to Heart Attacks - Psych Central News

A genetic variant known to make some people hypersensitive to stress is also linked to a 38 percent increased risk of heart attack or death in patients with heart disease, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.“We’ve heard a lot about personalized medicine in cancer, but in cardiovascular disease ...

 

» Sorry Guys, But Women’s Brains Mature Faster - Psych Central News

A new study discovers brain networks reorganize their connections throughout life to improve efficiency.Investigators discovered the process begins earlier in girls, which may explain why they mature faster during the teenage years.Newcastle University scientists studied individuals 40 and younger and found that the brain re-organizes connections throughout our ...

 

» Why Does It Seem Like Everyone Is Married When There Are More Than 100 ...

I like to talk about how the United States is increasingly becoming a nation of single people, with 103 million of us, or more than 44%, currently not married (i.e., we are divorced or widowed or have always been single). Americans spend more years of their adult lives not married than married – something that has been true for years.Yet it doesn’t always seem like we are a nation of singles. One of the reasons for that is that we are such a matrimanical society, always celebrating marriage and coupling ...

 

Grow a new brain: First steps to lab-made grey matter

Tiny hybrid robots could shepherd individual sperm to eggs to help fertilisation, or to deliver targeted doses of drugsOur moral reasoning is based on cognitive glitches – we need to rethink it for the world we live in now, says moral psychologist Joshua GreeneLocal shrimp will be off ...

 

Has Earth Splattered Life All Over the Solar System? : DNews

Lithopanspermia: put that word in your “cool new space words” dictionary. But what does it mean? It means spreading life, preserved within chunks of Earth rock, after being hit by huge meteorite impacts. It also means that terrestrial life could be the proverbial space invaders of science fiction,

 

7 Science-Backed Reasons Why It's Good To Give

Giving of yourself -- whether it be your time, energy or money -- isn't just a boon to those you're helping. A wealth of research shows that generosity can also have benefits for the receiver, ranging from a better outlook at your job, to more years of life.

 

Three Stories of Hope and Optimism Over Adversity

Hope and optimism are powerful aspects of health and wellbeing. They are espoused in positive psychology – the psychology of positive human functioning. A loss of hope and optimism are seen in clinical Depression. I thought that the three videos below show hope and optimism over adversity in ...

 

Oxytocin boosts social acuity in children with autism, study indicates

Is this man happy? A new study finds that children with autism who were given a puff of the hormone oxytocin showed more activation in their "social brain" and in the brain's reward centers when looking at faces. (Photodisk) Oxytocin, the "cuddle" hormone that makes mothers' milk flow,

 

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