Does Being Generous Make You Happier?

Researchers have finally demonstrated the neuroscientific basis for that warm, feel-good glow we get from being kind to others.

Philippe Tobler and Ernst Fehr of the University of Zurich’s Behavioral Economics Department set up an experiment to investigate how various areas in the brain communicate to produce these good feelings, in the hopes of providing insight into the connection between happiness and altruism.

The study’s 50 participants were promised a sum of money, to be received...
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Spanking: An Epic Fail for Parents?

‘This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you’ has turned out to be far more true than any parent might have guessed.

A study spanning 50 years and including over 160,000 children has determined that spanking children has quite the opposite effect to the one parents might expect.

The study’s researchers found that being spanked, defined in the study as an open-handed hit on the behind or extremities, had a...
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Can Chocolate Make You Smarter?

You may have read that dark chocolate has a number of health benefits associated with it, mainly due to its helpful dietary minerals and soluble fibre, its tremendous antioxidant content, and to the more recently discovered biologically active flavanols.

All of these compounds have been associated with lowered LDL cholesterol (the bad one), reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, improved insulin sensitivity, and a general anti-aging effect. All pretty compelling reasons to indulge.

But did you...
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Can Swearing Soothe Painful Emotions? [email protected] Right it Can!

We all know a well-placed swearword can ease the pain of a stubbed toe, but did you know swearing can also help diminish hurt feelings?

New research has found that swearing out loud helps to reduce the emotional pain of things including embarrassment, rejection, and other forms of social distress in much the same way that it soothes physical pain.

The ‘Pain Overlap Theory’ is based on the idea that physical pain is processed in...
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Research Reveals Negative Health Impacts of Technology and Social Media

Although many of us cannot imagine life without our smartphones or laptops, the near ubiquitous use of technology and social media is still a relatively new phenomenon.

As recently as 2005, just 7 percent of adults were using social media; today, that number has skyrocketed to over 65 percent, with young adults up at 90 percent.

Not surprisingly, a full 99 percent of adults own an electronic device (computer, smartphone, tablet etc.).

There’s no arguing that this type...
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Helping or Hindering Weight Loss: Choose Your Words Carefully!

The messages women and girls receive about their weight from those closest to them can significantly impact their future weight loss or gain, two new studies find.

The first study, published in the journal Personal Relationships (Logel et al., 2014), interviewed young women with concerns about their weight, and asked them how their families and loved ones responded to those concerns.

Those women who were told they looked fine just as they were...
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Why Embracing Change is Good For You

Change is inevitable.

Ironically, it’s one of the few truths in life we can count on to be, well, unchanging. Many of us find it challenging to accept change, particularly when it is (seemingly) forced upon us, such as in the case of a job loss or the end of a relationship.

Others resist even the smallest of changes, and strive at all times to stay within safe routines and comfort zones.

Let’s face it: change...
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This Kind of Communication Happens Once a Minute and It’s Bad for Your Health

According to research, for the majority of people, the typical conversation includes one complaint per minute. That’s a lot of whining.

We all know someone who seems to love to complain. But did you also know that complaining is actually bad for your health?

When we complain on a regular basis, the neurons in our brain actually rewire so that complaining gets easier over time.

Repeated complaining also shrinks the area of our brain that’s responsible...
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Coaching and Therapy

Coping With Negative Experiences by Using a Specific Word

The language we use to describe our experiences can reveal a great deal about how we view life, ourselves and others, and words can be powerful forces in and of themselves.

Researchers at the University of Michigan became curious about the use of one rather unremarkable word in particular: ‘you’.

Though most commonly employed in reference to others, the pronoun is also curiously used when people reflect on their most personal and intense experiences. Turns...
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How One Woman Escaped Her Trapped Life and Now Helps Others Do the Same

I met life coach Sophie Charlotte when researching how women can become more confident.

When I read her story, I reached out to her because she has a message for women who feel trapped in their lives.

Sophie is a woman who escaped an anxiety-ridden life in which she chronically looked to others for approval.

Then, in a bold stroke, she escaped the trap and create something wildly new and different for herself.

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