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New research says being top dog makes us happier than simply getting top dollar
New research by a group of economists and psychology researchers at the University of Warwick reveals that our rank position within an organisation has a bigger effect on our happiness within that job than the happiness generated by our actual level of pay. In short being top dog makes us happier than simply getting top dollar. (2003-10-02)

Living together before marriage: Now common but still risky
Even though more than half of couples now do it, compared with only 10 percent 30 years ago, living together before marriage still is linked to higher rates of troubled unions, divorce and separation, Penn State researchers have found. (2003-08-04)

Doctors have feelings, too
New doctors feel virtually equal levels of gratitude and anxiety as they learn to treat patients in hospital settings, says a new Georgetown University Medical Center study. (2003-07-24)

Remembering the good times, putting the bad times in perspective
Researchers reviewing several studies on autobiographical memory and happiness have found that human memory is biased toward happiness and that mild depression can disrupt this bias for good over bad. (2003-06-08)

The more things change, the more marriages stay the same
Despite major economic and social changes, the overall quality of marriage in the United States has not changed in the last 20 years, according to Penn State researchers. (2003-06-05)

Setting boundaries between work and life helps families thrive
With e-mail at home, cell calls to the boss on the way to work, and text messaging the next appointment, home and office seem indistinguishable. However, people who integrate their work and families are not always happier, Michigan State University researchers say. Instead, Ellen Kossek, an MSU professor of labor and industrial relations, found that people who establish boundaries between work and family are more connected to their families than those who integrate their jobs and personal lives. (2003-05-12)

Exercise may contribute to improved breast cancer survival
When breast cancer patients undergo intense treatment, their heart and lung capacity is compromised, yet little is known about how safe exercise is for breast cancer survivors--until now, thanks to a groundbreaking University of Alberta study. Dr. Kerry Courneya from the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, is trying to change a long-standing belief that cancer patients experiencing fatigue after chemotherapy and radiation treatment should rest, sleep and remain inactive. (2003-05-05)

Are married people happier than unmarried people
In a large longitudinal study that sheds new light on the association between marital status and happiness, researchers have found that people get a boost in life satisfaction from marriage. But the increase in happiness is very small -- approximately one tenth of one point on an 11-point scale -- and is likely due to initial reactions to marriage and then a return to prior levels of happiness. (2003-03-16)

Six of the best
Happiness, health and hormones are behind six ESRC-funded research projects, whose findings will be presented this week at the British Association Festival of Science. (2002-09-09)

Wives' employment increases marital stability
Full-time work for wives decreases the likelihood of divorce but does not improve marital happiness, Penn State researchers say. (2002-06-24)

Increases in wives' income contributions affect psychological well-being of husbands
Being the main breadwinner still seems to carry an important distinction for husbands and their sense of well-being, says a Penn State researcher. (2002-01-31)

Parental marital discord affects quality of offspring marriages
Parents who are jealous, moody, inclined to fly off the handle, critical and prone to dominate their spouse have a far worse effect on their children's marriage than does parental divorce or poor parent-child relations, according to a Penn State study. (2001-11-26)

Current marriage conditions are greater influence than spouses' prior history
A Penn State study suggests that current marital conditions largely outweigh the previous track record of both spouses in determining the quality of a marriage. (2001-08-21)

Sad workers may make better workers
In the past few decades, the popular belief in the area of organizational behaviour and organizational psychology has been that happy workers are better workers. However, new research at the University of Alberta shows that sad workers are more productive. (2001-06-11)

Yale School of Medicine Associate Dean profiled in "How Jane Won," a new book on how successful women attain their goals
Merle Waxman, associate dean, ombudsperson and director of the Office for Women in Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, is among 55 women featured in (2001-04-23)

OSU researchers identify predictors of divorce
Ohio State University researchers studying the dynamics of marriage have discovered surprising factors predicting which marriages will last and which will fail. Researchers followed 90 newlywed couples for a period of ten years, and found that hormone levels, particularly in women--not behavior--are the best predictors of divorce. (2001-03-25)

Effect of divorce on children depends on parents' marriage
Children of couples who fight the most and loudest tend to fare better psychologically and socially after divorce than do the children of couples whose marriage reflects few outward signs of strife, according to research published in the February edition of the Journal of Marriage and the Family. (2001-02-14)

Psychology research offers 20 strategies for staying upbeat, coping with stress during holidays, everyday life
A Washington University in St. Louis professor of psychology offers 20 strategies for coping with holiday stress and says, according to his research, it's fairly easy to chase negative emotions with the strategies. (2000-12-17)

Childhood behavior problems predict emotional baggage for young adults
Childhood behavior problems such as temper tantrums, bullying or destructiveness increase the risk of emotional trouble for the young adult, a Penn State expert says. (2000-09-13)

Toddler-style 'sensation seeking' behavior identified
No, parents, you're not imagining it; some toddlers DO behave like miniature Evel Knievels. Penn State researchers have identified 'sensation seeking' characteristics in children as young as 2 years of age and found that babies who are quicker to reach for and react to new toys and sounds were more likely to be highly positive, exploratory and risk-taking a year later as toddlers, too. (2000-09-13)

‘Depressed’ preschoolers are tuned in to negative facial expressions, study finds
Depressed teenagers and adults tend to interpret happy facial expressions as neutral and neutral expressions as sad, a phenomenon researchers call negative bias. But investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found some striking differences in how children with symptoms of depression interpret facial expressions. (2000-01-18)

Sadness, Depression Can Bring On Or Worsen Symptoms In Asthmatic Children
Strong emotions -- particularly sadness, depression or a sense of loss -- trigger chemical signals that can cause or intensify asthma symptoms in asthmatic children, University at Buffalo researchers have found. Their study is reported in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (1997-05-20)

Removal Of Breast And Ovaries Before Cancer May Add Eight Years To Life Of Women With BRCA1 Gene
Prophylactic mastectomy and oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) for women who carry the BRCA1 mutation and have a family history of breast and ovarian cancer can prolong life expectancy by approximately 8.5 years, but at a great cost to quality of life, concludes a new study by researchers at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. (1997-05-20)

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