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New study examines impact of major life events on wellbeing
Researchers examined the effect of 18 major life events on wellbeing. (2020-05-28)
The prevention of childhood obesity would require stricter advertising regulations
Spain ranks fifth among European countries for childhood obesity. Sugar-sweetened beverages and soft drinks are consumed by 81% of Spanish children weekly. (2020-05-26)
Study finds people are more satisfied after quitting the status quo
A new paper in The Review of Economic Studies, published by Oxford University Press, finds that people who use a coin toss to decide on an important change are more likely to follow through with that decision, are more satisfied with that decision, and report a higher overall happiness after a six-month period. (2020-05-18)
Emotional well-being while home gardening similar to other popular activities, study finds
Princeton researchers found that gardening at home had a similar effect on emotional well-being (or happiness) as biking, walking or dining out. (2020-05-11)
Gratitude interventions don't help with depression, anxiety
Go ahead and be grateful for the good things in your life. (2020-03-09)
Spending on experiences versus possessions advances more immediate happiness
Consumers are happier when they spend their money on experiential purchases versus material ones, according to research from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. (2020-03-09)
NUS study reveals positive connection between nature experiences and happiness globally
An AI analysis of photographs posted on social media revealed a positive association between nature and happiness globally. (2020-03-09)
We can make predictions about relationships - but is this necessary?
'Predictions as to the longevity of a relationship are definitely possible,' says Dr Christine Finn from the University of Jena. (2020-03-03)
Biometric devices help pinpoint factory workers' emotions and productivity
Happiness, as measured by a wearable biometric device, was closely related to productivity among a group of factory workers in Laos, reveals a recent study. (2020-03-02)
Connectedness to nature makes children happier
A new study has shown that connectedness to nature makes children more likely to perform sustainable behaviors, which in turn gives them greater levels of happiness. (2020-02-26)
Gun owners aren't happier, don't sleep better at night
New research challenges claims by special interest groups and popular culture about the personal benefits of gun ownership. (2020-02-04)
Measuring the world of social phenomena
Economists working with Professor Marko Sarstedt from University of Magdeburg are demanding that the same scientific standards be applied to economics and the behavioral sciences in general as are used in the natural sciences. (2020-01-20)
Unhappy revolutionaries
Researchers from HSE University have shown that the 2010 happiness level of citizens from Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and other Arab countries could provide a much more accurate forecast of the Arab Spring events than purely economic indices, such as GDP per capita and unemployment rate. (2019-12-30)
Luxury consumption can fuel 'impostor syndrome' among some buyers
If you have the money, what could be wrong about purchasing a Swiss watch or an Italian sports car? (2019-12-20)
Humans' ability to read dogs' facial expressions is learned, not innate
In a recent study published in Scientific Reports, a team of researchers from Germany and the United Kingdom assessed how experience with dogs affects humans' ability to recognize dog emotions. (2019-11-11)
Reading the past like an open book: Researchers use text to measure 200 years of happiness
Using innovative new methods researchers at the University of Warwick, University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School and The Alan Turing Institute in London have built a new index that uses data from books and newspaper to track levels of national happiness from 1820. (2019-10-14)
Modern family roles improve life satisfaction for parents
Increased equality has a positive effect on mothers and fathers. (2019-10-08)
Relatively unhappy
Temporary or informally employed people are less satisfied with their lives than those with a permanent job. (2019-10-08)
Promising steps towards hope for a treatment for schizophrenia
The latest brain scan research from the Psychiatric Imaging group at the MRC LMS published on 3 October in Nature Communications has reported how the MOR system contributes to the negative symptoms displayed in schizophrenia patients. (2019-10-04)
A new strategy to alleviate sadness: Bring the emotion to life
Anthropomorphizing the emotion of sadness (thinking of sadness as a person) can decrease levels of sadness, which can help people consequently avoid making impulsive buying decisions. (2019-10-02)
Study finds flaws in leading security lie detection training tool
Developed by an influential US psychologist, the Micro-Expressions Training Tool, or METT, inspired the hit TV show Lie to Me, is being used to train airport personnel to spot people who pose potential security risks. (2019-09-23)
Context may explain why dads are happier and less stressed than moms
Dads are often happier, less stressed and less tired than moms when taking care of kids, and researchers say these differences may come down to how and when childcare activities are split between parents. (2019-09-23)
Beliefs about uncommitted sex may put marriages at risk
An individual's behaviors and attitudes in relation to uncommitted sexual relationships, even before the marriage, can contribute to marital satisfaction or dissolution. (2019-09-05)
Wealth can lead to more satisfying life if viewed as a sign of success vs. happiness
A new study featuring researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York found that viewing wealth and material possessions as a sign of success yields significantly better results to life satisfaction than viewing wealth and possessions as a sign of happiness. (2019-09-03)
Green space is good for your mental health -- the nearer the better!
Living within 300m of urban green space such as parks, nature reserves or play areas is associated with greater happiness, sense of worth, and life satisfaction -- according to a new study by researchers at the University of Warwick, Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield. (2019-08-20)
City parks lift mood as much as Christmas, Twitter study shows
New research shows that visitors to urban parks use happier words and express less negativity on Twitter than before their visit -- and that their elevated mood lasts for up to four hours. (2019-08-20)
Emotion-detection applications built on outdated science, report warns
Software that purportedly reads emotions in faces is being deployed or tested for a variety of purposes, including surveillance, hiring, clinical diagnosis, and market research. (2019-07-18)
New study reveals surprising gender disparity in work-life balance
Work-life balance and its association with life satisfaction have been garnering a lot of interest. (2019-07-17)
HSE scholars propose new method for measuring individual well-being
Researchers at HSE University have applied an emotion recognition method to measure the subjective well-being of individuals. (2019-07-10)
PSU study finds people prefer to donate time -- even when charities lose out
Each year during the holiday season, soup kitchens and charities alike are flooded with offers to volunteer. (2019-06-24)
Gut microbes associated with temperament traits in children
Scientists in the FinnBrain research project of the University of Turku discovered that the gut microbes of a 2.5-month-old infant are associated with the temperament traits manifested at six months of age. (2019-06-18)
Your circle of friends, not your Fitbit, is more predictive of your health
To get a better reading on your overall health and wellness, you'd be better off looking at the strength and structure of your circle of friends, according to a new study in the Public Library of Science journal, PLOS ONE. (2019-06-17)
Can we still have fun if the UK goes carbon neutral?
Will Britain going carbon neutral mean no more fun? Experts from the University of Surrey have urged local policy makers to put in place infrastructure that will enable people to enjoy recreation and leisure while keeping their carbon footprint down. (2019-06-14)
Braces won't always bring happiness
Research undertaken at the University of Adelaide overturns the belief that turning your crooked teeth into a beautiful smile will automatically boost your self-confidence. (2019-06-12)
Was Mona Lisa's smile a lie?
Using chimeric, or mirror, images researchers have determined that one half of Mona Lisa's smile displays happiness while the other half is neutral reflecting a non-genuine emotion. (2019-06-05)
Emotions from touch
Touching different types of surfaces may incur certain emotions. This was the conclusion made by the psychologists from the Higher School of Economics in a recent empirical study. (2019-06-03)
Children who nap are happier, excel academically, and have fewer behavioral problems
Children who nap 30 to 60 minutes midday at least three times a week are happier, have more self-control and grit, and showcase fewer behavioral problems, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine. (2019-05-31)
Discovery of hippocampal mossy cell involvement to maximize antidepressant effects
Professor Yong-Seok Oh's team at the DGIST Department of Brain-Cognitive Science clarified the expression of antidepressant efficacy by modulating hippocampal mossy cells. (2019-05-24)
Being wise is good for your health -- review looks at emerging science of wisdom
Can science measure what it means to be wise? A growing body of evidence suggests that wisdom is a complex concept that contributes to mental health and happiness, according to a review in the May/June issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. (2019-05-14)
White people struggle to perceive emotion on black people's faces
Being able to accurately identify emotions in others is important for social interaction in general, but particularly so in interracial contexts, which are prone to misinterpretations and misunderstandings. (2019-05-09)
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