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: maybe you've run into an old friend; perhaps you've been promoted at work; or you're about to head off on holiday. Now ask yourself what could go wrong. In what awful ways could it all fall apart? What disastrous chain of events might unfold? Don't think solutions, think problems.

How to best keep New Year's resolutions

Here are three traits of resolutions that rarely work — along with some expert insight into what does.

Stress Reaction Gene Tied to Heart Attacks

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.

Sorry Guys, But Women’s Brains Mature Faster

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.

Why Does It Seem Like Everyone Is Married When There Are More Than 100 Million Single People?

The United States is increasingly becoming a nation of single people, with 103 million of them, or more than 44%, currently not married (i.e., divorced or widowed or have always been single).

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 ways that are difficult to put into words alone. Nick Vujicic resonates with purpose – so much so that he seems unstoppable – but it wasn’t always that way.

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. Check out these science-backed reasons to make generosity a regular part of your day. It will keep stress in check. Being stingy -- and ashamed of said stinginess -- is linked with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, according to a study from social psychologist Liz Dunn.

Why Teenage Brains Are Different From Everyone Else's

Being a teenager is as infuriating as it is amazing. Caught between childhood and adulthood, adolescents often have fully developed bodies, but their brains are still under construction. Here's what neuroscience is learning about the remarkable teenage brain, and how it affects behavior.Humans go through two distinct developmental phases, childhood and adolescence, the latter being defined as the transition into adulthood, starting with puberty and ending (at least in theory) with the successful independence from the parent.

Mental Health Issues Intertwined with Casual Sex Among Teens

A new study suggests that among teen and young adults, poor mental health has a reciprocal relationship with casual sex as each contribute to the other over time.

People With Super Memories Still Prone to Misinformation

“Dear Dr. McGaugh, As I sit here trying to figure out where to begin explaining why I am writing you and your colleague (LC) I just hope somehow you can help me. I am thirty-four years old and since I was eleven I have had this unbelievable ability to recall my past…”That was how James McGaugh first met a woman called Jill Price. Price, now 48, has a memory that’s truly as astounding as she claimed. Give her any date in her past and she’ll tell you what day it fell on, exactly what she was doing at the time, and any important events that took place.

Higher emotional intelligence leads to better decision-making

The anxiety people feel making investment decisions may have more to do with the traffic they dealt with earlier than the potential consequences they face with the investment, but not if the decision-maker has high emotional intelligence a recent study published in Psychological Science suggests.The study shows that understanding the source and relevance of emotions influences how much sway they have over individuals’ decision-making and can affect the willingness to take risks.“People often make decisions that are influenced by emotions that have nothing to do with the decisions

These Sea Slugs Penetrate Each Other In The Head During Sex

If you’re an aficionado of sea slugs, you’re probably used to weird and cringe-worthy sex acts. When two of these hermaphrodite animals penetrate each other at the same time like an R-rated yin-yang symbol, you won’t bat an eyelid. When several of them link up in a long ...

Changing Your Brain By Changing Your Mind

Our lower brain centers, such as the amygdala or hypothalamus, were made to detect and respond to threats, such as a tiger about to eat us. They generate an immediate "fight ot flight" response to increase the odds of survival, but they can become hypersensitive, interfering with our ...

The Universal Psychology of Huh

How the dynamics of human conversation gave shape to a word that knows no boundaries. You may not be able to order a beer in Iceland, but misunderstand someone as they’re describing the regional elf lore, and you’re in luck. The expression “huh?” is practically universal, according to ...

Is there any truth to Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People"?

Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People is the classic on getting along well with others.But is there any real science behind it, or is it just advice that “sounds good”? In the past I’ve broken down old sayings and career advice, let’s see if Carnegie ...

Oldest sex fossil shows bugs did it missionary style

Speaking more than one language seems to delay Alzheimer\\'s, vascular and frontotemporal dementia for up to five years – and it may never be too late to startFor the first time, electrodes placed in the brain have allowed monkeys to control two virtual arms simultaneously using just the ...

"Ender's Game" author really, really hates gay people. Studio really, really doesn't want you to care

\\'Ender\\'s Game\\' Author Really, Really Hates Gay People. Studio Really, Really Doesn\\'t Want You To Care.Ender\\'s Game has a lot going for it. It\\'s a special-effects-pumped thrill ride based on a beloved 1985 science fiction novel. It\\'s well-cast and well-acted. It\\'s a crowd pleaser that pays just enough ...

What do the words you use say about you?

Your personality can be determined just by looking at the way you text message. You can make accurate judgments about your favorite author’s personality just by reading their work. You can probably tell a great deal about my personality from the words I use in my blog posts.Word ...

What are the three ways to train your brain to be happy?

Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like accounting and law) can lead you toward a pervasive pessimism that carries over into your personal life.Via One Day University Presents: Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness (Harvard’s Most Popular Course):I discovered the tax ...

Does watching TV make you fat?

Could watching less television reduce your calorie intake? If so, media diets might be better than food ones. We look at the scientific evidence on the issueGet the dataDo food shows make you hungry? Research suggests you\\'re not alone, and watching them may also affect your eating habits ...