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Does “happy” equal “healthy”?

Feeling happy is linked to good physical health among Americans but not among Japanese, finds a study in Psychological Science. Researchers analyzed data from almost 1,400 participants in two studies of midlife adults, one in the United States and one in Japan. Participants recorded how often they felt 10 different positive emotions over one month. Feeling frequent positive emotions was associated with healthy blood lipid levels known to be strongly predictive of risk for cardiovascular disease among American participants but not…

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Living in the moment

On average, people spend more time focusing on the present than thinking about the past or the future, finds a study published in the scientific journal Emotion. The researchers of this study also suggest that people who “live in the now” are more likely to become happier over time. Researchers texted 67 participants five times a day for one week, asking them what they were thinking at that moment and whether those thoughts were past-, present- or future-focused. Participants also completed…

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Wearable Devices / Mobile Apps and Your Mood

Wearable devices that can track how many steps you walked today, measure your heart rate or evaluate how well you slept last night successfully occupied the global market. Moreover, mobile technology is pushing new boundaries, aiming to measure emotional well-being as well as physical health. Tech companies claim that biosensor technology in the devices can detect stress and anxiety by tracking the body’s physical reactions. In 2017, Spire performed a Workplace Stress Study together with a Stanford psychology researcher. Spire is…

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Oxytocin, Family Relationships, and Health

The first discovery of oxytocin was made in 1906 by British pharmacologist Sir Henry Hallett Dale. Since that time, the scientists from different fields have been investigating this hormone. Psychologists did not avoid a temptation to study its actions in the areas of clinical psychology (e.g., Autism, fear, anxiety, and depression), behavioural psychology (e.g., addiction vulnerability, maternal behaviour and in-group bonding), and social psychology (e.g., expressing generosity and trust, and family relationships) either. Currently, the topic about the quality of…

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