Emotional Health

Could a Snack Save Your Marriage?

If you find yourself irrationally angry at your spouse, the reason may have more to do with your blood sugar than anything your significant other has done wrong, the Associated Press reported April 15. In a study, researchers asked participants to stick pins in voodoo dolls representing their spouses whenever they experienced negative interpersonal emotions. […]

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Too Much Facebook May Hurt Your Self-Image

College-aged women who spend the most time on Facebook tend to have the worst body image and are more likely to compare their appearance to that of their friends, Psych Central reported April 11. Those who were trying to lose weight also paid more attention to their physical appearance and clothing if they spent more […]

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Even Moderate Depression Raises Risk of Heart Failure: Study

In another example of the strong link between mental and physical health, researchers from Norway report that moderate to severe depression can increase your risk of heart failure by up to 40 percent. People with mild depression had a 5 percent increase in heart-failure risk compared to those with no depressive symptoms, PsychCentral reported April […]

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Better Living Via the Placebo Effect

You can fool yourself into better health by putting the placebo effect to work, Health.com reported April 1. Medical research shows that placebos really can help people get well, and the effect may work for you even if you know that you’re not getting “real” medicine. For example: If you come up short on sleep, […]

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Depression and Obesity Linked Among Teen Girls

It’s a vicious circle: teen girls who are depressed are more likely to be obese, while obese teenaged girls are at higher risk of depression, according to researchers at Rutgers University. The Newark Star-Ledger reported March 20 that the findings applied primarily to girls ages 14-24. ”When an adolescent girl receives treatment for depression, the clinician […]

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Kids Crave Routine, Which Benefits Their Emotional Health

Children whose day-to-day life is filled with dependable routines like family dinners and story time benefit from stronger emotional health, the Deseret News reported March 17. Routines give children a sense of confidence, competence, and stability, experts say. Researchers from the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University found […]

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Stress May Hinder Fertility in Women

Women who are trying to get pregnant could aid their cause greatly by reducing the stress in their lives, research suggests. Today reported March 24 that women who had high levels of the stress-related biomarker alpha-amylase in the saliva took an average of 29 percent longer to conceive than those with lower stress levels. Stressed women […]

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For Happiness, Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary As You Age

Extraordinary experiences translate to happiness for both young and old people, but older people take more joy from ordinary experiences, according to research showing how happiness changes depending on age. “It seems that young people actively looking to define themselves find it particularly rewarding to accumulate extraordinary experiences that mark their progression through life milestones […]

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Men and Women React Differently to Stress

People respond to stress in different ways, and that’s true of men and women generally as well as individuals. Time magazine reported March 19 that a stress test performed on 40 men and 40 women found that women tend to become more empathetic during stressful times, often seeking social support, while men often become more […]

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Need a Mood Booster? Get Outside!

With spring finally upon us, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the health benefits of sunshine and fresh air. Today reported March 20 that research shows that good weather really does improve our mood. Among other things, on sunny days: people tip more generously flirting is more successful people are more likely to help […]

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