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Bet you can't watch this without smiling

Smile! March 20, 2014 is the United Nation's International Day of Happiness.
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You Can't Do It On Your Own: The Team Weight Loss Approach

You Can't Do It On Your Own: The Team Weight Loss Approach | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Why teams are a must in losing weight and how to use them.
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Stress and Hair Loss

Stress and Hair Loss | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
As blissfully unaware as we seem to be about the effect of stress on our hair, the truth is that our lives won't be so blissful when our hair begins thinning and we can't figure out why....
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The Happiness Effect - TIME

How emotions and even behaviors can spread like an epidemic by Alice Park

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Empathy? Surprising study shows that brains process the pain of villains more than the pain of people we like

Empathy? Surprising study shows that brains process the pain of villains more than the pain of people we like | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A counterintuitive findings from a new study show that the part of the brain that is associated with empathizing with the pain of others is activated more strongly by watching the suffering of hateful people as opposed to likable people.
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Does Being Happy Make You Healthy?

Does Being Happy Make You Healthy? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Happiness might be a more important factor in your health than smoking.

 

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What Suffering Does

What Suffering Does | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
In a culture obsessed with happiness, we should remember that coming to terms with suffering is instructive to the soul.
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Boston Doctors Can Now Prescribe Bike-Share Membership To Patients

Boston Doctors Can Now Prescribe Bike-Share Membership To Patients | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
How did no one think of this before?
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The truth about little white lies: Why they’re actually more dangerous than you think

The truth about little white lies: Why they’re actually more dangerous than you think | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
For most people, the temptation to twist the truth is too hard to resist. New research sheds light on why that is
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Social circuits that track how we like people, ideas

Social circuits that track how we like people, ideas | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Whether at the office, dorm, PTA meeting, or any other social setting, we all know intuitively who the popular people are even if we can't always put our finger on why. That information is often critical to professional or social success. Yet until now, scientists have not understood how our brains recognize these popular people. In new work, researchers say that we track people's popularity largely through the brain region involved in anticipating rewards.
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Why You Need to Take a Break From Criticism

Why You Need to Take a Break From Criticism | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
When you step back and take a different view, the whole world looks better.
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Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness

Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The growing trend of taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health conditions that focus on a person's obsession with looks.


According to psychiatrist Dr David Veal: "Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies on social media sites."
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Reality Largely Determined by Group Perception

Reality Largely Determined by Group Perception | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
We are all parts of groups and those groups shape what we see, for good and bad.
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Hormone seems to connect depression, memory loss - Futurity

Hormone seems to connect depression, memory loss - Futurity | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A preliminary study finds that the relationship between depression and memory loss may depend on levels of insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1.
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The hidden power of smiling

The hidden power of smiling | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.
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Feeling Alone Together: How Loneliness Spread

Feeling Alone Together: How Loneliness Spread | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
New research suggests that loneliness can spread from person to person within a network, like a disease
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Why Empathy is Essential to a Culture of Health

Why Empathy is Essential to a Culture of Health | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Empathy is the lifeblood of any system of health—it gives us all a shared stake in being healthy and helping others to thrive as well.

 

Building empathy has been a critical strategy in my household of late—not only because it helps motivate them, but also because it is an important part of their social development. Lately I have been thinking about empathy on a larger scale, beyond my household, and how critical it is to building a Culture of Health.

 

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Most people don't think about empathy
as  a key to health, but it is
profoundly important.

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by Tara Oakman


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 14, 2014 1:05 AM

Empathy is an important attitude to have as a teacher as well, for many reasons. You do not want your students to bring their problems into the classroom, it needs to be a safe place. You also need to empathize with the fact that you are here because you have already mastered the required material, they are trying to understand it through you. Not everyone is going to respond well to your teaching style, let alone how YOU understand the information, you'll be doing a bit of catering as a teacher, as is to be expected.

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Study: Receiving a Compliment has Same Positive Effect as Receiving Cash

Study: Receiving a Compliment has Same Positive Effect as Receiving Cash | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Compliments may not pay the rent, but according to new research, they help improve performance in a similar way to receiving a cash reward. Researchers recruited 48 adults for the study who were asked to learn and perform a specific finger pattern (pushing keys on a keyboard in a particular sequence as fast as possible in 30 [...]
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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, April 12, 2014 11:43 AM

If you are in a position of authority, you might want to try this!

John Michel's curator insight, April 12, 2014 3:14 PM

Compliments may not pay the rent, but according to new research, they help improve performance in a similar way to receiving a cash reward.

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Does Loneliness Really Put You At Higher Risk for Premature Death?

Does Loneliness Really Put You At Higher Risk for Premature Death? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
New research shows that the impact of loneliness could be a lot more devastating than just a few unpleasant emotions.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Why More Women Yields Better Solutions

The collective intelligence of teams rises with the number of women involved.
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Here’s Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy and Less Satisfied — PsyBlog

Here’s Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy and Less Satisfied — PsyBlog | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~ Epicurus
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What Doesn't Kill Us

What Doesn't Kill Us | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Posttraumatic growth is ultimately a different way for us to think about posttraumatic stress as a process rather than an outcome of trauma - a process that can be growthful. 

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Connect to Thrive INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.

Connect to Thrive INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppälä, Ph.D. | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
We all think we know how to take good are of ourselves: you eat your veggies, work out and try try to get enough sleep. But how manyof us know that social connection is as critical? Social connection improves physical health and mental and emotional well-being. One landmark study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure! On the other hand, strong social connection leads to a 50% increased... Continue Reading
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