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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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The Origins of Laughter

The Origins of Laughter | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
In order to survive, we must play. It is too dangerous or difficult to go out into the real world without having practiced a skill in a safe environmentahead of time. Play ought never to get too serious as it then turns into that situation for which we are not prepared. Therefore, it is essential to convey to others of our social group that we are indeed playing and not really hostile, not really competitive, not really ready to engage and commit.

 


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Loneliness impacts DNA repair, parrot study shows

Loneliness impacts DNA repair, parrot study shows | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Scientists examined the telomere length of captive African grey parrots. They found that the telomere lengths of single parrots were shorter than those housed with a companion parrot, which supports the hypothesis that social stress can interfere with cellular aging and a particular type of DNA repair. It suggests that telomeres may provide a biomarker for assessing exposure to social stress.
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How to buy happiness

How to buy happiness | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness -- when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.
(Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)
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Friends - Selfless Good Deed ... - YouTube

I am so happy to have finally edited and compiled this clip .... ;-)
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Gratitude, not 'gimme,' makes for more satisfaction, study finds

Gratitude, not 'gimme,' makes for more satisfaction, study finds | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
People who are materialistic are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied, in part because they find it harder to be grateful for what they have, according to a study. "Gratitude is a positive mood. It's about other people," said the study's lead author. "Previous research finds that people are motivated to help people that help them." But materialism tends to be "me-centered." A material outlook focuses on what one does not have, impairing the ability to be grateful for what one already has, researchers said.
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Does Nature Select for Nice?

Does Nature Select for Nice? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

A new book argues that selflessness, not selfishness, creates more genetic success.

 

But according to physicist and science writer Stefan Klein’s new book, the idea that we are born to be selfish is dead wrong. In Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get AlongKlein argues that selflessness, not selfishness, creates more genetic success, and that proof for this has been gaining momentum among scientists, gradually challenging the “survival of the fittest” model in evolution.

 

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Selflessness, after all, has some

incredible benefits. With selflessness

comes compassion and empathy,

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Selflessness, after all, has some incredible benefits. With selflessness comes compassion and empathy, the combination of which lays the foundation for vital survival skills that were required by humans to colonize the world—skills, for example, like the ability to learn to follow common goals. By Joseph Ferrell |


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Identifying with social groups helps clinically depressed patients recover

Identifying with social groups helps clinically depressed patients recover | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
"Identifying with social groups helps clinically depressed patients recover" at http://t.co/icfXFYMJzL #psychology

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The neuroscience of restorative justice

The neuroscience of restorative justice | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality?
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What Facebook Is Doing to Your Brain Is Kind of Shocking.

What Facebook Is Doing to Your Brain Is Kind of Shocking. | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
I had no idea. Neither will you.
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Consequences of Isolation - YouTube

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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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Why Honest People Sometimes Fall for Narcissists

Why Honest People Sometimes Fall for Narcissists | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
You don't need to feel like a sucker!
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Depression increases heart failure risk by 40 percent

Moderate to severe depression increases the risk of heart failure by 40 percent, a study of nearly 63,000 Norwegians has shown. During the study period nearly 1,500 people developed heart failure. Compared to residents with no symptoms of depression, people with mild symptoms had a 5% increased risk of developing heart failure and those with moderate to severe symptoms had a 40% increased risk.
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How to Make Giving Feel Good

How to Make Giving Feel Good | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Studies show giving makes people happy, and happiness makes people give--but not always. Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton offer three ways to help people feel good about giving.
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Just One Thing: Recognize Suffering in Others

Just One Thing: Recognize Suffering in Others | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Rick Hanson says we have a lot to gain by cultivating the ability to see other people's pain.
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So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
When 3,000 average citizens were asked to forecast global events, some consistently made predictions that turned out to be more accurate than those made with classified intelligence.
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Creating A Community of Givers

Creating A Community of Givers | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

We all know people who are takers. Takers are self-serving: they love to get more than they give and use others for personal gain. Luckily, most people don’t approach their interactions this way. After studying these dynamics for a decade, it turns out that the vast majority of people operate like matchers, striving to keep an even balance of giving and receiving. Matchers follow the norm of reciprocity, trading favors quid pro quo.

 
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Laughter: Good For Your Health - WebMD

Laughter: Good For Your Health - WebMD | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Laughter stretches muscles, burns calories and produces a natural energy booster.
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Virtual reality made me believe I was someone else

Virtual reality made me believe I was someone else | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
I am no longer Aaron Souppouris. I am a woman. I am a stranger. I stare down at the mask I hold in my hands, struggling to comprehend how those hands, which are clearly not mine, are allowing me to...

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Happiness is Contagious and Powerful on Social Media — PsyBlog

Happiness is Contagious and Powerful on Social Media — PsyBlog | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Study of over one billion status updates finds that positive emotions are more contagious than negative.
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