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Loneliness is driving more older adults to use opioids, prescription drugs

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Jul 26, 2021 … SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Loneliness has become major mental health talking point during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s particularly prevalent among older adults; something that generally went without discussion before quarantines allowed much of society to see how painful living alone can be for some. Now, a new study is revealing how dangerous feeling lonely can be…

Canine clarity: Petting therapy dogs can help stressed college students think clearly

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May 13, 2021 … PULLMAN, Wash. — There’s tons of stereotypes that college students supposedly fall back on during moments of stress. Coffee binges at the campus Starbucks. A wild weekend night to blow off some academic steam. Now, however, a new study has a cuddlier suggestion on how to relax during the semester. Researchers from Washington State University say…

Adults act compassionately, become more generous when children are around

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May 06, 2021 … BATH, United Kingdom — Usually, the older and more experienced in society educate their younger counterparts. However, that doesn’t mean children don’t have some wisdom to share too. Researchers from the University of Bath and Cardiff University find adults are both more generous and twice as likely to make a charitable donation when in the…

Vanity not so sinful? Seeing your own face in the mirror triggers feelings of pleasure

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Apr 23, 2021 … OSAKA, Japan — Enjoy stopping at the mirror to admire yourself every now and again? What may seem like vanity could really just be a natural function of the brain after all. That’s because scientists say that seeing our own face in a mirror or even a selfie triggers feelings of pleasure. The study by researchers…

Doing laundry ‘highlight of week’ for third of Americans beyond bored from pandemic isolation

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Apr 16, 2021 … NEW YORK — Many Americans are sorting their clothes, packing their bags, and can’t wait — to go to the laundromat? A new study finds things some considered mundane before the pandemic are now becoming the highlights of our weeks. A survey of 2,005 Americans discovered nearly a third (32%) say the simple chore of doing…

If you want to live a longer, healthier life, never go to sleep on an argument

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Mar 26, 2021 … Author: ‘Daily stressors — specifically the minor, small inconveniences that we have throughout the day — even those have lasting impacts on mortality.’ CORVALLIS, Ore. — Does an argument at the office on Monday still gnaw at you on Friday? Daily stressors come at people from all directions and some negative situations are simply unavoidable.…

Even partners in strongest relationships struggle with emotional cues, study finds

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Feb 02, 2021 … ST. LOUIS — “I had no idea you were upset!” It’s a timeless phrase uttered in spats between partners, and it turns out there’s some science to it. Even those in the strongest, long-term relationships may struggle to interpret the emotional cues of their partner, a new study finds. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, conducted…

Work stress rattling your nerves? Taking a nature walk at least once a week will help you stay grounded

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Jan 14, 2021 … TSUKUBA, Japan — Looking to de-stress from work-related worries? Try taking a trip to a local park, nature reserve, or green space. Japanese researchers from the University of Tsukuba report that workers who regularly visit forests and other green areas may have an improved ability to cope with job stress. It may not sound like all…

Extroverts more likely to use words like ‘love’ or ‘happy’ — and retailers have taken notice

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Jan 03, 2021 … SINGAPORE — We all know those happy-go-lucky people that always seem to have a smile on their face. Now, a study finds extroverts have a language all their own too. Researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore say extroverts are more likely to use words that describe a pleasant emotional state like love or happy.…