What We Know About the Holiday Blues

Regardless of one’s religious affiliation, the holiday season often inspires feelings of warmth, joy, and belonging. But for some people, this time of year can evoke feelings of loneliness, stress and anxiety. [Read more…]

What We Do and Do Not Know About Phones and Driving

Many people will soon travel to visit family and friends to celebrate the holidays, and car travel is the most popular transportation option. But the evidence shows it’s becoming more dangerous. [Read more…]

Giving Is Good For You!

If you head out shopping this weekend, you will likely see an iconic bell ringer, standing next to a basket or bucket to collect donations for a local charity.

On the whole, it’s a popular time of year for charitable donations. Some people make donations for tax purposes before the end of the calendar year.  Others incorporate giving into Christmas traditions, or make an effort to spread some holiday cheer to those who are less fortunate. [Read more…]

How To Beat The Common Cold

The season has arrived for running noses, sore throats and hacking coughs.

While typically not a life-threatening illness, the common cold is one of the most widespread diseases in the world and a leading cause of doctor visits and absenteeism from school and work.  Beyond that, having a cold is just plain uncomfortable.  So what does the evidence say about preventing and treating colds?  [Read more…]

What To Do About Cyberbullying

Today’s teenagers are growing up with a completely different set of social parameters compared to any other generation before them thanks to advances in technology. [Read more…]

Examining the Link Between Racism and Health

When the mind senses a potentially harmful situation, it tells the body to prepare by increasing its heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. This response helped earlier humans outrun or fight predators and enemies. [Read more…]

#MeToo: What We Know About Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is nothing new. But when a celebrity is accused of harassment, more people focus on the problem and how to stop it. Earlier this month, accusations that moviemaker Harvey Weinstein harassed dozens of women over the course of decades brought the topic to the forefront of people’s minds again. [Read more…]

The Evidence on Reducing Gun Violence

As the nation reels from Monday’s horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, politicians on the left are calling for new regulations on firearms. In our modern society, it’s the standard response that after every major mass shooting, Democrats make the case for passing more stringent laws about what types of firearms are available and who can own them. And people who support gun owners’ rights often make the argument that guns don’t kill people; people kill people. But what does the evidence say? [Read more…]

How to Help Your Kids Succeed in School

It’s part of the American ethos that hard work yields results. We apply this philosophy to our sports teams, our careers and, yes, our children’s education.

At many schools, elementary-aged children are assigned an hour or more of homework each night. While many subscribe to the concept that practice makes perfect, there is a counter-argument that says kids need time for free play to develop language, regulate their behavior, and learn about risk-taking. So what does the evidence say about homework? And what can parents do to support their child’s education? [Read more…]

All of the Feelings: Emotional Diversity Linked to Health

Joy. Enthusiasm. Pride. Happiness. Gratitude. Interest. Content. Awe. Serenity. Amusement.

Experiencing any one of these emotions would lead most people to feel like they had a good day. Experiencing several of them in a single day would be fantastic.

A growing body of research demonstrates that feeling a wide range of positive emotions in a single day is linked to health and well-being. [Read more…]

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