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This Valentine's Day, Make Yourself And Others Happy Through Proper Matchmaking
2014-02-10 09:10:47

Society for Personality and Social Psychology With Valentine's Day around the corner, you may be thinking of pairing up two friends for a date. If you follow your instinct to play Cupid, it'll pay off in happiness – not necessarily for the new couple, but definitely for you. According to new research, matchmaking, a time-honored tradition, brings intrinsic happiness to the matchmaker. To maximize the psychological benefits of matchmaking, you should take care to introduce two people...

The Effect Of Sleep On Relationships And Social Bonds
2013-01-20 06:25:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The key to enjoying a long, happy, and healthy relationship could be making sure you get enough sleep, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley claim in a new study. In research presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in New Orleans, lead investigator Amie Gordon, a psychologist at the university, and colleagues discovered that sleep deprivation can leave...

Personality Impacts On Mental Health, Longevity And Decision-Making
2013-01-20 05:53:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In addition to making individuals more outgoing or sociable, extraversion also makes people more likely to favor immediate rewards over delayed gratification — even if waiting means that the ultimate reward will be larger, according to the results of a new study presented late last week. University of Minnesota researcher Colin DeYoung and colleagues recruited subjects to better understand how being an extravert or an...

2012-06-18 23:07:09

Story leads this month from new articles on parenting by the norm, the link between sexism and racism, death and the supernatural, how brands shape identity and more... Parenting by the social norm For parents, it is not only important to pass on to their children values that they personally endorse but also to teach values that they think are the societal norms, according to a new study. Particularly among immigrant parents, conforming to values that they perceive as norms is...

2012-05-10 20:26:06

New in SPSP journals New in the journals: From how our attachment with our moms affects our future relationships, to the connection between family size and general intelligence.... and more. Attachment to mom predicts ability to cope with future loss How children cope with the loss of a loved one depends on their attachment to their mother and activity within their nervous system, according to a recent study. Adolescents with more attachment anxiety to their mom at age 14 had a...

2009-12-10 13:48:26

People paid by the hour exhibit a stronger relationship between income and happiness, according to a study published in the current issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (PSPB), the official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Researchers explored the relationship between income and happiness by focusing on the organizational arrangements that make the connection between time and money. They found that the way in which an employee is paid is tied to...

2009-02-11 11:20:53

New research suggests purchasing life experiences rather than material possessions will ultimately lead to greater happiness in the future. In a study at San Francisco State University, participants were asked to write reflections and answer questions pertaining to their recent purchases. The results of the study showed money spent on experiences lead to happier consumers in the future. In addition, experiences produce more happiness regardless of how much money was spent. Everyday activities...

2008-04-08 09:20:00

Even momentary sadness increases spendingOff to buy a new handbag and fabulous red shoes, or how about overalls and a riding lawnmower? Before going, a mood check for signs of despair and gloom might be in order because how a person feels can impact routine economic transactions, whether he or she is aware of it or not.So says a team of behavioral scientists from four major U.S. universities, whose research study finds that sadness impacts spending. Specifically, people who feel sad and...

Word of the Day
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.