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Older adults who volunteer are more likely to be happier and healthier

Older adults who stay active by volunteering are getting more out of it than just an altruistic feeling – they are receiving a health boost!

Deep and meaningful relationships can help you thrive

In brief: The definition of thriving involves 5 components of well-being Relationships provide 2 types of support: source of strength (SOS) support, and relational catalyst (RC) support…

Regular family meals may reduce effects of cyberbullying in adolescents

A new study from McGill University in Canada finds adolescents who have regular family meals are less likely to experience problems associated with cyberbullying.

Serotonin deficiency as cause of depression – is it a myth?

The theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain has been popular since at least the late 1980s. However, a new study in mice casts doubt on its veracity.

ADHD drugs ‘do not stunt children’s growth,’ say AAP

Despite concerns that stimulant medications to treat ADHD could stunt a child’s growth, a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics says these drugs do not affect height.

Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations

Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations, previously believed that only the brain could perform. A characteristic of neurons that extend into the skin and record touch, is that they branch in the skin so that each neuron reports touch from …

Plants in offices make workers happier, more productive

A long-term study of real-life situations finds introducing plants into otherwise lean work environments increases productivity by 15%, in line with studies carried out in labs.

Making new friends through expressions of gratitude

Parents have long told their children to mind their Ps and Qs, and remember to say thank you. Now the evidence is in on why it matters.

MRI reveals differences between remembering and imagining

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one,” sang John Lennon in his 1971 song Imagine.

Unlocking the brain’s mysteries through study of damage to the prefrontal lobe

Until the last few decades, the frontal lobes of the brain were shrouded in mystery and erroneously thought of as nonessential for normal function – hence the frequent use of lobotomies in the early…