Ways to boost happiness

19 September 2014
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Watch “In Pursuit of Happiness: Sanjay Gupta, M.D. reports” on CNN at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday and 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday. In this special, Gupta explores scientifically proven ways to up your life satisfaction and heads to Denmark to uncover secrets from the happiest nation in the world. (CNN) — Americans will spend about $550 million on self-help books this year and more than $1 billion on motivational speakers. Obviously, many of us are on a quest for happiness. I get it. We all want, and deserve, that sense of well-being. But save your money. Achieving happiness is easier than you...

One in five workers has left their job because of bullying

19 September 2014
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Bullying isn’t just an issue in the classroom. It can spring to life in the boardroom as well. Nearly one third of workers report having felt bullied at work, according to a study released today by CareerBuilder. Even worse? Roughly 20% ended up leaving their job because of it. The study is based on data from a nationwide survey conducted by Harris Poll of nearly 3,400 full-time, private sector employees throughout various industries and company sizes. “Bullying impacts workers of all backgrounds regardless of race, education, income, and level of authority within an organization,” said vice...

Former addicts may be at lower risk of new addictions

19 September 2014
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 (Sergio Bruno) People who manage to get clean after being addicted to drugs are at lower risk of becoming addicted to something else in the future than people who never overcame the first substance use disorder, according to a new study. “The results are surprising, they cut against conventional clinical lore which holds that people who stop one addiction are at increased risk of picking up a new one,” said senior author Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. “The results challenge the old stereotype that people switch or substitute...

PTSD is linked to food addiction in women

19 September 2014
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Getty Images “Weight status is not just a symptom of willpower and education,” a researcher says. “There may be psychological factors in play too” A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found that women who suffer from the worst symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are twice as likely to be addicted to food than those who do not, Reuters reports. Researchers link symptoms of PTSD in women to a psychological dependence on food, or food addiction. But the study doesn’t mean that there is a direct connection between PTSD and overeating. “We don’t know...

Boys struggle with body image, too

19 September 2014
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He’s just a month shy of his sixth birthday, but Jack is already insecure about his body. At 40 pounds and 42 inches tall, he wears a size 3 and is the smallest kid in his class. He weighs himself several times a day: with his clothes on and then off, before and after meals, and even after he goes to the bathroom. His mind is consumed with getting bigger. “At first, I thought it was just because he’s a numbers guy,” his mother, Heather, told The Huffington Post. “I thought, ‘Oh, he’s just doing it for the math.’ But I started to notice it was more...

The most important ingredient for a happy retirement

16 September 2014
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Part 1 of a Two-Part Series Have you ever heard someone joke that if they knew they’d have lived so long, they would have taken better care of themselves? As it turns out, this is no joke. Today’s retirees tell us in no uncertain terms that the number-one ingredient for a happy retirement is, by no small margin, having your health. Sure, other things are important, like being financially secure and having a loving family and friends, but a new study reveals that health trumps all as the key factor to having a happy and satisfying retirement. Figure 1: The most important ingredient for...

Can looking at food photos make you feel full?

16 September 2014
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Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Next up, the zero-calorie diet. This is a concept that comes out of some research that’s been studied by NPR’s Shankar Vedantam, who joins us once again. Hi, Shankar. SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Hi, Steve. INSKEEP: OK, what’s the research? VEDANTAM: Well, this is research about what it takes to be satisfied, what it takes to feel full when you’ve eaten something. INSKEEP: OK. VEDANTAM: We all know when you have dessert, for example,...

Study questions Alzheimer’s treatments

16 September 2014
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A texting driver’s education

16 September 2014
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Brain trauma to affect one in three NFL players

16 September 2014
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