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Generosity Cheers Mind, Body and Spirit

Even an intention to be generous activated happiness neurons in the brains of Swiss study volunteers.

Dear Diary Comforts the Elderly

Elderly volunteers that kept reflective journals on the dying process were better able to be companions for those in their final days.

Robot Roomies

Emerging technologies may provide mental enrichment, fun, companionship and health reminders to the many seniors that live alone.

Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation

Women between ages 30 and 60 that were novice meditators had less depression and stress markers after six days of meditating while at a resort than peers just vacationing there.

Awe and Wonder Prime Physical Health

Adults that reported feeling awe and wonder while walking in nature or listening to music had lower levels of an inflammation marker.

Purpose and Meaning Help Seniors Live Longer

Seniors that feel they have purpose and meaning in their lives are less likely to die between the ages of 65 and 73.

Spirituality is Beneficial for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients with strong religious or spiritual beliefs experience fewer symptoms, lower anxiety and distress, and stronger social health, researchers find.

Non-Natural Painkillers Double Depression Risk

Large doses of opioid medication significantly increase the danger of depression, a Veterans Administration study has found.

Social Isolation Linked to Earlier Death

A study of 3 million people concluded that people that are lonely and isolated have as great a risk of early death as heavy smokers, alcoholics and the obese.

Tough Family Life Linked to Chromosome Aging

Children raised in unstable or harsh conditions have shorter chromosomes, a condition linked to shorter lifespans.
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