Does Paracetamol reduce empathy?

Researchers from The Ohio State University have found evidence that acetaminophen not only dulls physical pain, it also reduces our ability to predict pain in others and empathize. If the results are to be believed, this common drug might hamper our ability to imagine each other's discomfort. Used to relieve pain and fever, acetaminophen - known as paracetamol in the United Kingdom - is present...

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5 Ways to Boost Your Mood When You Are Feeling Down

We all have moments when we feel blue. But what causes us to feel sad? How can we overcome it and feel happy? Here are 5 surprising ways to boost your mood... 1. Know your dopamine Excitement about life is caused by the brain chemical, dopamine. When your dopamine dips, you notice a slump. It helps to know the slump is normal and natural, because dopamine is not meant to surge all the time. It...

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What Causes Narcissism?

Dealing with narcissists is no easy task. They are by definition arrogant, entitled, exploitative, self-absorbed, and forceful. At the same time, they are also charming, persuasive, and attractive — making it difficult to navigate past their treacherous webs. But how do narcissists get that way in the first place? In trying to explain the development of this rather uncharitable trait, current...

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How to Make Peace With Something You Cannot Control

Being in control feels safe, you can feel safe when you’re not in control too. The world is unpredictable and your power is limited, so feeling safe without control is a valuable skill. When the world disappoints your expectations, your brain releases cortisol and it feels like an emergency. You can re-wire your brain to feel safe when you’re not in control. That doesn’t mean being out of control...

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Study: Engaging With Social Media Can Drain Your Brain

The retweet is a major social currency of our time. Even if we generally aren’t reading the stuff we’re retweeting, it seems harmless enough to share whatever grabs a sliver of our interest. But then again, maybe it’s not so harmless. So argues a new study by a research team from Cornell University and Beijing University. The researchers wondered if retweeting and otherwise sharing information...

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A hostage negotiator's tips on how to get your kids to do what you want

1. Be nice "It's hard for people to be mean to someone who is being nice," says O'Sullivan. So when assigning an unpleasant task, do it with a smile. A calm or friendly voice will be received better than an urgent or demanding tone. 2. Frame orders as requests People don't like being told what to do. If a negotiator wants a barricaded subject to cooperate, they'll ask politely if he can come out...

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The 5 Habits That Will Make You Happy, According to Science

So what’s going to make you happy? Let’s get more specific: what’s going to make your brain happy? And let’s focus on things that are simple and easy to do instead of stuff like winning the lottery. Neuroscience has answers. I’ve discussed this subject before and it was so popular I decided to call an expert to get even more dead simple ways to start your brain feeling joy. Alex Korb is a...

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14 Reasons You’re Tired All the Time

Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don’t do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore. Here, experts reveal common bad habits that can make you feel tired, plus simple lifestyle tweaks that will put the pep back in your step. 1. You skip exercise when you’re tired Skipping your workout to save...

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