Smiles can both induce and reduce stress — it depends on how you wield it

Use this power for good!

Stress ruins memory, but you can outrun this effect

Stress and memory don’t mix very well.

Smelling your partner’s shirt will reduce stress, but a stranger’s will wind you up more

Smell seems to be the easiest way to hack a brain.

Exercising in a group rather than alone is a great way to handle stress, researchers reveal

Time to hit the gym!

Stress could be as harmful to your gut’s health as junk food

Stress can trigger changes in the bacterial colonies that occupy the gut, similarly to obesity.

Chronic cannabis use seems to “blunt” our stress reactivity, paper reports

That’s not necessarily a good thing, however.

Stress as a child may leave you unable to cope with stress and depression later on

Stress — it’s never good for you. But sometimes, it’s worse.

Pet dogs help kids feel less stressed, new study confirms

Get your kids a dog.

Higher emotional intelligence can make you more vulnerable to stress — if you’re a dude

We’re still not sure if it happens in women too.

Have more sex and leave stress at the office to improve your work life

Truth be told, sex improves most experiences.

Close relationships make handling stress easier

New research has found evidence of emotional burden sharing (also known as load sharing) between partners in a close relationship. The study, co-authored by Queen’s University PhD candidate Jessica Lougheed, found that a strong personal relationship can help ease stress when placed in difficult situations.

A Walk During Lunch Hours Boosts Mood and Reduces Stress

If you find it hard to focus, you’re feeling a lack of enthusiasm or simply are stressed, a walk during lunch hours might do wonders for you. A new study has found that just with a walk, you could fight all those issues.

Stress undermines empathic abilities in men but increases them in women, research claims

When males get more stressed, they tend to become more self centered, losing some of the ability to distinguish their own emotions and intentions from those of other people. For women the exact opposite is true. However, for you people who only read the first line and skim the rest: Women without stress were on average equally as egocentric as

Stressed parents more likely to foster obese children

A new study found that parent stress is linked to heightened weight gain in children. The causes of this aren’t very clear yet, however scientists advise interventions should focus on how to support families in challenging conditions. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto studied data collected during the Children’s Health Study, one of the largest and most comprehensive investigations into the

Bra Sensors Could Monitor Overeating

Despite all the related problems which contribute to obesity such as stress , the main cause is… eating too much. Recent studies have shown that people tend to overeat when they are stressed out – often creating a negative cycle of eating more, gaining weight and then getting stressed out about gaining weight – especially during the holiday season with

Why are females better at coping with stress? Study suggests estrogen is the key

Society today is becoming ever stressed out it seems. According to a recent American Psychological Association poll, nearly a quarter of Americans confessed to currently feeling under “extreme stress,” however not all of us are as stressed under the same conditions. For instance, there’s a general consensus in the medical world that women are better at coping with stress than men,

Poverty might cause changes to the brain

It’s rather clear that social-economic factors have a huge part to play in the development of an individual, but when discussing this we typically refer to education, something that can be more or less manipulated at any time, albeit with various degrees of difficulty. How do social-economic aspects affect the brain, though? Martha Farah, the founding director for Penn’s Center for Neuroscience and

Leaders are less stressed than regular employees

Leaders, whether they’re heads of states or business executives, are generally less stressed than non-leaders, contrary to popular belief, according to a recent study from Harvard psychologists, recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For the study, the researchers invited 65 non-leaders from various professions and 148 leaders, mainly recruited from a Harvard University executive education program and

Is traffic exposure causing heart atacks?

The simple thought of being caught in a horn-honking traffic jam for a couple of hours is definitely a scary one, which would definitely increase the rate of your heartbeat. But, unfortunately, traffic can have much more serious effects on one’s heart, especially now, when a simple drive around the town has become an endurance test. But are our hearts

Having a lousy boss may be lethal

We all know how unpleasant it is to have an incapable, grumpy and never-satisfied boss. It’s annoying, nerve-wrecking and even …lethal. According to some new research having an awful boss may have more implications than initially thought. If your boss has no consideration for your ideas, is not communicative enough or is simply incapable of handling the situation then you