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Men and women consider sex just as pleasurable and arousing regardless of whether or not a condom is used. Men claimed that condom use did not make a significant difference in their ability to maintain an erection.
Playing with Wii controllers makes you feel more hostile after the game than playing with a traditional controller, at least for males (females did not participate in this study). The feeling of being more immersed in the game is what researchers believe increased hostility.
The people most likely to multitask have the lowest multitasking ability. Additionally, people tend to vastly overestimate their ability to multitask.
Hugging a loved one reduces stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, and boosts memory, but the opposite is true of hugging a stranger. Cuddling with, talking to, and kissing a loved one all help reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Sex does the same, and additionally helps you sleep better and boosts your immune system.
Young children– up to at least age 6– become less empathetic and giving after experiencing a disaster or trauma. People aged 9 and up, however, become more empathetic and generous after experiencing a big negative event.
People are happier right before making a big purchase than they are after, and this is especially true for materialistic people. Try putting more thought into your larger purchases, and see if you’re buying it because you think it’ll make you happy. Keep in mind that it probably won’t- you’ll return to baseline happiness quickly.
Multivitamins and listening to music do not improve children’s IQ. Omega-3 supplements and interactive reading do, though.
When making big decisions, like whether to get married or not, listen to your intuition. Writing down all your doubts also helps solidify and improve your choice.
Taking small bites tricks you into eating less, even if you’re eating while distracted (for example, while watching TV).
You experience the most happiness from doing good deeds if you: 1. Engage in one kind act per week 2. Do a variety of different charitable actions, not just the same one each week 3. Receive social support for your acts
Eating more fruits and vegetables makes you feel happier, calmer, and more energetic, regardless of your BMI.
Even when holding other health factors constant, people who play music enjoy lower blood pressure. Also, older adults who played an instrument experienced a boost in optimism, feelings of independence, and feelings of accomplishment.
People tend to eat more food that they believe to be high in calorie when they think that times are tough.
A study conducted in Germany found that going on Facebook can make you envious- especially when you don’t engage in any active communication on the website, and just read other people’s posts.
If you want to motivate Americans, emphasize independence, not helping others.
A recent study shows that satisfaction in marriage is associated with weight gain.