Thanking and apologizing: Talk that isn’t cheap

We place a high value on teaching children to say “thank you” and “I’m sorry.” As adults, these simple words are central to many social interactions. Uttering the words is easy, so why do people often hold back? And why does the failure to confer thanks or to apologize so…

Parent Perception of E-Cig Safety Varies With Smoking Habits

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 — Parents who both smoke cigarettes and electronic cigarettes are less likely to have smoke-free car and vape-free car or home policies compared with cigarette users, according to a study published online March 11 in Pediatrics. Jeremy E. Drehmer, M.P.H., from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston,…

Live better with attainable goals

Those who set realistic goals can hope for a higher level of well-being. The key for later satisfaction is whether the life goals are seen as attainable and what they mean to the person, as psychologists from the University of Basel report in a study with over 970 participants. Wealth,…

Local focus could help tackle global problems

People’s love for their local areas could be harnessed to tackle global environmental problems, researchers say. Parochialism (a focus on a local area) is often viewed negatively, and is sometimes seen as being akin to “nimbyism” — characterised by insularity and selfishness. But researchers from the University of Exeter argue…