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CNN Hero: Connie Siskowskiupdated: Thu May 17 2012 18:11:00

Connie Siskowski and her group provide support to young people who are caring for ill, disabled or aging family members.

Will living alone make you depressed?updated: Fri Mar 23 2012 10:08:00

It's long been known that elderly people are more prone to depression and other mental-health problems if they live on their own. New research suggests the same pattern may also be found in younger, working-age adults.

Is happiness the secret of success?updated: Mon Mar 19 2012 10:10:00

Scientifically, can happiness be an advantage?

Is my husband going through a midlife crisis?updated: Tue Nov 22 2011 10:29:00

How do I know if my husband is going through a midlife crisis? How do I know if there is depression as a result of this? How can I get him to stop thinking the marriage is over and that he is worthless?

Restless sleep? Loneliness may be to blameupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 02:09:00

Feeling isolated and disconnected from the people around you may keep you from getting a good night's sleep, even if you're not aware of it, a small new study suggests.

Happiness linked to longer lifeupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 15:20:00

Being happy doesn't just improve the quality of your life. According to a new study, it may increase the quantity of your life as well.

What can I do for food addiction?updated: Fri Sep 02 2011 07:40:00

Hi, Dr. Melina. I read your response to a question a few weeks ago, and I don't think I have an eating disorder, but I feel like I'm addicted to food. Is there anything that I can do? I'm desperate to lose weight.

Study offers clues to emotional eatingupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 13:56:00

Anyone who's sought solace in pizza or a pint of ice cream knows that food can be comforting. But experts still don't know exactly why we gravitate toward fatty or sugary foods when we're feeling down, or how those foods affect our emotions.

Can fatty foods make you happy?updated: Wed Jul 27 2011 13:56:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen breaks down new research claiming our biological makeup explains why we love fatty foods.

Does having children make you happy?updated: Tue May 24 2011 07:05:00

Thirty-one-year old Jessica Copeland says she knew by the time she was in high school that she never wanted to be a parent.

Advice for new mothers returning to workupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 12:00:00

CNN's Richard Quest interviews Niamh O'Keeffe who has tips for women returning to work after maternity leave.

Women feel more guilt when BlackBerry buzzesupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 12:00:00

Thanks to our BlackBerries, iPhones, and iPads, the line between work and family time is getting blurrier. But a new study suggests that women feel 40% more distress than men when family life is frequently interrupted by these electronic devices or other types of contact, despite being under the same amount of work pressure.

The secrets to a super-happy winterupdated: Fri Dec 24 2010 08:50:00

Freezing temps? Check. Gray skies? Check. Crabby mood? Check again. But not for long!

20-somethings -- get ready for a 'thrisis'updated: Wed Nov 10 2010 13:23:00

Despite lackluster reviews and declining ratings we're holding out hope for "$#*! My Dad Says," the new CBS comedy starring William Shatner. No, we're not particularly big fans of the 79-year-old actor, but we do appreciate the prime-time sitcom's realistic portrayal of adulthood.

How to make any job betterupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 10:14:00

For the past two years, Dan Buettner has teamed with psychologists and scientists to seek out the world's happiest people for his new book, "Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way."

Facebook: Getting engaged makes women unhappyupdated: Fri May 21 2010 12:23:00

One would think that becoming engaged would make a woman happy, right? Well, if status updates on Facebook are any indication -- and at least two research scientists say they are -- that theory is all wrong.

Dads get postpartum depression, tooupdated: Tue May 18 2010 12:36:00

Matthew and his wife were excited about the birth of their daughter in January 2008, and the proud father took a month off of work to spend time with his spouse and child.

Dealing with lonelinessupdated: Sat May 08 2010 14:49:00

Who of us can't lay claim to loneliness?

Loneliness spreads in social networksupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 10:52:00

Have you ever felt cut off from other people, even if there are plenty around you? Maybe you felt all alone in the world, but you were making other people feel lonely without even realizing it.

Optimistic women may have lower risk of heart diseaseupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 14:28:00

Need a reason to look on the bright side? A new study suggests that optimists' glass-half-full approach to life may actually offer some health benefits. Women 50 or older who are optimistic are less likely to get heart disease and die of any cause in a given time period compared to women their age who are more pessimistic, according to a study published recently in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Loneliness hurts the heartupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:32:00

Being alone can break your heart -- literally. Norman Chad: Sports' statistical debris piling upupdated: Sun Jul 19 2009 21:29:00

I was watching a regular-season baseball game on TV the other night -- granted, it was a stupid thing to do and I'm already paying the price -- when the following piece of data streamed across my screen:

Commentary: Celibacy should be rethoughtupdated: Fri May 22 2009 11:55:00

It's an issue that simply won't go away. In spite of signals from the Vatican discouraging even discussions of obligatory celibacy for Catholic priests, the almost 1,000-year-old rule is under the microscope. And it will be for decades to come. Here's why.

Happiness conference promises key to inner joyupdated: Thu May 14 2009 11:48:00

The state of the economy may be out of people's hands, but their happiness isn't, according to a group of researchers meeting at an international conference on happiness Thursday.

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