Ellen Whyte

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Is happiness genetic?

Researchers define happiness as consisting of two components: having a sense that your life is good and having relatively frequent happy experiences. …

Happiness

Why are there so few female surgeons?

Mayoni Gooneratne, 41, was just a year away from becoming a consultant when she quit her job at Lewisham Hospital in London. The mother-of-three said …

10 ways kids appear to be acting naughty but actually aren't.

Many of kids' so-called 'bad' behaviors are actually normal developmental acts of growing up.<br>When we recognize kids' unwelcome behaviors as reactions …

Parenting

Modern slavery and tourism: when holidays and human exploitation collide

Holidays are a privilege that many who are fortunate to take them look forward to. They are an opportunity to indulge, relax and recharge – and what …

Slavery

These Sweet Rats May Just Make You Want One As A Pet

Grace plays in a band and is the mother to a black cat named Fitzhugh.<p>Have you ever had a rat as a pet?<p>Many people fear rats because they don’t …

Cats

Clean eating fad is taking toll on young women

'Clean eating' hides being the notion of being healthy, but excluding whole food groups from your diet is anything but, writes Dr Max Pemberton …

Dog swims through Long Island Sound to rescue baby deer

Dogs aren’t just man’s best friend – they’re friends with deer, too.<p>A dog in Long Island, New York jumped into the Long Island Sound, the body of water between Connecticut and Long Island, to rescue a young deer stuck in the water.<p>“Storm just plunged into the water and started swimming out to the …

Animals

Horsing around with young children makes them laugh – and helps them learn

A good sense of humour is a highly valued personality trait. We like to laugh and for others to laugh with (not usually at) us. Yet while children …

Parenting

This Dog Friendship Is The Sweetest Thing You’ll Ever See

Grace plays in a band and is the mother to a black cat named Fitzhugh.<p>If you’ve ever wondered if dogs can have true friends, you no longer have to …

Pets

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make these common flubs.<p>When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, …

Grammar

Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children

In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a U.S. congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of …

Censorship

Puppy drags his new blanket outside so that a homeless dog could sleep on it

This is Lara.<p>She’s a rescue puppy who is keen on helping other dogs less fortunate than herself.<p>School summer holidays: Should you do a staycation or …

Dogs

Couple Adopts Ugly, Naked Baby Bird. 3 Months Later, He Totally Transforms Into Rainbow Parrot

Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.<p>We’re all familiar with the story of <i>“</i>The Ugly …

Why Some Gulf War Veterans Are Being Turned Down for VA Benefits

A remarkable 44 percent of the nearly 700,000 U.S. military personnel who served in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War suffer from chronic symptom that …

9 Reasons You Should Actually Love And Appreciate Squirrels

Caroline is an editorial intern who enjoys running, making origami, and beatboxing (simultaneously).<p>Many folks dislike squirrels, believing them to …

Squirrels

Understanding disturbed sleep could help prevent suicides

Sleep disturbance in young adults who are at risk of suicide are a warning sign of worsening suicidal thoughts, according to new research from …

Suicide

How daughters can repair a damaged relationship with their divorced dad

In a 2002 study involving nearly 2,500 children, researchers found that daughters’ relationships with their fathers were more damaged than sons’. …

Parenting

Lost dog finally home after spending 9 months alone in the Idaho mountains

BOISE, Idaho – A lost Boise dog is back home after nine months and a brutal winter alone in the Idaho mountains.<p>Mo, an elderly Chesapeake Bay Retriever, wandered away from her owners during a hunting trip last September.<p>Darwin and Cindy Cameron stayed near the tiny hamlet of Horseshoe Bend about 30 …

Nature

Researchers just re-created a 50-year-old childhood study with a fascinating twist.

It's Not the End of the World

Here's What Happens in Your Brain When You Repeatedly Lie

Brain scans show that activity in the amygdala lessens the more fibs you tell.<p>You know how your mom always told you not to start lying because one fib would lead to more? Part of that age-old advice stems from the simple fact you usually have to keep lying to cover the initial untruths you dished …

Psychology

The science of getting people to change their minds

How do we get others to change their minds? That is the question many of us are asking in this polarizing social and political climate, where the …

Psychology

Sexual violence against the Yezidis is part of IS's genocide campaign

Among the many atrocities Islamic State (IS) has committed, their violence against the Yezidis, a small religious minority in Iraq and Syria, can be …

Gender

When the Boss Wants You to Do Something Unethical

Maybe you’re asked to mislead a customer. Maybe you’re told to lie to a client, or take a shortcut you know would produce an inferior product.<p>When your boss puts you in a situation that compromises your ethics, none of the options seem particularly great. Go along with the unethical behavior and …

Ethics

Psychiatry V Psychology - A Consumer's View

"<p>I'm neither a psychiatrist or a psychologist, but I'm a consumer of both ideas. So I reckon I can say something on the subject...<p>Have you seen the Twitter war? The psychologists v psychiatrists war of words in 140 characters. It can be as caustic as JK Rowling v Donald Trump, except in this war, …

Psychology

These medications may help treat depression

Depression is a serious medical illness. It is also called “major depressive disorder,” or “unipolar depression”.<p>The disorder affects about 350 …

Depression

I kicked my smartphone addiction by retraining my brain to enjoy being bored

As an only child who grew up before the rise of the Internet, boredom was my constant companion. Summers were an endless stretch of riding my bike around town, reading, and staring up into the sky, imagining stories that I later wrote into my tattered journals.<p>This tendency toward unscheduled …

Creativity

Psychologists have identified the kind of emotional intelligence that makes internet trolls so mean

What is it with people’s behavior online? Why the readiness to attack, the snarky tone, the lack of courtesy inherent to so many comments? The internet can bring out the worst in people, which when taken to extremes turns into trolling—that bizarre impulsive habit of hurting others online, without …

Psychology

Terry Gobanga: 'I was gang-raped on my wedding day'

<b>When Terry Gobanga - then Terry Apudo - didn't show up to her wedding, nobody could have guessed that she had been abducted, raped and left for dead by the roadside. It was the first of two tragedies to hit the young Nairobi pastor in quick succession. But she is a survivor.</b><p>It was going to be a …

Crime

16 adorable dogs to get you through Monday

Mondays can be tough.<p>But do you know what makes things better? Dogs. Doggos. Puppers. Pooches. Very Good Boys (and girls).<p>Why every day should be …

Pets