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9 Ways Money Does Buy Happiness

"A person's ability to savor experiences predicts their degree of happiness."<p>Whenever someone tells me that money can’t buy happiness, I am often …

Climate change, El Nino bring balmy December in parts of Canada, scientists say

If climate change is weighing on your mind this holiday season, especially after the signing of the Paris agreement, you're not alone.<p>There's an …

The Most Notable Medical Findings of 2015

Every week, I peruse around fifteen journals, some featuring basic science, others clinical research and patient cases, and still others a mix. As a specialist in blood diseases and cancer, I pay particular attention to those articles reporting advances, and failures, in my field. But I am also …

Medicine

Sorry, Being Happy Won’t Help You Live Any Longer

Be cheerful, be a grump–your mental state won’t affect your long-term wellness as much as long supposed.<p>We tend to think that being happy keeps us healthy, and, if we get sick, that the path to getting better lies in our ability to think positively. But now a major new study from the U.K. overturns …

China is headed for a 4.5-day workweek

Chongqing is the first city taking steps to reduce the working week to 4.5 days. The 30 million people living in the municipality in China's south-west will enjoy a two-and-a-half-day weekend. Hebei and Jiangxi provinces are also considering giving workers a longer weekend.<p>The idea was endorsed by …

Kids under 16 could be 'banned from the internet' by EU lawmakers

Parents could soon be made to approve their teenagers’ use of social media and chat apps if a last-minute change to data protection laws makes the cut in final discussions starting in the EU tomorrow.<p>The law would make it illegal for companies to handle data from anyone aged 15 or under without …

It’s not the environment versus the economy

<i>Executive Pulse seeks input from Canadian leaders on vital issues that affect our business and economy.</i><p>As the Paris COP21 climate-change conference comes to a close, two Canadian leaders reflect on the potential effects of climate change, as well as efforts to reverse carbon emissions, on our …