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Best of the Best in Photos 2014, Part 1

The Surprising Reason We Make New Year's Resolutions

While many ancient traditions celebrate the beginning of a new year or season with an emphasis on renewal or re-birth, the New Year’s resolution as a means of self-improvement may be a uniquely American tradition.<p>And we may have one of the country's earliest religious traditions, Protestantism -- …

Why does guilt increase pleasure?

Feelings of guilt can make our temptations feel even more seductive. So could we be healthier and happier if we just embraced a little bit of vice, asks David Robson.<p>This year, my New Year’s Resolutions are going to take a somewhat different form to those of previous Januaries. I’m forgoing my …

Psychology

New Year's Eve Partying Could Wreck Your Immune System

A new study in the journal <i>Alcohol</i>, led by Loyola University Chicago's Dr. Majid Afshar, asked 15 testers — with a median age of 27 — to drink, depending on their weight, between four to five vodka shots. (Consuming that much alcohol in such a short period of time certainly constitutes binge …

Immune System

How late do you stay up on New Year's Eve?

Data from Jawbone UP has revealed that the UK's bedtime on New Year's Eve is extremely conservative compared with the rest of the world<p>On the biggest party night of the year, people across the UK are likely to be tucked up in bed by 2am, while those in Russia celebrate until the early hours.<p>On …