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People believe they'll have a bright future despite negative possibilities

16 April 2013 12:20 AM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, Apr 6: People believe they'll be happy in the future, even when they imagine the many bad things that could happen, because they discount the possibility that those bad things will actually occur, a new study suggests.

"I've always been fascinated by the changeability of people's perceptions of happiness," psychological scientist Ed O'Brien of the University of Michigan said.

"On some days our futures seem bright and exciting, but on other days the same exact future event can feel stressful and terrifying," he said.

With this new research, O'Brien wanted to explore whether fluency - how easy or difficult it feels to think about different events - might play a role in how people think about well-being.

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- Shiva Prakash

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Middle-aged likelier to feel your pain

30 January 2013 10:55 PM, PST | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, Jan ary 31: Women in their 50s are more empathic than men of the same age and than younger or older people, according to a new study of more than 75,000 adults.

"Overall, late middle-aged adults were higher in both of the aspects of empathy that we measured," says Sara Konrath.

"They reported that they were more likely to react emotionally to the experiences of others, and they were also more likely to try to understand how things looked from the perspective of others."

For the study, researchers Ed O'Brien, Konrath and Linda Hagen at the University of Michigan and Daniel Gruhn at North Carolina State University analyzed data on empathy from three separate large samples of American adults, two of which. »

- Machan Kumar

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