Emotions

Lincoln outlived her husband and three of her four children.

Why Historians Should Reevaluate Mary Todd Lincoln's Oft-Misunderstood Grief

A new exhibition at President Lincoln's Cottage connects the first lady's experiences to those of modern bereaved parents

Bodies lose their vigor with the passing of the years, but emotional well-being tends to improve, studies find. Among the observations: Though older people may have fewer social contacts, those they retain bring more satisfaction and meaning.

Why Do Older Individuals Have Greater Control of Their Feelings?

Psychologist Susan Turk Charles talks about findings that reveal the elderly have higher emotional well-being

The museum is located in Copenhagen's historic center.

The World's First Happiness Museum Opens in Denmark

The Nordic country is consistently ranked among the planet's happiest

The 63 statues selected depict their subjects in eight different situations, including carrying a baby, playing music, preparing for combat and undergoing torture.

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What Ancient Sculptures Reveal About Universal Facial Expressions

New research suggests displays of emotion may transcend time and culture

A graph generated by the "hedonometer," a tool that measures happiness on Twitter going back to 2008. After George Floyd's killing, researchers measured the most negativity on English-language Twitter ever—making it the "saddest day in the history of Twitter," they say.

New Research Suggests We're Living in Historically Unhappy Times

A tool that analyzes tweets and a study from University of Chicago researchers show that Americans' happiness has reached new lows in recent weeks

It's hard enough to talk about our feelings. Now, try doing it across languages.

The Meanings Behind Words for Emotions Aren't Universal, Study Finds

Certain emotions may be universal. But the way humans describe their feelings, it seems, is not

55 percent of Americans reported feeling significant levels of stress in 2018

Americans Are Among the Most Stressed-Out People in the World, Reporting Negative Emotions at Highest Rates in a Decade

But the news isn’t all bad: Americans also reported generally more positive experiences than the rest of the world

Goats either prefer humans that sport a grin or make an effort to avoid those with a grimace, a new study shows.

Goats May Prefer Happy Human Faces

A new study found that goats gravitate towards images of smiling people, suggesting that they can distinguish between human expressions

A child tests the Superpower Glass.

"Superpower Glass" Helps Kids With Autism Understand Emotions

A new Stanford-designed technology pairs Google Glass with a face-identifying AI app that tells wearers what emotions they're seeing

Would your pup come to your rescue?

Why the Most Helpful Dogs Keep Calm and Carry On

Dogs are willing to overcome obstacles to help people in distress—as long as they keep their cool

This striped dolphin, photographed in the Gulf of Corinth, may be grieving a relative. A new study examines the evidence.

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Study Suggests Dolphins and Some Whales Grieve Their Dead

An analysis of 78 instances of cetaceans paying attention to their dead suggests grief may be part of being a highly social animal

Hangry like the wolf.

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Being Hangry Is Real, But You Can Control It

Hunger elicits similar responses as emotions, but it only turns into "hanger" when people are already primed with negative feelings

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Disgusting Things Fall Into Six Gross Categories

Open sores, body odors and other indicators of possible disease transmission top the list of things that gross us out

Tracey Crouch, who will oversee issues related to loneliness and isolation in the U.K.

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The U.K. Now Has a "Minister for Loneliness." Here's Why It Matters

Tracey Crouch will oversee the government's efforts to tackle "the sad reality of modern life"

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First Center for Empathy and Art Launched in Minneapolis

The center will bring together researchers, artists, historians and philosophers to learn how art museums can promote empathy and understanding

Scary pumpkins are the least of what frightens us at Halloween, a day devoted to being frightened.

What Happens in the Brain When We Feel Fear

And why some of us just can't get enough of it

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Got Writer's Block? Try Listening to Happy Music

A new study suggests that an upbeat tune can boost creativity

Cool Finds

World's Oldest Smiley Face May Decorate a Hittite Jug

Researchers did not notice the cheery, 3,700-year-old expression until they restored the ceramic

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Researchers Discover a 17th-Century "Emoji"

The classic smiley face has been around for a long time

Feeling down? Many would reach for comfort food like pasta casserole—but you may as well go for a salad, research says.

Comfort Foods Aren't Magic, But Memory Might Be

On National Comfort Food Day (yeah it's a thing), dig into the powers of food and how it makes us feel