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Adoree Durayappah, M.A.P.P., M.B.A.
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Adoree Durayappah-Harrison, M.Div., M.A.P.P., M.B.A., is a writer with an addiction to academia. Her passion is helping people understand themselves better by bringing research on health and well-being into the public domain in an entertaining and practical fashion. Adoree obtained a Master degree at Harvard University in Buddhism studying the cultivation of the body and mind. She has researched physical and emotional well-being through different traditions as well as different disciplines such as positive psychology, religion, philosophy, and behavioral psychology. She received her M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a dual degree in Philosophy and Television. Her interest in psychology led her to obtain a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research on happiness, The 3P Model: A General Theory of Subjective Well-Being, has been published in the Journal of Happiness Studies and in The Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being (Springer). She writes about health and happiness in her blog at

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Are You Being Too Assertive? Not Enough?

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Many people want to be more assertive in the workplace. Being assertive can help you voice your opinions to your coworkers, help you negotiate that promotion and pay raise, and also has a number of health benefits.

According to the Mayo Clinic, assertive behavior and communication can help...

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The Most Overlooked Reason Why You're Late

(37) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 7:27 AM

For a good percentage of Americans, three little words habitually accompany one's entrance into a business meeting, a gym class, an appointment with friends, or a date...

"Sorry, I'm late."

Does this sound like you? Much important work has looked at why people...

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The Secret Benefits of a Curious Mind

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 9:47 PM

It's no surprise that when we are curious about something, it makes it easier to learn. But cutting-edge research published in the academic journal Neuron provides startling evidence for how a curious state of mind improves learning and memory for things we are not even interested in.

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3 Steps For Changing Any Bad Habit or Forming Any Good One

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Do you have a bad habit that you have been desperately trying to change for quite some time? Maybe it is to quit smoking or to end your love affair with donuts. Or maybe you are trying to cultivate a good habit such as going for daily runs or calling...

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How to Live to Be 110: Supercentenarians' Secrets of Longevity

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 7:07 AM

In the Andes Mountains of Peru, living in extreme poverty, Filomena Taipe Mendoza, 116 years old, is in the running to become the world's oldest living person.

If her claim proves to be true, it would make her three months older than Misao Okawa of Japan, who currently holds...

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The Spoiler Paradox: How Knowing a Spoiler Makes a Story Better, Not Worse

(10) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 9:03 AM

Storytelling is a universal human trait, spanning cultures, civilizations and time. We love a good story, and since we have been telling stories for thousands of years, we know what makes for a good story and exciting experience.

Or do we?

One of our favorite parts of a good story...

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Facebook Enhances Self-Esteem, Study Finds

(13) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 8:47 AM

Feeling down in the dumps and want to feel better? Log into Facebook and view your profile. Want to feel even better? Try editing your profile. A new study published in the February issue of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking found that viewing and editing your Facebook profile could boost...

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5 Scientific Reasons Why Breakups Are Devastating

(63) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 7:40 AM

Raise your hand if you've never heard any of the following lines, in one form or another:

  • Let's be friends.
  • I think we should see other people.
  • It's not you. It's me.
  • I just don't love you anymore.

If you've finished reading this list and your hand is raised,...

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