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Paying for Cuddles Is Apparently a Thing

Stephanie Lager | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Stephanie Lager

For one dollar a minute, you can rent a snuggle buddy (man or woman) to accompany you to a movie, dinner or just to cuddle. Wait, what?

Yagana Shah

Hugs Have Healing Power, Study Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.11.2014 | Fifty

Ever wonder why sometimes a hug is all you need? You can't explain it, but there's just something comforting about snuggling up to your spouse after a...

Money and Happiness

Anita Casalina | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

We've all heard that money can't buy happiness. It may interest you to know that Michael Norton of the Harvard Business School says, "If you think money can't buy happiness, you're not spending it right." His study found that what generates happiness is spending it on others.

What Happens When Trust Is Absent?

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 05.14.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

by Judith E. Glaser Human beings have a need to belong that is now considered by neuroscientists and psychologists to be more powerful than the nee...

A Complex Cocktail: Alcohol, Sex and Cute, Monogamous Mammals

Rob Brooks | Posted 06.09.2014 | Science
Rob Brooks

I'm fascinated to see how the world's media covers a paper out this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). It has an irresistible combination of clickbait-ready elements: a cute small mammal, booze and serious questions about monogamy.

Could This Nasal Spray Improve Your Orgasms?

Posted 04.04.2014 | Women

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 04/04/2014 05:00pm EST on LiveScience A dose of the "love hormone" oxytocin may make people's orgasms...

Going From Distrust to Trust

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Conversational intelligence changes the climate. By Judith E. Glaser Daily headlines suggest we are becoming mired in distrust, at high cost to ...

The Hormone That Boosts Empathy And Morality

Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living

Is there a master switch for changing human behavior? Something that boosts our empathy and morality and makes us less likely to do hurtful things? Ec...

'Love Hormone' Study Yields Big Surprise About Bonding In Chimps

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

BERLIN (AP) — Chimpanzees who share are chimpanzees who care, it seems. A study published Wednesday appears to confirm that friendships are forged ...

Heart to Heart Conversations

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Authors, artists, writers, theologians and spiritualists have long known the heart is more than just an organ pumping blood to the brain. Expressions...

Trust Me

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

The decision to trust or distrust someone occurs instantly. That moment -- whether it is a handshake, a telephone call, or an email -- locks in a relationship trajectory that may last for weeks, months, or a lifetime.

How The 'Love Hormone' Could Help Kids With Autism

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 12/02/2013 04:58 PM EST on LiveScience For children with autism, a dose of oxytocin — the so-c...

WATCH: Can Stress Actually Kill You?

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.30.2013 | Science

Next time you're stressed out, maybe just grab someone you love for a cuddle session. "It may just save your life," Mitchell Moffitt, co-creator of...

Inside Boehner's Brain: A Neuroscience Perspective

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dr. Douglas Fields

The search for a path to compromise can be found in the latest research on the neurobiological basis of social behavior.

Breaking the Code of Silence: Creating a Trusting Workplace

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 11.16.2013 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

There are 5 characteristics of a conversation that bring about a sense of well-being and connectivity with others. As you weave these conversations ...

How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others)

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that he coined and that has now spread across the world. Mary Gordon is a former kindergarten teacher who founded Roots of Empathy, an organization dedicated to teaching emotional literacy and promoting empathy in children. As Mary told us, empathy is a two-way street and is best nurtured by example. Philosophers have known this for centuries. "No one can live happily who has regard for himself alone and transforms everything into a question of his own utility," wrote the first-century Stoic philosopher Seneca. And in practically every religious tradition and practice, giving of oneself is a key step on the path to spiritual fulfillment.

Is The 'Love Hormone' Secretly Evil?

Posted 07.25.2013 | Healthy Living

The "love hormone" may not be as warm and fuzzy as we thought. A new study shows that while oxytocin does play a huge role in social bonding and feeli...

Could This Drug Improve Your Marriage?

Posted 06.13.2013 | Weddings

Fighting with your spouse a lot lately? A drug may be able to help you fix that. Researchers from the University of Oxford recently argued that adm...

Effectively Manage Conflict When You Know You're Right

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

I'm sure this has happened to you: You're in a tense team meeting trying to defend your position on a big project and start to feel yourself losing ground. Your voice gets louder. In terms of its neurochemistry, your brain feels as though it has been hijacked.

Revisiting the 'Hormone of Love'

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.25.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

It's been more than a decade since oxytocin was first heralded as the "hormone of love" -- a distinction that came with optimistic predictions for future drug therapies. The question now is not whether oxytocin has beneficial effects, but under what circumstances and for whom does it have these effects?

The Conditions of Unconditional Love

Jason Good | Posted 07.13.2013 | Parents
Jason Good

The ridiculous downside to parenting is clear and visceral -- that's why it's so easy and funny to complain about it. But how can I explain the upside, that enormous emotional experience, which compels us to persevere?

Catherine Pearson

Is This Common Labor Drug Unsafe?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents

A preliminary new study of the drug Pitocin, frequently given to women to help start or speed up childbirth, has raised concerns about its safety. ...

5 Ways To Get Over A 'Love Addiction'

Lisa Copeland | Posted 06.30.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Copeland

I recently had a client I'll call Sandy, who loved a man named Jeff. Yet they had broken up at least three times during the two and a half years they'd been together. While apart, an intense longing for the other would occur and they'd come back together celebrating a harmonious honeymoon truce with a lot of love and a lot of sex. But it wouldn't take long for the problems to reappear.

The Real Reason Men Cheat?

Posted 04.29.2013 | Divorce

Is infidelity genetic? Research suggests that a hormone called oxytocin, which facilitates trust and allows people to form strong bonds, could be ...

How Leaders Lead

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 06.02.2013 | Small Business
Judith E. Glaser

When a leader trusts that an employee will be able to tackle a project successfully, and the employee does, something happens neurochemically in both of them.