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Hugging.. Kissing.. Cuddling: 6 Healthy Benefits Of Expressing Love

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

Good news, lovebirds! If you're planning to celebrate with your Valentine in the coming weeks, get ready to toast to your health. Earlier this week...

Why Friendship Is Good for Your Health

Dr. Randy Kamen | Posted 01.29.2013 | Women
Dr. Randy Kamen

Whether is it with friends, family, a therapist or a support group, women find it healing to tell their stories. If friendships can enrich our physical and emotional lives, the question becomes why so many women find it challenging to nourish them.

Is It All About Hormones?

David Morris | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
David Morris

Why do the Boy Scouts fear gay people while Girl Scouts are more welcoming, and Wall Street men risked and lost the economy while Wall Street-related women counseled moderation?

The Real Reason Men Love Breasts

Larry Young, Ph.D. | Posted 08.01.2014 | Women
Larry Young, Ph.D.

Why are heterosexual men so fascinated by women's breasts that we sometimes act as if the breasts are the seat of the soul?

The Moral Molecules: Why We Do the Right Thing in Love and Work

Jed Diamond | Posted 10.07.2012 | Science
Jed Diamond

Paul Zak's research shows that there is a clear relationship in humans between the release of oxytocin, an ancient molecule found only in mammals, and our desire to act well toward others. Humans aren't prairie voles, but we do share the same "love chemical."

Elvis Ballad Yields Clues About Puzzling Disorder

Posted 06.15.2012 | Science

By: MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Published: 06/14/2012 02:11 PM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily p> Even the toughest of hearts might melt at the sound of Elv...

Hitchhiking as a Moral Molecule

Alice Carey | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Alice Carey

I've come to believe that hitching is a transcendent pleasure available to everyone.

The Chemical That Makes You Fall In Love

Paul J. Zak, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2012 | Books
Paul J. Zak, Ph.D.

Our brains are awash in a sea of hormones. Is it any wonder love still baffles us? But, here's some news you can use: Don't look for the perfect partner. Look for someone who wants to trade oxytocin.

'Trust Molecule' Dictates How We Form Relationships, Expert Writes

online.wsj.com | Posted 04.30.2012 | Science

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The Real Key To A Lasting Relationship?

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 02.29.2012 | Women

The key to long-lasting love isn't trust, communication or even a hot sex life, says a new study. It's oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone that's been...

Are Some Women Genetically Hard-Wired To Divorce?

Posted 02.27.2012 | Divorce

Swedish scientists have discovered a gene that may explain why some women have a hard time committing, or staying committed, should they marry. Ac...

Cara Santa Maria

Autism: A Year In Review

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.07.2012 | Education

A recent, welcome trend in scientific literature is one that celebrates the unique perspective, focus, and creativity seen in the autistic community, instead of fixating on deficits alone.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Let's Talk About Sex: The Science of Love

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

2011-11-25-elovelvoelveo.jpgNeuroscientists have shown that in some ways, love is similar to addiction.

Cara Santa Maria

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: This Is Your Brain On Love

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

2011-11-23-Screenshot20111123at8.30.05AM.pngHere's an interactive roadmap of the brain on love.

Failure To Launch

Wendy Dennis | Posted 12.07.2011 | Fifty
Wendy Dennis

I used to think that adolescence was the rough ride of parenthood and that once it was over I could cruise to the finish line. But the one thing they ...

The Path From Heart Disease To Heart Health

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

You might have heard the expression "You're as young as your arteries," and it's true. But keeping your arteries young can seem like a mysterious thing for many people. Now some clarity is at hand, and it's worth pausing to consider.

Why 'Friends With Benefits' Is Ideal For New Divorcees

Vicki Larson | Posted 09.25.2011 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Hollywood always seems to be a little behind the times. Twice this year the big screen has explored a sexual concept that's almost at the ho-hum stage...

The Chemicals Of Care: How Self-Compassion Manifests In Our Bodies

Kristin Neff | Posted 08.27.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristin Neff

The power of self-compassion is not just an idea; it's very real and actually manifests in our bodies. When we soothe our own pain, we are tapping into the mammalian care-giving system.

Why We Don't Need God to Be Good (and What Religious Folk Don't Want You to Know)

Mark Matousek | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

It is through mirror neurons -- not God -- that we redeem ourselves, achieve salvation, and are "reborn" in virtuous ways once co-opted by religions. Evolution knew what she was doing.

Are We Wired For Feelings Of Elevation?

Mark Matousek | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

The mere act of witnessing character, virtue, beauty, and truth tickles our vagus nerve, which stimulates oxytocin production and evokes in us the desire to be better people living better lives.

Seven Signs He's Your Own Prince Charming

Barbara Hayes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Hayes

Prince William may be taken by Kate Middleton, but the great example set by this delightful couple provides terrific lessons in how to find your own charming prince.

America's Working Women: Stress, Health and Well-Being

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

March 8th is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, which seems like the perfect occasion to get the scoop on the "State of America's Working Women."

Why You're Not Married

Tracy McMillan | Posted 08.21.2013 | Style
Tracy McMillan

If you're having sex outside committed relationships, you will have to stop. Why? Because past a certain age, casual sex is like recreational heroin -- it doesn't stay recreational for long.

Does 'Love Hormone' Oxytocin Promote Racism?

The Observer | Elizabeth Heathcote | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Carsten de Dreu, 44, a professor of psychology at the University of Amsterdam... has been exploring the role of the "love" hormone oxytocin in group d...

I'll Have What She's Having: How Mirror Neurons and Music Increase Pleasure

Suzie Heumann | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Suzie Heumann

Do you have music playing when you make love? I hope you do so let's assume you do. Do you notice that you like to put on the same play list, over and over, at least some of the time? The one you remember having the best lovemaking to?