Self-deprecating Jokes Show You Are Happy and Well Socially Adjusted

A new study from the University of Granada, Spain, shows that contrary to the widespread belief, those who make self-deprecating jokes do not have low self-esteem, nor they are predisposed to depression. In fact, scientists suggest that this type of people may be happier and better socially adjusted than others.self-deprecating joke

Having analyzed the material received in the study, the scientists concluded that self-defeating humor was associated with greater anger suppression. On the contrary, those people who use self-enhancing humor also tend to manage their anger better or simply feel less angry.

Study co-author Ginés Navarro-Carrillo says: “The results suggest that humor, even when presented as benign or well-intentioned, can also represent a strategy for masking negative intentions.  [Humor] enables individuals with low scores in honesty to build trust, closeness, etc. with other people, and thereby use important information in order to manipulate them or obtain advantages in the future.”

Keeping Secrets May Affect Your Well-Being and Productivity

A new study, executed by the scientists from Columbia University, discovered that keeping secrets may lead to a lower level of well-being, as well as affect your productivity.keeping secrets

For the research, a team of researchers has analyzed the data including 13,000 secrets from 10 previous studies. The topics of the secrets were such as romantic desire, finances, and sexual behavior.

Malia Mason, one of the authors of the study and an associate professor of management at Columbia Business School, says: “Secrets exert a gravitational pull on our attention. It’s the cyclical revisiting of our mistakes that explains the harmful effects that secrets can have on our well-being.”

8 Simple Ways to Boost Immunity This Winter

If it is a common situation for you to fight illnesses, health experts say it is necessary to consult a doctor who can determine if there is any underlying medical cause to blame. But you also can boost immunity. Here are 9 ways to do this during this season to defend yourself from various infections and diseases:boost immunity

  1. Keep your body healthy.
  2. Consume yoghurt and kefir as a part of healthy diet.
  3. Drink alcohol in moderation.
  4. Get your shots.
  5. Exercise.
  6. Quit smoking.
  7. Sleep enough.
  8. Try to reduce your stress level.

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Social Networking Websites Might Be to Blame for You Being Depressed

Excessive use of social networking websites, such as Facebook, can affect wellbeing and overall satisfaction with life according to a new research, conducted by the team of scientists from the University of networking websites

The research shows that some people can suffer from so-called “Facebook envy” when looking at photos of people demonstrating their lives on Facebook and thinking that they have happier lives.

The study included 1,095 participants. During the study, half of them were asked to stop using Facebook and another half, the control group, was asked to continue using it as they usually do it.

The results of the research showed that the subjects who did not use the social networking website for a week reported being more satisfied with life. They also rated their well-being higher if compared to the control group.

More information about the study is here.