Country roads, take me home… to my friends: How #intelligence, population density, and friendship affect modern #happiness

We propose the savanna theory of happiness, which suggests that it is not only the current consequences of a given situation but also its ancestral consequences that affect individuals’ life satisfaction and explains why such influences of ancestral consequences might interact with intelligence. We choose two varied factors that characterize basic differences between ancestral and …

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#Social Health and #Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors: A cross-sectional study in a healthy older adult population

Poor social health is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), however an in-depth exploration of the link through CVD risk factors is lacking. AimTo examine the relationship between social health (social isolation, social support, loneliness) and CVD risk factors among healthy older women and men. MethodsData were from 11,498 healthy community-dwelling Australians aged ≥70 …

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Older Adults and the Mental Health Effects of #COVID-19

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) began to spread in the US in early 2020, older adults experienced disproportionately greater adverse effects from the pandemic including more severe complications, higher mortality, concerns about disruptions to their daily routines and access to care, difficulty in adapting to technologies like telemedicine, and concerns that isolation would exacerbate …

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Acute social #isolation evokes midbrain craving responses similar to #hunger

When people are forced to be isolated from each other, do they crave social interactions? To address this question, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure neural responses evoked by food and social cues after participants (n = 40) experienced 10 h of mandated fasting or total social isolation. After isolation, people felt lonely and craved social …

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