14 Sep

The happiness of spouses predicts the health of their partners. (In brief. In sickness and in health. Monitor on Psychology, 2016, December, p.14)



10 Sep

Those people who value their time more than money are happier than those who value money over time. (In brief. Valuing time makes you happier. Monitor on Psychology, 2016, December, p.13)


3 Sep

JAMA recently reported that 14% of people 55 and older are depressed, and about 2% have a major depression. (How to lift late-life depression. Health After 50, 2017, September, p.1)


31 Aug

In middle age, any type of of exercise more strenuous than walking is associated with better cognitive health 25 years later. (In brief. Keep moving. Monitor on Psychology, 2016. December, p. 13)


27 Aug

Stress can reduce the benefits of eating healthy fats. (In brief. Stress eating. Monitor on Psychology, 2016, December. p. 11)

Novel Comments

20 Aug

Elena Ferrante’s second novel in her Neapolitan quartet, The Story of a New Name(2012), recounts a rather distant but still connected relationship between two best girlfriends as they pass from their late teens into their mid twenties. The distance comes primarily from the complications that arise as they become intensely involved with men and their competition for one in particular. However there is also their choice of difference paths- One goes into a tumultuous and destructive marriage, and the other, the voice of the writer, struggles to establish one of education and creativity in spite of their working class backgrounds. The writer, Elena, uses men to further her more urbane, intellectual ambitions; the other, Lila, uses men to express her emotional instability. I am ready to read the third novel.


18 Aug

Warm parents seem to buffer children and teens (ages 9 to 17) from the negative effects of daily stress and strain. ( In brief. Warm parents, healthy teens. Monitor on Psychology, 2016, December, p. 10)