Women and men report similar levels of work-family conflicts.

Contrary to public perception and many media accounts, women and men report similar levels of work-family conflicts, both in the form of work interfering with family and family interfering with work, according to new research.

What the researchers say: Researchers spent several years examining the findings from more than 350 studies conducted over three decades that included more than 250,000 participants from across the world.… [read more]

Using money to buy time linked to increased happiness.

New, and really interesting, research is challenging the age-old adage that money can’t buy happiness.

The study, led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School, suggests that using money to buy free time—such as paying to delegate household chores like cleaning and cooking—is linked to greater life satisfaction.… [read more]

Aboriginal community with strong ethno-cultural identity and connection to the land has lower suicide rates

Aboriginal community with strong ethno-cultural identity and connection to the land has lower suicide rates, and higher resilience.  A study investigating the mental health perceptions and practices of an Aboriginal community in northern Ontario, and its significantly lower rates of mental health services utilization and suicide, suggests that a strong ethno cultural identity and connection to the land are significant factors to positive mental health outcomes.… [read more]

Sunny, rainy, or cloudy: Study shows how weather impacts response to mobile ads.

Among the many factors that impact digital marketing and online advertising strategy, a new study in the journal Marketing Science provides insight to a growing trend among firms and big brands—weather-based advertising. According to the study, certain weather conditions drive a higher  response rate to mobile marketing efforts, while the tone of the ad content can either help or hurt the  response rate depending on the current local weather conditions.… [read more]

In making decisions, are you an ant or a grasshopper?

In one of Aesop’s famous fables, we are introduced to the grasshopper and the ant, whose decisions about how to spend their time affect their lives and future. The jovial grasshopper has a blast all summer singing and playing, while the dutiful ant toils away preparing for the winter.… [read more]

Long working hours are bad for your heart.

People who work long hours have an increased risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation, according to a study of nearly 85,500 men and women published in the European Heart Journal.

The study showed that, compared to people who worked a normal week of between 35-40 hours, those who worked 55 hours or more were approximately 40% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation during the following ten years.… [read more]

How social rank can trigger vulnerability to stress.

As readers of TR already know, stress is a major risk factor for a range of mental health issues. However, stress does not affect everyone equally: in the face of sustained adversity, some people develop depression symptoms while others adapt and remain resilient.… [read more]