Human Nature

Human Nature encompasses peoples' actions, perceptions, and thought processes. Topics include food cravings, mind-reading, and contagious yawning.

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What causes 'old person' smell?

We may not know how to describe it very well, but we all recognize "old person" smell whenever it happens to grace our nostrils. But while the scent may be ubiquitous, its causes are a little less clear.

Why do we love cute things?

Social media is overflowing with cute content -- everything from babies to puppies to seriously adorable lunchboxes. Find out why cute things make you go "aww!"

10 Hardest Habits to Break

"I'm addicted to you baby. You're a hard habit to break." So wailed the lead singer of the group Chicago. But there are harder habits to break out there – like nail biting and procrastinating. Do you do any of the things on our list?

Is a 'curiosity gap' controlling what we click on?

Curiosity kills the cat, but it also fuels the Internet. Why do we sometimes go against our better judgment to click on a headline?

Will putting people's hands in warm water really make them wet the bed?

You may think you know the answer to this one if you've pulled this this prank on one of your hapless friends. We, however, are trading your anecdotal evidence for real research to answer this question once and for all.

Be Happy: 5 Natural Mood-Boosters

These five natural mood boosters can provide instant happiness. Learn how music, meditation and other things can improve your mood and let you be happy

6 Reasons Why We're Fascinated by the Royal Family

What's all the media craze about the royal baby? Dr. Nicole Joseph, DFH blogger and licensed psychiatrist, weighs in on the story.

5 Tips for Making it Through Your Company Holiday Party

The clothes you wear, how much you drink and the subjects you talk about are among some of the most important things to keep in mind with co-workers.

HowStuffWorks Stars Share Their Favorite Holiday Memories

From clean and sober to crazy ER stories, we asked some of our talent to share their notable holiday memories and here's what they told us.

5 Things You Should Never Say at the Thanksgiving Table

We chatted with expert, Dr. Nicole Joseph, about the five things are never appropriate to talk about at the Thanksgiving table.

How to Get Through the Holidays Stress-Free with Your Family

We sat down and chatted with expert, Dr. Nicole Joseph, about what is most important to keep in mind when trying to enjoy the holidays with your family.

10 Remedies That Do Absolutely Nothing to Treat the Common Cold

You probably have a list of go-to remedies for colds. But is all that echinacea and chicken soup really helping?

Anger Management 101

Approximately, sixteen million Americans have anger issues. In this article we explore anger management techniques and it's effect on your health.

5 Steps to Changing Your Behavior

My Mom is Obsessed therapist, Khana Lacewell, talks about the path to changing your behavior. Using these five steps, you can be on the road to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

5 Ways to Overcome Embarrassment

Nearly everyone looks in the mirror and wishes something were just a bit different. But what should you do when you're so ashamed of a physical trait or condition that it's making it hard for you to enjoy life?

Anger Management: Control Your Temper By Avoiding These 4 Foods

Tempers run in my family and it's not something to be proud of. Blowing your lid is often something you end up regretting later.

New Study Says the Excessively Rich Aren't Any Happier. So Who Is?

People need enough money to be comfortable, but the filthy rich are no happier. Learn more about being excessively rich will not make you happier.

Break the Cycle of Negative Thinking

When facing tough times, it can seem next to impossible to turn things around. Find out why negative feelings can cycle out of control, and how to break the chain.

5 Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

Tired of making resolutions and never following through? Check out our resolution ideas and try setting a new goal this year - one that you can actually accomplish!

5 Ways to Reveal a Life-changing Secret

Secrets are powerful. Revealing them can end years of guilt, destroy lives -- or both. If it's time to spill the beans, take some time to plan for the fallout.

5 Ways to Build Self-confidence

Confident people aren't born, they're made, and we've got the tips to get you on your way to building your own self-confidence.

How can a secret hurt me?

What you don't know can't hurt you, right? Maybe not. Studies show secrets may actually be harmful to both those keeping them -- and those they're keeping them from.

What is metacognition?

Metacognition strategies can help you learn better. Learn about metacognition in this article.

What is active listening?

Listening is more than just hearing words. Learn about active listening in this article.

How does birth order affect personality?

A child’s place in the family affects his or her character and parents’ expectations. Learn more about how birth order affects personality from this article.