Emotions

Why Breakup Songs Hurt So Good

Humans have pretty low emotional pain tolerances, and research has shown that people instinctively seek out distractions away from sources of whatever unpleasantness ails, hence the indefatigable sales of alcohol and ice cream. When trouble arises in interpersonal relationships, the heartbroken also often spend time wallowing in the negativity, perhaps playing Bon Iver's "For Emma" on repeat as though intentionally keeping the waterworks faucet turned up to full blast (not that I've ever done anything like that ever...).

(Women's) Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Science concluded a long time ago (circa 1974) that laughter is contagious. Now we know that women are the best at spreading the joy around. Study participants listened to around 50 audio clips of various types of laughter, such as open- versus closed-mouthed chuckles, and rated the female belly laugh as the most pleasurable.

10 Signs You're Not Happy

Snapping at your best friend and zoning out in front of the TV for hours might be more than a case of the Mondays. If you can't sleep and you're consumed by stress, you might be unhappy.

Angry Women

Anger is complex emotion, especially when gender gets involved. Caroline and Cristen explore how men and women experience and express anger differently and how to manage anger when it naturally arises.

Keeping Up With the Joneses' Sex Lives

Do you know how often your friends and neighbors are having sex? If you're having sex frequently, finding out those intimate details could translate to a happiness boost, says a new study out of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Sort of...

Smile! You're a Woman.

When I was in college, I earned extra money on the weekends as a catering waiter. It was as terrible as "Party Down" would have you believe, the entire feeling of the experience summed up in an exchange that happened during a wedding reception. That night, things already weren't going well, as I accidentally burned one of the staff captains with boiling water before guests had even arrived. Toward the end of the evening, after dinner plates had been cleared, and we were busily refilling coffee -- a task that I approached with trepidation since I had already scalded someone only hours earlier -- my mounting exhaustion quickly shifted to anger when one of the male guests turned to me with a tipsy smirk and said, "C'mon honey, why don't you smile?" I forced a closed-mouth grin and continued making my way around his table.

Why is crying in the workplace such a highly discussed topic for women? Scientifically speaking, prolactin and smaller tear ducts make women more prone to crying. Tune in to learn more, including strategies for managing emotions in the workplace.

Everyone's familiar with these unpleasant outbursts, but where do they actually come from? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen examine the science of toddler and teenage temper tantrums, along with tips on tantrum prevention.

Why do breakup songs hurt so good?

Almost everyone has a breakup song -- but why? In this episode, Cristen and Caroline explain how we process emotional rejection as physical pain and why music has an analgesic effect. Tune in to learn more (including which breakup songs may be the best).

Women and hair have always had a complicated relationship. Tune in as Molly and Cristen take a look at cultural perceptions of women's hair, women's emotional attachment to their locks and bad hair days in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.