Blame Your Bad Boss
Your boss’s bad behavior might be rubbing off on you: People who work for bosses who display psychopathic or narcissistic behaviors are more likely to engage in undesirable, counterproductive activities at work, like wasting time, according to researchers from the University of Manchester’s Business School. Plus, they were more likely to be unsatisfied with their jobs—no surprise there—and also more likely to show signs of depression, too.
Help Others to Boost Your Own Brain
Spending your time volunteering might protect your brain as you age: Those who spent more time engaged in local community groups have better cognitive skills at age 50 than those who spend their time in other activities, according to a new study in BMC Psychology. The researchers believe volunteering may somehow spark neuroplasticity, or the ability of your brain to form new connections.
Drink to Your (Social) Health
Your weekly pub nights might be bringing you a benefit: Social drinkers tend to have more friends available to lend emotional support, a new review from the U.K. concludes. Alcohol may trigger the release of certain endorphins, which help to reinforce social bonds. It could protect your physical health, too – the lonelier you are, the more likely you are to suffer a heart attack or stroke. But don’t over-do it: Here are 6 Signs You Drink Too Much.