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Coffins of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and others are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners. Majid Saeedi via Getty Images

Large turnouts for Soleimani’s funeral in Iran carry powerful collective emotions – just as Americans saw during the colonial era

Iranian leaders seem eager to use the powerful emotions surrounding his death to coalesce power around the regime. History shows that mass mourning is a powerful way to bring people together.
Gyms start to empty as more and more people give up their New Year’s resolutions. AP Photo/Sang Tan

Why your New Year’s resolution to go to the gym will fail

Gym memberships spike as people make their New Year's resolutions – but very few people will actually use them past February.
The emotion of lassitude might help your body fight off infection by making certain adjustments. Kalinka Georgieva/Shutterstock.com

Feeling sick is an emotion meant to help you get better faster

Fighting off infection comes with predictable psychological and behavioral features. Now researchers suggest an emotion coordinates this response to help you get better. They call it 'lassitude.'
Those smiles probably aren’t thanks to tryptophan. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Turning to turkey’s tryptophan to boost mood? Not so fast

Tryptophan, found in food, is an important ingredient in the neurotransmitter serotonin. But is that enough to support it as a possible mood booster? The research is decidedly mixed.
For many older people, today’s music goes in one ear and out the other. Shutterstock.com/photograph.kiev

Why do old people hate new music?

Music doesn't get objectively worse over time. So why do older generations scoff at each new top 40 hit?
Most people cry when they’re feeling sad, or when they are having big feelings. from www.pixabay.com

Curious Kids: why do we cry?

Crying is something everyone does sometimes -- an expert in the history of emotions explains why people cry to express their feelings.

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