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Winter brings more than just ugly sweaters – here’s how the season can affect your mind and behavior

Michael Varnum, Arizona State University & Ian Hohm, University of British Columbia What comes to mind when you think about winter? Snowflakes? Mittens? Reindeer? In much of the Northern Hemisphere, winter means colder temperatures, shorter days and year-end holidays. Along with these changes, a growing body of research in psychology and related fields suggests that winter also brings some profound changes …

U.S. Job Market Surges as Unemployment Drops to 3.7%

According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States gained 199,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate declined to 3.7 percent. Average hourly wages rose 4.0 percent over the past year and increased by 0.4 percent, or 12 cents, compared to October. The most notable job gains were observed …