Babies understand you more than you think

Babies understand more speech than parents think and can link words to objects at a very young age, a study found.

At just six months they recognise the meanings of some words are more similar than others, researchers found, according to Daily Mail.

For example young children were able to tell words like car and prams were more alike than words such as car and juice.

The researchers claim that parents should talk to their children as much as possible because they are always listening and learning from what you say.

Even a specially-designed computer program can't figure out the secret to happiness

In a new study, researchers have developed an AI computer that can detect emotion from speech 71 per cent of the time according to Daily mail.

While the computer was fairly good at detecting calm, disgust and neutral speech, it wasn't so good at detecting happiness, and often mistook this for fear and anger.

Scientists have trained a neural network to recognise eight different emotions – neutral, calm, happy, sad, angry, scared, disgusted and surprised.

Choosing the right friends is the key to happiness

The best way to boost your happiness is to be very picky about who you spend time with, according to a neuroscientist.

Professor Moran Cerf says we stop wasting our energy making small decisions such as what we want to do or wear, and instead focus on the only decision that counts.  

Choosing the right friends is important because it causes our brainwaves to resemble those of the people we spend most time with, according to Daily Mail.

This means you start becoming alike, and pick up their desirable behaviours and ways of seeing the world without being conscious of it.

Brief exposure to nature really does improve your mood

New research shows that there's truth to the idea that nature and spending time outdoors can improve happiness. 

The study showed that if people simply take time to notice the nature around them, it will increase their general happiness and well-being, according to Daily Mail.

Even if it's just birds flying in a crowded city or a tree at a bus stop, noticing nature can also improve 'prosocial orientation' - the willingness to share and place value on one's community. 

The study examined the effects of a two-week intervention involving nature. 

Talk about planning ahead! Children as young as SIX spontaneously practice skills to prepare for the future

From tying shoelaces to reading and writing, practice is essential for improving a wide range of skills.

And a new study suggests that from age six, children spontaneously practice skills to prepare for the future.

The findings suggest that it may be beneficial for parents to start having conversations with children as young as six about their future goals, and encourage them to think about and work toward those goals according to Daily mail.

Researchers looked at the development of deliberate practice.