A Nation Advances on Its Stomach

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Human Beast
Napoleon said that an army marches on its stomach. Now, economists conclude that how well fed a nation is drives the economy.

Stop the Presses! Dog Owners Are Happier

New data looks at the impact that dog or cat ownership has on the mental well-being, happiness, and life satisfaction of people.

A New Payoff to Risky Decisions

By Hara Estroff Marano on July 27, 2016 in Brainstorm
Scientists discover how facing risky decisions makes us smarter. Guest post by Shira Polan.

Happiness for Sad People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
Modest mitigators of moroseness.

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Jesus, Trump, and American Morality

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Secular Life
Jesus and Trump couldn't be more different.

A Different Approach to Political Divisiveness

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Ambigamy
Confusing ourselves to diffuse our political tensions.
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Competing for Love

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Life After 50
Is competition for your adult children's love making you miserable? Managing competitive feelings without acting on them can be a major challenge.

Compassion Focused on at The International OCD Conference

By Dennis Tirch Ph.D on July 27, 2016 in Practice Compassion
We look at the many reasons why compassion can enhance the treatment of OCD and anxiety.

A Student Veteran’s Guide to College Moral Tribes

By Rob Henderson on July 27, 2016 in After Service
What challenges do military veterans face when adapting to college social norms?

Bad Listening Skills II: Responding to Grief and Loss

By Hank Davis on July 27, 2016 in Caveman Logic
What is it about death and loss that triggers the worst listening skills in most of us? No matter how deep your convictions are, you can't preach and listen at the same time.

Sage Relationship Advice From the Movie Swingers

It’s been twenty years and I still think one of my favorite relationship movies is Swingers. It is a veritable storehouse of relationship advice, particularly about self-esteem.

Our Emotional Reactions to Terrorism

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Face It!
Here's how to untangle the confusing array of emotions we feel in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.

Why Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still a Mystery?

After fifteen plus years of suffering from this illness with little relief from symptoms, I often feel forgotten by the medical community.

The Prisoner’s Dilemma and the "Virtues" of Tit for Tat

You’d probably agree that in an ideal universe you’d do best living your life in accord with the golden rule. But in the real world attempting such an existence is precarious....
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Hot Flashes Forever? Maybe

What's the deal with hot flashes?

Better Treatment for People With Addictions

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 27, 2016 in Open Gently
New science is leading to better medication for addiction.

Creating eBooks for Children - Let's Do It Together!

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Story books for children have a long history and are universally valued by children and parents. Digital stories for children offer new ways to share stories and advance literacy.

The Tyranny of Film

You'd be surprised just how well filmmakers can control our attention.
Are You Your Millennial Child’s New Spouse?
Your Grown Child Moves In
Do Millennials Have a Lesser Work Ethic?
The Millennial Work Ethic
What to Do in Your 30s to Be Happy in Your 50s
What to Do in Your 30s
Why So Many Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents
Young Adults Living at Home

Noticing Random Acts of Kindness

How our best hope for healing the world may start with a cup of coffee.

Border Psychology

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Me in We
Border psychology and the diffusion of U.S. identity.

Ambivalent About Taking a Trip With Friends

Camping with friends (or taking any other type of trip, for that matter) can be a wonderful bonding experience if you are with the "right" friends under the "right" circumstances.

Internet Gaming Disorder vs. Internet Addiction Disorder

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in In Excess
In the DSM-5, Internet Gaming Disorder is seen as synonymous with internet use disorder (IUD) and internet addiction (IA). Empirical evidence clearly shows this is not the case.

What Happens When Hope Is Lost?

“The tiny ripple of hope you set in motion can change the path of someone's life,” said Dr Shane Lopez, Gallup’s Senior Scientist in Residence.

Handling Defiance: You're Not the Boss of Me!

Because a defiant child is rejecting the parent as leader, at least at this moment, defiance also indicates that the child feels disconnected from the parent.

What I Learned From My Last Job

By Susan Hooper on July 26, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
As a stranger-than-fiction presidential race dominates the news, I pause to contemplate a more mundane area of public affairs: government service.

What Do Politics Have to Do With Meaning and Purpose in Life

Recent research shows the kind of impact that politics has on meaning and purpose in life - check out this post to learn more!

The Top Five Gifts of Pokemon Go to Parents

"Thanks Pokemon Go for giving my kids a modern version of a 1970s summer!”

How To Manage ADHD Without Drugs

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Think Well
Here are seven nonmedical methods that help people with ADHD.

Two (Often Overlooked) Ways to Improve Your Quality of Life

Do you want to improve your quality of life, but don't know where to begin? If so, I have good news. A study published today offers two practical ways to improve quality of life.

Gender Differences

We are all unique and don’t always fit neatly into the gender box.

Abusive Leader or Master Motivator?

Abusive leader or master motivator? The perception of abuse is in the eye of the beholder.

Plato on Democracy, Tyranny, and the Ideal State

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 26, 2016 in Hide and Seek
What would Plato have to say about today’s democracies?

If We Only Had a Brain: Participate in a Clinical Trial

By Greg O'Brien on July 26, 2016 in On Pluto
Just a few keyboard swipes could put the U.S. on the road to triumph over Alzheimer’s. If you're experiencing memory loss that disrupts your daily life, seek help. Take the test.