With Christmas approaching the women's magazines sport headlines like ‘10 Easy Tips on How to Control Your Weight Over the Festive Season' or ‘Our Five Minutes a Day Workout Will Keep Your Weight in Check During the Holidays.'
Taking personal responsbility is a crucial milestone in the quest for happiness. However, willingness to take personal responsibility is alone not sufficient for enhancing happiness--it needs to be combined with mental control, and the ability to surrender.
Exercise, meditation, massage, eating well, being in nature, doing service activities and religion/spirituality—called Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLCs)—can improve mental health, alone or in conjunction with psychotherapy and medication.
I’ve done it. I’ve invented a two-step sure-fire diet plan, the secret to successful weight loss. Here it is:
1. Pick any existing diet that is low on calories.
2. Write a mega-bestselling book about it with your picture on the cover.
Here's why this is a riskier strategy for those of us offering moral and psychological diets.
Psychology has a Western heritage. The classical mind-body problem is as formulated by Rene Descartes; but is it the right question to ask? It is important to ask the right questions and Indian philosophical traditions may shed unique light on how an alternate framework for psychology can exist that is not rooted in western (mis)conceptions.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with rapper, playwright, and science/literature popularizer Baba Brinkman. We chatted about his development as a rapper. I also gave him a battery of psychological tests, and we discussed his results. Have you always wondered whether Baba Brinkman has adaptive forms of narcissism (admit it, you have)? Then check out this video right away!
During the holiday season, we're especially reminded of the passing of the years, particularly when it's time to write those yearly letters or emails. As you get in touch with your old (i.e. long-time) friends, it's a good time to reflect on what they mean to us and how they contribute to your sense of fulfillment.
There is controversy about whether or not "All-American Muslims" portrays the truth about Islam. The message appears to be "they are not just like us." Now that Lowes, a major corporation, has pulled its ads during the show, it begs the question: Can the issue be about cognitive distortions?
So who dressed up Christmas as a holiday only for those who can afford it? We steal the joy of Christmas from others—and ourselves—when we put the emphasis on material things and outward appearances. Christmas is not about those who can buy the biggest presents.