The domino effect is where we approach our goals in a mindful, positive way; focusing on the process and the journey, rather than becoming outcome-oriented. In this way we always benefit and in some sense succeed from being on the path, whether or not we reach that final domino.
"Coming Home" is the first movie that realistically portrays a romance between a person who is able-bodied and another who suffers from a devastating disability—realistic in that it doesn’t shy away from depicting the emotional and physical challenges they face.
I am currently writing the hardest chapter in my book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself. Any time you write about self-healing, one painful issue comes up for any sick person: "If I can heal myself and I'm still sick, is it my fault?"
Have you ever wondered how you could personally change an adolescent’s life, perhaps inspire a career or fuel a young person’s desire to make a difference in the world? While parents are a huge part of kid’s lives, research shows that other adults play equally significant roles.
Many people believe that an evolutionary worldview is existentially challenging, making it harder to find meaning in life and easier to justify selfishness. Do people reject evolution because they don't want it to be true? Do those who accept evolution do so reluctantly? Research in educational and cognitive psychology provides some surprising answers.
Comedian Richard Lewis once began a performance by saying, "I just came from spending a weekend with my family; I can't tell you how glad I am to be speaking in front of 20,000 strangers." I don't like to whine and complain about my various physical ailments to my friends and family... much.
I recently cancelled an online service. It was a monthly subscription model. A solid service. It's just that my needs had changed and I no longer needed it. I might have in the future, though, and figured I'd go back to it "if and when."
Since the publication of my book, "What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite", I’ve given several interviews, and during each one I’ve been asked to elaborate on a term I used in the book’s introduction and closing chapter: “Science-help.”
When you think of people who are strongly driven to acquire power, what kinds of things do you imagine they are after? Is power about having: influence over others, money, status, glory, independence, self-confidence?
With the Big 5 personality traits unleashed, no one is safe. Today we take a look at the six friends from the eponymous TV show. If the professional Big-5ers can rate pets, bedrooms, and websites, we can rate fictional characters. With inter-rater reliability being as imperfect as it is, you may feel free to disagree with our results.
The latest study purporting to identify the inbred biological factors in addiction calls to mind age-old questions about the nature of science. We in America prefer neat-sounding—but useless—laboratory findings over identifying the factors that actually account for behavior.
My 7-year-old son has recently started coming home saying that he isn't wanted at school. He asks me: Why is it that he is not accepted amongst his peers? Is there something wrong with him? He is the only second grade and has been identified as gifted and talented.
Steven Jobs was one of the most successful entrepreneurial leaders of the last half-century. He will likely be remembered as one of business's iconic leaders. Many of my students admire him. That is the problem.
The good feeling from a restful sleep may be a result of anti-inflammatory effects. Chronic brain inflammation appears to contribute to cellular deterioration that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Getting a good night’s sleep has a positive impact on that inflammatory process and may explain why people who sleep well regularly often look younger and have more energy.
A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrates how our expectations can conflict with the reality of what makes us happy. Figuring out the difference can help you stick with your goals and enjoy life more.