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Get More Bang for Your Happiness Buck: Revel in Anticipation.

By Gretchen Rubin on February 12, 2011 in The Happiness Project
My younger daughter got me thinking about the importance of anticipation to happiness. She is so very excited about her birthday tomorrow — she was literally jumping up and down with excitement at the prospect of her school celebration today. (I never knew that some people actually do jump up and down with excitement, but she does.)

7 Reasons Why Mothers Don’t Disclose Their Scary Thoughts

Postpartum anxiety and depression can rob women of their desire to seek help and can interfere with any effort to even try.

Strictly from Hunger: The ABCs of Insufficient Food

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on February 11, 2011 in The Gravity of Weight
"The history of man is in large part the chronicle of his quest for food, " wrote Ancel Keys, an early researcher in obesity. Even the Bible is replete with references to fears of inadequate food supplies. Remember Pharaoh's dream of the seven fat cows and seven lean cows that Joseph interpreted to mean seven lean years and seven years of plenty?

4 Essential Rules for Approaching Couples Conflict

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 11, 2011 in Evolution of the Self
1. Talk about yourself, not your partner--and focus less on your "position" than on your feelings, wants, and needs. Since no one likes to be negatively judged, analyzed, or . . .

Halle Berry Takes The "One-Drop Rule" From Tragedy to Farce

By Perry R. Branson M.D. on February 11, 2011 in ShrinkWrapped
The One-Drop Rule is a vestige of a time in America when people were routinely considered racially inferior because of their ancestry.  It has now been inverted.

Fame and the Pursuit of Happiness

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 11, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Is it rational to desire fame? The answer, I think, is pretty clearly no.
The Rudeness Crisis
Forbidden Feelings
The Art of the Compliment

Who Is Valentine's Day Really For, Anyway?

After my last, brief post on Valentine's Day, I read an article in The Wall Street Journal about giving Valentine's Day presents in your "work spouse" as well as your romantic partner. I bristled at this, and that started me thinking—with due apologies to English teachers everywhere—who is Valentine's Day really for?

Gestures help you imagine movements of objects

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 11, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Does this ability to move objects around also help you to think about the movements of objects that aren't physically present? 

Is Streaming, Screaming Netflix Too Much of A Good Thing?

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on February 11, 2011 in The Media Zone
The more you sit and watch TV, the more you tend to sit and watch TV. the more you sit, the more you want to sit and the more you want to eat.

Romantic promise or problems? Clues from ourselves and others

By Allen R McConnell Ph.D. on February 11, 2011 in The Social Self
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, people are interested in love and its assessment. What indicators in ourselves and others provide insight into issues ranging from "is my infatuation really into me?" to "should I dump this person?" Here are four phenomena that provide insights about how to identify promise or problems in our love lives.

Are Humans Good or Evil?

By Paul J. Zak on February 10, 2011 in The Moral Molecule
Chemistry provides the answer.

The Psychology of Social Media That Fuels Social Change

Social media drives social change through the strength of weak ties. The strength of these ties is the psychological shift toward collective agency that comes from interconnectedness: the impact of seeing the actions of others and believing that individuals can make a difference.
Wealth and the Pursuit of Happiness

Wealth and the Pursuit of Happiness

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 10, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
If you want to be happy, don't make wealth your highest aim in life.

Dr. Phil's Very Bad Advice

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on February 10, 2011 in Love, Inc
Dr. Phil's advice on raising boy children only increases anxiety and depression. What if people listened to the likes of me and allowed boys to become fully realized human beings instead of just fully straight men?

Too Old to Come Out?

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on February 10, 2011 in Finally Out
"Why come out at forty? You're too old for sex."
Closet Cases
A Clean Slate
Rooms of their Own
When Hygiene Harms

Repairing the Rifts

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on February 09, 2011 in Living It
I have observed that in the daily transactions of a married couple, what is even more important than "never making them angry", or "doing what she wants", or "leave him alone when he gets like this" is the ability to repair the relationship. Oh, this is so important!

Do You Feel Sexually Discarded?

By Pamela Madsen on February 09, 2011 in Shameless Woman
Once upon a time, I felt sexually discarded. I didn't feel like anyone noticed me anymore as a sexual being. I was a lot of things, a wife, mother, worker-bee, daughter, sister and general good doer! But a sexually being? A hottie? A Head turner? Not so much! And I once was! What happened? 

Child Neglect and Adult PTSD

By Susanne Babbel Ph.D., M.F.T. on February 09, 2011 in Somatic Psychology
Comfort, nourishment, shelter, and care should be things that a child can take for granted. Unfortunately, child neglect is a rampant problem that statistically exceeds child physical and sexual abuse in the U.S.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Photographs -- Why a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Lies

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on February 09, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
Even true pictures can lie. Nonetheless, we love to add pictures to our stories. Photos enhance a story. Of course, you know that you can't believe everything you see. But even when you can believe the photo, you shouldn't necessarily believe what it leads you to think and remember.

The Relationship Between Sex and Food

By Maryanne Fisher Ph.D. on February 09, 2011 in Love's Evolver
If you're thinking of a romantic gift for a lover, why buy just the usual box of chocolates? Instead you could make an "aphrodisiac basket!"

The Morning Medication Hangover

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on February 09, 2011 in Your Brain on Food
It's morning and you awaken feeling drowsy, dulled or dizzy. It's your medication messing up your brain again! But why?