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Follow a Threshold Ritual

By Gretchen Rubin on July 30, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Gratitude is a key element for a happy life. People who cultivate gratitude get a boost in happiness and optimism, feel more connected to other people, are better-liked and have more friends, are more likely to help others—they even sleep better and have fewer headaches.

Small Steps Will Take You to Big Goals

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on July 30, 2011 in Off the Couch
Sometimes the first step is the hardest. Five simple suggestions will help you move forward.

Entering the No iPhone Zone

Several studies have pointed to people's smartphone addictions. "The Power of Slow" author Christine Louise Hohlbaum looks at her own iPhone behavior and takes on the five-week No iPhone Zone challenge.

Definitely "Be Yourself," But Make Sure That's the Best "You" You Can Be

Dr. Rettenberg's response to my post on being yourself rather than what you think other people want you to be makes several excellent points, all of which focus on what it means to "be yourself"—and there may be more to that than you think.

Giving Sex Advice: Harder Than it Looks

By Christopher Ryan on July 30, 2011 in Sex at Dawn
I've been filling in for Dan Savage this week, while he's on vacation.

ARE YOU A WORK JERK?

Five tips for improving a negative reputation at the office

Anatomy of the Norwegian Rampage : Our Rage Epidemic Spreads to Scandinavia

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on July 29, 2011 in Evil Deeds
Last Friday, thirty-two-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian citizen with an apparently privileged education and background, allegedly massacred at least sixty-eight teenagers at a political youth camp located on a tiny island just off the coast of Norway. Norwegians have suddenly lost their innocence. Evil is undeniably now openly in their midst.

Treating the US Budget Like A Family Budget: A Play In One Act

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 29, 2011 in Ambigamy
A short, slightly over-simplified depiction of the Debt limit debate as family drama

The Danger of Letting Others Define You

By Melissa Kirk on July 29, 2011 in Test Case
When we feel that we only fit into one definition - when we believe how others define us or when we define ourselves narrowly - we lose parts of ourselves or feel that we can't give voice to parts that don't fit with that definition.

How to Stay Focused on the Important Things

By Peter Bregman on July 29, 2011 in How We Work
Discipline, willpower and self-control are unsustainable. Eventually, we weaken. It's great to learn new habits, but if we want to sustain them, we need to change our environment, and then maintain that new environment, for as long as we want to maintain our change.

Falling Through the Cracks: Coming Soon to a Teenager Near You

For not a small percentage of teenagers, the crack between adolescent dependence and young adult independence is wide enough to drive an entire family through (and make them crazy along the way).

Rise of the Intelligent Machines (Part 1)

By Richard Yonck on July 29, 2011 in The Intelligence Report
Most of us find it exceedingly easy to dismiss any attempt to equate the behaviors of machines with intelligence. Perhaps if we looked a little closer, we'd think differently.

This Can't Be Love: Why Affection, Attachment, Respect—Even Passion—Are Not Love

Contrary to popular opinion, love is neither a feeling nor an instinctive or hormonal response nor even primarily a joy.

How Could You Be Pregnant (For Months) and Not Know It?

By Jena Pincott on July 29, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
A surprising number of women don't know their status until halfway through their pregnancy, or even later. There's an evolutionary explanation.

Better Living Through Chemistry–The Success Pill

In the film Limitless, the drug NZT-48 not only has the power to cure all procrastinating tendencies, but also bumps up your IQ three-fold. Limitless isn't entirely a Hollywood invention, Nootropic pharmaceuticals, also called smart drugs, do indeed exist. Is the end of procrastination one pill away?

E-books and Forgetting What to Read

By William Irwin Ph.D. on July 29, 2011 in Plato on Pop
I know I’ve forgotten to listen to music downloaded to my iPod, and I don’t want to forget to read books that I’ve bought. I need to see them.

The Thing Inside You That's Holding You Back

By Jeff Wise on July 29, 2011 in Extreme Fear
Coaches are forever asking us to give "110 percent." But scientists have discovered that we always have more to give, no matter what form of exertion we're undertaking. We can't consciously choose to tap it, however, because our minds have a subconscious self-limiting mechanism.

The 5 Best Ways to Manage Your Weight & Eating

Dieting doesn't work because weight is a mind-body issue. Use these mindful eating principles to transform your relationship with food for life.

Compassionate Medical Care Benefits Professionals, Patients, Students and the Bottom Line

Compassion in health care benefits professionals, students, patients and the bottom line. What's not to like about it?

From Prostitutes to Pet Therapy

By Steven Kotler on July 29, 2011 in The Playing Field
About an aytpical mental health worker career trajectory in the key of “P”: Prostitutes to Prison to Pahrump to Parrots to Pet Therapy.

Beyond the Classroom

Wondering how to help teens build leadership skills, nurture friendships, and develop an optimistic outlook? Help them choose meaningful after-school programs.

Focus: The Key to Job Search Success

Deceptively simple, yet imperative, the act of focusing can produce outstanding results in your job search.