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Mindfulness Meditation: Why to Do It and How to Do It

The Buddhist nun Ayya Khema said that meditating is the best way to rest the mind.

Happiness: You Bring Your Own Weather to the Picnic

By Gretchen Rubin on January 20, 2012 in The Happiness Project
How did I first make the acquaintance of Harlan Coben? His brother and I went to college together, somehow Harlan and I struck up a conversation by's lost in the sands of time.

Why Regret Makes Buying Experiences Better than Buying Stuff

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Ulterior Motives
Research suggests that people are happier when they buy experiences than when they buy objects. The kinds of regrets you experience after making a choice may explain why.

She's Too Much: A Friend Without Boundaries

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
I developed a friendship with someone that started out as a physical therapist. Lately she has become extremely clingy and needy. She is constantly texting and if I don't respond quickly she immediately jumps on me asking if something is wrong.

Dog Cloning Infomercial on TV

By Pete Shanks on January 20, 2012 in Genetic Crossroads
A fluffy TV show about three people who paid a fortune to have their former dogs cloned obscured the real harm that the process does, ignoring the suffering of animals and exploiting the grief of the well-meaning but deluded owners.

To Touch and Be Touched

By Debby Herbenick Ph.D., M.P.H. on January 19, 2012 in The Pleasures of Sex
A personal exploration into the power of touch.

iVegetarian: The High Fructose Diet of Steve Jobs

By Kaayla T. Daniel Ph.D., C.C.N. on January 19, 2012 in Naughty Nutrition Stock Photography

Why Do Marriage Therapists Undertreat Sexual Problems?

Surprisingly few marriage therapists inquire in sufficient detail about the frequency and satisfaction levels of their couples' sexual activity, or focus enough on sexual issues during treatment.

Panic Disorder in the Age of Anxiety

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on January 19, 2012 in Side Effects
A recent New York Times op-ed argued that we are "well-medicated" in our anxiety. Is that actually true?

Evidence Matters

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 19, 2012 in Memory Medic
You may not be the expert, but you need to know the evidence for the advice of experts. Advice doesn't help if you don' take it. That's why you need to know the reasons to take it.

Sound Bites for Small Business Success

By Karen Leland on January 19, 2012 in The Perfect Blend

Grabbing Control

By Michael F. Kay on January 19, 2012 in Financial Life Focus
Many factors of our modern day existence make it difficult for us to feel a sense of control. (For starters: family, work, desire, dreams, health, the economy, the media, and the multitude of distractions that are a part of our everyday existence.) Small wonder that we surround ourselves with rituals, beliefs and habits that insulate us.

Can You Really Die of a Broken Heart?

By Marc Gillinov M.D. on January 19, 2012 in Heart 411
Shakespeare knew it. Seventeenth-century poet John Donne wrote about it. Country and Western stars sing about it. And anybody who has experienced the pain of deep loss or the joy of unconditional love has felt it.

The Fifth Joint Point

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 19, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
The fifth joint point is the singularity that leads to the next dimension of complexity and a higher state of being.

Successful Male Artists Have More Sexual Conquests

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on January 19, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
Gentlemen: You want to become irresistible to the ladies. Become a successful artist. A recent study validates the adage that women have a weakness for the achieving artistic types. Even Robert Pattinson’s wax replica is intoxicating to his legion of female fans!

Who Can I Sleep With?

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on January 19, 2012 in The Power of Rest
From deaths of infants to a litany of zoological diseases, who knew that co-sleeping could be so perilous? Is there anyone you can sleep with safely?

Homesickness and Growth in Children

By Steve Baskin on January 19, 2012 in S'mores and More
Parents should strive to provide growth experiences for their children that stretch them. Summer camp can be a great opportunity to do this. Also, parents should embrace their role as emotional leaders with their children.

Daily To Do List for Happiness and Health

By Gretchen Rubin on January 19, 2012 in The Happiness Project
I've just started trying to come up with a list of the bare minimum of things we should do every day to be happy and healthy.

What, Cognitively, Does an Actor Actually Do?

An actor uses his/her theory of mind, empathy, and emotion-regulation skills to create a realistic portrayal of a character for our enjoyment.

The American Dream: Time to Wake Up

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on January 19, 2012 in The Fair Society
The “land of opportunity,” rags-to-riches dream has long been a part of the American narrative, but it is sadly out of date and now serves mainly to justify the status quo. It’s time to confront this harsh reality.

Students Traumatized in Special Education Across America, Seclusion, Restraint, and Aversives

By Kymberly Grosso on January 19, 2012 in Autism in Real Life
So I am left wondering, “What exactly needs to happen to our children with autism before America says enough is enough?” In order to get this bill passed, exactly how many kids need to be traumatized? How many kids need to die? I am pleading for America to wake up and end the civil rights injustices that happen to disabled children in the name of education.

Boost Your Children’s Test Success With "Neuro-Logical" Strategies

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on January 19, 2012 in Radical Teaching
With the help of correlations from neuroscience research, you can use best brain practices, like evaluating similarities and differences, to help your children build the learning habits for durable memory and strong test taking skills. As these strengths grow they will sustain or restore positive attitudes about school and their own potentials.

My Secret Grief: Over 35, Single, and Childless

By Melanie Notkin on January 18, 2012 in Savvy Auntie
I not only have to cope with my circumstantial infertility, but I have to defend my desire to be married to someone I'm crazy about before conceiving. I have to defend why I'm not a mother when it's all I ever wanted to be.

Practitioners' Offices: Lessons from the Past

By Ann Sloan Devlin on January 18, 2012 in What Americans Build and Why
When we look back to the state of medical practice at the beginning of the 20th century, there's a lot of good advice for psychologists today, especially about where offices should be located and how they should look.

Best Wishes: A Poem for an Ex

Like a kid with fingers crossed behind his back, you fell through on all your promises while feeling fine.