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8 Tips for Feeling Happier During an Unhappy Time

By Gretchen Rubin on March 03, 2011 in The Happiness Project
At some points in life, it's not possible -- or at least not easy -- to feel happy. However, even then, it's sometimes possible to feel happier. By taking whatever steps you can manage to give yourself whatever happiness boost is possible, you give yourself a deeper reservoir to deal with your happiness challenge. Here are some strategies to consider:

The Power of Brevity And Deletion

By Jonathan Fields on March 03, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Hemingway, it's said, was sitting around a table with a gathering of friends, when he wagered a bet. I can write a complete story, he said, in six words.Money fell onto the table.Then Papa shared:

Language Forgetting

Language forgetting is the flip side of language acquisition and it is just as interesting linguistically. Both adults and children forget languages but the latter do so much more rapidly.

The Last of the Last

By Marc E. Agronin M.D. on March 02, 2011 in How We Age
On the day of his special honoring, Mr. Buckles was brought to the World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. Bystanders on the sidewalk stood along both sides of the stone pathway and applauded as he was wheeled past. These clapping crowds . . . stood in wonder as the last of the last World War I veterans came to honor the memory of his compatriots.

Hot Tips for Relationship Success!

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on March 02, 2011 in The Pacific Heart
Want a successful relationship?  Here's how to do it.  Based on the work of John and Julie Gottman in Seattle's "Love Lab".

Taking the time to stop

By Ethan Gilsdorf on March 02, 2011 in Geek Pride
Culture Stops! imagines a world without creativity, arts and culture. Why? "We in this culture, we have a lot. But we don’t have the experience of taking away. If people are upset about it, that might be the best thing. I was inspired by what came out of Egypt. America knew at one point how to take to the streets. Perhaps we are at that point again."

Students' Stress Levels Rise

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 02, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Is It About Unemployment?A recent survey revealed unprecedented levels of stress among college students in the US. Many commentators leaped to the conclusion that this reflected the uncertain job market. But do high levels of unemployment actually cause stress in students? 

The language of power in the anti-prestige age

By Julie Sedivy Ph.D. on March 02, 2011 in Sold on Language
We expect broadcasters to have a little bit of linguistic class, and this includes not dropping g's and turning ing into in', pronouncing nuclear as nucular, or seasoning their speech with generous dashes of double negatives. But Presidents, it seems, are an entirely different matter.

Disregard the Stats - Make a Higher Salary Your Reality

Should we listen to stats that pound away at our self-image, explaining why women make less than men? We can look at the numbers and attribute our lesser pay to this well-established paradigm: women are paid less than men, period. Is this your reality? It’s not mine.

Charlie Sheen: Voyeurs "R" Us

Compared to being somebody, being anybody can feel like you're nobody.

Humanist weddings increasingly popular

By David Niose on March 02, 2011 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Young brides and grooms leave family religion behind, opt for Humanist ceremonies that reflect their own beliefs and values.

What To Do When Your Teen Has Gone Over Thirty Days Without Speaking To You

Here are four things you can practice on a daily basis to maintain a healthy and meaningful relationship with your teen, regardless of whether or not he or she speaking to you.

The Neuro-Nonsense of Inception

By Jeff Wise on March 02, 2011 in Extreme Fear
To put it in Wolfgang Pauli's memorable phrasing, the mental universe of Inception isn't even wrong. From a scientific and a philosophical point of view, Inception doesn't make any sense at all.

Do Dogs Know Mathematics?

Dogs may not be mathematical geniuses, but they can count to five, and they may have a primitive ability to add and subtract.

Does Psychology Discriminate against Political Conservatives?

A surprising controversy is brewing in psychology: Is the field a “hostile environment” for conservatives?  Does psychology need a program of “reverse affirmative action” to boost its representation of alternative viewpoints? 

How to Talk So Your Child Will Listen: Vulnerability Is Key!

Last week I ran into a young woman (I'll call her Marielle) who reminded me I'd precipitated a turning point in her relationship with her mother...

Stop Fooling Yourself about Weight Loss

Close the book on how to finagle yourself into thinking that losing weight later will be easier. It won't!

Oral Sex, Kids and Cancer

Recent research out of Ohio State shows that human papillomavirus (HPV) is the leading cause of oral cancers. A University of California study suggests that teens and young adults are more likely to engage in oral, rather than vaginal, sex. Put the two together, add a dash of the puritanical cultural imperative that informs the meta-culture, and you get a perfect storm.

Guilty TV Pleasures: Why I Love Clean House and Family Guy

What do Judge Judy, Stewie from Family Guy, Antiques Roadshow, and Teen Mom have in common?

How to Tell the Other Parent "The Marriage Is Over"

No matter what parents do, divorce makes children hurt. But, children can handle divorce better when parents understand what ends a marriage, and how to say "I'm sorry, but it's over." 

Circadian Rhythm and Blues

Depression is a disorder of waking life. At least, that's our common presumption.

"User's Guide" to Personal Change

Learn what really needs to happen for you to improve.

Video: Get Enough Sleep

By Gretchen Rubin on March 02, 2011 in The Happiness Project
This week’s resolution is to Get enough sleep.