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Keys to a Happy Marriage After PPD

Compromising is another way of saying you prefer to behave in ways that are more effective in the long run, than triumphant in the heat of the moment.

Get Motivated to Recharge Your Therapy

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on July 31, 2014 in The Happiness Rx
Therapist Dr. Colleen Long tells you how to reboot your therapy and get motivated to work on your best self.

I Had a Bad Childhood. How Can I Be a Good Parent?

I want to be a great parent, but I did not have the best parenting mentors.

Porn Comes of Age

A recent study from University of Cambridge reports that porn may trigger compulsion in the brain of a sex addict much in the way drug paraphernalia triggers a drug addict.

Do Dogs Really Feel Shame and Guilt?

Despite the rising popularity of dog shaming sites on the internet, research is now suggesting that the "guilty look" on your dog may have nothing to do with the emotions of guilt or shame — but it may be useful for the dog.

Why We Need Fewer Opinions

By Michael Harris on July 31, 2014 in In the Moment
Algorithms turn our cultural consumption into mass agreements and re-inscriptions of values we already hold. Is it time to ask digital startups to help us escape "the filter bubble"?

Words II

By Jerome Kagan Ph.D. on July 31, 2014 in The Human Spark
Sole reliance on verbal reports is slowing progress and creating misleading conclusions

Does Forgiveness Have a Dark Side?

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on July 31, 2014 in In Love and War
Research suggests that forgiveness has many psychological benefits, but can it make you more likely to get hurt again?

Beethoven's Daily Habit for Inspiring Creative Breakthroughs

By Gregory Ciotti on July 31, 2014 in Habits, Not Hacks
Beethoven was avid about separating his "absorb" and "synthesis" states; this is the daily habit he engaged in to make sure this was possible.

Who Craves Relationships More, Men or Women?

Men are stereotyped as avoiding—even as fearing—romantic commitment. But is this stereotype accurate? Do women desire marriage, children, and love more than men? Should men avoid romantic entrapment—are they perhaps better off single? This article reviews the evidence on gender differences in desired commitment, family aspirations, and well-being in marriage.

Cultivating Gratitude

When someone offers us a compliment or expresses appreciation, how far do we let it in? When we express thanks, do we stay in our heads or allow ourselves to relish a more deeply felt sense of gratitude--allowing them to see how we've been affected? Sadly, we often let precious moments of connection pass by without availing ourselves of a rich moment of intimacy.

Reading Fast and Slow

A new generation of speed-reading apps have appeared over the past year, boldly advertizing that they can double, triple, even quadruple your reading pace. They claim to use scientific principles that allow you to read not just faster but while expending less effort and without compromising comprehension. And for only a few bucks! Sound too good to be true? It is.

The Ambivalence of August

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on July 31, 2014 in Head of the Class
August is here, summer will soon be over—and what have you accomplished? What can you salvage before the new academic year begins and you are back in the classroom?

Is Religion Pseudoscience?

I presented at a conference on special divine action sponsored by two organizations dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and religion. I hoped to find people friendly to both science and religion. Unfortunately, even the headliners were far too friendly to pseudoscience.

Common Sense Shouldn't Get in the Way of Facts

By Mike Byster on July 31, 2014 in The Power of Forgetting
What you always believed was true actually may be false.

How to Interpret Dreams of Children and Pregnancy

Have you ever wondered what it means to dream of a pregnancy, an abandoned child, or a newly discovered child? Are you interested in how dreams use these symbols to indicate that it is time to make a change and what the obstacles might be? Are you fascinated by the mysterious intelligence that can be found in your dreams? If so, read on.

Treatment Compliance Issues in Mentally Ill Adults

Medication can ease a tremendous burden in some adults with mental illness. Why, then, do some individuals avoid medication altogether? And why do some discontinue their treatment, even when it seems to be working? Read on to learn more.

Do You Know Who Your Real Friends Are?

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on July 31, 2014 in Give and Take
Real friends don't let friends talk about the weather.

I Finally Got Around to Doing This

By Paul Dolan Ph.D. on July 31, 2014 in Happiness by Design
Are you procrastinating by reading this blog that I procrastinated over writing? If so, you’re not alone – most people admit to procrastinating. But don’t worry: on this occasion, your procrastination will pay off! Here are a few tips on how you can Decide, Design, and Do your way to greater productivity and happiness.

What to Do When Life Isn't Fair

You can learn an unexpected lesson about fairness from the Inuit.

Seven Ways to Be More Curious

Curiosity, according to Ian Leslie, is a combination of intelligence, persistence, and hunger for novelty, all wrapped up in one. Leslie, in his book Curious, explores the power of curiosity through a combination of entertaining anecdotes and summaries of pertinent research across many fields. From his work, I have distilled seven ways we might all become more curious.

TV Programs That Help You Avoid Overeating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on July 31, 2014 in Comfort Cravings
Does your favorite TV show impact how much you eat? You may be surprised to learn that the type of TV show you watch may actually may make a big difference. A new study examines the content of TV programs and the impact on mindless eating.

How Digital Devices Affect Infants and Toddlers

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 31, 2014 in Singletons
Many parents are quick to download the latest educational app for the youngest of children. But screens can work against a young child’s development. Here, sound reasons to ditch the devices.

Can You Trust Your Memory?

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on July 31, 2014 in Choke
It happens to all of us. Try as we might, we often don’t get the amount of sleep our mind and body needs to function at its best. It’s no secret that sleep deprivation makes us tired and irritable, but new research shows that a lack of sleep can also lead us to remember events and experiences that didn’t happen.

Psilocybin Users Who Trip Without Drugs

A recent study of intensely positive experiences in people who have used psilocybin found that some users had experienced profoundly altered states of consciousness, including visual hallucinations even when not under the direct influence of the drug. Perhaps psilocybin might have lasting effects on a person’s ability to enter altered states of consciousness without drugs.

Happiness With Others: Practice Win–Win

You will undoubtedly face happiness-challenging differences and disagreements at times in all your significant relationships. How you handle them will go a long way to determining both the quality of these relationships and the amount of pleasure you derive from them. See how to turn your relationship differences and disagreements into diamonds.

Social Media Feed Obsession with "Thigh Gaps"

The dark side of social media enables teenage girls and women to share their body dissatisfaction and encourage each other to aim for unhealthy goals.

Feeling Like a Moral Failure

Responsibility running riot makes us feel like moral failures.

Gaslight Stories: Putting Papa Away

By Sarah Wise on July 31, 2014 in Lunacy and Mad Doctors
A surprising number of Victorian wives resorted to the misuse of the lunacy laws in order to deal with their husbands.

Chance of Rain and Other Perils

By Susan Hooper on July 31, 2014 in Detours and Tangents
My mother had a talent for anticipating the worst. Toward the end of her life, she tried to break me of her bad habit.