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Tips and strategies to increase happiness and life satisfaction in a hyper-connected world.
Mike Brooks Ph.D.
What's the purpose of life? Philosophers and theologians have argued about this for centuries. Here's an answer that also points to how we should live as well.
The United States is pretty divided, with each side showing contempt for the other. Perhaps if we viewed America like a marriage, we'd make some progress.
We'd like to think we have objective reasons for the support we show for our politicians, but it is much like rooting for our favorite sports team.
Tribalism is part of our evolutionary heritage. Our ingroup bias skews our view of reality, but it is often hard to detect within ourselves. This short test can help you detect it.
We'd like to think we are objective in our views of reality, including our political beliefs and positions. However, tribalism trumps reality... and it always has.
We are on the front-end of the Pandemic School Year. While there are reasons to be concerned, we can make it through this. These five tips can help.
We tend to view the world, including others, in ways that are not rooted in truth, but in our evolutionary history. This is causing problems, yet points to a solution too.
We did not evolve to live in the world in which we now live. This "evolutionary mismatch" explains many of the problems we experience, on both individual and societal levels.
We feel compelled to understand the truth and reality because understanding our world has an evolutionary purpose.
In an era in which "fake news" gets tossed around frequently, truth matters, and here is why we must pursue it.
Many people claim that video games are a waste of time. However, when we examine this indictment more closely, we can see that it doesn't ring true.
There has been a lot of anger in the form of protests coming from the left recently. Some on the right accuse Democrats of hating America. Is this true?
Many people are "woke" to the bigotry and discrimination that have been part of our history. Attempts to right these wrongs can create some problems too.
George Floyd's death has sparked outrage in so many of us. Sometimes it feels like the world is falling apart. What do we do about it?
We have given up much of our freedom during this pandemic. While this saves lives, at what point are we willing to risk life for liberty?
This pandemic is forcing us all to stay-in-place so that we won't catch or spread the COVID-19 virus. Our kids are on their screens more than ever. Should we be worried about that?
Many people have said that screens are destroying our society. Right now, we should be grateful that we can benefit from our screens.
In dealing with the coronavirus, most of us are in uncharted waters. While we need to take this seriously, we should try not to panic. That can make a bad situation worse.
We often see headlines about how screens are addictive. We worry that we and our kids are addicted to our screens. Is that even possible?
Time doesn't stand still, although sometimes we wish that it would. But internalizing the reality that our time here is limited can help us appreciate it more.
There is one harm of screen time that people aren't talking about, but they should be. It may even be the main harm that screens are causing—and it is a paradoxical one at that!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, but we, and others, can benefit even more if we have a daily practice of gratitude.
What can you do to be a better version of yourself? The inspirational Native American story of the "Two Wolves" might help you do just that.
Kids and teens are drawn to scary movies, shows, and video games. As parents, we are often concerned that they might be harmful. Should we be worried?
Managing our anger can be difficult and tricky. Here's a different take on anger management that you might be able to put to good use.
Whether we are arguing about politics with a stranger or who does more housework with our partner, we want to end up with the upper hand. How do come out on top when we argue?
We all fall prey to clickbait at times. How does it lure us in, and what can we do to resist it?
How on earth can my well-intentioned blogs make me a tad evil? Just read this to find out. I triple-dog-dare you.
Video games aren't to blame for mass shootings, but hatred might be. But where is the hatred coming from, and what can we do about it?
Rutger Hauer recently passed away at the age of 75. His portrayal of villain Roy Batty in the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner is haunting, perhaps because of the truth he reveals.
Mike Brooks, Ph.D., is a psychologist who specializes in helping parents and families find greater balance and life satisfaction within an increasingly hyper-connected world.