The Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants. Gratitude is getting a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology: Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy.

Recent Posts on Gratitude

Loves Lost: One Troubled Pilot Brings Grieving to Many

One wonders how many words were left unspoken by those who boarded the plane? Will those left behind expressed gratitude because their last moments together were a blessing? Or did they part with an unkind word or look that can never be repaired?

Cinderella: Trash or Treasure?

Is Disney’s new Cinderella just more grist for the princess mill? Is it drivel, schmaltz, fantasy? Or does it go way deeper? Intelligently written, directed, designed, and acted, the filmmakers have created a profound exploration of life, love, spirituality, international politics, and valuable lessons to embrace. Look through a new lens and see what resonates with you.

5 Ingredients of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life

Extraordinary people exist within even the most ordinary lives. They are the ones with the knack for living genuinely and who inspire us to attempt the same.

The Top Four Reasons Relationships Fail

Committed relationships can survive ups and downs, but some patterns and behaviors can create more permanent damage. Infidelity is only one of the reasons relationships break up. These four negative patterns raise red flags about the state of your relationship or marriage. If you recognize your relationship here, it's time to change course

“Ho-Hum”: An Unspoken Danger of Travel

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Happy Trails
Maintaining a sense of wonder even as you experience more and more.

Surprising Facts Learned on My Trip to India

On my recent trip to India, I became immersed in the rich culture. While learning more about this culture, I began to realize that there were facts about the culture in India that I had been completely unaware of!

7 Ways to Combat Facebook Jealousy

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Friendship 2.0
Many of us are trapped in a cycle of seeking out social media almost automatically when we're bored or stressed. Sometimes, though, it can do more harm than good—especially if it spurs on jealousy. Here are seven ways to break free.

A Prayer for My Aunt

By Susan Hooper on March 30, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
My mother's younger sister often seemed angry with the world. In her last months, as she battled the physical and mental indignities of old age, I saw a new sweetness of character, along with the iron strength that had sustained her through her life's tribulations.

Sleep Is a Turn On

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Sleep may have a significant role to play in the health and vitality of our sexual lives.

The Facts of (Business) Life

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in A Sideways View
Is the Business School degree the ideal passport to health, wealth and happiness?

Shaming Women: Sex, Toys, and Cosmetic Surgery

Stigmatizing women continues. But let us be grateful to women's advocates -- those who expose the finger pointers.

Understanding Transgender Reality

In February, at the annual International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) symposium, I was honored to hear Ryan Sallans, an international speaker, transgender man and author of the book Second Son, speak.

The Benefits of Embracing the Ordinary

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on March 27, 2015 in Between You and Me
What would you rather do, write down the last conversation you had or watch a funny video? This is one question researchers asked in an effort to understand whether we underestimate the pleasure we get from recalling mundane events from our past. We don't want to record the last conversation we had, but in a month, we'd rather read about it than watch a funny video.

Are You a Survivor of Sexual Assault and Afraid of Flying?

12 Air travel tips for sexual assault survivors who are afraid of flying

Resilience: 4 Ways to Move Forward After Time Stands Still

Resiliency is a gift, but in some ways it is an art that can be cultivated.

10 Ways Musical Training Boosts Brain Power

A wide range of new research shows that playing a musical instrument can boost brain function throughout a person's lifespan.

Book Review: Wisdom from the Couch

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on March 22, 2015 in In Therapy
Dr. Jennifer Kunst shares the warmer, friendlier side of Kleinian psychology in this interview and book review.

Rejection and Dating

Don't take rejection personally is easier said that done, but it CAN be done!

It Takes Patience to Know Bad Luck From Good Luck

By Richard Smith Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in Joy and Pain
Experience can teach us to wait a while before we judge the full effects of what appears to be either bad or good fortune.

The 4 Secrets to Increasing Your Team's Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in Feeling It
Here's How Positivity Dramatically Improves A Team's Productivity & What You Can Do To Implement It

The 5 Secrets for a Happy Life

Happiness is in fact a practice and a lifestyle. We can all be happy right now. Here are 5 Secrets to Happiness to begin the practice of happiness in your life today.

Hustlers Live Better

By Vance Z. Johnson M.D. on March 17, 2015 in What Hurts?
Do you want relief? Pleasure? Peace? You may be hurting your chances. Here are three steps to harness the power of expectation.

5 Keys to Enduring Happiness

By Jen Kim on March 17, 2015 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Technology is fighting happiness. Even those from top tech companies realize this on some level. In the pursuit of filling our lives with more knowledge, organization and ease, tech unintentionally sanitizes and dilutes so many of our rich, analog experiences. It’s like taking a bath in a wetsuit.

The Art of Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye is an art that we all can learn.

Feedback Is a Gift, Give it!

By Sara Canaday on March 16, 2015 in You (According to Them)
While I’m a huge proponent of self-awareness and proactively seeking feedback, I also believe it is incumbent on us as leaders to tell it like it is (candidly and with compassion). Developing those under your guidance is one of the primary goals of a leader, mentor, or coach.

Ten Arithmetical Conundrums

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on March 15, 2015 in Brain Workout
Arithmetic can be fun as these conundrums will show.

Five Tips to Maximise Mother's Day Happiness

By Paul Dolan Ph.D. on March 14, 2015 in Happiness by Design
It’s Mothers Day tomorrow in the UK. That means you’re probably on the hook to do something special. But don’t panic. There are a few lessons from happiness and behavioural science that can help you and your mum to have the most happiness on Mother’s day possible.

How to Escape the Drama in Our Own Heads

By Gregg McBride on March 14, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
It's often when caught up in life's to-do list that we get caught up in our own mental interpretation of what's going on in the world around us—and then make it all about us, when in fact, it has nothing to do with us. And if we would instead take a moment to breathe and observe, we just might learn something and/or find a reason to count our and others' life blessings.

Campus Rape

Will college compliance with Title IX prevent date rape?

The Working Mom’s Opportunity

Fellow working moms out there: do you know a great kid or mom? Tell them!