The Art of Happiness

Research on how to increase positive moods and capitalize on your strengths has proliferated in recent years, thanks to the positive psychology movement, and has shed light on ongoing insights into personality, mood, and cognition. Not everyone is born with a sunny disposition, but experts agree we can all learn how to bring more meaning and satisfaction into our lives.

Recent Posts on Happiness

If Not Now, Zen?

Both the past and future weigh on us like heavy stones. But we are, after all, human, so we will inevitably do this past and future game.Take a breath and smile. Be here now.

What's the Best Way to Deal With a Negative Body Image?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on July 07, 2015 in Off the Couch
Lianne* came to see me for help with her eating. "I can't stand myself," she said. "I've tried every diet I can think of. I lose weight...and then I gain it all back...and more." Lianne was smart and very funny. She had a successful job and many women friends. But she didn't like her body. And she didn't like herself.

What’s So Bad About Betrayal?

Whether you’ve been lied to, cheated on, or otherwise made to feel a loss of trust, it’s always painful when someone betrays you. How you respond may depend as much on the nature of the betrayal as on your personality and values.

Lessons Learned From the World’s Happiest People

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on July 07, 2015 in Happy Trails
Can Americans be more Scandinavian?

Scents and Sensibilities

It may be time for new exhaust fans where you live and work.

Tylenol Blunts Positive Emotions Too

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 07, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
A while back, I wrote a blog entry on studies demonstrating that acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) can dampen people’s responses to negative events. So, if you experience social pain, you may actually be able to medicate yourself for it in the same way that you take pain killers for a headache.

The 20 Best Motivational Quotes

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on July 07, 2015 in Comfort Cravings
Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight is a motivational quote I tell many of my clients, particularly when they are making efforts to change their eating and they slide back into old habits. Get 20 motivational quotes to get you inspired to get started and moving forward today!

Expecting to Be Wealthy, Famous and Happy Too? Think Again!

By Sandeep Gautam on July 07, 2015 in The Fundamental Four
Research shows that striving for extrinsic goals, like wealth and fame, comes with a big downside in terms of diminished positive mental health and curtailed happiness.

Completely Alone: Do We All Want That Some of the Time?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 07, 2015 in Living Single
A huge proportion of Americans want to have at least some time when they are completely alone, away from everyone else. But what about the small minority? Are there really people who want no time at all to be completely on their own?

"Child, Failure, Old, then Dead"?

Ageing doesn’t mean a steady descent into misery – evidence suggests that happiness is likely to increase as we head towards old age, but is it that simple?

Are You Fully Charged?

When you wake up in the morning would you describe yourself as fully charged? If you're like many people recently surveyed chances are you're shaking your head and instead feel more like you're struggling to get out of bed.

The Importance of Rest

By Jennifer Hamady on July 06, 2015 in Finding Your Voice
Getting adequate rest has become a priority in our household. Because without proper sleep, we are unable to be our best in our work, for each other, and most importantly, for our precious son.

Is Your “Game Over” or “Job Over?”

Is Your Job Over or Is Your Game Over: learn from the pros.

Quiet Days in Charlottenburg

Returning to “The Institute,” psychology presents itself in a Germanic light. Here are reflections on the illusion of absolute value and the differences (if there is any) between equanimity and indifference.

If You Love Cats, This May be Why

Many of us love cats, but we may not have considered one major reason why we find them so irresistible. This article explores how cats have an uncanny ability to surrender to affection. We humans would do well to be more like a cat in the sense of deepening our capacity to receive love and affection.

The Road Let's Travel: Why David Brooks Should Start a Cult

How does what we say pave the road to character? David Brooks has some words of wisdom.

Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey—Remembering Our Stardust

Something in us already knows that we are spiritual beings on a human journey, not just finite and little me-s. So what gets in the way of our remembering our infinite nature, our stardust. How to not forget who we really are...

How a Sense of Purpose Can Help You Live Longer

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 06, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Recognizing what you want out of life and having a plan to achieve it is an important part of emotional well-being at any point in our lives. Still, a new research study published in the journal Development Psychology demonstrates that having a purpose in life is especially important in successful aging, both as a way of managing stress and preventing depression.

6 Questions to Ask Yourself to Create the Dream Career

Get yourself on the right career path by reflecting on these six powerful questions before making the next move.

The Moment I Was Transformed Into a Champion Worrier

When I was a fearless young person, I had no clue that I would one day turn into a champion worrier.

What My Children Teach Me About How to Live Well

What my children have taught me is that it is better to be a human being than a human doing.

Six Ways to Get What You Want Without Whining

We tend to associate whining with the behavior of toddlers, but there are plenty of adults who could equal the whininess of any two-year-old. These 6 tips will help you turn your complaints into effective strategies to get others to gladly give you what you want.

How Your Beliefs About Yourself Limit Your Potential

At one time, your beliefs protected you and helped you navigate your life. But as an adult, believing you can't express your anger or that winning is all that matters - doesn't help you anymore. It limits you.

5 Phrases Mentally Strong People Don't Say

If you find yourself saying any of these phrases, consider it a warning sign that you could be making a bad decision.

Why (Almost) Everyone Is Happy About Same-Sex Marriage

By Ran Zilca on July 02, 2015 in Confessions of a Techie
How is it that a topic that was deeply divisive for years becomes so vastly supported, almost unanimously perceived as a victory?

Random Acts of Kindness Meets Road Rage

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on July 01, 2015 in Digital Altruism
Positive psychology takes to the road in this new gadget designed to make the road a happier place.

7 Ways to Mitigate Self-Doubt

Are you struggling with self-confidence? Learn how to overcome negative thinking and live to your fullest potential. Here are seven tips to mitigate self-doubt and create a new path to renewed confidence.

Tongue-Tied: The Cost Of Silence

By Katherine Preston on July 01, 2015 in Out With It
What Orange Is The New Black and Humans of New York teach us about the sadness of choosing to be silent.

The No-Vacation Nation

By Shimi Kang M.D. on July 01, 2015 in The Dolphin Way
Who killed summer vacation? That’s the million dollar question - literally. We’ve all seen it. Most of us have even been this person at one point or another: You know, the one who sits poolside at a resort glued to their smartphone or laptop, and whose entire holiday itinerary revolves around whether or not WiFi will be readily available.

Mindfulness and the Average Smartphone

Technology can provide organization, efficiency, and entertainment, but it can also distract, disorganize, and disorient. In spite of how it often feels, technology at its best aims to make life simpler. Instead of promoting distraction, it can help develop clarity and awareness in our lives. So here are some ways to cultivate mindfulness through technology.