The Art of Happiness

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

Recent posts on Happiness

Are Dog Owners or Cat Owners More Satisfied with Life?

New data looks at the impact that dog or cat ownership has on the mental well-being, happiness, and life satisfaction of people.

What Happens When Hope Is Lost?

“The tiny ripple of hope you set in motion can change the path of someone's life,” said Dr Shane Lopez, Gallup’s Senior Scientist in Residence.

Happiness for Sad People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
Modest mitigators of moroseness.
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Say What You Mean; Mean What You Say

Learn to say what you mean and feel good about it, leaving others with their confidence and security in place. Consider these seven steps to being a more authentic communicator.
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Is There One “Best” Type of Temperament? Or Tendency?

By Gretchen Rubin on July 26, 2016 in The Happiness Project
People often ask me questions like, “What’s the best Tendency?” “Which Tendency tends to be the most successful?” “Which Tendency has the happiest people?”

Cooling Down Couple Fights

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 25, 2016 in Open Gently
Tell a different story next time you fight.

In Tragedy, There Is Hope

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Jacob's Staff
When faced with tragic loss, what lessons can we learn? Death is inevitable. Life presents challenges and opportunities for us to grow in wisdom. Hope <=> Gratitude + Empathy.

A Five Second Health Secret Your Doctor Will Never Tell You

A fast, fun, simple solution for longstanding health problems

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 9: Addictions and Compulsions

In this second installment of Ridding Addictions and Compulsions, learn the powerful three strategies to getting started getting stopped. They can put you on the road to recovery.

7 Tricks for Turning Mega-Threats into Micro-Triumphs

How do you convert big fat ominous threats into bite-sized micro-triumphs? Here are a few suggestions, based on some of the best applications of psychological research.

3 Easy Things You Can Do to Be More Successful

By Ryan Anderson on July 24, 2016 in The Mating Game
Are you wondering how to be successful? Greatness is within everyone. A few simple adjustments to your life can go a long way.

Do We Become Less Optimistic As We Grow Older?

Research shows that optimism declines with age, but not for older Americans.

Protect Your Relationships By Communicating Effectively

Are you afraid of your relationship suffering due to poor communication? The strategies in this blog post will go a long way to address relationship communication troubles!

Are Authentic People More Self-Interested?

Are authentic people more selfish, aggressive and out for themselves. Research suggests otherwise and that authenticity may actually be for the common good.

Are You Smiling?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Talking Apes
Most people are prisoners of their emotions. Take control of yours, and you’ll see more positive outcomes in your social exchanges.
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How to Only Do Things You Actually Want to Do

Can you remember the last time your to-do list was short enough to be, well, do-able? How about the last time you looked at your list and actually wanted to do everything on it?

Mastering the Art of Negotiation-Part 1

When we each know ourselves well, and develop negotiation skills to lobby for have our needs met, we thrive.

Sick and Tired of Politics?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on July 23, 2016 in Time Out
Take control of your life by paying it forward.

How to Say What You Mean without Sounding Like You're Mean

In a time when opinions are key to almost any dialogue between people, you may wonder- what’s the best way to express yours? This simple approach will help you find your voice.
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Is Your School Helping or Hurting Your Child’s Literacy?

Reading is key to success. Five common teaching practices that don't work; and six ways to support kids in acquiring a love of reading that encourages learning across the lifespan.

Do You Get Just What You Deserve?

How to sweet-talk yourself into getting what you need and want.

What Yoga Style is Best for Your Health?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 22, 2016 in Urban Survival
New study compares different styles of yoga to answer the question is one yoga style better than another. The answer will surprise you.

A Day in the Life of a Doggie's Daddy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
Details that may help you decide whether to adopt a pooch.
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The Best Thing to Do Before Handling a Problem

What is one easy thing you can do before walking into a difficult situation?

International Positive Education Network (IPEN) Festival

Flip your lid, settle your glitter, stand on your head, use your red cape and green cape, use your soaring words, and be an orange frog! Every school should host a mini-festival!

Help Me: A Psychotherapist’s Tried-and-True Techniques

By The Book Brigade on July 21, 2016 in The Author Speaks
Those who strive for perfection rather than excellence often end up with self-condemnation. Yet they often justify their self-defeating beliefs with “personal propaganda."

Why Every Leader Should Understand Narrative Psychology

What does narrative psychology have to do with being an impactful leader? The answer might surprise you.

Work-Family Conflict... and Its Far Prettier Sister

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Moderating
Are you overlooking the gifts of work-family enrichment?

Micro-Triumphs

I expected last Friday to be one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Instead, I had a series of micro-triumphs. Here’s what I learned, Alexander.
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Behaving Badly for Good Reasons

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in In Control
The key to changing unwanted behavior is to find and get to know that place in your mind where the behavior is not unwanted.