How Do Character Strengths Help (and Harm) Romance?

This is the first study to suggests that the beliefs we hold about the personality strengths of our romantic partners influence our well-being and their well-being.

How I Learned About the Perils of Grit

Grit, the Scarlett Johannson of organizational cures, has problems. Neglected research points to the dark side of promoting and nurturing grit.

What Happened to Risk-Taking in Science?

Great strides have been made in psychology. No longer is it acceptable to run an experiment with 30 college students. But here we take a closer look at the questions being asked...

What Predicts Success in Psychology Graduate Programs?

Each year students acquire hundreds of hours of research experience, present science at conferences and yet never stand a chance to get into graduate school. Because of GRE scores.

How Does Gratitude Enhance Trust?

New research on how a weekly gratitude intervention influences monetary decisions, physiological responses, and emotional experiences during a decision to trust a stranger.

What Are the Standards for Citing Prior Literature?

Nobody has created a set of guidelines for how to cite prior work in psychology, other academic fields, or anywhere else such as trade books. Some thoughts...

An Essential Set of Tools for Productivity at Work

Productivity tips from 18 years as a scientist and author.

13 Amazing Books to Devour

The top 9 non-fiction and 4 fiction books off the beaten path that I digested this year.

In What Ways Do Socially Anxious Adults Suffer?

New research on touch as a neglected emotional experience that offers insights into the difficulties of individuals suffering from social anxiety problems.

3 Fascinating Discoveries About Laughter

Let us travel where scientists seldom tread—everyday, lowly human behaviors. Laughter. What myths do you hold? What truths are you ready to discover?

10 Discoveries About Well-Being That Everyone Must Know

More than three decades of research exists on well-being. I distill it into three principles that everyone should know.

Why Does Brain Training Make You Smarter?

Lumosity, a brain game app, recently paid 2 million dollars to settle charges of deceptive advertising. People want to be smarter. But what do we know about brain games?

8 Fascinating Discoveries About Yawning

Science often ignores the peculiar traits of humans and other social animals, such as yawning.

The Shortcut to Finding Pleasure From Pain

Why do people experience pleasure from pain? Who is more apt to do so? What are the lessons for dealing with stress, loss, and trauma? Read about the concept of benign masochism.

How Can Positive Psychology Be More Open to the Negative?

When people shut their eyes to the negative, they limit themselves—missing important insights that could prove to be invaluable to psychology.

3 Ways That Culture Shapes Happiness and Well-Being

It's no longer acceptable to view the body of research on happiness, meaning in life, personality, and leadership and apply it to countries around the world.

Is It a Good Idea To Build on Signature Strengths?

There is a surge of interest in assessing and using psychological strengths. In this blog post, I detail what prior journal articles, books, and expensive workshops are missing.

13 Reasons Why People Have Sex

New research on sexuality that offers insights into the different motives behind the act.

13 Emotionally and Intellectually Intense Books from 2015

My top 10 non-fiction books off the beaten path that I digested this yea, and as a bonus, 3 amazing fiction book recommendations.

What Is the Worst New Term Created by Psychologists?

Happiness research is all the rage. Mindfulness is the sexiest new topic in psychology. See what happens when scientists start burying their ideas in jargon.

Problems with the Research on Psychological Treatments

In this provocative blog post, I report on how much of what we know about therapy is based on clinical trials where the outcome is how much distress is reduced over weeks and months. Two, new meta-analyses provide evidence that the amount of distress people with anxiety and mood disorders experience has only a small association with how much impairment they experience.

5 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity and Courage in the Workplace

Results from the new Merck survey of 2,606 United States workers on the state of curiosity in the workplace. Learn about the 5 big barriers to curiosity at work. Learn 5 strategies for training companies, leaders, and employees to become more curious, courageous, and creative.

Does Being Religious Make Us Happy?

Forget common sense and media reports. What have scientists discovered about the link between religion and happiness? During times of trouble, do people cling to their religion?
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How Many Types of Happiness Exist?

Are the prevailing conceptions of happiness adequate or accurate? How many types of happiness are there? Some new data that is about to be published gives a few answers and raises a few questions. Be prepared to change some of your views on happiness.

What Really Makes You a Happy Person?

Every month, there is a major news article about the gene for god, divorce, or riding a motorcycle without a helmet. There are popular books touting a so-called fact that only 40% of happiness is due to genetics. But what does this mean? What is wrong about these statements? Read on for the answers in 500 words.

Advice for Applying to Graduate School in Psychology

Over 10 concrete suggestions for getting into graduate school in psychology. Perfect for professors to send to students. And for students, this is a resource to help you with the "insider knowledge" I wish I had when I applied.

5 Important New Insights About Why We Get Angry

Here I present "in press" research for the first time on what we learned by examining 2342 episodes of intense anger in everyday life. What we found introduces new insights into this complex emotional experience.

8 Rules for Writing Killer Articles

A brutally honest description of the process of thinking about a new book, writing a proposal, and waiting in those early stages of work....

The Greatest Mind in Psychology That You Don't Know

We lost a great one last month. Learn and read about his work.

The Art of Friendships: Lessons from David and Goliath

I have been thinking deeply about the importance of friendships. This is not the first post I have written on the topic. Here are some thoughts, extending the story laid out in Malcolm Gladwell's last book, David and Goliath....