Three Ways Your Romantic Instincts Can Lead You Astray

Romantic instincts are subject to a number of biases that can lead us to trust the wrong people and overlook the right ones.

The Surprising Benefits of Documenting Ordinary Experiences

Typically it’s the big milestones that we document most diligently—the weddings, births, graduations, professional achievements. These are the events we expect we’ll most want to revisit down the road. But research suggests that revisiting ordinary, everyday experiences can bring us a lot more pleasure than we realize.

Why Stress Gets to Us, and How to Make It Stop

Research suggests that stressing about stress may be worse than stress itself.

The 1 Anti-Resolution That Could Actually Improve Your Life

If you’ve given up on making New Years resolutions, here is an alternative worth considering: instead of resolving to change yourself, resolve to accept yourself. Research suggests that this approach may actually be more effective in helping you make positive changes.

10 Things You Can Be Thankful For No Matter What's Going On

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give thanks for all of the wonderful things in your life. But what if those things are hard to find? Here are ten things you can be thankful for even when it feels like there's nothing to be thankful for.

Mind Over Meat

How do we reconcile our love for animals with our desire to eat them?

5 Tips for Recharging Your Relationship

Are you bored in your relationship? Chances are you’re not alone. But don’t be too quick to blame your relationship, or yourself. Positive feelings naturally decline over time due to a process called hedonic adaptation. Here’s what you can do to counteract it.

5 Ways to Feel Happier Right Now

Feeling unhappy? Research suggests that these simple happiness-boosting strategies can help you feel better right now—and, if you make a habit of them, can help make that happiness last.

Does Forgiveness Have a Dark Side?

Research suggests that forgiveness has many psychological benefits, but can it make you more likely to get hurt again?

What Kinds of Support Are Most Supportive?

Social support is critical for coping with stress and staying healthy, but some forms of support are more helpful than others. Recent research suggests that our assumptions about what effective support looks like are not always correct.

The 10 Worst Reasons to Stay Friends With Your Ex

Is staying friends with your ex a bad idea? It depends on why you’re doing it.

How to Survive a First Date

First dates can be awkward, but they don't have to be miserable. Here are three research-based ways to calm your nerves and have an unexpectedly amazing time.

4 Reasons Not to Settle in a Relationship

Fear of loneliness, the stigma associated with being single, and certain cognitive biases can make settling seem like an appealing option. But research suggests that we are better off holding out.

How Likely Is Your Partner to Cheat?

Research suggests that certain personality characteristics, situational factors, and even genetic polymorphisms may predispose people to be unfaithful.

Why It's Okay to Take Things for Granted (Sometimes)

Taking life for granted once in awhile isn't necessarily something we should feel bad about. It may even be essential to our mental health.

The Self-Compassion Playlist

If you find yourself facing the winter blues this season, try making a self-compassion playlist. Here are 20 of my favorite soothing songs.

How to Trick Yourself Into Making Your Resolution Stick

Insights from reactance theory and a unique children's book might help you make a New Year's Resolution that you can finally keep.

Why Do We Blame Victims?

Others' misfortunate can threaten our basic beliefs about the world, and about ourselves.

The Art of Constructive Self-Criticism

When we experience failure, it can be hard to take an honest look at where we went wrong without falling victim to harsh self-criticism. How can we confront our weaknesses in a more constructive way?

Breaking Up? Give Yourself a Break

There is no shortage of advice on how to recover from a bad break-up: Keep busy, don't contact your ex, go out with friends, listen to "I Will Survive" on repeat. But according to a recent study, something important is missing from this list.

You Are Not a Bridezilla

These days "bridezilla" has become almost synonymous with "bride." Why is it so hard to avoid that ugly label?

5 Antidotes to the Poison of Envy

It's hard to go a day without encountering someone who has something you wish you had—a more successful career, better looks, a happier marriage. But envy is a vicious emotion that can erode self-esteem and damage relationships, both personal and professional. Here are some ideas for making sure the green-eyed monster doesn't get the best of you.

When 'I'm Sorry' is Too Much

Do you apologize for being in the way when someone else bumps into you? If so, read on.

Four Ways to Buy Happiness

Whether you have a lot or a little, money can indeed buy happiness--if you spend it right.

What Does "Good" Feel Like?

We all want to feel good, but the meaning of good differs in striking ways depending on who we are and where we're from.

5 Ways to End a Bad Relationship for Good

Sometimes we find ourselves in relationships that make us miserable more than they make us happy, relationships that we know in our hearts are not right, yet still have a hold on us. Here are some strategies you may not have considered before for ending things for good and getting on with your life.

Do It For Future You

Why do we have so much trouble doing what's best for ourselves in the long run? It may be because our future selves seem like strangers to us.

3 Ways to Find Out What Your Words Say About You

Outside of high school English classes, most people don't give much thought to pronouns, prepositions, and other "function words." They seem to be no more than fillers for the important content words. But it turns out that our usage of these invisible words has psychological significance, revealing something about power, personality, and romantic compatibility.

Do Women Want To Be Objectified?

In a recent interview, actress Cameron Diaz controversially said "I think every woman does want to be objectified." Decades of research has documented the many ways that objectification can be harmful. So why would anyone voluntarily choose to objectify themselves?

She Asked For It: The Impact of Rape Myths

During election season, some politicians made headlines for controversial statements related to rape and pregnancy. Many have questioned whether these statements reflect underlying belief systems that could be harmful to women and men alike. Recent research examines the implications of holding erroneous beliefs about rape.