Love and the Power of Wishful Thinking

Want to turn a friendship into a romance? This simple strategy just might work.

The Perils of Comparing Ourselves to Others

It’s normal to wonder how we measure up in relation to others, but dwelling too much on these judgments has a cost.

4 Ways You Can Finally Establish Healthier Habits

For a culture so obsessed with self-improvement, we’re not very good at it. But there is hope, if we change our approach.

5 Surprising Reasons You Should Look Back on Your Past

Reflecting on the past can enrich the present (and the future) in unexpected ways.

7 Reasons to Follow Your Own Path

Unsure whether an unconventional path is worth the struggle? Consider these seven reasons to stick it out.

5 Ways That Self-Esteem Boosting Strategies Can Backfire

When you’re feeling bad about yourself, these approaches may be tempting, but they’re unlikely to serve you in the long run.

6 Ways That Your Name Influences Your Decisions

Are you following your heart—or your name? Research suggests that we gravitate to people, places, and things that sound like our own names, often without realizing it.

Why You Have to Love Yourself First

Popular wisdom tells us that self-esteem is a prerequisite for a healthy relationship; research suggests that the truth may be more complicated.

4 Things You Shouldn’t Blame Yourself for After a Breakup

When a relationship ends, learning from your mistakes is a good thing; unfairly blaming yourself is not.

Graduate School and Mental Illness: Is There a Link?

Few people go to graduate school thinking it will be a walk in the park. But many find that it involves a lot more stress than they bargained for, and this can take a toll on mental health.

10 Ways to Increase Work-Life Balance

It might seem like work-life balance is something that can only come later in life, but if we don’t make room for the things that matter now, we may not get another chance.

6 Reasons Nice People Say Hurtful Things

The internet has recently seen an explosion of “Things You Should Never Say” articles. Why is it that people often say the wrong thing, despite their best efforts and intentions? Here are five potential explanations.

3 Ways Your Beliefs Can Shape Your Reality

Beliefs may not single-handedly determine your physical health, financial status, and chances at finding love, as some claim, but they are powerful nonetheless.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Vacation

Vacation time is precious, and most people don’t get nearly enough of it. So how can you make the most of the time you do have? Research suggests that these eight strategies may help.

5 'Flaws' That Just Make You More Lovable

You may think that people love you despite your flaws, not because of them. But some of the traits that you see as flaws may be more attractive than you realize.

10 Keys to Making Up Your Mind

Stuck in a seemingly impossible dilemma? Consider these 10 research-based strategies for better decision-making.

5 Silver Linings You Can Find in Hard Times

Major negative life events, such as the death of a loved one, the dissolution of an important relationship, or the diagnosis of a serious illness, can be painful and isolating. But these experiences can also sometimes bring about unexpected positive changes.

3 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 Future Appeal of Everyday 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.

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