Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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Pondering the emotional side of life, beginning to end.
Deborah L. Davis Ph.D.
Isn't there a difference between bad guys doing bad things, and good guys doing gross things? A bad date is not #metoo.
Most New Year’s resolutions are epic fails. Instead, reflect on how you’ve stretched and grown during this past year, and you’ll reinforce your gains and learn your lessons well.
Tired of arguing about politics? You may even be dreading family or social gatherings this holiday season. But you can build bridges, not walls, with compassion and warmth.
Louis C.K. is a talented and lauded comedian. What makes a good guy behave like a bad guy? And how can we come to terms with his grossly inappropriate sexual impositions on women?
Feeling bombarded by record-breaking natural disasters, the opioid epidemic, and ongoing political and social strife? Here are 10 key tips for managing stress during trying times.
Following the Charlottesville riots, reactions are disturbingly mixed. Here’s how to strengthen your thinking about the effects of racism.
In the finale of The Bachelorette, Rachel finally says goodbye to the guy who wouldn't commit and says yes to Bryan, the bold romantic. What can we learn from her arduous journey?
Important life decisions can be challenging to make. By tapping into your gut’s wisdom and harnessing your brain’s mindfulness, you can determine the path that is best for you.
Big, life-changing decisions can be challenging to make. Stakes can be high, pros and cons mixed. Here are some tips to help you find clarity and determine your best path.
Supporting grieving parents can be supremely challenging. Here are some simple ways to boost your effectiveness and feelings of confidence as you do this important work.
Can friends stay friends when they disagree about politics? Here's how strategies like self-determination, curiosity, and respect can help you keep your friendships intact.
If you’re feeling chronic stress over the U.S. political situation, you are not alone. Here are some smart survival tips.
Is diving into emotion the "right way" to grieve? Research shows that both "feeling" and "doing" can help people cope and adjust to adversity. What's the right blend for you?
If you feel stunned and distraught at the presidential election of Trump, take these 12 positive steps toward adjustment & hope.
The fate of the nation does not rest on the outcome, but here's why the World Series is such a meaningful contest, and how it makes us better and even improves our country.
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. The death of a baby can bring profound grief. Here are some words of comfort and wisdom to carry parents through their mourning.
Feeling annoyed is normal and common, but you can lessen this painful dynamic in your relationship. Here are 5 secret powers that can reduce how annoyed you feel with your partner.
When you’re feeling annoyed by your partner, what can you do in the moment that will make things better, not worse?
Petty annoyances are inevitable in any relationship. Here are 5 approaches that can help you break the vicious cycle of chronic annoyance.
Is your Facebook aflame with hateful discussions? How can you stand up, say your piece, and shed some light without getting burned or adding to the chaos? Here are some guidelines.
Quality dementia care is the source of my mother's contentment and having a team of caregivers is key to my father's very survival. Here's how we've created our pleasant journey.
Dementia is devastating, but somehow we’ve turned my mother's journey, our journey, into a treasure hunt. Here are some of the blessings we've discovered.
Modern life tends to disconnect us from what really nourishes our brains and bodies. Adopt these easy habits of daily living to reconnect with what really matters, and thrive.
Modern life is fabulously full of fast transportation, instant communication, easy convenience, and lavish comforts. Then why are we so fussy and discontent?
If you suffer from anxiety, your brain may have shifted into a perpetual state of “hyper-alert.” Here is a simple technique for restoring calm to your brain and your life.
Life can be crazy and too busy, full of trials that drive you to distraction. Adopt these 7 habits to help you calmly and gracefully take on whatever life hands you.
A negative voice pierces right through the crowd—and burrows itself into your being. Seven tips for shaking off critics and insults, plus a few soothing mantras & affirmations.
Ambivalence is common in long-term relationships. It’s easy to drift apart, but you stay because leaving is too complicated. And yet ambivalence is a stressful place to park.
When students fail to cooperate, the school is failing them-- here, with insufficient staff training and lack of student support. Do we have the will to implement real solutions?
If your relationship is at a crossroads and you're considering leaving, get out of your head and tune into your body. Your gut is your “second brain,” whose wisdom points the way.
Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and the author of 6 books, including one about perinatal hospice titled A Gift of Time.