Why We Get So Emotionally Attached to a Favorite Coffee Mug

Do you cherish a favorite coffee mug and feel ultra-possessive about it? Here's the scoop on the deep psychological appeal of a treasured mug.

Healthy, Relaxing Things to Do on a Snow Day

You could spend your snow day doing laundry … but don’t. Here are eight more relaxing, satisfying ways to ride out a snowstorm.

Feeling Guilty About Back Pain Makes Everything Seem Worse

People with chronic back pain often end up feeling guilty about it. And that guilt, in turn, is linked to increased depression, anxiety and disability.

Being Thanked for a Gift Can Boost Your Well-Being

When thanked for a gift, don’t be too quick to say “it’s nothing.” Accepting gratitude, like giving it, is good for your health and happiness.

Sugar on the Brain

When your blood sugar is already a little elevated, it's even harder to resist reaching for a sweet treat.

Generic Drugs Live Down to Expectations

Generic drugs are the omega dogs of the pharmaceutical world. They don’t get much respect, and that could lead to reduced effectiveness and increased side effects.

How Autumn Leaves Color Our Inner Lives

We love the brilliant hues of fall foliage — but why? Two experts reflect on the sensory appeal and emotional allure of autumn leaves.

4 Surprising Things that Expand Your Waistline

Waistlines are growing faster than BMI levels. Here are four culprits you might not suspect.

How to Stress Less in a Traffic Jam

Rush-hour commuters in the United States lose an average of 42 hours per year to traffic delays. Here's how to navigate traffic jams with less stress.

5 Tips for a More Relaxing Urban Walk

A walk down city streets is generally less calming than a nature hike. But these tips can make an urban walk more relaxing and refreshing.

How to Teach Yourself to Actually Like Vegetables

Choking down vegetables you loathe because they’re healthy is no fun. Here’s how four experts recommend training yourself to enjoy eating veggies.

Is Too Much Sitting Making You Anxious?

We live in an age of anxiety and inactivity — and there’s growing evidence that the two are related. Dr. Megan Teychenne, lead author of a new paper on sitting and anxiety, explains.

Why Women Need More Me-Time – and How They Can Claim It

Women who don’t take time for themselves end up feeling overwhelmed, resentful and stressed out. Therapist and author Cherilynn Veland tells how to avoid that trap.

Bicycling Can Sharpen Your Thinking and Improve Your Mood

Pedaling a bike helps build a better brain, structurally and functionally.

Kitchen Therapy: Cooking Up Mental Well-Being

Culinary therapy is the treatment du jour at a growing number of mental health clinics. Here’s why.

Does Eating Your Carrots Make You More Creative?

In a new study, people’s daily fruit and vegetable consumption predicted how engaged and inspired they felt that day.

Why Warm Weather and Hot Tubs Make Us Happy

Feeling warmer physically leads to feeling better emotionally - a conversation with researcher Christopher Lowry.

How Rudeness at Work Can Wreck Your Health

Workplace rudeness sets the stage for after-work stress and eventual health problems.

The Best Reason to Get a Good Night's Sleep

In a recent study, getting an extra hour of sleep increased women’s likelihood of having sex with a partner the next day by 14 percent.

4 Exercise Tips for People Who Hate to Exercise

Hate exercise? You can learn to enjoy it more with these simple but effective strategies.

Study Discovers Who Can Protect You From Colds and Flu

Frequent hugs may help you stay healthier this cold and flu season.

How Mindfulness at Work Improves Your Sleep

Mindfulness at work may improve your sleep many hours later. But how? One key is your ability to detach from work at home.

Why We Can't Stop Scratching an Itch

Ever noticed that the more you scratch an itch, the more aggravating it gets? Now scientists think they know why.

Five Healthy, Science-y Reasons to Go Apple Picking

As psychotherapies go, it’s hard to beat an hour of apple picking. It’s a fun form of outdoor exercise that the whole family can enjoy, and the apples are packed with health-promoting fiber and phytochemicals.

Family-Style Meals Are Good for Grown-Ups, Too

Home-cooked, family-style meals promote healthier eating for adults.

How Admiring the Sunset Changes You for the Better

The psychological effects of admiring a glorious sunset may persist long after the color has faded.

Three Ways to Make Your Desk Job Less Sedentary

Standing desks, treadmill desks and walking meetings are trendy strategies for making desk jobs healthier. How well do they really work?

Step Outdoors to Think Outside the Box

Looking for an innovative solution to a problem? Try brainstorming outdoors.

Dog Walking Has Psychological Benefits for You

Get the leash! Walking a dog may help you boost exercise motivation, manage stress and build a sense of community.

What Sitting Does to Your Psyche

Sitting for hours isn’t just bad for your waistline and physical health. It also undermines your emotional well-being.

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