Counterproductive Productivity

We all implicitly assume that efficiency and productivity–and therefore hardwork that leads to them–are good things. But what if the feverish pursuit of productivity comes at a cost to our own well-being and causes harm to others?

The Will that Powers Success

When we think of will power, we typically think of the kind that requires expending effort to overcome physical or mental strain. But the kind of will power that is a more critical determinant of success is the more subtle type, one that involves the ability to control one's mind.
Grow to Be a Child

Grow to Be a Child

Children can be impulsive, irritable and immature, but they can also be spontaneous, unselfconscious and joyful. What would it take to be a mature adult who is also spontaneous and joyful? What would it take, in other words, to become a childlike adult?

The Allure of Anger and the Entitlement-Mindset Trap

It is easier to be blame others and be angry than it is to take personal responsibility and feel sad, guilty or anxious. However, when blaming others becomes a habit, it leads to the "entitlement mindset," which is one of the most powerful happiness-killers.

Energy Cycles, Flow, and Emotional Positivity

One of the most significant determinants of your emotional state is how you manage your energy levels. Contrary to what many people believe, we are not programmed to "seek the path of least resistance": in fact, we derive enjoyment from expending energy too. Learn more about the linkages between energy cycles and happiness by reading this post.

The Need to Be Busy

What motivates us to do the things we do? Could at least part of the answer lie in the need to be busy? Some recent findings would appear to suggest so.

The Four Attitudes of Happiness

Although it is not possible to become happier by just telling ourselves that we are happier, it is possible to adopt set of attitudes--an outlook towards life--that enhances the chances of experiencing happiness. There are four attitudes, in particular, that can significantly enhance the quality of your emotional life.

Delusion, Productivity, and Success

Most people consider it important to hold realistic views of themselves and the world around them, partly because being realistic is important for setting and achieving goals. But what if it turned out that delusional people achieve more?
Are You a Social Cynic?

Are You a Social Cynic?

Although we desire others to view our actions in a positive light, we don't return them the favor: we are generally cynical in interpreting others' actions. Social cynicism erodes into our well being and happiness. Being less cynical not only promotes our own well-being, it also promotes societal well-being.

Don't Be Judgmental, Be Discerning

Most of us wish to be nice to others, but we shouldn't let this desire deny us the ability to be discerning and non-judgmental at the same time.

Which Is More Important: Truth or Happiness?

If given a choice between knowing the "Truth," and being Happy, which would you choose? Turns out that the answer depends on how you are feeling right now.

Are Good Looking People Dumb?

Pleasurable and enjoyable products, people and activities are thought to be less practical and functional. Where does this belief come from?

The Art of Giving Up

To lead a happy and fulfilling life, it may be just as important to abandon goals as it is to pursue them. But you wouldn't know that from looking at the excessive--and often exclusive--focus on success stories in today's society.

The Unhealthy = Tasty Intuition: Are You Under Its Subconscious Influence?

Most Americans subscribe to the unhealthy equals tasty intuition; it's the belief that tasty food is generally unhealthy. Findings show that the influence of the intuition on enjoyment of food can be subconscious.

Do People Think Ethical Is Ineffective?

Findings show that although consumers voice strong support for the "green movement," they privately harbor misgivings about the effectiveness of green products and hence, are less likely to purchase them. Could the "ethical = less effective" belief generalize to the context of judging people as well, that is, do we assume that ethical people are less effective?

Is Atheism Just Another Faith?

To an atheist, the idea that people could change their beliefs about God under duress shouldn’t feel threatening. At worst, it should feel like it doesn't apply to you, and at best, it should feel like a hypothesis worth entertaining.

When The Going Gets Tough, The Atheists Go Praying

Whether you believe in God is not as much a matter of how smart or educated you are, but a matter of whether life has worked out in a way that makes you feel comfortable enough to be an atheist. The smart just happen to be lucky enough to lead a comfortable life, and this comfort affords them the luxury to be an atheist.

Go, Go, Grow!

One reason we give up on our pursuits is because we feel like we are not progressing as desired. However, growth in learning and expertise happens in discontinuous spurts, and the next spurt may be just around the corner. So, don't give up: You're learning and growing even though you may not know it.
What Does Picking on Charlie Say About Us?

What Does Picking on Charlie Say About Us?

No one likes to admit that they like gossiping, and there's a reason why: gossipers know that the motives for gossiping are generally not noble. We gossip to bring down another person and, in the process, feel better about ourselves. To be aware of this motive is important for self-growth.

Wisdom From People In Their Winter Years

We have a tendency to avoid doing things that may embarrass us or invite ridicule. However, not taking action out of fear of failure could be an even bigger mistake, since in the long-run, we are more likely to regret not having overcome our fear to do the things about which we are truly passionate.

Are Women Their Own Worst Enemies?

Despite the fact that women are strong supporters of women's upliftment, they simultaneously perceive that it is other women who are most likely to sabotage their progress. This article explores the psychological bases for this conundrum.

Happy-Smarts: Do You Have It?

People generally say happiness is their most important goal, but often, they don't act as if they really want happiness; they let other--more minor--things come in the way. If you are serious about leading a happy, fulfilling life, then you better accord happiness your # 1 priority.

What the Bleep Do We Know?

People often don't know what they want--although they often think they do. This leads them to make decisions that are often not in their best self-interest.

Toward Greater Sapience

Gaining a better understanding of our nature, including the ways in which we are different from other living things, is important. Only by understanding our nature can we hope to address one of life’s most important questions: What are the determinants of a happy, fulfilling life?