Surprise is good for the brain, great for relationships, and adds a certain frisson all around. Without it, life is lackluster. So why don't more people embrace the unexpected? They run from it or try to subdue it when they should instead roll with it.

Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors

The millions of teens and adults who engage in self-destructive behavior do so because they never learned more constructive ways of soothing themselves in moments of distress. Many have engaged in such behaviors for so long that they can't envision a way out. But it's possible to replace self-destructive acts with kinder means of coping.

The Celestine Prophecy

We all start off as nonbelievers, says James Redfield. But if we open ourselves to the spirituality just below the surface of our everyday challenges, interesting things start to happen. We become more intuitive. And we get luckier.

The Four Gifts of Anxiety

You can choose to see anxiety as a problem and its symptoms negatively, as burdens, says personal coach Sherianna Boyle. Or you can choose to use anxiety as a lever to unearth positive attributes within yourself.

There's No Such Thing As Negative Emotion

Are you emotively mature? Most human suffering—in our inner and out worlds—results from unconscious emotive conflict, says Daniel Stacy Barron. And true happiness hinges on what you feel first, will for second, think about third, and act upon fourth.

Principia Amoris

What do you say when your partner says, “I am so angry with you right now!”? Your response will dictate the future of your relationship.

All Bets Are Off

Compulsive gambling tends to be hidden—yet it has the highest suicide rate of all addictions, and it tends not to get better on its own.

Post-Romantic Stress Disorder

What happens when the exhilaration of falling in love fades? In many cases, relationships wither and end. But drawing on his own experience in counseling couples, John Bradshaw shows that relationships can endure if we understand the true nature of love.

Losing Tim

For one policymaker, the political became very personal when his son developed schizophrenia and the family had to negotiate the mental health care system. Again and again, care was never available when it would have most helped.

Retrain Your Anxious Brain

We live in a world that generates anxiety at an unprecedented pace—and then we get to watch disasters man-made and natural play out on smart phones and other devices. These are some of the best reasons for stress-proofing our thinking.

Why Love Matters

Loving care literally shapes the rapidly developing nervous system of infants, and its absence sets the stage for many behavioral and personality problems later on. But, says psychotherapist Sue Gerhardt, we don't take babyhood seriously enough to turn science into policies that support early parenthood.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25)

Jesse Payne watched both his parents struggle with brain disorders. Out of his pain grew a deep desire to help others. He turns his knowledge of brain science into a manifesto for maximizing brain potential.

StressPandemic: 9 Natural Steps to Break the Cycle of Stress

Paul Huljich was at the top of his game when a cumulative overdose of stress precipitated a breakdown. He traveled the world in search of a cure, but when told he'd have to be on pills for the rest of his life, he devised his own strategy for recovery. In Stress Pandemic, he shares his hard-won secrets of stress resilience.

Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence and Joy

If you want happiness, stop spending so much time agonizing about and ruminating upon negative things from our past or worrying about what the future might hold. Happiness happens in the present.

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents

Fears are normal in children. But many parents respond precisely the wrong way and wind up making a problem worse. Authors Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons advise parents how to deal with their own anxieties—and their kids'.

The Practice: Tools for Stress

That elusive state known as inner peace is within your reach. But you can't find it if you're always at the mercy of the outer world. It's time not to wake up and Go but to wake up and Stop. Just for five minutes. Every morning. Starting the day with a bit of silence, contends author Barb Schmidt, connects you to strength within.

Beyond a Shadow of a Diet

How can people with binge eating disorder make peace with food and their bodies? Inclusion of the disorder in the DSM-5 is encouraging, says therapist Judith Matz, who offers a detailed guide for sufferers and the healthcare professionals who can help them.

Living on the Razor's Edge of Change

How to gain your bearings when life puts you in the middle of an emotionally difficult upheaval? Author Cheryl Eckl offers five questions that can help you stay centered in extremely volatile circumstances.

Struck by Genius

Jason Padgett, a self-described party boy, was singing at a sketchy karaoke bar moments before a brutal mugging changed his life. The injury transformed the college dropout into a mathematical savant who sees what we can’t—the underlying geometry of the world, in technicolor.