Does Showing Gratitude Have Any Impact on Your Relationship?

New research finds that the extent to which partners feel and demonstrate gratitude towards each other, has a clear impact on how strong the relationship is, and how likely it is to endure—especially when conflict arises.

How to Deal With Abusive, Narcissistic and Hostile Bosses

The best way to deal with abusive, hostile and narcissistic bosses is to create ways to become emotionally disengaged; "indifferent" to your own emotional reactions. Here are some ways to do that and create positive responses to an unhealthy situation — as long as you remain within it.

Can You Really Change Your Personality? Research Says “Yes”

Research shows that you can consciously "grow" and develop dimensions of your personality that have been dormant or blocked.

A Sense of Awe and Life Purpose Increases Your Mental Health

Recent studies find that experiencing a sense being connected with something larger than yourself and having a sense of life purpose increases your overall wellbeing and mental health; and it promotes more positive, supportive behavior towards others. The studies add to the value of learning to step "outside" yourself, beyond your self-absorption with your own concerns.

Women Initiate Divorce Much More Than Men, Here's Why

Women are much more likely than men to initiate divorce, according to survey of over 2000 heterosexual couples. The reasons point to unfulfilled desire for intimacy and emotional connection with their husbands during the course of marriage; while men report contentment with the way things are.

Suffer From Social Anxiety? Doing Something For Others Helps

Social anxiety diminishes when you serve others in some way. Research finds that doing something that helps another person pulls you out of self-absorption, which is a part of social anxiety.

Why Your View of the Future Can Make You Depressed

Most people assume that if you're depressed, that colors your view of your future. New research turns that thinking on its head, showing that, for many, if your view of your future is negative to begin with, that can actually make you depressed. The flip side is that a positive view of your future stimulates greater mental health.

Splitting Up May Not Be as Bad as it Seems

New research shows that divorce, separation, and cohabitation, even, have no negative impact on people's health. In fact, some long-term health benefits were found. With increasing numbers of unconventional relationships, it's important to examine their impact on psychological health, as well.

Surprising Links Between Gratefulness, Money and Happiness

Research finds unexpected ways in which your level of happiness and materialism are effected by your experience of gratitude in life.

Do You Secretly Fake Workaholism? This May Be Why

A new study finds that many people who work within companies with a workaholic culture are actually faking it. The reasons may reflect some destructive features and expectations about what "success" at work is supposed to look like.

Can You Grow From the Loss of Love?

The painful experience of a lost love relationship can spur positive emotional growth, depending on how you deal with its impact.

Low Self-Esteem? You're Likely to Stay In a Bad Relationship

Research finds that people with low self-esteem avoid dealing with conflicts in their relationships, fearing rejection. This can lead to a worsening relationship, in which they remain frozen.

Can You Spot a Sexist?

New research finds that observing two clues about men's interaction with women reveals their degree of sexism.

Feeling Anxious? You're Likely to Make the Worst Decision!

Anxious people faced with uncertain or unpredictable situations are prone to misunderstand the full picture of what is occurring, or catastrophize it, and then make bad judgments about how to respond.

How to Free Yourself From Regret, for Good

Many people feel regrets about past decisions and paths they took in their live, and they often feel trapped by the long-term consequences. But there's a different way of understanding the regrets, by learning how you have been changed by them in ways you might not realize.

5 Mind-Body-Behavior Practices That Can Change Your Life

By practicing these research-supported actions in your emotional life, physical actions and behavior, you can enhance your overall health and wellbeing.

Want to Damage Your Relationship? Here Are 2 Easy Ways

Troubled couples who seek therapy often show patterns of withdrawal and silent expectation when dealing with conflict; a kind of dance that deepens the damage to their relationships. New research shows how that happens.

How Meditation Changes the Structure of Your Brain

New research finds that meditation alters the structure of brain regions associated with anxiety and stress, and it enhances positive emotions.

Research Confirms That Men Are, In Fact, Idiots

An investigation of winners of the Darwin Award, which highlights extreme, foolish risk-taking behavior, compared the frequency of "winners" who are male vs. female. The study found a statistically significant greater number of men than women among the winners. Researchers say the findings confirm "Male Idiot Theory."

A Holiday Tradition With My Children Had to End, Here's Why

A long tradition of decorating, and then taking down, the Christmas tree with my children began when we still an in-tact family, and continued beyond, when I was a single parent. Eventually our accompanying rituals drew less interest from them, as they grew. A humorous confrontation with that helped me accept the reality of change and transition throughout life.

Descending Into Loneliness During The Holidays? What Helps?

The increased loneliness that some experience around holidays may be rooted in childhood or adult life experiences. Understanding their origin points to what may help rectify that damaging sense of disconnection and despair.

Why Emotionally Troubled Bosses Continue to Thrive

Much of our cultural view of "success" in life and career is rooted in values and behavior that can create emotional conflicts for many - including debilitating trade-offs, anger and feelings of self-betrayal. New research sheds light on the role played by managers who are abusive to employees, and those who are insecure and reject helpful feedback by employees.

How Yoga & Meditation Increase Creativity & Healthy Emotions

Research continues to demonstrate the power of meditation and yoga practices to transform our entire beings. These two new studies illustrate how creativity in increased from meditation; and that yoga diminishes stress and anxiety. They add to the growing body of knowledge of the impact of these practices upon our minds, emotions and behavior.

Childhood Psychological Abuse: Its Many Harmful Forms

There are many forms of unrecognized psychological abuse of children. All have lasting impact, and can be as harmful, if not more so, than physical abuse.

Unconventional Sex & Love Relationships: Increasing Numbers?

There's growing acceptance of untraditional forms of relationship, today. They include polyamory, consensual non-monogamous relationships, affairs; and even some who argue for legalization of polygamy. And, all these new forms of relationships coincide with a changing definition of "family." What does it all mean?

Do Couples Who Share Housework Really Have Less Sex?

Sharing housework has a definite impact on couples' sex lives. One study found that couples who divide chores along traditional roles have more sex. But a new, more comprehensive study turns those findings upside down.

Why Positive Relationships Are Needed for Emotional Health

New research finds that supportive, mutual relationships are essential for positive, healthy development, including the capacity for continuous growth, development and wellbeing.

There's a Better Way to Solve Your Problems

People often feel caught with a relationship conflict or life dilemma that feels unsolvable. But stepping "away" from the problem, and viewing it from an enlarged, "outside" perspective can help you discover constructive pathways to new solutions. Now, research shows why that helps.

Does Fighting Really Energize Your Sex Life?

Many couples assume that conflict and fighting are the norm for most relationships, and that they are unrelated to their sex lives. But research and clinical observation shows how they are intertwined in ways that have major consequences for sex, romance, and the relationship for the long-term.

So Much Work, No Time For Vacation? Here's Why!

Our socially conditioned attitudes about work and success underlies, and is reinforced by, the trend towards long hours and little time away for vacations or to recharge. That's visible in the diminished vacation time offered to U.S. workers, compared to most industrialized nations.