Testing Self-Help

Research can show whether or not a self-help approach "works." Here are some examples of my own research where we have done just that.

Who Uses Self-help?

Exploring the characteristics of people using happiness-based self-help.

Why Valuing Happiness Is a Good Thing After All

New data contradicts previous research saying that valuing happiness prevents you from becoming happier.

Gains and Losses

Musings about loss and post-traumatic growth in the wake of a recent death in the positive psychology community.

It Worked For Me! (But No One Else)

Dr. Parks talks about why trying to learn from someone else's inspirational story is kind of like making your chicken wear a sweater.

My Friend Says It Works, So I'm Sure It Will

Testimonials are more than a way to sell a product - they actually help the consumer to benefit from that product.

No Time Is Ever Wasted, Or Is It?

A recent study showing that how we feel about the time we spend - and whether or not it's wasted - depends on how we spend it.

I Want to Be Happier! What Should I Read?

Dr. Parks discusses her three favorite self-help books and helps readers figure out which one might be best for them.

This Sounds Like Quackery, but I Feel Like It Helps Me. Am I Crazy!?

A reader writes in to ask whether it's crazy to feel helped by a self-help author whose advice might be ... well ... crazy. Dr. Parks explains why the reader is not, in fact, off his/her rocker.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When it comes to happiness, can we ever really determine "what works"? This blog post explores the importance of person-activity fit; a bad match could render the activity ineffective, or worse, harmful!