What New Moms Need to Boost Their Mood and Enjoy Parenting

A new longitudinal study reveals connections among mothers' basic psychological needs, postpartum depression, and parenting behaviors.

Why Parenthood Often Lowers Well-Being—Especially for Moms

Recent research suggests that being a parent lowers well-being when it makes it hard to fulfill our fundamental psychological needs. There are ways to reclaim our happiness.

How "Daily Uplifts" Can Counter Depression

When we're depressed we tend to think that nothing will lift our mood. Results from a new study suggest otherwise.

6 Ways That Tricks for Falling Asleep Can Backfire

Chronic sleep problems can be demoralizing. What are the potential downsides of tricks for falling asleep? And what's the best way to beat insomnia?

Why Is Gratitude in Relationships So Beneficial?

Writing about people we're thankful for boosts our well-being. Does expressing our gratitude help even more?

8 Ways CBT Can Improve Your Relationship

Cognitive behavioral therapy can help your relationship in many ways—even when the treatment isn't specifically about your relationship. Find out how to start using CBT today.

Why It's So Hard to Resist Late-Night Eating

If you've struggled to limit your eating after dinner, you're not alone. Find out why the drive to keep eating can be so strong—and ways to rein it in.

Think Someone Might Be Lying to You? Time Will Tell.

Across human communication contexts, nothing is more important than truth. A new meta-analysis describes one important feature that distinguishes fact from fiction.

Taking Melatonin but Still Can't Sleep?

Understanding the role of melatonin in sleep helps explain its limited usefulness in relieving insomnia.

Mental Illness and Violence: Would I Do That?

Many people are plagued by violent thoughts they have no desire to act on. Fortunately treatment can help.

Do People Really Change?

Personality characteristics like emotional stability and extraversion are by definition hard to change. Which traits are more responsive to therapy than we might have thought?

5 Attitudes Behind the Mindfulness Backlash

If you're not sure "being more mindful" is the answer to all your problems, you're not alone.

Why It's Easy to Procrastinate—and 7 Ways to Break the Habit

If you're tired of putting off tasks, consider creating a plan to help you cross those items off your list.

Feeling Blah? Here's How to See Your World with Fresh Eyes

Rather than missing out on our life, we can experience anything as though for the first time.

4 Ways You Can Start Treating Yourself Better Today

It can be frustratingly hard to change negative feelings about ourselves. Instead of focusing on your feelings, start with your behavior.

What Makes People Easy or Hard to Get Along With?

A brand new meta-analysis brings together two lines of research about human traits: personality and emotional intelligence. Are these labels just two names for the same thing?

Can You Meditate While Driving?

A new book describes how mindfulness behind the wheel can make you a more relaxed, more focused, and safer driver.

3 Ways to Craft Compelling Goals

Carefully chosen goals inspire our best effort.

Sleepless and Depressed? CBT-I Can Help.

Am I depressed because I can't sleep? Or is my insomnia causing depression? Research studies have answered these and other questions.

7 Ways Survivors Can Grow After Trauma

In the aftermath of a trauma we may find not only suffering but unexpected growth.

7 Steps That Can Help Anyone Start to Meditate. Even You.

If you've wanted to start meditating and weren't sure where to begin, use this guide to get started.

5 Reasons We Worry, and 5 Ways to Worry Less

It's hard to stop excessive worry, in part because we believe we should worry. Find out why we worry, and how to worry less.

5 Ways to Do More Mood-Boosting Activities

Behavioral Activation for depression is well-tested and highly effective. Find out how to get the most out of this treatment, whether on your own or with a therapist.

7 Ways Yoga Lowers Stress and Anxiety

No surprise here: yoga relieves anxiety. But how? We consider 7 ways yoga can help us better manage stress and anxiety.

Therapy Without a Therapist?

Learning and practicing new skills is at the heart of CBT—whether you're working with a therapist or on your own.

Why You Don't Want to Meditate—and 5 Ways to Make It Easier

If you have the desire and the time to meditate on a regular basis and don't, what's getting in the way?

21 Common Reactions to Trauma

While everyone's reaction to trauma is unique, recovery can feel more manageable when we know what to expect in the aftermath—including opportunities for growth.

Helping College Students Manage Sleep Issues

If you're heading back to college this fall, it's worth focusing on getting adequate sleep.

A Nation in Pain

With alarming rates of chronic pain and opioid-related deaths in the US, how can we more effectively treat chronic pain?

3 Reasons Why People Who Feel Entitled End Up Miserable

A recent study explores why expecting more than we deserve leads to disappointment and damages relationships.