The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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Tips and strategies to increase happiness and life satisfaction in a hyper-connected world.
Mike Brooks Ph.D.
Many people are "woke" to the bigotry and discrimination that have been part of our history. Attempts to right these wrongs can create some problems too.
George Floyd's death has sparked outrage in so many of us. Sometimes it feels like the world is falling apart. What do we do about it?
We have given up much of our freedom during this pandemic. While this saves lives, at what point are we willing to risk life for liberty?
This pandemic is forcing us all to stay-in-place so that we won't catch or spread the COVID-19 virus. Our kids are on their screens more than ever. Should we be worried about that?
Many people have said that screens are destroying our society. Right now, we should be grateful that we can benefit from our screens.
In dealing with the coronavirus, most of us are in uncharted waters. While we need to take this seriously, we should try not to panic. That can make a bad situation worse.
We often see headlines about how screens are addictive. We worry that we and our kids are addicted to our screens. Is that even possible?
Time doesn't stand still, although sometimes we wish that it would. But internalizing the reality that our time here is limited can help us appreciate it more.
There is one harm of screen time that people aren't talking about, but they should be. It may even be the main harm that screens are causing—and it is a paradoxical one at that!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, but we, and others, can benefit even more if we have a daily practice of gratitude.
What can you do to be a better version of yourself? The inspirational Native American story of the "Two Wolves" might help you do just that.
Kids and teens are drawn to scary movies, shows, and video games. As parents, we are often concerned that they might be harmful. Should we be worried?
Managing our anger can be difficult and tricky. Here's a different take on anger management that you might be able to put to good use.
Whether we are arguing about politics with a stranger or who does more housework with our partner, we want to end up with the upper hand. How do come out on top when we argue?
We all fall prey to clickbait at times. How does it lure us in, and what can we do to resist it?
How on earth can my well-intentioned blogs make me a tad evil? Just read this to find out. I triple-dog-dare you.
Video games aren't to blame for mass shootings, but hatred might be. But where is the hatred coming from, and what can we do about it?
Rutger Hauer recently passed away at the age of 75. His portrayal of villain Roy Batty in the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner is haunting, perhaps because of the truth he reveals.
Social media in the not-too-distant future could turn really ugly. While sci-fi shows might focus on the negatives, some of this is happening already.
We want to live the "good life," so we want to know what improves our happiness. But transcendent experiences can't be quantified.
There's a lot of concern expressed over the effects screens are having on us, especially kids and teens. The "real" harm might be different than what we read in the headlines.
What were your media experiences like as a kid? As parents, we are concerned about the "harms" caused by screens. Some of these harms are hidden and difficult to measure.
As parents, we want to know exactly how screens are affecting our kids—but in reality, it's difficult to determine.
It's difficult to know the truth regarding how screens are affecting us. Some insights by way of Daniel Kahneman might help us shed some new light on this important issue.
Part of the "magic" of shows like "Game of Thrones" lies not in what happens on the screen, but in what happens off the screen.
We have gotten in the habit of checking our phones in the presence of others. This can be problematic. Perhaps we ought to think of checking the phone like blowing the nose.
We spend a lot of time using social media, and "likes" are one of the hooks that keep us posting. But the reality is, no one cares about our posts.
We all experience the powerful pull of social media. We are bit like moths that are drawn to flame. While we are much more evolved than moths, there are some curious parallels.
With some mindful changes, we can get more out of our screens and reduce some of the negatives that come from compulsive use.
What's the "best" approach to parenting? We should be involved in kids' lives, but shouldn't be helicopter parents. A more balanced approach is the way to go.
Mike Brooks, Ph.D., is a psychologist who specializes in helping parents and families find greater balance and life satisfaction within an increasingly hyper-connected world.