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Teasing out the hype from the help
Acacia Parks Ph.D.
In a sea of self-help websites that are out to get your money any way they can, how do you spot a self-help website that is ethically responsible and science-based?
Want to increase your happiness, but only have 5 minutes a day to spend on it? No problem! Dr. Parks describes her favorite 3 ways to give your mood a boost.
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.
Exploring the characteristics of people using happiness-based self-help.
New data contradicts previous research saying that valuing happiness prevents you from becoming happier.
Musings about loss and post-traumatic growth in the wake of a recent death in the positive psychology community.
Dr. Parks talks about why trying to learn from someone else's inspirational story is kind of like making your chicken wear a sweater.
Testimonials are more than a way to sell a product - they actually help the consumer to benefit from that product.
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.
Dr. Parks discusses her three favorite self-help books and helps readers figure out which one might be best for them.
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.
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!
Acacia Parks, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist at Happify and previously a professor of psychology at Hiram College,
Taking a critical look at self-help: What works, what doesn't, and what does more harm than good.