Essential Reads

Improving the Experience of Online Education

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Can online courses provide the kind of experience crucial for students to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity? New research suggests the answer is "yes."

Instead of “Job Creation,” How About Less Work?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
If we could solve the distribution problem, we could create a world in which we all worked much less and played much more. Is that a world to be desired? Yes!!

4 Ways Your Front Yard Can Make You Happier

By Jamie Littlefield on November 18, 2016 in Placed
Re-thinking your front yard may result in an unanticipated sense of well-being.

Neuroscience Research Shows How Mood Impacts Perception

According to a new theory of attention and mood, the happier you are, the more you see of the world. Here’s why, and what your brain has to do with it.

More Posts on Creativity

Music: One of Our Most Profound Creative Achievements

Music evokes an awareness of mystical ‘truths’ that lie beyond the existential reality.

Why Do the Blues Feel So Good?

Legendary soul singer Bobby Harden explains why singing the blues is good for you

Of Puppies, Play, and the Pursuit of Creative Insights

Awakening our creativity with a few simple words

How It Feels to Be an Outsider Everywhere

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 02, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Longing for home after an unwilling long-distance move, the protagonist of this profoundly insightful novel learns to live anywhere, or maybe nowhere.

"Rendering the Unthinkable" at the 9/11 Museum

What can art contribute to our memories of the well documented 9/11 attacks?

How I've Come Up With an Article Topic for 932 Days in a Row

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 02, 2016 in How To Do Life
We all must come up with things to talk or write about. You might try these tactics.

Are Self-Esteem and Creativity Connected?

By Jennifer Haupt on September 27, 2016 in One True Thing
Sustaining creative work requires respecting yourself, honoring your life, and the humility and faith to keep going despite the ambiguity...

Expressive Arts Therapies and Posttraumatic Growth

Arts expression and expressive arts therapies are changing personal narratives of posttraumatic stress to ones of posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic "possibility."

Are We Inherently Playful?

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 27, 2016 in On Having Fun
Depression is what happens when we want to play, but can't.

Don’t Call Giraffe Tongue Orchestra a ‘Supergroup’

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Brick by Brick
“Supergroup.” The mere mention of the term can cause involuntary eye-rolling and exasperated sighing.

A Life in Balance: A Grownups' 4 H Club

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on September 26, 2016 in Sex & Sociability
One problem area of your life can disturb all others areas sending everything seriously out of balance. Take an appraising look at these 4 H's. Is your milking stool stable?

The Anatomy of a Game Changer

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in A Sideways View
The business world is obsessed with finding and nurturing real game changers. What are they like?

What Bill Taught

By Peter D Kramer on September 26, 2016 in In Practice
W. P. Kinsella died last week. He's known for writing the novel that became the movie "Field of Dreams." But he also held a world record. And Bill could teach.
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Why Should You Write Your Memoir?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you trying to decide whether to write your memoir? One reason people write their memoirs is because they feel they've got a story to tell and only they can tell it.
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The Murder Market

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Novelist takes readers on a very dark journey into the addictive world of the murder market.

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Psychological tests that are trusted by one generation may be debunked by the next. A selection of tests to learn about and try, just for fun, are found in Psychobook.
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Don’t Just ‘Face’ Fear: Attack the Ambush

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Author Bob Mayer offers writers strong advice from battlefield training.
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Not Productive? 7 Ways to Get Unstuck

By Mark Banschick M.D. on September 20, 2016 in The Intelligent Divorce
Summer is over. Are you having problems switching gears? Here are 7 ways to get going.

Exercising our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 9

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Groups working to maximize their collective understanding of societal problems need a space where they are free to exercise their intelligence.

On the Personal Essay

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents Interview with Phillip Lopate

Setting Effective Treatment Targets for Angry Patients

The truth that I believe we must integrate is that people don’t change for their mental health counselors. They change because their behavior impacts those they love.

Art Therapy

Do you believe that making art is healing and life enhancing? Are you interested in mental health as well? Art therapy combines the two in a unique profession.

When Was the Last Time You Floated On Your Inner River?

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 15, 2016 in On Having Fun
Is there a water feature in your Inner Playground?

Tune Up Your Therapy with Healing Song and Support

By Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Invisible Chains
Feeling stuck or shy and lacking joy? Singing in a supportive group can help bring your groove back.

#BecauseofArtsEd: Arts Education and Me

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Your Musical Self
This week is National Arts in Education week. How did arts education impact you?

The Other Einstein—Was There One?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Singletons
At what point can a writer legitimately cross the line between fact and fiction?

Drawing Is a Simple, Powerful Way to Improve Your Mood

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on September 12, 2016 in Minding the Body
When you're in a bad mood, drawing for just 15 minutes may lift your spirits. But to maximize the benefit, there are a couple of things you need to do, a recent study shows.

The Pleasures and Perils of Writing a Revealing Memoir

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Creating in Flow
A memoir can be written by anyone, yet the best ones are authored by those who have learned to dig deep and write what others might fear to.

Connecting in the Land of Dementia

By The Book Brigade on September 08, 2016 in The Author Speaks
It’s possible to connect with those who have dementia. The trick is to select activities that call on powers of creativity and communication that bypass rational thinking.
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What Keeps Us Glued to the Screen?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
New TV series, Notorious, should inspire conversations about the entanglements of news, crime, and viewers.