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How to Break Free From Excessive Internet Gaming

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
There is a growing awareness that problematic Internet use can have serious consequences. A new study demonstrated one simple technique that can help.

How to Make Life Better: 12 Things to Do Today

Forget those articles in Cosmopolitan asking, "What Do Men Want in Bed?" The answer is simple: They want sex and a sandwich. Maybe pizza.

Defy the Odds: Here's How to Keep Your Relationship Happy

Relationships tend to experience a decline in romantic satisfaction. Will yours?

Head Injuries and Psychiatric Symptoms in Football Players

Over 40 percent of ex-football players with chronic traumatic encephalopathy exhibited behavioral changes.

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Generating Energy to Be Kind

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
Do you have enough energy to be kind today? Wisdom and science show how personal reflection empowers us to be our best self.

Transitioning to Middle School

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Raising Parents
Why is my sixth grade child behaving differently toward me?

Ten-Plus Happiness Games and Activities

Do you like games and want to be happier? These games were made to increase happiness.
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How can we strengthen our relationships in a "snap?"

Welcome to the relationship gym where regular workouts can build your emotional muscles.

Feeling Anxious? Give Your Brain a Break, Already!

By Linda Esposito LCSW on November 06, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Sick and tired of anxiety attacks? Bore your central nervous system with six steps.

7 Suggestions to Help You Find Writerly Flow

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Here is some creatively inspiring advice from writers and poets to help you find your own sense of flow.

Take the Stairs in a Busy Airport? You Will if You See This

By Meg Selig on November 01, 2017 in Changepower
"Hmm, should I take the stairs or use the escalator?" This creative research will help most people make the decision that's best for their health.

What Are Your Happiness Strengths and Weaknesses?

Not sure what you need to do to increase your happiness? Make progress by focusing on your weaker skills
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Why "Happily Ever After" Doesn't Just Happen

What would happen if we put a fraction of the work into our relationships that we do into other domains of our lives?

The Easiest Exercise for a Longer Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 24, 2017 in Cravings
Feeling too old, too busy, or too tired to get to a gym? Researchers say there's an easier way to stay healthy and live longer.

Propaganda that Masqueraded as Pharmaceutical Marketing

Looking back on the evolution of the current opioid epidemic, the marketing of opioids looks like profitable propaganda.

How to Have Lucid Dreams

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in Dream Factory
Researchers tested the effectiveness of three common lucid dreaming techniques.
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Is Collecting Art Healthy?

How to artfully make art make you feel better.
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Why Do We Self-Sabotage?

Do you find yourself repeatedly asking "Why do I do this to myself?" You may be a victim of your own bad habits.

So You Think You Can't Meditate?

A common misconception about meditation is that we need to clear our mind of thoughts. Not true — meditation is simply noticing our thoughts — and everyone can do it.
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How to Be More Spontaneous

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 07, 2017 in Fixing Families
Many of us who tend towards the routinized or cautious would like to be a bit more spontaneous. Here's tips on how to get started.

The Secret to Changing Eating Behavior, for Good

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on October 03, 2017 in #BeHerNow
Whether you can successfully change your eating habits depends on why you want to change them.

Stop Trying to Break Bad Habits

By Madelyn Blair Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Resilient Leadership
If it is hard to break a habit, yet just as hard to create a new one, why not spend time creating new ones?

Conservatism Predicts Lapses Back to Meat Consumption

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Without Prejudice
Although those on the right eat more meat in general, some nonetheless attempt to quit. New research provides insights into why they may struggle.

How to Find Happiness Where You Least Expect It

By Rob Kendall on September 13, 2017 in Blamestorming
Research shows that we pay a heavy price for mind-wandering and rumination.

Opioid Addiction: Is This a War We Can Win?

Those who are familiar with “recovery from addiction” know that solving the crisis requires action. The battle lines are clear; it’s time to take a stand.

Upscale “Shop ‘til You Drop” is for Poor Extraverts

By Kevin Bennett on September 05, 2017 in Modern Minds
Why do low-income extraverts spend more on "high status" luxury goods compared to low-income introverts? New research shows how status-shopping interacts with personality.

Anxiety Makes Us Perform Better

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Feeling the pang of performance anxiety? It's okay, your brain can benefit from feeling negative emotion.
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Give Sleep a Chance

As modern life increasingly disrupts nighttime sleep, it's really useful to nap.

The Empty Seat Problem

This common error known to pilots reveals one our mind's most dangerous flaws. Find out what it takes to avoid it.

What You Need to Know About L-theanine

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Are you looking for ways to sleep better at night while also feeling relaxed during the day?

Overwhelmed with the Busy Back-to-School Pace?

Don't let the crazy back-school-pace wear you down. With a quick Life as Pie exercise you can create some delicious slices of peace, quiet, and calm in your day.
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Why Some Grown Women Sound Like Girls

By Deborah Grayson Riegel MSW on August 13, 2017 in Speak Easy
Up-speak, breathiness and sing-songy voices are costing women their professional credibility. Here's why.

How Over-Learning can Solidify a Skill

Can practicing a skill beyond the point of mastery solidify it in memory? Study suggests it can, and that neural inhibition might prevent interference by another task.

What Graduate Students Need to Know (and What Nobody Says)

The perfect is the enemy of the good. You can rewrite, you can revise, you can refine, but the first thing you have to do is write.