Essential Reads

The New Ambivalence for Warm Weather

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
We may be bearing witness to the dawning of a new human experience, one in which we both enjoy unseasonable warmth and also feel something may be wrong with the climate.

Surprising Advice for a Happier and More Meaningful Life

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Happy Trails
Ask yourself this one question.

Inspirational Quotes from the 45 U.S. Presidents

Need a dose of inspiration? Here are quotes from the 45 U.S. presidents to motivate and encourage you.

Are the Physically Attractive Also Happier?

The surprising finding was that gorgeous models who made a living from being beautiful, suffered lower well-being and greater personality maladjustment than non-models.

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Playfulness Is Freeing - Even More Freeing Than Play Itself

By Bernard L. De Koven on February 23, 2017 in On Having Fun
It's the freeing kind of play. It's not just playing. It's the way of being that sets you and all with whom you are playful free. Yes. Playful being. That kind.

What Works for Me May Not Work for You

When it comes to fitness goals, if you find a type of movement that feels both good and right to you, it’s much more likely to become a habit.

Living Through Highly Emotional Times

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in People Skills
We're living in tumultuous times of emotional turmoil. It's possible to find an oasis of calm.
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5 New, Short Mindfulness Activities

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on February 21, 2017 in What Matters Most?
One of the most popular mindfulness activities is referred to as "the mindful pause." Now, there are 5 variations for using this popular practice!

How I Learned to Stop Lying

By Jennifer Haupt on February 21, 2017 in One True Thing
I couldn’t tolerate even one person knowing what had happened to me — even my therapist. The shame was crippling.
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Do You Hate to Rush?

By Gretchen Rubin on February 21, 2017 in The Happiness Project
By figuring out easy, quick ways to make it faster to head out the door, we can give ourselves a bigger margin of time.

Beware Of Anger

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
In small and passing quantities, anger can be like medicine, but in large and lasting quantities it poisons the mind and relationships.

Feeling Stuck, Lost or Overwhelmed? There is Hope

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Making Change
Some people are better at managing life’s many challenges. You can learn to be one of those people by developing your ability to mentalize.
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How to Stand Firm in a Runaway World

By Svend Brinkmann Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Stand Firm
Are you buying one self-help book after another without really becoming happy? If so you are likely addicted to personal development and in need of anti-self-help.
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Staying Centered and Calm in an Anxiety-Ridden World

Try these calming techniques to become more powerful when it seems that anxiety has you in its grip and you can’t release yourself.

Wake Up To the Joy of You: Talking to Agapi Stassinopoulos

By Mark Matousek on February 19, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Arianna Huffington's younger sister is a powerhouse of inspiration and creativity.

Success, the Slow-Cooked Way

There is no shortage of crash diet options, but what if our bodies need time to acclimate? What if they actually need a slow-cooked method of change over a long period of time?

Why Authenticity is the Hub of Meaning

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Finding meaning in life is important in all sorts of ways, but too often we don’t take the time to sort out for ourselves what it is that actually provides our sense of meaning.
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What’s Needed in These Uncertain Times? Maybe More Empathy.

By Allison Carmen on February 17, 2017 in The Gift of Maybe
During uncertain times, it can be hard to be empathetic to another's point of view, but empathy makes us wiser and more strategic, and it can even change how we view something.

World's First Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression

By Georgia Ede MD on February 17, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Groundbreaking research proves that dietary choices have the power to help reduce and even reverse depression.

Hungry? No You're Not! A Working Example of the I-M Approach

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 16, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Ever been told you are wrong when you know you are right, or felt like your point of view is not respected? This is happening now in the USA with potentially devastating results.

The Problem With Sensitivity

By Maureen D Healy on February 16, 2017 in Creative Development
Is your highly sensitive child exhausting you?
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How Do We Learn to Appreciate Each Other's Differences?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
Appreciating rather than tolerating diversity makes life richer and more effective.
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Brain on Fire

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 16, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been called one of the “best known but least understood” mental health conditions. Why is it so well known?

This Motivation Hack Will Instantly Alter Your Thinking

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Motivate!
The "Anchor Hack" can help you identify personal benchmarks that enhance performance and increase achievement.

Fears, Beliefs, and Facts

Whether one is an optimist by nature or a pessimist instead, it is important to keep perspective—especially under stressful or ambiguous circumstances.

Data, Not Ideology (Part 2)

By Amy S.F. Lutz on February 16, 2017 in Inspectrum
Instead of pushing ideologically-based options, why aren't policy-makers investing in evidence-based approaches to increasing happiness in the severely cognitively disabled?

Hungry? I'll Feed You! A Working Example of the I-M Approach

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 15, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Ever feed someone? This simple kindness can have a long-lasting effect. The four domains of the I-M Approach are explored when a little boy asks his mother for a snack.

If All You Have Is a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

By Michael F. Kay on February 15, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
We are surrounded by enticements to find the best yield, the best returns, the best investments, the best everything. And who doesn't want the best?

Evidence Mounts That Yoga Improves Sex

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 15, 2017 in All About Sex
Adding to a growing research literature, a recent Korean study shows that yoga improves sex for women.

Finding the Meaning of Life Today

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
We may want to make our "mark" on the world, but the greatest sources of meaning and significance may be found in little moments throughout daily life.

The Missing Piece for Many Parents: Time to Reflect

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Stress, exhaustion, and overwork may be edging out the time parents need to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the parenting lessons that they glean from their experiences.
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The Pursuit of Happiness

The biggest challenge in relationships -- with ourselves and others
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7 Ways to Express Your Love

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you feeling depressed? Have you run out of ideas on how to show someone you loved them? This article will offer you tips which will help you honor the love in your heart.

Feed the Wolf of Love

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
The wolf of hate today breeds alienation, anger, and conflicts with others. The wolf of love is fed with our hearts and with hopes.