Essential Reads

Narcissism and the Myth of Invincibility

People whose narcissism leads them to believe in the myth of their own invincibility may be setting themselves up for a pretty hard fall.

Is It Ever Too Late to Exercise?

The more out of shape you are, the more pointless you may think it is to exercise. Research shows that anyone can exercise, and reap the benefits, regardless of age or fitness.

The Best Kept Secret to Energy Management—Backed by Science

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 in Feeling It
Work hard, play hard? Think again, data shows. Why living life in the fast lane can slow you down, and what to do instead.

The Replacement of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Many of the most popular media events in history are similar in that they elicit a sense of awe. In doing this, they can replace sources that traditionally have inspired people.

More Posts on Happiness

Dolphin Parenting: A Cure For Tiger Moms and Jellyfish Dads

By Shimi Kang M.D. on February 11, 2016 The Dolphin Way
Why Dolphin Parenting is The Answer for 2016!

Valentine’s Day, Love, and the Broken Soul

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 Obesely Speaking
Even if you are lucky enough to find "true love" – do you know where to get the app for it?

Love, Selfishness, and Self-Interest

By William Irwin Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 It’s Your Choice
Does one really love the other person, or does one just love the feeling of being in love? Are we doomed to solitude? Or can we build a bridge between the self and other?

How Deep is Your Love?

Do you feel like you’re not enough? Is your Valentine’s Day doomed to be dismal? It doesn't have to. Find out what it means to right with yourself.

The Science of Monogamy

Contrary to what some men may claim in locker rooms, dorm rooms, and after one too many rounds during happy hour, more sexual partners does not equal more happiness.

An Advanced Happiness Skill

There are three parts to this Advanced Happiness Skill. One is to be passive. The second is to be detached. And the third is to observe.

Little Treasure, Little Sun, Little Mouse

Idiosyncratic communication among couples is associated with relationship satisfaction.

#100HappyDays

Find out what happens when you give happiness a chance for 100 days.

Secularism and the City

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 The Secular Life
The most secular cities in America are among the best in America.

20 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Best Friends

Spending Valentine's Day with your best friend may be a lot more fun than trying to stage the "perfect" romantic evening with a date.

Here's the Article I've Always Wanted to Write

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 Living Single
Here's my briefest, most compelling case for why all those claims about the transformative power of getting married are wrong.

The 3 Most Important Words for Valentine's Day

Do you have all the right moves for Valentine's Day? Before you take out your wallet, find out how three simple words can save you more than just a few bucks. Hint: Not I love you.

Love After 50: 5 Tips for Finding Love Later in Life—or Now

Looking for someone to hug? To hold? To cherish and to cherish you?

What is the Formula for Authentic Living?

The hunger for authenticity guides us throughout our lives.

3 Surprising Ways to Feel More Loved

Are you focused on romantic love this Valentine’s Day? You’re missing an opportunity! Building stronger connections with others can lead to happiness, health and fulfillment.

New Positive Psychology Exercise!

Learn a new and powerful 4-step exercise. It just might help you understand yourself better and improve your self-confidence!

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 Living Single
What would you like to know about single people or single life? You will probably find answers here.

Turning “Inside Out” inside out.

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 Benign Neglect
Should we take comfort from the blockbuster film Inside Out or is it a prophesy of bad things to come?

Rethinking the Whole Burrito

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on February 06, 2016 Moderating
Could half a burrito bring you happiness?

How Parents Can Avoid Mood Matching

Here are a few ways to avoid “mood matching” when your little one is having a tough time.

Where Did My Time Go?!

Losing time and getting stressed? A remarkably simple formula looking at three basic factors can help make your days more efficient and joyous.

Don't Marry Your Future Ex-Husband

Here is my difficult but wise dating advice for women.

The Most Beautiful Embrace of Solitude and Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Living Single
The most beautiful expression of the single-at-heart sentiment was written nearly 200 years ago by the poet John Keats.

The Secret to Finding Your Bliss

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 The Empowerment Diary
Joseph Campbell suggested that we find our bliss which requires being tuned into your joy. This article helps the reader seek bliss and identify it when it arrives.

Do Citizens or Politicians Make the Best Political Choices?

New research suggests that ballot initiatives produce more happiness and equality than the "oligarchy" of representative institutions.

Yes, Just 10 Minutes a Day Can Turn Your Life Around

This simple exercise creates a positive feedback loop of better physical and mental health.

The Group Grump

By Bernard L. De Koven on February 04, 2016 On Having Fun
It’s fun to say it: “group grump.” And it could actually, just by the sheer power of its silly-soundingness, defuse the very grump it names.

How to Put More Magic in Your Meditation Practice

Have you tried meditating before and felt like you failed? This tweak can go a long way.

Practicing the Art of Living

When we commit to love relationships we do not renounce our individual powers; we do not give ourselves away. Instead, we build those selves.

Working With the Shadow

What if our yearning for the light is keeping us from what we most long for? What if the healing and treasure we seek is hiding in the shadows?