Essential Reads

Taking A Step Back Could Save Your Relationship

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on March 25, 2017 in Between You and Me
Looking at disagreements from the view of an outside observer provides new insights that just might change the course of your relationship.

Believing in Sexual Compatibility Can Sour Your Sex Life

The satisfaction we derive from sex is largely influenced by the attitudes we hold about how it should play out with our partner(s).

Hate Your Partner Some Days? Research Shows You're Not Alone

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on March 23, 2017 in Between You and Me
Do you sometimes hate your partner? If so, you're not alone. It turns out we all have times when we hate the people we love the most. Although some of us may not even know it.

Who's Harder to Buy Gifts for, Men or Women? It Depends!

Who’s harder to buy gifts for, men or women? It depends on who’s doing the giving!

More Posts on Happiness

Is a Bird in the Hand Worth Two in the Bush?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 24, 2017 in Hide and Seek
A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush, if you don't kill it.

How to Be Spontaneous

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in Trust
Planning for spontaneity seems doomed to fail, but self-trust can help you have more fun.

The Secret to Happiness

It is easier for us to create a list of what we want the world to give us than it is to think in terms of what we can give back to the world.

Do You Ever Feel That You're Not Interesting Enough?

In the book and film "About a Boy," the main adult character comes to realize that his life of leisure and pleasure may prevent him from finding love. What can we learn from this?

8 Things Mentally Strong People Do to Gain Financial Freedom

These strategies can help you gain better control over your mind and your money.

“I’d Rather Not Be a Recluse”

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in How To Do Life
The latest in a series of profiles on reclusive people.

5 Ways Self-Compassion Promotes a Healthy Body Image

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in In Love and War
Many people are overly critical of their appearance. If you're one of them, self-compassion might help.

Relatedness and Autonomy, A Delicate Balance

"Successful mountain climbers know that they must spend at least as much time if not more, in tending their base camp as they actually do climbing mountains..." - M Scott Peck
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Disability and Strengths: We Need Phase 3!

5 practical strategies to move you into Phase 3, helping you take on a character strengths-based mindset.

Get Outside in a Park With Your People

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 21, 2017 in Open Gently
Get outside in greenery to have difficult conversations or to bond.

10 Minutes to More Serenity With This Comforting Ritual

How a 10-minute task can, surprisingly, become a Zen moment.

Have You Got the "Too Busy" Blues?

Feelings of low mood and depression seem to be the norm these days, especially for women. Could it be that your too-busy life is largely to blame?

5 Exercises That Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

A strong mind will take you far in life. Here's how to exercise your brain.

10 Ways to Find More Happiness

Happiness can be as confounding as Indiana Jones looking for lost treasure. Just when you think you have a clue, some giant boulder comes rolling toward you.

How to Have a Happy Day

How- and why- to be happier. 3 tips to greater happiness in your life.
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For the International Day of Happiness

By Gretchen Rubin on March 20, 2017 in The Happiness Project
If someone asked you, “What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about happiness?” what would you answer?

Small Changes Can Have Big Effects: The I-M Approach

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on March 18, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Have you ever promised yourself to do something only to fail miserably? Perhaps you are trying to do too much. The I-M Approach reminds us that small changes can have big effects.

Three Ways to Choose a Partner

By Sheila Kohler on March 17, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
"He is coming to paint my house!" she said, her eyes shining with admiration. "Imagine, he offered! I immediately knew he was a keeper."

The Art of Doing Nothing

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on March 16, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
Learn how wasting time is not time wasted.

Six Money Hacks to Trim the Fat From Your Budget

By Michael F. Kay on March 16, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
Smart tactics can firm up your wallet and put you on track.
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Tears of Pain and Tears of Joy

Crying can be a powerful expression of pain or joy; however it can also be used as a manipulative device. Genuine crying is a window into a person's emotional condition.

Can We Really Boost Our Level of Happiness?

One woman's inspiring story and her simple happiness hack.
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Want to View the World With Fresh Eyes?

By Gretchen Rubin on March 15, 2017 in The Happiness Project
What hooks do you use to help yourself see the world more vividly?

Feel Like a Repeating Train Wreck? Learn to See It Coming

Learning when shift out of autopilot and reflect on situations can make the difference between feeling good in yourself and your relationships, and feeling “like a train wreck.”

Well-being in Iceland has Flaws, Too

Although this country has thriving citizens in an awe-inspiring environment, it's not problem-free. That makes it more normal. Plea to tourists: "Look at the road, not the sky!"

Sleep Your Way to The Top (of Your Game)

7 tips to get a great night's sleep so you can be on top of your game (regardless of what game it is).
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“My Highest Ambition Is To Be What I Already Am.”

By Gretchen Rubin on March 13, 2017 in The Happiness Project
What is self-acceptance, really? Or self-knowledge? A mystery.

Myth: "As Soon As"

There can be a lot of ideas floating around in our mind that aren’t actually true. They are a series of stories, excuses, justifications, rationalizations, and procrastination.

Love Your Neighbor

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Compassion and kindness expresses an inner freedom. 

The Cost of Choosing Not to Have Kids: Moral Outrage

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 12, 2017 in Living Single
Married people who choose not to have kids elicit moral outrage. They are also judged as less fulfilled than married people who do want kids. But what if they were single?