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Social Skills 101: Test and Improve Your Niceness Quotient

Social skills are such a key part of life that most of us rarely give them conscious thought. New research will provide a tool for you to do a reality check on yours.

The Antidote to Envy

Envy tells us that someone, somewhere has it all—but it just isn’t true. The best we can do is be thankful for what we have and try to do something useful with it.

How Do Relationships Survive Long Distance?

What makes a long-distance relationship work?

8 Ways to Overcome a Blow to Your Ego

It’s tough to lose at something that matters to you, whether a race with hundreds of strangers or a bet with your best friend. These 8 tips will help you bounce back from defeat.

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How to Make Things Better by Making Them Worse

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Think Well
While it's counter intuitive, sometimes to make things better we first have to make them worse. Here's how to understand and use the power of paradox to solve many problems.

Worshipping the Sun God

Evolutionary psychological principles can help shape the field of architecture. And the result can be amazing. Here is a case study based on Wooster Hall at SUNY New Paltz.
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3 Ways to Improve Wellbeing at Work

The word ‘wellbeing’ is increasingly being thrown around workplaces today.

Mindfulness for All

By Susan M. Pollak MTS, Ed.D., on September 21, 2016 in The Art of Now
Can mindfulness and compassion reduce racial bias?
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Do It Now

By Susan Sparks on September 21, 2016 in Laugh Your Way to Well-Being
Putting off the things you love until later? Life can change in the blink of an eye. Do It Now!

What Does It Take to Be Happy?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Talking Apes
For ages, philosophers have debated the meaning of happiness. Now, the science of happiness tells us how to achieve it.
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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.
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The Art and Science of Mistakes

To err is human, but...how human do we have to be?

World Psychosynthesis Day

The synthesis of the psyche is an invitation, and in these difficult days, a mandate, towards creating inner and outer peace. Psychosynthesis offers a path towards that.

The Risks of Joy

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in Shame
The potential experience of joy threatens the emergence of shame and must be avoided at all costs. Heavy defenses against shame thus limit the opportunity to experience joy in life
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Should You Ever Give Advice to a Friend?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on September 19, 2016 in Off the Couch
Whether you give advice as a matter of course or you think carefully about anything you say, giving advice to and taking advice from a friend is almost never simple.

On Being Truly in Play

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 19, 2016 in On Having Fun
Why do we play?

Make it Fun?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in How To Do Life
A debate between a hedonist and a work-centered person.

How To Be Perfect

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Do you want a perfect job? A perfect body? A perfect relationship? Perfect health?

The Truth About the Law of Attraction

By Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in The Blame Game
Millions of people are unsuccessful at achieving goals using the Law of Attraction (LOA). The reason? The LOA does not exist! Hear why from a certified LOA expert.

What Teachers Need to Know About Their Students' Brains

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Hot-off-the-press research suggests a radically new way to teach

Pagan Perfection

By Matthew J Rossano Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in Seeking Perfection
When humans thrive, the effort of daily life increasingly approaches a joyful ease.

3 Simple Questions to Improve Your Relationship

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on September 16, 2016 in Between You and Me
We are wired to be selfish—to think about our own needs and desires first. Today, I urge you to take five minutes to consider your partner’s perspective by asking three questions.

The 10 Well-Being Questions You Must Ask Yourself

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 16, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
Your "must do" well-being checklist

How to Fight Those Back-to-School Germs Like a Superhero

Moms aren't really granted sick days. Research shows an easy way to help boost your immune system so you can keep your superpowers running strong.

Partner as Healer

As the trust and commitment in our relationship grew, I was able to speak to him about what I was experiencing: “I am a small, thin, delicate girl.

Need to Jump-Start Your Spiritual Life?

By Russ Gerber on September 15, 2016 in Our Health
Along life's journey you sometimes need an about-face.
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Treat Yourself: Does It Really Make You Happy?

Does treating yourself make you happy? The answer might surprise you.
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5 Tips for Living a More Authentic Life

By Christine L. Carter Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Raising Happiness
It is far better to be ourselves and risk having people not like us than to suffer the stress and tension that comes from pretending to be someone we’re not.

How One Pilot Calmed His Passengers With Just a Few Words

By Meg Selig on September 14, 2016 in Changepower
This pilot used 4 simple communication skills to soothe the minds of his passengers. While not a "Miracle on the Hudson," he made life better for a planeload of people.

The #1 Predictor of Relationship Success No One Talks About

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Feeling It
How You Relate To Yourself Predicts Your Relationship Success With Others

What is Self-Actualization?

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in What Doesn't Kill Us
What would it be like if we took Maslow's idea that human beings are hardwired for self-actualization more seriously?

5 Questions That Could Change Your Life

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
When you learn how to ask yourself the right questions, you immediately become empowered.

There’s a Best Time to Talk to Your Therapist

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
The body’s bio rhythms regulate much of how we feel and what we do.
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Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset in a Difficult Job Market

Take steps to prepare yourself to be more confident no matter how the winds of the employment market may blow