Essential Reads

Why Do We Love the View From High Above?

By Andrea Bartz on September 19, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
The weird psychological reason you'll take an elevator to the 102nd floor.

Longing for More

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
What do you really want in life? Applying theory and research on the German concept of Sehnsucht may help you to better understand your quest and live well.

Choice in Consensual Non-Monogamy

How consent, personal responsibility, and mutual reliance enable polyamorous people to construct designer relationships.
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Practicing Gratitude

By Kristin Meekhof on September 17, 2017 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
Practicing Gratitude: A Guide To Help You Find Goodness

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Can Embracing Negative Emotions Increase Your Well-Being?

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The New Resilience
Is it possible that you can increase your happiness in life by embracing unhappy feelings -- your anxieties, fears, anger, resentments, and all sorts of negative emotions?
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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

By Robert Puff Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Meditation for Modern Life
We have to do specific things to improve our level of happiness.

6 Best Ways to Beat Procrastination and Get There on Time

Getting to places on time, whether work or social occasions, can be a hassle. New research based on travel habits of commuters shows how to be less stressed and more punctual.

How Can We Fix the Conflict Between Work and Family?

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Moderating
How do we repair work-family conflict? We first need to get the diagnosis right.

How Can Leaders Find Happiness?

By Peter Bregman on September 18, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the SHARP model for a happier life, an easy way to beat procrastination, and the number-one factor in predicting well-being.

What Would Bear Lots of Fruit?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
What's on your short list of things that support you? Try to do one thing on the list each day. "Pass forward" a gift to the person you will be tomorrow...and a year from now.

Seek Your Whys and Find Happiness.

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on September 17, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
Simon Sinek’s mission to encourage us to find the work that makes us happy can be extended to everything we do.

Deconstructing the Pumpkin Spice Latte Craze

September is here and that means one thing…Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is Back! Have you ever wondered why this seems to be such a big deal to the general populace?

BIG FUN

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 17, 2017 in On Having Fun
There's a certain kind of fun we call "Big Fun." It's something massive, usually, demonstrably fun, alluring, freeing, even.
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Self-Critical? Time to Lighten Up on Yourself

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on September 16, 2017 in Fixing Families
Self-criticism can erode your self-esteem, keep you constantly anxious, sap you of any of life's rewards. Time to calm those scolding voices.

Maybe You Should Get Married

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Clear Communication
Before you make a copy of your house key, read this before cohabitating.
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Two Essential Ingredients for Effective Communication

We may think we have a communication problem, and perhaps we do. But more fundamentally, we often have difficulty practicing these two things, which can help us break through.

What Are You Waiting For?

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 15, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Carpe Diem: You'll never get today back.

Beyond Self-Love: What Marrying Yourself is Really All About

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Living Single
I used to think marrying yourself was a bad idea because it borrows the wedding template. Now I think that template makes a statement about single people that needs to be heard.

5 Common Reasons We Hold Grudges

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
Learn what causes people to hold on to grudges.
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Getting to Where You Want to Go

Don't beat yourself up; instead follow these five steps to pull yourself up and get back to making important progress.
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Operating From Fear

By Matt James Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Focus on Forgiveness
Is fear holding you back? Try one of these techniques whenever you feel an old fear keeping you from what you really want in life.

The Kind of Support That Will Nourish a Lasting Marriage

By Meg Selig on September 14, 2017 in Changepower
When one member of a couple encourages the other in this specific way, it can make for long-lasting magic within their relationship.

3 Ways to Regulate Your Emotions

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Between Cultures
We can influence our emotions using different strategies—some more effective than others.

Playing Hurt

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
A vulnerable and inspiring story from sportscaster John Saunders.

Top 5 Payoffs to Staying Stuck

By Ronald Alexander Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Wise Open Mind
Why do some people seemingly embrace the process of transformation, while others get stuck. Discover the payoffs to change that keeps us from making a change in our lives.

Pure-ly Delicious

The evidence against many current dietary recommendations is becoming impossible to ignore. It's time once again to enjoy an omelet and crack a few eggs.

6 Simple Steps to Make Happiness Happen

Welcome happiness into your life with these six simple practices from the field of positive psychology.

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.
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Your Two Choices: Presented to You Every Moment of Your Life

Are your habits taking you down the wrong road?

Truth Is Not the Only Truth

By Theodore Dalrymple M.D. on September 12, 2017 in Psychiatric Disorder
Is it necessary always to tell the truth? Shakespeare denied it and he was right.
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Habit Strategies and Tips for Rebels

By Gretchen Rubin on September 12, 2017 in The Happiness Project
Rebels want to do what they want to do, in their own way, in their own time.
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A Brand New Way to Understand Social Anxiety

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on September 12, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Think you know what social anxiety is? This post proves you do not. You'll see social anxiety in an new, helpful way...actually in 6 new and helpful ways.

There Are 27 Different Emotions, New Study Suggests

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on September 11, 2017 in Urban Survival
Researchers found out there are least 27 emotions-- a lot more than we used to think.

Online Romantics

By Yair Amichai-Hamburger Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in The Social Net
Do more romantic options lead to better decisions?