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5 Ways to Break Bad News without Actually Lying

There’s good news about the best way to break bad news

Seeking the Optimal, Not the Balanced

Why striving to spend your time optimally may yield greater rewards.

The Loneliness of Social Media: Part One

How social media fame can reveal the "dark side" of life in our digital age

What Do You Need to Thrive?

Safety, love and belonging? What do you really need to thrive?

Recent Posts on Happiness

Wilderness Therapy

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on July 27, 2015 in Minority Report
Why getting outdoors may be the best medicine for your psychological health. It can not only free you from your daily world of connection but also test you psychologically as you push yourself in your various pursuits.

Can You Create Good Habits That Stick?

Do you have the chance to do what you do best each day at work? Take a moment and think about it. Do you have the chance to do what you do best each day?

Positive Psychology of Mindfulness

When students call out "Present', make sure they know what it means. So what does "Present" really mean? It does not just mean "here" - it means here in the moment and mindfully in touch with the learning.

4 Keys to Happiness

Happiness is not about what you need from others, it is really about what you are willing to give to others.

Are You Fully Charged? 5 Ways to Energize Your Work & Life

A survey of 10,000 people revealed that only 11% responded "yes" when asked, "Did you have a great deal of energy yesterday?"

Developing Time Management Skills

When life gets busy, things pile up. Time management is not about having all of those things done; it’s about having enough time for what matters most to you. By managing your time in a more efficient way, not only will you the right things done, but you’ll also have enough time to relax, de-stress and breathe more freely.

Feeling Good? What Makes Good Feelings Flow?

How much good feeling have you been experiencing? Would you like more? Check out these 5 factors.

The Best Place to Be Is Together

A sense of peace and relaxation is the largest benefit from a vacation according to experts. Five guidelines help you return relaxed and happy.

Do You Know What You Need?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 27, 2015 in Think, Act, Be
Recent research shows that people differ in how well they recognize their own needs, which has important implications for relationships and well-being. Find out how to identify your needs.

Stories of Seclusion: After Winning the Lottery

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
The drive to be creative can know no bounds.

5 Ways to Break Bad News without Actually Lying

Very few, if any, of us truly enjoys being the bearer of bad news. If you have no choice but to be that messenger, there are ways to get the job done with a minimum of damaged feelings. These 5 strategies will help you figure out how to make the best out of some of life’s unpleasant situations.

It’s Time For Our Culture Of Overwork To Be Over

By Tim Leberecht on July 24, 2015 in The Romance of Work
We may talk a good game about how we want to achieve the ever-elusive work/life balance—but what do we do about it? How many of us approach it with the kind of profound urgency that marks the conundrums we attempt to solve at work? I had the chance recently to sit down with Brigid Schulte, author of "Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time."

47 Reasons Why It's Really, Really Good to Be an Aunt

By Melanie Notkin on July 24, 2015 in Savvy Auntie
Every aunt knows how fortunate we are to have the love of our nieces and nephews. And we are grateful to their parents, who have given us the gift of aunthood. And so, Auntie's Day is also a time for us to appreciate all really good things that aunthood brings...

Happify With Your Strengths!

Interested in the science of character strengths? Get tons of interesting research and information all in one image!

The Loneliness of Social Media, Part Two

Social media is not always very social. Understanding why not can help us understand what is lacking in our lives.

Ask not what fun does for you

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 24, 2015 in On Having Fun
Making a list of what you do for fun.

Getting Up and Hitting the Road Feeling Good

Becasue you feel better, you operate better.

Seeking the Optimal, Not the Balanced

We are constantly bombarded with how to achieve greater work-life balance. What if we pursued an optimal time budget instead? Other species do not allocate time evenly across activities. Instead they devote time according to priorities that maximize their success.

Are You an Adventurous Eater?

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on July 23, 2015 in Comfort Cravings
Do you like to try new, exotic foods or do you stick to the same foods you know you like? You may be surprised by some of the benefits of being an adventurous eater outlined in this article.

How Charlie Got His Groove Back

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 23, 2015 in Play in Mind
Charlie the Dog or The Dood—our undersized, but athletic Goldendoodle—spent his first four-and-a-half years enthralled by squirrels and hooked on the game of chasing them.

Body Appreciation Day!

By Steve Sisgold on July 23, 2015 in Life in a Body
I know at times it’s tough to appreciate your body for its true brilliance and how much it does it for you.

Embracing Fun

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 23, 2015 in On Having Fun
Fun has many meanings. It takes all of them to define the experience.

Does Utopia Have Hospitals?

By Neal Roese Ph.D. on July 22, 2015 in In Hindsight
Utopia is the idea of a perfect society. Does Utopia have hospitals? As America struggles with how best to manage its health care system, we might ask how things would look in a society perfected.

The Loneliness of Social Media: Part One

You may have seen "the baby whisperer" photo that went viral. What it teaches us about life and loneliness in the digital age is fascinating.

My Mother Is Holding Me Hostage

What To Do About An Oppressive Mother

How Loneliness Tricks People Into Staying Lonely

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on July 21, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
A new study illuminates one of the main reasons it is so hard for lonely people to break the cycle of disconnection that traps them in their misery. Read on to learn more.

What Did Flannery O’Connor Pray For?

By Gretchen Rubin on July 21, 2015 in The Happiness Project
We’ve all waited and hoped for a “happy meeting” to occur.

The Narcissism Test

By Craig Malkin PhD on July 21, 2015 in Romance Redux
The Narcissism Test -- What's Your Score?

9 Secrets Happy People Already Know

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on July 20, 2015 in In Flux
Some people seem to be happier than others—more positive, more forward-looking, more willing to take risks and meet life. Is there a secret to finding happiness or is it available to all of us, if only we look in the right places?

What Do You Need to Thrive?

In 1954, psychologist Abraham Maslow created the famous “hierarchy of needs.” The role of the self is front and center in Maslow’s model and goes hand in hand with other leading theories in psychology that emphasize the individual. The focus is primarily on the self, not the social. Maslow’s step-by-step model misses the mark...