Essential Reads

5 Bad Ways and 5 Good Ways to End a Relationship

It’s never easy to end a relationship and, as a result, people often get into emotional trouble when they try.

Rediscovering a Zest for Life

By John Sean Doyle on March 27, 2017 in Luminous Things
When we seek the strange or exotic that is just outside our door, we can rediscover who we really are and begin to live our lives more passionately.

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.

Belief 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).

More Posts on Happiness

Don’t Get Talked Out of Being the Person You Really Are

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in Living Single
What should you do if you find yourself wishing that you were living some other way?

The Mental Wellness Routine That Will Change Your Life

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Living Forward
Do you know what you need to do in order to be happy? Here are 5 essential activities that if done regularly will bring about positive emotional well-being.
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8 Steps to Improving Self-Worth

Ever struggle with self-doubt? (Who hasn't?) Here are some ways to start conquering those demons and begin to embrace the lovable being that you are.
Source: Kristin A. Meekhof

Three Ways To Cultivate Abundance

Here are three ways to create the life you desire

Europe's Largest Rolling Stones Collection Unveiled

Some people spend a lifetime collecting merchandise from their favorite band. Reinhold Karpp's story of his near fifty-year pursuit takes the cake.

What Do You Need?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
"Vitamin C" is. Daily life is full of opportunities to notice or create experiences of inner strength, a psychological resource. Take it into yourself, making it a part of you.

Lighthearted. Light, As In The Light That Lights The Heart

By Bernard L. De Koven on March 27, 2017 in On Having Fun
This is the way it is when you come together to for fun. You let loose. You let the light of being together into your very heart. You let the fun in. You let each other in.
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How to Find Light in the Darkness

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on March 26, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you sometimes feel as if the darkness overpowers the light in your life? Here are some tips on bringing the light in.

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.