Essential Reads

11 Keys to Mastering Difficult Conversations

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in Feeling It
As a happiness and workplace well-being researcher, I hear this question all the time: what's the best way to master difficult conversations? These 11 tips work.

10 Ways to be Nicer to the Person You Love the Most

Do you take for granted the person you love the most? New research shows why you need to be nicer in your most important relationship. These 10 tips will help get you there.

Should We Have Children?

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 23, 2017 in Hide and Seek
This fundamental question raises profound ethical issues.

Health Benefits Unlikely Even from the Longest Marriages

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in Living Single
New research looking at men and women of different ages who have been married for different lengths of time finds scant evidence that people who marry get healthier.

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Is Life Hard?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
The more difficult your life, the more you need to take care of yourself. Know that difficulties will come and go but your own good qualities and good things in life will remain.

Why Happiness Doesn't Last, and Why That's Okay, Part 2

Unfortunately, our bloated self-help industry will never solve the problem of life's life-ness

Stop Saying These Phrases To Improve Your Life

Change the language you use everyday and you can change your life for the better. Words matter.

Why Happiness Doesn't Last, and Why That's Okay

Our conception of what life is supposed to feel like is based on something that is not actually real.

The Boundless Mind Podcast

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Boundless
The Boundless Mind podcast provides you with mindfulness exercises on the go.

"I-knew-it-all-along": 3 Steps to Avoid Living in the Past

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Clear Communication
Does your hindsight 20/20 need a vision test?

Does a Happy Meal Really Make Us Happy?

We know that what we eat impacts our physical health. But what about our psychological health? How does what we eat impact our happiness?

Are Friends the Enemies of Wise Choices?

Don't let your friends take you for a ride! Learn how to avoid letting them manipulate you into making bad decisions.

A Social Cure

By Jolanda Jetten Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Social Cures
Feeling under the weather? Did you know that your social connectedness might have something to do with that?

Leading by Example

How to bring positivity, optimism, and integrity to the workplace.

In Kindness Will I Speak

In due season will I speak, not out of season. In truth will I speak, not in falsehood...

What Helps You Carry Your Load?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
How you feel and function is based on your load, personal vulnerabilities, and resources. If your load or vulnerabilities increase, so must your resources.
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What Helps People Live a Long and Satisfying Life?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on July 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
Strengthen your face-to-face relationships. It will add years to your life!

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Having Fun Together

Fun is by definition associated with good feelings. While not the only source of good feelings, it is an important means of generating them. Love thrives on positive affect!
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How to Create a Life of Integrity

Bringing integrity into your life means having your outer self fully represent your inner self. This is not a matter of character but one of intention.
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Why Do We Love to Chase?

Unpredictable rewards produce much larger pleasure than expected ones.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Facebook for Children?

Children believe that Facebook is a protected environment, but are they right?

The Energy Vampires That Stop You from Thriving

Conquer the energy vampires that are stealing your life.

Small Acts of Generous Behavior Can Make Your Brain Happier

New research shows that very small amounts of generosity can affect you on a neurobiological level.

The Most Important Relationship Strength You Must Have

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in Clear Communication
Though our natural inclination is not to do this, new research shows there's one behavior that can keep all of your human relationships happy.

Work MORE?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in How To Do Life
The case for eschewing the pursuit of happiness and even work-life balance.

Want to Change an Important Habit?

By Gretchen Rubin on July 12, 2017 in The Happiness Project
Do you want to make a significant change in your life? Or help someone else to make an important change?

Mindfulness for Beginners

Mindfulness is all the rage, and with a promise to improve concentration, mood, and energy, reduce stress, improve immune function, and even fight obesity, it should be.

Wedding Blues

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Complicated Love
The wedding of a loved one can be a joyous occasion or one filled with drama and emotional minefields. But there are ways you can cut the drama and increase the possibility of joy.

Do You Have #hashtag Friends or Real Friends?

Popular people are more resilient, live longer, and report fewer severe symptoms of the common cold. But be careful, true friends are different from #hashtag friends.

What's the Hurry?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Be mindful of rushing—your own and others. See how other people assume deadlines that aren't actually real, or feel pressured and intense about things that aren't that important.

Picking Paint Colors

Use science to select colors that are "just right" for your rooms.

Five Instant Mood Boosters to Try Today

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in In Practice
Quick solutions to turn your mood around when you're feeling flat.

The Teenage Years: 4 Questions That May Predict Thriving

One factor may matter more than you might expect for kids in their teenage years. A recent study from Brazil and Romania has important implications for American teenagers.

Anxiety Is Now Public Enemy No. 1

Anxiety has become a nationwide epidemic that is creating a public health crisis. The good news is that there are drug-free ways to lower your anxiety by engaging your vagus nerve.