Happiness Essential Reads

Letter to Dads of Daughters on a Sexual Misconduct Epidemic

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Curious?
I wanted to write a letter to dads of daughters everywhere on the sexual misconduct mayhem that is being revealed daily.

The Struggle to Maintain Basic Humanity

Basic humanity is like a muscle, it gets stronger with exercise.

Will the Republican Tax Plan Make Americans Happier?

Research suggests that overall, people are happier when the rich pay more, and everyone pays their share.
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Seven Pathways to Thriving

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 08, 2017 in What Matters Most?
New research reveals key personal enablers of thriving in life. Learn these seven pathways and the ingredients that can help you create them.

Awe in Religious and Spiritual Experience

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
Recent research is uncovering new connections between awe and spiritual experience.

Relationship Happiness May Be a Matter of Reconditioning

Over time, even the best of relationships can become stale. New research shows how you can recondition yourself to restore the freshness of yours.

The Meaning of Regret

By Bruce Grierson on October 31, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
Should we try to mine our mistakes for positives or just let them go? The complicated emotion of regret holds clues about when to look forward and when to look back.

On Teenagers, Helplessness, and Anxiety

By Bruce Poulsen Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Reality Play
How does an understanding of normal childhood anxiety help us make sense of anxiety disorders among teenagers?

Why Do We Like to Dress Up on Feast Days?

By Sheila Kohler on October 30, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
One of the patients, a young woman who had been at the hospital for some time moved silently through the halls refusing to speak.

Power: Five Non-Traditional Views

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Is your basic life-orientation to seek power over others or to use what power you have to be in service to others? Five ideas are presented to help you self-examine power.

Stop Saying “You Are Beautiful”

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Beauty Sick
They're well intended. But those “You are beautiful” messages can be harmful.

26 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Our Love For Pets

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Animals and Us
This controversial new book examines the psychology and evolution of our love for animals. (And it explains why you should probably not get a pug if you are looking for a pet.)
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A Winning Frame of Mind

By Bryan E. Robinson Ph.D. on October 28, 2017 in The Right Mindset
Has your frame of mind stunted your growth? A few winning strategies can catapult you to success.

Can You Ever Have a Good Relationship With a Type A Person?

A common belief about Type A people is that they make terrible relationship partners, but new research shows that under some conditions, they're just fine — if not perfect.

Defy the Odds: Here's How to Keep Your Relationship Happy

Relationships tend to experience a decline in romantic satisfaction. Will yours?

High Self-Esteem: Good or Bad?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 27, 2017 in The Human Beast
Americans have high self-esteem and young people feel particularly good about themselves. Is this beneficial for health and well-being?

Is There an Epidemic of Despair in the Rural Heartland?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Talking About Men
New research shows a sharp increase in premature death rates among rural less educated whites; mainly due to suicide, overdose, and substance abuse. What are the underlying causes?

Optimism Challenge Conclusion

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Boundless
Optimism enables the belief that life is worth living.

The Absolute Best Way to Start Your Happiness Journey

Are you ready to jumpstart your happiness. Here's some tips for getting started on the right foot.

Is Facebook Making You Depressed?

Long a concern of psychologists studying Facebook use, the possibility of users become depressed comes under scrutiny in newly published research.

How Many Ways Can We Measure Well-Being?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Curious?
A new framework can be useful for triggering conversation. Whether it breaks new ground scientifically is a different matter.

Feel the Wind at Your Back

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Happy Trails
Consider a new type of gratitude question.

Friendship at Work Can Be Tricky, But Also Life-Saving

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Feeling It
Friendships at work are critical for happiness and success - but you have to manage them with skill
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Questing for Economic Utopia, Part 1

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Is this going to be humanity's best century—or worst? How we choose to measure progress will decide.

Why the Emotionally Intelligent May Earn More Money

Emotional intelligence is believed to link to greater success in life than general intelligence. New research shows there are indeed monetary advantages to having a higher EQ.

Three Steps to Say “No” Gracefully

It can be really hard to say no. Despite my best attempts not to care what other people think of me, I still find myself wanting to be liked.

4 Steps for Effective Social Media Arguments

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Curious?
Public shaming. Flame wars. Cultural wars. Here is a post that hopes to improve people's thoughts on how to disagree and argue well.

3 Signs You’re in a Bad Relationship

By Kelly Campbell Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in More Than Chemistry
It's difficult to admit that a relationship which started out so great has turned into something bad. Here are three signs that it might be time to end your relationship.

3 Ways to Have Better Dreams

The ability to control dreams may seem impossible to acquire, but new research shows that even untrained individuals can take charge of their night lives.

Midlife and Having Extramarital Sex? The Numbers Are Rising

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in The New Resilience
A new survey reveals a surprising pattern.