Happiness Essential Reads

Snapchat: The Jekyll & Hyde of Social Media?

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Happy Trails
What research has to say about millennials’ favorite app.

Is Mild Love the New Exciting Romance?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Ideal love is depicted as a very passionate experience. Yet mild love seems a better indicator of enduring love. Can we admit our mild love without insulting our partners?

5 Things People Really Shouldn't Brag About

When you're in a job interview or just chatting with your friends, bragging about these things could backfire.

The 7 Ingredients of a Healthy Relationship

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on December 05, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Every relationship has different interactional conflicts and needs. There are no one-size-fits-all recipes, but these are seven common ingredients of happy relationships.

8 Things to Do If You're the Target of Hurtful Gossip

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Feeling It
When it comes to being the target of negative gossip, you can make yourself resilient and avoid letting it get the best of you.

Marrying Your Best Friend: Is It for Better or Worse?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on December 04, 2016 in Off the Couch
“My wife is my best friend" or “I can talk to my women friends about things my husband would never understand.” Which is better?

Get Cozy!

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in Happy Trails
Winter doesn't have to be something we grimly endure. Learn to love it!

Searching for Equilibrium

By Susan Hooper on November 29, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
I moved to a new home just before the presidential election. Both events knocked me off kilter, and I am still trying to regain my balance.

Happiness Without Sadness Has No Meaning

The intensity of happiness can only be measured by the intensity of sadness.

This Holiday Season, Choose What You're Going to Savor

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Research suggests that the effects are different when you just do something versus when you savor that something.

Improving the Experience of Online Education

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Can online courses provide the kind of experience crucial for students to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity? New research suggests the answer is "yes."

10 Essentials About Midlife Love Relationships

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 27, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Adaptations face us as we enter and move through love in midlife. We must re-examine our needs, wants and dreams as well as allow alternate ways of loving into our lives.

Instead of “Job Creation,” How About Less Work?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
If we could solve the distribution problem, we could create a world in which we all worked much less and played much more. Is that a world to be desired? Yes!!
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The Evolution of Humor: From Grunts to Poop Jokes

By Christopher A. Robert Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in Humor at Work
The human capacity for humor distinguishes our species from others. Humor is the result of millions of years of evolution.

Why Taking Ownership Is Key to Divorce Recovery

By Wendy Paris on November 22, 2016 in Splitopia
I created seven Principles of Parting while going through my own divorce and writing a book about it. The Principles are guideposts that keep us stay on course during trying times.

Talking Politics at the Thanksgiving Table

How can we heal the divides in our country -- and our family? A few simple tools can go a long way.

In What Ways Do Socially Anxious Adults Suffer?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in Curious?
New research on touch as a neglected emotional experience that offers insights into the difficulties of individuals suffering from social anxiety problems.

7 Questions You Have to Ask Each Other Before You Commit

Marriage is a big deal. Before you commit, test your relationship with these seven questions to sure you're making a good decision.

Older, Single, and Choosing to Be a Parent—Why Not?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Singletons
The number of single parents of all ages is growing. Is there a “correct” timeframe or blueprint for becoming a parent?

Survive and Thrive

By Deborah Barrett Ph.D., LCSW on November 19, 2016 in Paintracking
Experiencing distress? Yoga may help you let go of unnecessary suffering.

4 Ways Your Front Yard Can Make You Happier

By Jamie Littlefield on November 18, 2016 in Placed
Re-thinking your front yard may result in an unanticipated sense of well-being.

9 Signs That You Might Be a Perfectionist

You might be a perfectionist and not even know it.

Neuroscience Research Shows How Mood Impacts Perception

According to a new theory of attention and mood, the happier you are, the more you see of the world. Here’s why, and what your brain has to do with it.
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In These Times, Our Greatest Enemy Is Our Need for Certainty

By Allison Carmen on November 15, 2016 in The Gift of Maybe
Have you been extremely fearful and worried since the Presidential Election? Maybe embracing uncertainty will give you the hope you need to find strength and resilience.

Why You Should Never Prepay for Any Product or Service

Marketers love it when consumers prepay, but it often has unintended consequences that harm consumers.

Why We Like Online Shopping, and Delayed Gratification

Need it, find it, buy it (and then wait for it in the mail) actually makes for an enjoyable experience, and the perfect return shopper, according to delayed gratification.

12 Ways to Beat Procrastination

Recognizing the role of boredom or unhappiness in your procrastination habits is perhaps one of the most important ways to stop yourself from putting off the inevitable.

Why I’m Single: Then and Now

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 12, 2016 in Living Single
Why not marry? Guest blogger Joan DelFattore offers one of the best answers I’ve ever read

Can You Meditate While Driving?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
A new book describes how mindfulness behind the wheel can make you a more relaxed, more focused, and safer driver.

The Morning After: How to Cope With a Loss (Or a Win)

The morning after an important event whose outcome was uncertain, you’ll need ways to move on, both for yourself and for those to whom you’re close. These tips will help.