Happiness Essential Reads

The Turning Test For Humans

By Yair Amichai-Hamburger Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in The Social Net
Are robots gaining the emotional advantage on us?

Emotional Connection

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in In It Together
What is the most effective way to keep your relationship joyful? Learn how to stay connected.

Trusting What Disabled People Say

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Trust
Why is it sometimes hard to accept what disabled people tell us about their lives, their values, and their experiences?

How You Use Mindfulness Matters

By John P Forsyth Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Peace of Mind
Are you struggling to be more mindful? A tweak in how you use it may be all you need.

How Many Americans Want to Be Single? Results of 5 Studies

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Living Single
How many unmarried Americans want to be married? 5 studies suggest answers, but it will take a revolution to know for sure.

Why Do We Love the View From High Above?

By Andrea Bartz on September 19, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
The weird psychological reason you'll take an elevator to the 102nd floor.

Longing for More

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
What do you really want in life? Applying theory and research on the German concept of Sehnsucht may help you to better understand your quest and live well.

Choice in Consensual Non-Monogamy

How consent, personal responsibility, and mutual reliance enable polyamorous people to construct designer relationships.
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Practicing Gratitude

By Kristin Meekhof on September 17, 2017 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
Practicing Gratitude: A Guide To Help You Find Goodness

Done and Dusted

By Bruce Grierson on September 13, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
How do you spell relief? Closing the file on a half-finished job.

How Can Jobs, Housing, & Friends Aid Remission?

By John F. Kelly Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Addiction & Recovery 101
What effect do jobs, housing, and friends have on the brain of individuals in recovery from addiction?
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How To Deal With Daily Rejection

By John Kim, LMFT on September 11, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
In our social media culture, rejection is more rampant than ever.
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Your Set Point for Happiness

By Robert Puff Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Meditation for Modern Life
No matter what life throws at us, over time our happiness tends to bounce back to the same point.

Can Two Narcissists Ever Really Fall in Love?

It’s a well-known fact in the psychology of relationships that like really does attract like. New personality research shows that narcissism follows the same assortment pattern.

Losing Time: Sexual Absorption and the Body

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on September 03, 2017 in Sense of Time
Absorption during sex is more closely related to desire and satisfaction in women than in man.

Four Ways to Build a Stronger and Longer Relationship

Good relationships aren’t just born, but have to mature over time. The newest research reveals that the relationships which are most successful involve shared mutual goals.

Are You an Unhappy Achiever?

By Lance Dodes M.D. on August 31, 2017 in The Heart of Addiction
Who could possibly be unhappy about achieving? The problem is that, for some people, achievement leaves them feeling empty to the core.

A Movement to Improve the Legal Profession

The legal profession is in a state of constant change, and lawyer well-being is taking a hit.

Wealthy Is as Wealthy Feels

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in The Human Beast
How satisfied people are with their lifestyle has almost nothing to do with objective realities and everything to do with where they see themselves in the pecking order.

Transcending the Self

By Emma Stone, Ph.D. on August 28, 2017 in Understanding Awe
As one of the few self-transcending emotions, experiences of awe encourage us to move beyond the self into more collective, ethical modes of thinking and being.

Do People Who Marry Late in Life Find Happiness?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Is marrying early or late the key to happiness in later life? A new research study yields some intriguing findings about the importance of marital timing.
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Top 10 Parenting Tips

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in In Control
Parenting is the greatest trip on earth. I wish you the ride of your life.

Facing Your Depression

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
Researchers are working on a new treatment for depression you can put on your mobile device—but a self-help version is already available.
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Do You Build or Discover Your Life?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 19, 2017 in Fixing Families
You can approach to your life as a builder, blueprint in hand, or a discoverer, where you see where a path leads you. Qualities of each, and a possible middle ground

How Awful is Work, Really?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Human Beast
People talk about work as though it were before the Industrial Revolution. In reality work today is much better but our perceptions have not kept track.

Three Science-Based Reasons Vacations Boost Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Feeling It
Americans generally believe that they should push themselves before they actually take a break. They don't realize that vacations will make them more—not less—productive.

Two Types of Relationship Aggression Identified

Is impossible for couples to avoid arguments but new research on long-term relationships suggests that some forms are more damaging than others. Here’s how to avoid the bad kind.

Locus of Control

How do we determine our successes and failures?

Is Our Western Happiness Fetish Causing Depression?

By Brock Bastian Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in The Other Side
In a series of experiments, we showed the high value we place on happiness is not only associated with increased levels of depression, it may actually be the underlying factor.
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You Really Need to Be Tracking Your Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Recording and working with your dreams on a regular basis may allow you to better predict your illnesses, cultivate your creativity and improve your daily social interactions.