Happiness Essential Reads

Is "Your Relationship" Another Reason to Drink Coffee?

Our everyday experiences, like how much sleep we get and whether we drink caffeine, may affect our relationship satisfaction.

To Affirm or Not Affirm?

By Leena S. Guptha DO on April 25, 2017 in Embodied Wellness
Struggling with negative thoughts? Use self-affirmations to rewrite the subconscious mind and start thinking positively!

Peekaboo: Joy Might Just Surprise You

Remembering to laugh is essential. It can’t make the darkness go away, but it does admit the light.

Income Inequality Itself Doesn't Make People Unhappy

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Pop Psych
Despite the focus on inequality as a driver of human unhappiness, the reverse seems to be true. Inequality is either related to increased satisfaction, or no relationship exists.

Is Divorce Bad for Your Health?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Talking Apes
Those who are ill-equipped for the demands of marriage won’t survive divorce very well either.

How Do Character Strengths Help (and Harm) Romance?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Curious?
This is the first study to suggests that the beliefs we hold about the personality strengths of our romantic partners influence our well-being and their well-being.

How to Stand up to the People Who Step All Over You

In ordinary social interactions, there’s the expectation that you respect boundaries. A new article suggests what to do when your boundaries are violated.

9 Micro-Behaviors That Feed Your Closest Friendships

Research suggests the benefits of friendship come from your 5 closest friends (not your 150 acquaintances). Here are 9 gestures that nurture close friendships.

The Sexual Impact of Diabetes on Women

By Michael Castleman M.A. on April 14, 2017 in All About Sex
Recent research clarifies how diabetes often harms women sexually. While diabetic women are not fated to develop sex problems, many do.

How I Learned About the Perils of Grit

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on April 13, 2017 in Curious?
Grit, the Scarlett Johannson of organizational cures, has problems. Neglected research points to the dark side of promoting and nurturing grit.

9 Ways to Test and Improve Your Emotional Control

One of the key features of human relationships is the ability to regulate your emotional expression. A new tool for measuring 9 emotion regulation methods provides important tips.
Hana Chramostova / Public Domain Pictures / CC0 Public Domain

Can You Be Happy in The Matrix?

Two people have exactly the same experiences. One's trapped in the Matrix. The other's in the real world. Who's happier? And what evidence is supposed to decide this issue?

Will Success Make You Happy?

By Rob Henderson on April 10, 2017 in After Service
Are successful people always stressed? Not the happy ones.

The Inside Story of How Slow Breathing Calms You Down

By Lydia Denworth on April 07, 2017 in Brain Waves
A new study of laid-back mice reveals the connection between slow breathing and tranquility.

The One Male Behavior That Irritates Women the Most

A man who presumes he knows more than the women around him can, without realizing it, engage in this one behavior sure to annoy his female companions. New research shows why.

Developing Deep Attention: The Key to True Intimacy

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on April 04, 2017 in Finding Love
An interview with ADHD expert Edward Hallowell, M.D., who teaches five simple steps to cultivate deep attention, the key to a life filled with intimacy.

Presidents and the Pursuit of Happiness

Presidential systems are not good at promoting human happiness. A Trump Presidency doubly so.

Creating Surprises: A Powerful Way to Show Love

Surprising a loved one with practical help, a touch of beauty, providing comfort, or adding a note of whimsy can express love through understanding, intimacy, provoking mood shifts

The Real Sex Lives of Men Over 65

By Michael Castleman M.A. on March 31, 2017 in All About Sex
By 65, most erections are history, but with semi-firm or even completely flaccid penises, older men can still enjoy great, orgasmic sex.

Is It True That "Movement is Medicine?"

By Meg Selig on March 30, 2017 in Changepower
Too tired and achy to exercise? Evidence is piling up that exercise is just what you need to prevent certain health problems and reduce the risk or harmful impact of others.

Date Night: Not a Luxury, A Necessity

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in In It Together
Do you find yourself making excuses not to plan a date night? It's time to reconsider!

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

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).

Hate Your Partner Some Days? Research Shows You're Not Alone

Do you sometimes hate your partner? If so, you're not alone. It turns out we all have times when we hate the people we love the most. Although some of us may not even know it.

Who's Harder to Buy Gifts for, Men or Women? It Depends!

Who’s harder to buy gifts for, men or women? It depends on who’s doing the giving!
Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring / Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Materialism's One-Two Punch

Materialism is a philosophy about what makes for a good life. Embracing it is associated with unhappiness. But abandoning it might not make you much happier - or any happier. Why?

The Mindset That Makes It Hard to Admit You're Wrong

People make mistakes all the time, but for many of us, admitting to them is painful and hard. Figuring out how to apologize can at least get you on the right pathway.

What Are You Resisting?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
It is easy to accept life’s beautiful things. It is the hard things in life that are hard to accept. The sweet spot is both by accepting the fact that they are what they are.