Happiness Essential Reads

How Much Is Too Much When It Comes to Self-Disclosure?

In everywhere from social media to cell phone calls and conversations in public places, new research shows the dangers of the condition known as privacy fatigue.

6 Signs You Don’t Know What Matters

By Steven C. Hayes Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Get Out of Your Mind
Does life feel empty and meaningless? Then you might be chasing the wrong goals.

Ice Cream Shops Can Fight Youth Suicide, Too

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Nurturing Resilience
We need ways to talk about suicide year round if prevention campaigns are going to work. Corporate partners can help.
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Beating the Odds

What if you come from a crazy family?

The Science of Sustaining Peace

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in The Five Percent
The scientific evidence suggests that living in peace is both possible and replicable.

Jordan Peterson Knows What You’re Thinking

By Guest Blogger on February 13, 2018 in The Guest Room
The rockstar of contemporary psychology strips the mythology off many divisive beliefs.

Identity in Borderline Personality Disorder: A New Approach

Borderline personality disorder is often thought of in terms of early development of the self. A new measure of identity shows the continuing role of identity in adulthood.

Choose Meaning and Live Better

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in In the Name of Love
We have a bad habit of focusing on people's superficial, negative qualities. Profound qualities have more meaning in the long run, so their behavioral influence should be greater.
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Food Is Love

By Rachel Herz Ph.D. on February 12, 2018 in Our Senses and Emotions
How sweet food tastes to your lover could tell you how they feel about you.

Our Thoughts Determine Our Relational Power

By Jennifer A. Samp Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Conflict Matters
How we think about our commitment to a relationship, and what we think about a partner's commitment, can define a power dynamic that may or may not truly exist.

The Ultimate Guide to Dating in the Digital Age

When it comes to online dating, it is more than just checking off the boxes.
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Failing Forward

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 07, 2018 in Decisions Teens Make
One of the great things about sports is the imparting of important life lessons. And many of those lessons relate directly to one’s character.
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Positive Psychology: Across the Political Spectrum

Some critics of psychology complain about a lack of political diversity in the field; not so for positive psychology.

3 Obstacles to Reaching Your Goals and How to Conquer Each

You might think that setting high goals for yourself is a way to keep motivated but new research on depression suggests it’s better to aim a bit lower.

Midlife Women Need a Map

By Cecilia Dintino PsyD on January 25, 2018 in Midlife Matters
The road ahead is full of twists and turns.

Can You Create a New Reality by Reinterpreting the Old One?

The saying “keep an open mind” suggests the value of not clinging to old assumptions and beliefs. If your life lacks adventure, satisfaction, or fulfillment, here’s what to do.

Better to Have Loved and Lost Than Never Have Loved at All?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 24, 2018 in Living Single
A narrow version of Tennyson’s lines about love and loss has been tested in increasingly sophisticated ways. Here’s what the research shows.

Why a Smart Man Makes Such a Good Partner

In long-term relationships, the better partner is the one less likely to end things. New research shows the advantages to women of having a smart man for a partner.
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Our Quest to Feel Significant

By Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. on January 21, 2018 in A Shift of Mind
Do you long for more meaning and purpose in your life?

Should You Look Forward to Being Useless?

By David Niose on January 21, 2018 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Technology is disrupting the workforce and creating an entire class of individuals who are productively "useless." Is this not a problem, but an opportunity?

Why the Narcissistically Entitled Are So Difficult to Please

The entitled's narcissism can make dealing with them difficult indeed. Knowing what’s behind their fussiness can make your life, and possibly theirs, much easier.

Having an Answer to “Where Did the Time Go?”

Be aware of the limited time you have to make the most of your life, and then do it.

Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live

A new book takes us into the consulting room through stories in warm and clear prose.

Women Who Are Comfortably Single at Midlife

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 12, 2018 in Living Single
A small study of midlife single women shows how they come to reject the story that tells them they are deficient and instead live full and meaningful lives.

Does Love Always Win?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in In the Name of Love
Romantic love is a many-splendored thing. A life without love is a miserable life. However, not everything is glowing in the romantic kingdom.

The Benefits of Emotional Awareness

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Between Cultures
Insights into our emotions from one of the most influential psychologists of our time.

One Powerful Way to Feel Better About Your Body in 2018

By Jessica Alleva Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Mind Your Body
Ready to feel more positively about your body in 2018? Here's one powerful change that you can make now.

What Are the Five Dimensions of Curiosity?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on January 02, 2018 in Curious?
Over the past 20 years of studying curiosity, I have developed two measures. They are both antiquated. I am unveiling the new Five-dimensional Curiosity Scale...

Ready to Try Something New? Practice Being Grateful

By Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in Between You and Me
Feeling like your relationship could use a boost? This gratitude exercise helps you stop focusing on what's wrong so you can see what is right.

The #1 Life-Changing New Year’s Resolution

This is the best resolution for 2018, in a word — well, two words.