Happiness Essential Reads

Taking A Step Back Could Save Your Relationship

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on March 25, 2017 in Between You and Me
Looking at disagreements from the view of an outside observer provides new insights that just might change the course of your relationship.

Believing 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

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on March 23, 2017 in Between You and Me
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!
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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.
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Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and the First Memories of Life

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on March 19, 2017 in Dawn of Memories
How neuroscience informs the meaning of early childhood recollections.

Apologies Are for the Weak: How to Crush Your Enemy

New research indicates that real men don't apologize.

Mistakes Don't Have to Be Setbacks: 3 Ways to be Resilient

It’s never pleasant to make mistakes but they don't have to ruin your life. New research on resilience shows 3 ways to keep little things that go wrong from becoming a big deal.

Recovering From Trauma and Its Obstacles

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in The New Normal
The power of self-care.

Forecasting Happiness

How do we know what will make us happy? Psychologist Daniel Gilbert’s insights on happiness.

10 Ways to Make it Through Your Life’s Transitions

We are all, perhaps, creatures of habit so when we’re forced to change, it can be tough. Using these 10 tips, you’ll be able to handle whatever changes life throws your way.

25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dogs

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Animals and Us
Why dogs should not drive cars and other findings from the hot new field of canine science.

Check Yourself (Again): More Mental Health Blunders

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in Insight Therapy
A previous post listed several mental health errors that may hinder psychological well-being. But wait, there’s more…

Are We Growing Disconnected in an Age of Connectivity?

Is the constant pull of technology distracting you from what's happening right around you? A few tweaks can help you focus on the here and now.

What Happened to Risk-Taking in Science?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Curious?
Great strides have been made in psychology. No longer is it acceptable to run an experiment with 30 college students. But here we take a closer look at the questions being asked...

Making Space for the Exceptional

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 08, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
In illness, in recovery, and in health, it’s easy to forget how significantly magical a momentary departure from the everyday can be.

3 Steps to Happiness

The secret to happiness in three simple steps.

Five Ways that Evolutionary Psychology Informs Medicine

The field of evolutionary medicine is changing our understanding of best practices in healthcare at a breakneck pace. Evolutionary psychology is helping lead the way. Here's how.

The Hubris Hypothesis

All other things being equal, we like optimists more than pessimists. However, as shown by research on the hubris hypothesis, optimism can have unexpected negative consequences.

How to Cultivate More Self-Compassion

Want to have a healthier relationship? Start with yourself.
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The Surprising Reason We Might Look Down on Others’ Choices

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on March 01, 2017 in In Love and War
The desire to feel good about our own decisions can sometimes lead us to scoff at those who’ve made different ones.

How to Prove You Are Not a Jerk

Recruiters use LinkedIn to identify—and screen out— "jerks."

Love Someone

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on March 01, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
At a time when you may feel powerless about the wider world, at least locally, here and now, you can make a real difference. Love is never defeated. Heart after heart after heart.

Information Avoidance in the Information Age

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Consumed
When ignorance is bliss: How much would you pay to avoid potentially threatening information?

Why Money Matters for Meaning

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in More Than Mortal
New research reveals that economic insecurity threatens perceptions of meaning in life.

The Gender Revolution Is Here

The take-down of black-and-white thinking about what it means to be a human being and liberates us all.
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So You Want to Be Happy? OK, But Consider This...

Research suggests that you should carefully evaluate your positive experiences. Those that you do not control can relate to negative outcomes.

Is Your Smile Getting You Into Trouble?

We tend to believe that a simple smile is enough to grease the social wheels of life. New research shows when suppression may be the better, and kinder, part of valor.