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.

More Posts on Happiness

How to Find Happiness Where You Least Expect It

By Rob Kendall on September 13, 2017 in Blamestorming
Research shows that we pay a heavy price for mind-wandering and rumination.
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Your Two Choices: Presented to You Every Moment of Your Life

Are your habits taking you down the wrong road?

Truth Is Not the Only Truth

By Theodore Dalrymple M.D. on September 12, 2017 in Psychiatric Disorder
Is it necessary always to tell the truth? Shakespeare denied it and he was right.
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Habit Strategies and Tips for Rebels

By Gretchen Rubin on September 12, 2017 in The Happiness Project
Rebels want to do what they want to do, in their own way, in their own time.
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A Brand New Way to Understand Social Anxiety

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on September 12, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Think you know what social anxiety is? This post proves you do not. You'll see social anxiety in an new, helpful way...actually in 6 new and helpful ways.

There Are 27 Different Emotions, New Study Suggests

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on September 11, 2017 in Urban Survival
Researchers found out there are least 27 emotions-- a lot more than we used to think.

Online Romantics

By Yair Amichai-Hamburger Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in The Social Net
Do more romantic options lead to better decisions?

What Does Your Heart Say?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Try to focus less on how others should be, and focus more on your own practice of finding your own genuine love. It's like strengthening your heart.

Work as a Calling (Part 2)

By John Sean Doyle on September 11, 2017 in Luminous Things
Regardless of the mission of our organization, our job function, or the various tasks we must do, we all have opportunities to affect the lives of others in meaningful ways.

How To Make Good Choices For Your Wellbeing

It’s become more difficult to feel confident that we’re making the right choices, which is impacting our well-being.

You Can Learn to Be Happy and More Optimistic. Really.

By Peter Lambrou Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Codes to Joy
Who doesn't want to be happier and more optimistic about life?

Are You Giving Yourself the Level of Self-Care You Deserve?

By Gregg McBride on September 09, 2017 in The Weight-ing Game
When we care for something, it thrives. When we shun it, it withers. Therefore, isn't it time we stop mentally knocking ourselves down when we think of goals we haven't yet met?

A Positive Psychology of Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 09, 2017 in Living Single
How do single people thrive, despite all the singlism and matrimania? A chapter in a new book about positive psychology offers some answers.

Breaking Down Relationship Roadblocks to Live a Happier Life

Learning to thrive in a relationship can be challenging, but we must go back to the basics of human compassion and selflessness.

Advice for Grad Students (and Senior Faculty)

By Elliot T Berkman Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in The Motivated Brain
Starting a graduate program? Here is some advice about succeeding that you might not have heard.

How to Buy a Little Happiness

Research on the relationship between money and happiness is complex, but we are beginning to understand it better.

Depression and Loneliness Linked to Higher Mortality Rates

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Over 40 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with depression, and I am sure the real number is higher, the number of people coping with loneliness is unknown.

Psychological Problems: Are They Your Parent's Fault?

There's no such thing as a perfect childhood. And while some of your struggles may have helped you grow stronger, others may have left long-lasting emotional scars.

Is Realistic Positivity the Key to Happiness as We Age?

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on September 05, 2017 in Mindful Anger
Do you think you can change your mindset?

Work as a Calling (Part 1)

By John Sean Doyle on September 05, 2017 in Luminous Things
By learning to inject the best aspects of yourself into your work, the difficult-tedious moments will start to dissolve, and what you do everyday will feel more like a calling.
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It's Time To Rethink Emergency Evacuation Centers

By John Nosta on September 05, 2017 in The Digital Self
Do emergency shelters just compound that problem?

I Can't Afford That

Are we substituting financial concern for something unrelated?


By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Mindfulness works – when it does – in spite of its ideology. This explains the worrying finding that mindfulness meditation often leads to panic attacks and depression.

Are Meaning and Happiness Part of Your Career?

By Peter Bregman on September 04, 2017 in How We Work
Discover how to break out of the trap of success, “leverage up” personal connections to advance your career, and shift from a poverty mentality to one of abundance.

Use Mindfulness To Improve Your Life, Not Escape It

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 03, 2017 in Thinking About Kids
Being mindful of what makes us uncomfortable is the first step towards building a better life.

Sibling Relationships Are Cradle to Grave

Siblings are complicated but important. Five ways to maintain your longest lasting relationship.

When Your Boss Is Irrational

How to keep your cool and your job.

The Man’s Guide to Vibrators

By Michael Castleman M.A. on September 02, 2017 in All About Sex
Today's couples increasingly use vibrators together during partner sex. But many men are unclear about how best to use them on women. Some suggestions.

10 Ways to Improve Your Days

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 02, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Ten Handy Hints for Improving your Life

Democratizing Play

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Play in Mind
“Social leisure” that once enriched American life has declined as Americans have forsaken group play (bowling leagues and bridge nights, for instance) for more solitary amusement.