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The Many Mini Ways to Show You Care

It doesn't take a grand gesture to show someone that you care. With a "micro" act of kindness, according to new research, the payoff can be surprisingly high for both of you.
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Humor Psychology: The Funniest Words in the English Language

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Statistical Life
What's the funniest word in American English? Okay, it's 'booty'. But why is that funny? Nobody knows.
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Study Shows Generous Behavior Leads to Increased Happiness

Helping others can lead us toward a brighter tomorrow.

Psychopathy and the Dark Side of Facebook Comments

It’s painful to be the target of a Facebook troll. New research shows that it’s the psychopathic who are more likely to engage in this dark side of social media.

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The Key to Becoming the Most Wonderful Version of Yourself

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Feeling It
We all strive to be successful, or "good at" our work, parenting, athletic or whatever your favorite hobby is. But one thing we don't think about is how to be wonderful.

Why the Embarrassment?

Too busy fixating on your "flaws" this holiday season?
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How to Be Miserable During the Holidays

By Randy Paterson Ph.D. on December 02, 2017 in How to be Miserable
Tired of "Holiday Stress Tips"? This year, let's embrace the dark side.

8 Paths in Life

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 02, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Collected thoughts, evolving, on the task of finding one's way in life.

I Didn't Become an Actress

By Nick Luxmoore on December 02, 2017 in Young People Up Close
Fame or friendship? Fortune or family? When we look back on our lives, on all our youthful promise, what really matters?

Yoga Poses Could Boost Self-Esteem More Than "Power Poses"

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on December 01, 2017 in Urban Survival
A few minutes of yoga can boost energy and self-esteem.

10 More Ways to Show Your Love

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
These are just a few ways to become closer to the one you love and who loves you. It’s never too late to increase the connection between you.

Seven Sensible Suggestions for Seasonal Sanity

By Atalanta Beaumont on December 01, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
These seven simple solutions will help keep your holiday season sane.

Why Giving Up Sometimes Makes Sense

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on November 30, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
Quitting for now can mean winning later on. Giving up to conserve energy can sometimes be our best and smartest option for the moment.

Are You Living With an Accidental Identity?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Compassion Matters
While we can change our identity at any point in life, in order to live freely as our truest selves, we have to explore the early influences that injured our sense of who we are.

Holiday Spending: 5 Ways to Reduce Financial Stress

By Michael F. Kay on November 30, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
With the approaching holidays, you can take steps to change certain patterns and build new, more supportive, and positive habits so you can enjoy a stress-free holiday season.

Is Facebook Bad for You?

Find out if the way you use Facebook is helping or hurting your happiness.

How to Reach the Decision to Separate

Relationships are the source of great happiness — unless they become the greatest obstacle. How do we get to feel "enough is enough"? Feeling limits can be learned. Here is how.

Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative

Negativity can be a healthy assertion of individuality. Here are 12 ideas to support young kids’ developing independence while moving them toward a more cooperative attitude.

Are Virtual Experiences Real?

By Jim Davies Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in The Science of Imagination
Can a virtual church on a computer give you feelings of spirituality? Our recent research explores this.

Does Getting Older Mean You're Wiser?

By Nicole F. Bernier, Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in Ripening With Time
Why we may find ourselves saying or doing regrettable things without knowing why.

Rethink Your Way to a Saner Holiday Season

Is your brain overwhelmed by a never-ending holiday checklist? Research shows that rethinking your way to merry and bright should go straight to the top of your list.

What If We Are Wrong About What Is Supposed to Bring Us Joy?

By Jennifer Baker Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in For the Love of Wisdom
Epicurean ideas are still shocking today. But do we have good reasons for rejecting their views on happiness?

Silence: Golden?

Quiet is worth the effort.

How a Man's Best Friend Is More Than Just a Companion

Dog therapy may make the world a better place, one lick at a time.

There's a Difference Between Privacy and Secrecy

Talking about your emotional wounds can make you mentally stronger. But it's important to be intentional about who you share your story with and when you decide to share it.

The Power of Tiny Practices

By Dan Mager MSW on November 28, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
These five simple yet precious practices soften the heart, don’t cost anything extra and, to borrow a term from boxing, punch way above their weight.

Practice Self-Love to Become an Even Better Parent

Be the best parent you can be by loving yourself.

8 Ways Your Inner Narcissist Leads You to Poor Decisions

Use these 8 research-based tips to guide you through making better decisions this holiday season when retailers are aiming for your weaknesses and your wallets.
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A Survival Guide to Holiday Family Time

A survival guide to holiday family time. Staying connected sometimes requires mindful distance.

The Inescapable Importance of Acceptance

Want an ancient life hack that's guaranteed to shift your life experience? Make acceptance a way of life.

What's to Like?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
We're wired to like some things but our liking or disliking depends a lot on what we pay attention to and on our own perspective.
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A Radical Alternative to New Year's Goal-Setting

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on November 24, 2017 in Tracking Wonder
Setting goals can be depressing. But what if we had a proven set of factors to motivate us to set and attain meaningful goals?

Ten Varieties of Gratitude

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Ambigamy
Gratitude isn't just one thing. In addition to listing all the things you're grateful for today, list the varieties of gratitude.

52 Ways: Learn How to Deal with People Toxic to Your Couple

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 23, 2017 in Life, Refracted
After you identify a third-party threat to your couple, you can take several actions to limit current and prevent future damage. Many describe expressing love to the third-party.