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Our Electoral System Is Bad for Happiness

New research finds that the two-party system is not conducive to the "greatest happiness for the greatest number."

7 Ways to Make a Long Commute Less Painful

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in In Love and War
Lengthy commutes can threaten health and happiness, but they don’t have to. Here are seven research-based suggestions for surviving (and maybe even enjoying) your commute.

When Is It Good to Forgive?

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on September 29, 2016 in Between You and Me
What should you do when your partner upsets you? Recent research suggests that whether you are better off forgiving or getting angry depends on your partner’s personality.

Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Self-directed education—as it occurs in unschooling families and at democratic schools--operates by allowing these four natural drives to flourish. ....

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Lending a Hand

By Susan Hooper on September 29, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
On two morning walks several months apart, I had starkly different experiences with strangers I thought might need help.

Energy Bites for Teachers

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in Attention Training
Often times the last person teachers think about is themselves.

On the Envelope

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in How To Do Life
Musing on the mundane

Five Proven Truths About Finding Happiness

While there is no magic bullet that can make us forever happier, there is a science of happiness. When we better understand the nature of happiness we can become more skillful at

I Think, Therefore I'll Die

By Steve Stankevicius M.D. on September 28, 2016 in The Skeptical Shrink
For many, the afterlife offers the quintessential form of closing the eyes and blocking the ears. But for people like myself who do not subscribe to the stories, what are we to do?

9 Ways to Ease Overwhelm

By Christine L. Carter Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Raising Happiness
Ever feel like you are constantly drinking from a firehose of information? We have more information coming at us than ever before.

The Golden Years...Not So Golden.

By Ana Nogales on September 28, 2016 in Family Secrets
Think of the last day of your life. How will you feel to reflect on your journey?
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Do You Enjoy Listening to a Spirited Discussion...

By Gretchen Rubin on September 28, 2016 in The Happiness Project
I do find that sometimes I find it entertaining to hear a spirited discussion about something I know nothing about–whether that’s basketball, the Grammy Awards, the Real Housewives

A Life in Balance: A Grownups' 4 H Club

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on September 26, 2016 in Sex & Sociability
One problem area of your life can disturb all others areas sending everything seriously out of balance. Take an appraising look at these 4 H's. Is your milking stool stable?

Nature as Medicine

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Compassion Matters
Science now confirms just how good nature is for us, both extending and enhancing our lives. Learn all the ways nature benefits our minds and bodies.

12 Tips to Remedy Seasonal Depression

By Judy Carter on September 26, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
As fall comes, so do the fall blues. Maybe that's why they picked September as National Suicide Prevention Month. Here are 12 tips on how to ward off seasonal depression.

The Pursuit of Happiness, Bah, Humbug?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
Many people focus on the pursuit of happiness, but there are other options. It's up to you.

Eye Contact: Yes! or No!

Design can keep us all comfortable, no matter how much eye contact we desire.

Mixed Signals on Social Life, Relationships, and Loneliness

We get nearly as much conflicting advice about our social lives and happiness these days as we do about nutrition, diet, and exercise. Do experts really know what makes you happy?

How to Make Things Better by Making Them Worse

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Think Well
While it's counter intuitive, sometimes to make things better we first have to make them worse. Here's how to understand and use the power of paradox to solve many problems.

Worshipping the Sun God

Evolutionary psychological principles can help shape the field of architecture. And the result can be amazing. Here is a case study based on Wooster Hall at SUNY New Paltz.
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3 Ways to Improve Wellbeing at Work

The word ‘wellbeing’ is increasingly being thrown around workplaces today.

Mindfulness for All

By Susan M. Pollak MTS, Ed.D., on September 21, 2016 in The Art of Now
Can mindfulness and compassion reduce racial bias?
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Do It Now

By Susan Sparks on September 21, 2016 in Laugh Your Way to Well-Being
Putting off the things you love until later? Life can change in the blink of an eye. Do It Now!

What Does It Take to Be Happy?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Talking Apes
For ages, philosophers have debated the meaning of happiness. Now, the science of happiness tells us how to achieve it.
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Not Productive? 7 Ways to Get Unstuck

By Mark Banschick M.D. on September 20, 2016 in The Intelligent Divorce
Summer is over. Are you having problems switching gears? Here are 7 ways to get going.
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The Art and Science of Mistakes

To err is human, but...how human do we have to be?

World Psychosynthesis Day

The synthesis of the psyche is an invitation, and in these difficult days, a mandate, towards creating inner and outer peace. Psychosynthesis offers a path towards that.

The Risks of Joy

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in Shame
The potential experience of joy threatens the emergence of shame and must be avoided at all costs. Heavy defenses against shame thus limit the opportunity to experience joy in life
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The Pros and Cons of Giving a Friend Advice

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on September 19, 2016 in Off the Couch
Whether you give advice as a matter of course or you think carefully about everything you say, giving and taking advice from a friend is rarely simple.

On Being Truly in Play

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 19, 2016 in On Having Fun
Why do we play?

Make it Fun?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in How To Do Life
A debate between a hedonist and a work-centered person.

How To Be Perfect

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Do you want a perfect job? A perfect body? A perfect relationship? Perfect health?

The Truth About the Law of Attraction

By Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in The Blame Game
Millions of people are unsuccessful at achieving goals using the Law of Attraction (LOA). The reason? The LOA does not exist! Hear why from a certified LOA expert.

What Teachers Need to Know About Their Students' Brains

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Hot-off-the-press research suggests a radically new way to teach